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Editorial – Perspectives

Damian Perry

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a secondary teacher at a Catholic College for Boys in Victoria. This newsletter is (hopefully) going viral across the country, being sent to teachers in both primary and secondary settings in every state.

My plan, starting today, is to try and hunt down some different perspectives. How is STEAM being implemented in Primary schools? How is it taking off in Western Australia? What are you doing better than I am? How can I help?

To that end, I also want to start including some practical advice along with the articles. Simple How-Tos that you can follow along with at your school and make the magic happen. This issue, I will give you a basic rundown of Twitter and getting involved in the networking goldmine connected by hashtags and at symbols. You can find me at @puterhead – http://www.twitter.com/puterhead/

With that newfound knowledge, you’ll want a rundown of who’s who in the world of STEAM-Tweets. So I’ve created a new regular article that will profile a popular EdTech Twittermonger. This issue, I’m starting with Steve Brophy, who is a Learning Network all on his own.

Furthermore, Steve has written the feature article for this issue – Creative Minds – talking about a project they are running at Ivanhoe Grammar to get Primary students self-learning STEAM concepts.

Take a new look at the world: there’s always something else to see.


12 Jun 2018 | Australia
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