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 […]

CCTV In Schools

By Brett McCall. In an increasingly uncertain world, there is one thing over the past decade that has shown no signs of wavering within the education sector – proliferation of CCTV systems! Schools are under increasing pressure every day on a wide variety of issues, including teacher standards, facilities, amenities and infrastructure, class sizes, theft, […]

Using Technology To Make A Splash In The Classroom

By Annabel Astbury. Asking Australia’s first Astronaut what it was like living in space, helping an advocate defend a case in Ancient Rome, creating an online census and discovering some national treasures from Austraila’s leading galleries and museums – these are just some of the exciting activities that Australian kids have enjoyed through their experiences […]

Apps To Get You Moving

By Jarrod Robinson. Last year, Google search terms for “Physical Education Apps” increased by over 3,000 per cent from the previous year’s figures. This can only be described as an exponential increase that highlights the overwhelming shift towards mobile devices in the active classroom. With this being said, teachers are continually looking for apps that […]

Managing Change In Schools

By Lisa Burrell. “There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things.” — Niccolo Machiavelli   The above quote, from 1532, calls to mind the old adage, “the more things change, […]

Digital Technology And Student Learning: The Impact Of The Ecology

By Mal Lee. There is no significant linear connection between the use of digital technologies and enhanced student attainment. It is time to appreciate the traditional, simplistic way of looking at the impact of digital technology on student learning has to fundamentally change and for all associated with schools to understand that the impact of […]

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 […]

SOCIAL EVOLUTION AND TECHNOLOGY

By Mal Lee. As a teacher, as a school leader, it is vital you understand that: schooling globally is undergoing a fundamental change in form those schools that have normalised the use of the digital will constantly evolve and change their form and mode of teaching increasingly sophisticated technology will continue to change the nature […]

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 […]

EVOLUTION OF THE TEXTBOOK – PART TWO

By Gary Bass.  In the last article (Evolution of the Textbook Part One), we began our examination of the evolution of text books by looking at the transformation of paper based texts into eBooks and ePubs, and some of the resources currently on offer to enhance and, in some cases, even replace the tradition paper […]