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 […]

OPEN LETTER TO THE EDUCATION MINISTERS AROUND AUSTRALIA

 Brett Salakas October 22, 2015 Blog 26   This is an ‘open letter’ written on behalf of the teachers involved in the #aussieED PLN. It is a request to understand your vision for the future of education in Australia. So often education is politicised. This letter is an attempt to steer away from the murky […]

Using Technology To Turn A University Degree Into A Job: Starting In Secondary School

By Shelley Kinash. This article is written for all students who plan to go to university and then start a career. It is also written for the teachers, parents and friends who support these students. Students should begin thinking about their careers long before they graduate or even start university. Planning, preparations and strategies should […]

Does Social Media Breed Learner Laziness?

By Shelley Kinash and Jeffrey Brand. As new technologies grow in popularity, the associated cognitive and moral worries, concerns and questions intensify. The current devices of choice are smartphones, tablets and laptops. People primarily use them for texting, social media and massive multi-player online games. Parents and teachers are concerned, asking questions such as: are […]

Crafting Minds In Minecraft

By Jeffrey Brand and Shelley Kinash. At some stage, career teachers experience the feeling of a growing distance between them and their students. Probably their students sense it too. This is inevitable and natural. After all, as educators age and their student cohorts remain within a narrow range of ages, the relative age gap widens. […]

Creating Educated Digital Citizens

By Dr. Mike Ribble. This is part two of a three part series focussing on the nine elements of digital citizenship found in the book Digital Citizenship in Schools, 2nd Ed. Education and the process of learning does not stop when we leave our formal education. In many school or district mission statements or goals […]

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 […]

SCHOOL 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 […]

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 […]

Voice Over IP – Is It Right For Your School?

By Adam Turner. As schools work hard to prepare today’s students for the world of tomorrow, the last thing they want to worry about is an excessive phone bill. Western Sydney’s Arndell Anglican College and Campbelltown’s St Peters Anglican Primary School are two very different schools facing very similar challenges when it comes to telecommunications. […]