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Hmmm. I'm very critical of much academic publishing. At its worst it is lazy, egotistical, vanity publishing. At its best it's usually inadequate. 
 
Pretending that most of what is known, is what is "published" in the correct "refereed journals", is a self serving myth that masks and undervalues so much of what is really known. In ICT in particular the papers are often so far off the mark as to be risible; papers don't simply lag behind exceptional, but effective, practice, they miss it altogether. I sit on enough editorial boards to be allowed to be depressed about this. 
 
Asked by a media interview for my "best ten things in education in the last decade" I was not surprised to realise that 8 of them hadn't been written up in "proper" papers.  
 
This would be alarming if reputation was all that was at stake, but too often funding also depends on this myth that the lazy academic writer is the most worthy of support so that they can write even more about what they might, but so rarely actually will, do. 
 
On the other hand a few papers really do shed light and genuinely introduce new voabulary, new uinderstandings or retrospective reflections of real activity, real research and real success. I wish mine were always that good (!) but in this category of the RetroBlog I'll be parking just a representative sample of academic outputs that I think mark a route through some real progress in new learning. I've tried to pick interesting and readable ones too, from both journals and book "collections". 
 
And just in passing , why is it when really big action research projects reach really sound, demonstrable,, unequivocal conclusions, that people ignore them anyway?... Probably because you don't get published by offering agreement, you get published for "new".  
 
Oh dear. 

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This is just a note of welcome. This has become a place of publication - of my various newspaper columns, of thoughts, papers and ideas.  
 
Beyond publishing, the blog will be largely retrospective; reflections on a quarter of a century of making learning more delightful, through technology. I hope it will be interesting and revealing to explore past progress in the context of current practice. To that extent this is something of a retroblog, or perhaps a golB?.  
 
For forward facing stuff there is a sporadic (!) podcast.  
 
Enjoy  

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This is just a note of welcome. This will rapidly become a place of publication - of my various newspaper columns, of thoughts, papers and ideas.  
 
Beyond publishing, the blog will be largely retrospective; reflections on a quarter of a century of making learning more delightful, through technology. I hope it will be interesting and revealing to explore past progress in the context of current practice. To that extent this is something of a retroblog, or perhaps a golB?.  
 
For forward facing stuff there will be, shortly, a monthly podcast. 
 
Enjoy 

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this Category of my RetroBlog links to the short "Back and Forth" columns I enjoy writing for Richard Doughty's excellent Edu@guardian supplement in the Education Guardian.  
 
My column gets a bit of sub-editing attention (which improves things no doubt!) - but these links are the original words, warts and all.
 
 
The column roams "Back and Forth" around the world musing on ICT in learning. 

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Apart from regular columns I'm lucky enough to be asked to write for various newspapers from time to time. The Times Educational Supplement is a favourite, but there are are others too. 
 
In this category of the RetroBlog I'll try to post some representative examples (which is one way of saying I haven't kept great records and will post these contributions as and when I find them, if i think they are still useful!! 

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