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."
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. Read More
Creative Minds is an after-school program designed specifically to provide Year 3–6 students with STEAM experiences, challenges and dispositions. The program runs at Ivanhoe Grammar School twice a week with Tuesday sessions catering for Year 3–4 students and Thursday afternoons catering for Year 5-6 students. Read More
There are books and websites out there that can tell you how to do stuff. Our goal at The STEAM Report has always been to give you the same information in half the time – lunchtime reading with a checklist to follow up on. The author has been on Twitter for almost ten years. Read More
I don’t know what they’re actually called. This works for me. Every issue I will profile a useful Twit, for you to build up a collection of people to follow. Steve Brophy is Director of ICT and eLearning at Ivanhoe Grammar, is the Co-Host of TeachTechPlay and is also Co-Host of the Design and Play podcast Read More
It is clear that our students are moving into a workforce that is both unpredictable and precarious. With constant reminders that computers and automation will replace many jobs, we are being urged to ‘teach differently’. Read More
History lesson (from the Rube Goldberg website): Rube Goldberg (1883-1970) was an engineer turned cartoonist famous for his depictions of convoluted inventions that take a very roundabout way of solving a problem. Read More
This is a question you probably haven’t asked me, even in your head. I thought I’d pre-empt the question. The quick answer is: I’m not. I don’t “teach” Science or Maths subjects. I do head up the Technology Department at St James College, and teach Media and PhotoJournalism, Engineering and Design along with my DigiTech load. Read More
Australian schools have seen a huge push in recent decades to bring more computing and IT use into classrooms. Has it produced positive results? The evidence suggests that far from improving student outcomes, our focus on IT has been detrimental. This article discusses the consequences of IT Read More
Stop and really think about how many productive weeks you have until Christmas. I count five in this 10-week term. However, if you have some spare time in this insane term, why not try some of these? Read More
Primary winner Neil Bramsen says "the outdoor classroom is probably my favourite place to be". Secondary winner Brett McKay uses every opportunity to introduce his students to working scientists, including lectures at University of NSW, Sydney Observatory, Green Point Observatory, and the Australian Institute of Physics. Read More
PC charging and secure storage specialists PC Locs has launched the Sphero Charging Case to support school Sphero programs of all sizes, big and small, and the Putnam 16 Charging Station to charge, store and secure 16 iPad devices. Read More
Cyber education is in its infancy in Australia. Few in education know what Cyber education is and how it links with national STEM strategies and the Curriculum Digital Technologies. There are misconceptions and knowledge limitations. For example, the misunderstanding that cyber security is confined to cyber safety Read More