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Don't try to predict the future, hack it

Joe Haig, Director of ICT / ICT Integrator Belmont Christian College, Founder codewiseclassroom.com.au

Maybe we need to rethink the 'predict and position' future-proofing model.
   Educators have always sought to set students up for success by teaching them the skills we think they’ll need. The problem is, none of us know how all the shifts we’re witnessing will settle or what further shifts they’ll trigger. Predicting the future is a hit and miss business. As Dan Gregory and Keiren Flanaghan point out in their book Forever Skills, "There's a reason futurists, social demographers and economists don't offer money back guarantees."
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17 Oct 2019
Don't try to predict the future, hack it News Image

Maybe we need to rethink the 'predict and position' future-proofing model.
   Educators have always sought to set students up for success by teaching them the skills we think they’ll need. The problem is, none of us know how all the shifts we’re witnessing will settle or what further shifts they’ll trigger. Predicting the future is a hit and miss business. As Dan Gregory and Keiren Flanaghan point out in their book Forever Skills, "There's a reason futurists, social demographers and economists don't offer money back guarantees."
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17 Oct 2019 | GC
Game on – first primary school esports league News Image

It’s only natural that esports would interact with education at some stage and St Hilda’s on the Gold Coast is launching the country’s first primary inter school esports competition. Read More

17 Oct 2019 | ACT
New teaching telescope in Canberra News Image

Young astronomers from across the Canberra region now have greater access to high-quality telescopes thanks to the expansion of a unique facility at The Australian National University’s (ANU) Mount Stromlo Observatory. Read More

17 Oct 2019 | Vic
Lowanna College bulletproofs its data management News Image

Schools are increasingly dependent on their IT infrastructure to deliver rich engaging lessons, that means a lot of data generated and a lot of data to be accessed and stored, the last thing you need is constant damage control. Read More

17 Oct 2019 | International
Machine learning catching contract cheating News Image

Three in five University students who engage in contract cheating will be caught by markers using machine learning software, new academic research has found. Read More

17 Oct 2019 | National
Training for the next generation of techies News Image

CompTIA, the trade association for the global technology industry and its ANZ Channel Community are launching an initiative to train and certify 3000 students in the fundamentals of technology.  Read More

17 Oct 2019
Lights on for holograms in your hands and super-fast Li-Fi News Image

Monitoring systems for safer driving, moving holograms on your phone and super-fast, light-based WiFi are a step closer thanks to $34.9 million in Australian Government funding made to The Australian National University. Read More

17 Oct 2019 | National
Lego and Amazon contest – $100k in prizes to share News Image

LEGO and Amazon Alexa have launched a new contest teachers can use as an in-class or afterschool activity using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education EV3. There are also generous prizes to be won. Read More

28 Aug 2019 | National
How education-specific 3D printers can enhance student safety, reduce costs, improve learning News Image

Many schools have tried 3D printing in the form of do-it-yourself (DIY) 3D printer kits. However, when looking to expand use to a larger group of students, these types of printers can’t satisfy the need for safety, ease of use and accessibility. Read More

28 Aug 2019 | Brisbane
International conference set to shape the future of science learning News Image

Researchers and STEM leaders from science centres and museums everywhere will converge in Brisbane to collaborate and generate new ideas about science communication. Read More

28 Aug 2019 | national
Sphero and Littlebits join forces to make play-based learning giant News Image

Sphero and littleBits, the company that invented the electronic building block, have joined forces, becoming the largest player in the play based learning market. Read More

28 Aug 2019 | National
Making artificial intelligence ethical by design News Image

The ‘Humanising Machine Intelligence’ project at The Australian National University (ANU) brings together philosophers, social scientists and computer science experts to design AI that represents and promotes “Australian values”. Read More

28 Aug 2019 | Alice
Outback fossil dig opens student eyes News Image

Country and city high school students have developed a passion for fossil hunting thanks to the annual James Moore Memorial Prize in Palaeontology, which enables them to dig up ancient bones as part of an outback field excursion. Read More