If there was a time when the idea of games in education was left field it isn’t any more as Victoria rolls out Minecraft Education Edition to all students in the public system. It’s the second biggest program of its kind in the world.
The kind of engagement that kids show when they’re playing video games has long been coveted by educators, and the idea is that giving teachers Minecraft means they can now access that kind of immersion in their practice.
There is some convincing evidence that Minecraft performs as billed, the students certainly do like to use it and there is something about the freedom within the game, the ability to collaborate or go it alone and the necessity of solving problems that develops the kinds of skills that future employment will require. Read More
If we’re to believe the futurists we’re all going to be manufacturers plugged into a global marketplace and 3D printing is the technology that, partnered with the internet, will take us there, ushering in the industrial revolution’s third wave. Read More
Currently completing his computer science degree, Nicholas Berryman looks to be headed for a career in computers and robotics, a trajectory that began in high school. Read More
How often have we heard kids (our own, others, and even our past selves), whining that the maths they’re learning isn’t ‘useful’ and they’ll ‘never use it’? Too many to count. Read More
Over two million West Australians have been influenced by STEM education initiatives since 2003 via the Scitech and Rio Tinto partnership and it is set to roll on with a new five-year partnership worth $4.4million. Read More
Thornbury High School teacher, Lisa Pieropan, has been announced as the national winner of the inaugural OfficeMax STEAM Grants program. She will be awarded $5000 and a STEAM starter kit equipped. Read More
Coders’ resource and collaboration site GitHub is offering schools its tools for free in a new GitHub Education bundle which includes access to GitHub, the Student Developer Pack, GitHub Classroom, and training. Read More
Students from 18 secondary schools in Wyndham now have access to the latest technology and innovative learning programs with the opening of Wyndham Tech School. Read More
GROWLAY filament can be used for indoor farming. Layers of GROWLAY can produce organic structures like small hills and landscapes. Add some water, seeds, or spores and they will grow on the filament. Read More
Consider the issues in the media in recent times touching on e-safety or aspects of digital citizenship, digital visual literacy and the responsibilities inherent in the use of social media – critical to all of these is a literacy level and understanding of the digital environment. Read More
The F1 in Schools competition has been around for years now with entrants participating in any of the jobs that a real F1 team offers and guess what? The Australian kids are rather too good at it. Read More
Before there was Wikipedia there was the Encyclopedia Britannica and with a Chrome browser extension, the venerable publication’s entries are a click away. Britannica Insights™ is free and is located the top-right of the search results. Read More
Here's another reason to love physics; solving physics problems lights up parts of the brain associated with attention, working memory and problem solving. Research also suggests that physics is an imaginative process. Read More