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War of the Worlds: epic on-stage opportunity for dramatic STEAM learning

That’s what it feels like sometimes. Everybody wants a piece of your time. At one point in my career, I was teaching in English, History, RE, Technology and Arts. Every night was a different meeting. Every course needed documentation.

And then there’s the extra-curricular. Debating, Production, Radio, Creative Writing, Sports, not to mention magazine articles and social media updates. It’s a battle for my time, and I am the first casualty.

But it has taught me to work smart. I have started finding the shortcuts. And I am uniquely positioned to be a spokesperson for STEAM. This year was my first large-scale realisation of that position. Read More


4 Sep 2017 | Melbourne
War of the Worlds: epic on-stage opportunity for dramatic STEAM learning News Image

That’s what it feels like sometimes. Everybody wants a piece of your time. At one point in my career, I was teaching in English, History, RE, Technology and Arts. Every night was a different meeting. Every course needed documentation.

And then there’s the extra-curricular. Debating, Production, Radio, Creative Writing, Sports, not to mention magazine articles and social media updates. It’s a battle for my time, and I am the first casualty.

But it has taught me to work smart. I have started finding the shortcuts. And I am uniquely positioned to be a spokesperson for STEAM. This year was my first large-scale realisation of that position. Read More

7 Sep 2017 | Melbourne
Here it is for you: Round 2 News Image

We're on our second issue of The STEAM Report and I'm in more mailboxes than a Nigerian Prince. I hope that some of the articles and news are useful to you. Please let me know if you find something that you can use at your school. Two months in and I'm getting more evidence that STEAM is the correct acronym. Read More

7 Sep 2017 | Melbourne
Hot STEAM News Image

With only a few weeks left in Term 3, it’s getting hectic around town again. But if you have a spare moment, you should take a look at some of these activities and events. First, a next year event that's well worth putting into your 2018 planner 2018 TeachTechPlay Conference Thursday 12th–13th April, Melbourne. Read More

6 Sep 2017
K-6 Kiwis on top in Matific Maths Championship News Image

At the end of nine days, Kiwi students in every group from Kinder to Year 6 are on top... and running 1-2-3 in several. Students have attempted more than 5 million questions and spent over 100,000 hours on the website. And it's not all hard work... students are having fun at the same time. Read More

4 Sep 2017 | Melbourne
Spheros in the Classroom News Image

As teachers we need to provide our students with opportunities to learn how to learn, supporting them to find and solve problems. Our role involves developing learners for many jobs that are yet to exist. The critical question we must ask as educators is; How might we best prepare our students for their future? Read More

4 Sep 2017 | Melbourne
STEM to the beat: wavelengths, sound and how radio waves work News Image

As a kid, I always dreamed about being cool and playing the electric guitar. The problem was I couldn't play guitar and I couldn't afford to buy one. When I finally had an opportunity to try and have a go, I sucked and I was embarrassed because there were plenty of other boys in the class that could play it properly. Read More

4 Sep 2017
STEAM in action – Richard III News Image

The bones of Richard the Third were uncovered in a Leicester carpark excavation back in 2012. It was an exciting find, even if the ex-king was missing his feet. But more important than the historical significance was the practical application of an interdisciplinary team to collect information on the monarch’s remains. Read More

4 Sep 2017 | Australia
Ni Hao? Appealing little robots talk, dance and march to students’ code News Image

The Brainary, distributors of those appealing little red and blue NAO robots that often engage teachers at education events, now conduct professional development training on how to use robots to deliver engaging lessons that meet key requirements of the digital technologies curriculum. Read More

4 Sep 2017
Survey reveals Maths and English are most highly valued subjects News Image

Results of the Commonwealth Bank Teaching Awards Survey show that Australian adults think that Maths (80%) and English (82%) are the most important subjects that children should be learning with two-thirds (69%) believing that technology is the most important subject, ahead of science (56%). Read More

3 Sep 2017 | ACT
Engineering is Elementary program for schools launched News Image

Questacon and Raytheon Australia and have marked 10 years of partnership by announcing the development of a pilot of the Engineering is Elementary program for schools. The new program draws from a highly successful science, technology, engineering and math initiative. Read More

3 Sep 2017 | Perth, WA
Brain boost? a headset to stimulate the brain is being developed at Uni WA News Image

Student innovators and graduates from The University of Western Australia are developing a headset that can monitor human brain waves and stimulate the brain to improve concentration and boost the brain’s performance. The headset uses Electroencephalography (EEG) technology Read More

2 Aug 2017 | Sydney
Matific scores two wins at SIIA CODiE Awards News Image

Matific, the popular online maths resource for primary school students, has won two awards at the International SIIA CODiE Awards in San Francisco, for Best Mathematics Instructional Solution and Best Game-Based Curriculum Solution. Read More

27 Jul 2017 | Australia
STEAM versus STEM News Image

STEM has been a buzz word for a few years now. Everything is STEM. Throw money at STEM. STEM will save us.   Science. Technology. Engineering. Maths... it’s catchy. Education stems from STEM, etc. etc. Read More