Starting An Education Revolution: The Role of Innovation

    By Tom March Innovation is an interesting concept, perhaps a little like other big ideas such as ‘excellence’ and ‘beauty’ where each person enjoys a slightly different flavour, but all know it when they see it. If people had to define it in the abstract, they would never reach a suitable agreement. People […]

Business Thinking: Protecting Laptops in Schools

By Tony Renkin. In early 2011, a British Petroleum employee lost a single laptop which cost the company $2.78million in fines.  The laptop contained personal information of 13,000 individuals claiming compensation for the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The laptop was password protected ,however,  the data it contained was not encrypted. According to the Ponmen […]

Working In The Global Classroom

By Michael Graffin. “I believe that my students will never forget their 2nd grade year when they skyped with an astronaut and a scientist, learned about cultures and celebrations from other classrooms, and taught kids around the world about Cinco de Mayo and Martin Luther King. This authentic form of learning cannot be found in […]

Schools Take Charge Of Evolution And Technology

By Mal Lee. There are pleasing signs globally and across Australia that evermore schools are recognising they have to take charge of their own evolutionary development and the digital technology they employ to achieve that sustained development. Evermore are recognising they have to be the prime unit of change and, as such, they, and not […]

IT SECURITY, LIKE PHYSICAL SECURITY, REQUIRES A WHOLE-OF-SCHOOL COMMUNITY RESPONSE

By Michael McKinnon. The continuing evolution of our relationship with the internet will see IT use policies developed by schools shifting from one of blanket technology bans, to values based guidance on safe usage of the web. The focus is increasingly on the positives, such as how online innovations can be explored safely for enhanced […]

ONLINE SAFETY PRACTICES: CONSIDER THE HUMBLE SWIMMING POOL

By Barbara Spears. Keeping young people safe online and encouraging responsible behaviour is an ongoing priority. As part of my professional development work with school communities, I often present the following analogy when it comes to cyber safety: Consider the humble swimming pool in the backyard and how it might possibly relate to what we […]

Digital Education: Comparison In Attitudes

By David Dawson. According to Nancy Willard, of the Centre for Safe and Responsible Internet Use, “trying to prepare students for their future without Web 2.0 in schools is like trying to teach a child to swim without a swimming pool”. Switching off technology will neither protect students through education about self-management at home, nor […]