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Minecraft wins over Victorians

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


6 Aug 2018
Minecraft wins over Victorians News Image

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

26 Oct 2018 | Global
There’s no kill switch for the creative awesomeness of augmented reality and education News Image

The purpose of this article focuses on two questions: What is augmented reality or AR? How can educators leverage this emerging technology for deep and active learning to promote impactful positive learning outcomes? Read More

26 Oct 2018 | National
Sphero Bolt the most advanced to date News Image

Sphero has launched latest app-enabled robotic ball, Sphero BOLT, building upon the company’s suite of education facing products and it could be yours for free, did we mention free? Read More

26 Oct 2018 | Queensland
Sheldon College’s world beating tech teaching News Image

They don’t just give out Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert badges, you need to be very good at integrating technology with teaching to get one, and recipients join a global elite of 7600 outstanding tech educators, Shelson College has two. Read More

26 Oct 2018 | Queensland
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Teachers at Coomera Anglican College use technology to support student learning both in technology-related subjects and traditional subjects, the technology is supported by rock solid IT infrastructure. Read More

26 Oct 2018 | National
Winners of the Prime minister’s Prize for Science News Image

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26 Oct 2018 | National
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26 Oct 2018
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26 Oct 2018 | Queensland
Machine art master joins QUT News Image

Prof Louis-Philippe Demers’ most recent work – Inferno, is an immersive festival of performances, exhibitions, screenings and panel discussions, Demers will join QUT in 2019. Read More

6 Aug 2018 | National
Game on for 3D Printing News Image

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

6 Aug 2018 | Perth
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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

6 Aug 2018 | National
Why relatable gamification is the obvious next teaching frontier News Image

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

6 Aug 2018 | Western Australia
New Five-Year STEM partnership for Scitech and Rio Tinto in WA News Image

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