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Don't try to predict the future, hack it

Joe Haig, Director of ICT / ICT Integrator Belmont Christian College, Founder codewiseclassroom.com.au

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."
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17 Oct 2019
Don't try to predict the future, hack it News Image

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."
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26 Jun 2019
Alison Harcourt was the original woman in STEAM News Image

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

26 Jun 2019 | National
UniSA and Balaklava High School collaborate on solar car initiative News Image

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

26 Jun 2019
Sunshine Coast students launch for profit tech businesses News Image

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

26 Jun 2019
NSW’s most inspired teachers coming to virtual classrooms News Image

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.

29 May 2019 | National
Keeping up your cyber hygiene News Image

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.
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29 May 2019 | South Australia
UK Linked Factory of the Future in Tonsley SA News Image

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

29 May 2019 | National
Math teacher shortage worse with more enrolments News Image

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

29 May 2019 | National
Droning in the Classroom News Image

If we are to believe futurist Thomas Frey, drones will become the most disruptive technology in human history. To be fair Frey’s definition of a drone is more than the flying Unmanned Aerial Vehicles or UAVs we typically think of. Read More

29 May 2019 | National
Grant bot uses algorithm to give schools STEAM funds News Image

Grant is kind of generous, if you manage to impress, Grant will make it very worth your while, giving away funds for classroom STEAM resources.
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28 May 2019
Anemones fight back against reef bleaching News Image

They’re strong silent types anemones and they’re fighting back against high temperatures and bleaching. Anemones’ ability to keep producing venom gives them an edge in surviving changes to marine environments. Read More

28 May 2019 | Sydney
Camp Amazon – over $150 000 STEM program for 100 school students News Image

Amazon have launched Camp Amazon to encourage children from underserved and low-income communities to pursue careers in computer science.
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30 Apr 2019 | National
Visible female STEAM role models plan needed News Image

You can’t be what you can’t see and that applies for STEAM career pathways for women, but there needs to be a strategy set in place if strong female STEAM role models are to be made available to young ladies. Read More