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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.


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
Nicholas Berryman on forging a robotics career News Image

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

6 Aug 2018 | Melbourne
Thornbury High School wins inaugural STEAM grants program News Image

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