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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

8 Mar 2018 | Victoria
10,000 students now have access to tech school in central Victoria News Image

The new Ballarat Tech School has opened, giving students from 15 secondary schools in Ballarat access to the latest technology and innovative learning programs. Read More

8 Mar 2018 | Oregon
Soft machines on the way News Image

Everyone’s favourite, well mine anyway, Terminator was the one who assumed the persona of a policeman, you know the one who could fashion a horrible poker out of a finger and do unspeakable things to people. Guess what?... Read More

28 Nov 2017 | Sydney
University of Sydney signs world-first agreement with Dropbox to bring collaboration to all faculties, staff and students News Image

Sydney University gets a lot of things right and for that reason it’s in the top 100 globally, so the university’s recent agreement with Dropbox to roll it out campus wide in a world first 67,000 user agreement is a pretty strong endorsement. Read More

28 Nov 2017 | Melbourne
Gaming education News Image

If there was one thing that came out of the recently released Digital Australia Report which looked into the effects of gaming in Australia it’s that video games have infused every part of the society. Read More

22 Nov 2017 | Melbourne
Editorial – Perspectives News Image

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

21 Nov 2017 | Melbourne
Creative Minds News Image

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

21 Nov 2017 | Melbourne
How-to: Twitter News Image

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

21 Nov 2017 | Melbourne
Twits: Steve Brophy News Image

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

20 Nov 2017 | Perth
Confessions of an IT Manager News Image

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

20 Oct 2017 | Melbourne, VIC
What a Rube! News Image

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

20 Oct 2017 | Melbourne, VIC
What gives you the right …to talk to me about STEAM? News Image

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

20 Oct 2017 | Australia
Computer failure News Image

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