Not long ago gamification was a bit left field, after all learning is learning and playing is playing and each should stay in their lane, no?
A few years in and it’s looking like a definite no, gamified learning has shifted from something that was set as part of homework, sometimes, to front and centre in class where gamified tasks seem to be a natural fit; they’re collaborative, accommodative of varying ability levels and engaging.
“I’ve been in the business for four years and at the start there was the perception that this wasn't much good. Now we’ve been able to prove educational outcomes, show how kids are improving and we’ve also been able to show how easy it is for teachers as well, how gamification is making their lives easier,” says Literacy Planet CEO Adam McArthur – Literacy Planet is an online reading and writing resource. Read More
littleBIGidea invites Aussie kids in grades three to eight to enter their innovative ideas for the chance to win a trip to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in the USA.
There is a strange new world coming and a holistic approach to equipping people to survive in a workforce which competes directly with machines is needed.
Teachers told Google they wanted to make grading easier so they could spend less time on rote grading tasks and more time helping their students; Google listened, releasing enhancements to their education suite. Read More
Taronga Zoo is awesome, but for many the hike to Sydney isn’t possible, enter Google expeditions who can take you there virtually.
Getting busy making stuff is a tried and true way of stimulating young kids’ brains and Osmo is taking it next level, integrating hands on play with technology.
In a time when women seem to have disengaged from STEAM subjects Alison Harcourt’s story is inspiring; she was doing STEAM way before the acronym raised its head. Read More
The University of South Australia will work with Balaklava High School to develop a new integrated learning program that will see staff and students at the school build a solar car to compete in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. Read More
The all-girl team RoboGems from Chancellor State College on The Sunshine Coast took out the top prize at the Mayor’s Telstra Innovation Awards with their entry of Parki-bit, a wearable device aimed at assisting sufferers of Parkinson’s disease. Read More
A geography teacher from East Maitland, a visual arts teacher from Condell Park, and a mathematics teacher from South Grafton are three of five educators who are on the path to becoming ‘classroom pioneers’. Read More.
Cyber-attacks on Australia’s education sector have dropped to 18% (down by 32% from 2017) which saw the sector leave the top spot of most targeted.
A proposed $50 million Flinders University-led Australian Centre for Innovative Manufacturing (ACIM) at Tonsley will be the nation’s first reconfigurable ‘Future Factory. Read More
The shortage of Maths teachers is well documented and has been for some time, a shortage has been appreciated since the 1980s, the problem will only get worse as enrolments increase. Read More