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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

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

20 Oct 2017 | Melbourne, VIC
STEAMing home News Image

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

20 Oct 2017 | Canberra, ACT
Prime Minister's Excellence in Science Teaching prizewinners News Image

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

20 Oct 2017 | Australia
Secure charging for Spheros and iPads News Image

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

19 Oct 2017 | Melbourne, VIC
Cyber, the next wave of STEM learning News Image

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

19 Oct 2017 | Melbourne, VIC
Hailebury has lots of Micro:bits News Image

With over 1000 Micro:bits across Haileybury's campuses in Melbourne, students in Years 5 to 7 have been using block code editors and the Micropython scripting language to create a number of innovative solutions Read More

19 Oct 2017 | Australia
Search is on for the next round of Indigenous STEM leaders News Image

The Indigenous STEM Awards recognise, reward and celebrate the achievements of ATSI students and scientists as well as the integral role schools, teachers and mentors have in supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in pursuing STEM education and careers. Read More

7 Sep 2017 | Melbourne
Spheros in the Classroom News Image

As teachers we need to provide our students with opportunities to learn how to learn, supporting them to find and solve problems. Our role involves developing learners for many jobs that are yet to exist. The critical question we must ask as educators is; How might we best prepare our students for their future? Read More

7 Sep 2017 | Melbourne
Hot STEAM News Image

With only a few weeks left in Term 3, it’s getting hectic around town again. But if you have a spare moment, you should take a look at some of these activities and events. First, a next year event that's well worth putting into your 2018 planner 2018 TeachTechPlay Conference Thursday 12th–13th April, Melbourne. Read More