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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

27 Apr 2018 | National
#PrimarySTEMChat News Image

A huge part of being a good STEAM-powered teacher is staying connected. PLNs (Personal Learning Networks) on Twitter are a fantastic way to link up with like minded teachers. Read More

27 Apr 2018 | National
New STEAM lessons for primary classes News Image

Add an ‘A’ for arts to science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) with Cool Australia’s brand-new package of primary lessons STEAM Made Simple, there are six lessons to help students develop their creativity. Read More

26 Apr 2018
Nepotism – How much does STEAM affect teachers’ lives? News Image

In general, if you grow up with teachers, you either become a teacher or run like hell from the profession. I know a LOT of teachers. Mum, until recently, taught at a primary school. Dad (before he died) worked his way up to principal... Read More

26 Apr 2018
Practical applications in STEAM – Maths News Image

The problem I’ve always had with Mathematics as a subject is that is the most often looked at as an “open to page 23, do every odd exercise. Test on Monday” subject. Read More

26 Apr 2018
Want to take 3D printing to the next level? News Image

The Brainary has teamed up with the world leading Australian 3D printer company, ME3D, to bring together Robotics and 3D printing. The idea is that the two can be used together so students can create their own robot from scratch. Read More

26 Apr 2018 | National
Twits: Rachael Lehr and Fiona Hudson News Image

This issue, I wanted to do a joint Twits, because these two work as a pair, organising a very popular weekly hashtag called #PrimarySTEMChat. Every week, they present a number of questions to teachers involved in the chat. Read More

11 Mar 2018 | Melbourne
Issue 5 – Editorial News Image

Five issues in and the world is already changing. Education Minister Simon Birmingham says that the government will consider bringing former tradies and nurses into teaching with changes to the registration process. Read More

11 Mar 2018 | Tasmania
Maths stands to be the real winner from STEAM News Image

I approach my curriculum planning in the way I approach much of my life: I work out what I want to achieve and then I work out how to do it so I keep a short note on my computer’s desktop reminding me what it is I want to achieve. Read More

10 Mar 2018
Robots: 73 international and Aussie teams competing at Sydney Olympic Park News Image

High school teams from across the Asia Pacific have descended upon the Quaycentre to battle it out at the FIRST Robotics Competition Australian Regionals. The Power UP competition kicked off on Sunday 11 March with three-team alliances facing off in the two-and-a-half minute matches. Read More

8 Mar 2018 | Melbourne
Practical Applications in STEAM – The Evil League of Evil News Image

I honestly believe that we are beyond keeping our best lesson plans for ourselves. Yes, you might take my unit of work and give it to a graduate and that saves you from hiring me at the top pay scale and… Read More

8 Mar 2018 | Melbourne
Twits: Deb Hicks News Image

I don’t know what they’re actually called but every issue I will profile a useful Twit, for you to build up a collection of people to follow. Deb Hicks is an ICT coach and began tweeting to share resources and develop a personal learning network. Read More

8 Mar 2018 | Canberra
PM's Prizes for Science nominations close 26 March News Image

Get in quick or miss out; the nominations for the 2018 Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science entries close in less than three weeks and the upside is pretty sweet, prize money ranges from $50,000 up to $250,000. Read More