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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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28 Mar 2019 | National
Promoting engagement and more importantly retention of girls in STEM News Image

There are a diverse range of barriers and drivers that inhibit or enhance the engagement and retainment of girls in STEM-related pathways. The drivers often vary depending on the barriers that arise. Read More

28 Mar 2019 | International
Twits – Dr Linda McIver News Image

I have been following Linda McIver for a few years now. She is passionate about education and a huge advocate of STEM/STEAM in schools.
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28 Mar 2019 | National
sTeAm – A bald man in red, green and blue News Image

This article shows how we can extend Art into the STEAM domain. I will use an example lesson from my Media class to give students a better understanding of how image manipulation software represents colours for digital portfolios. Read More

21 Feb 2019 | National
Editorial – Burnt out News Image

So much to do, so little time. It is a trite phrase, but when I found myself as the only DigiTech teacher in the school, it suddenly gained a lot more meaning.
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21 Feb 2019 | International
Google’s mad playground News Image

The good thing about being one of the most successful companies of all time is that it gives you the opportunity to play around a bit and Google has done a lot of that. Read More

21 Feb 2019 | Victoria
What I did on my summer vacation News Image

Have you ever gone onto eBay and just randomly bought a heap of electronics components because they might one day be useful? And have you then had the conversation with your (non-teacher) spouse that goes... Read More

21 Feb 2019 | National
Stuff we want News Image

Nintendo’s Labo project kits use their hugely popular Switch handheld gaming device and leverage them into building and engineering and design, and Y Soft has a great print management system for 3D print. Read More

21 Feb 2019 | International
Collaborative gamers are smarter News Image

So, the kid is a gun at League of Legends, not quite the same as school dux is it? Well that mightn’t be entirely true; it looks like being good at Multiplayer Online Battle Arenas (MOBAs) is a strong indication of high intelligence. Read More

21 Feb 2019 | National
What’s on in STEAM? News Image

Plenty on in the STEAM world in the next couple of months, look out for conferences like DigiCon and The Australian Council for Computers in Education conference, and terminators. Read More

21 Feb 2019 | National
How to keep students in maths News Image

How do you get people to want to do maths? It’s a question that definitely needs answering and two clever chaps from Melbourne have worked out a method that seems to work. Read More

21 Feb 2019 | NYC
Vocational school reiterated News Image

There’s not a lot to distinguish Brooklyn STEAM Center from a start up, people brain storm, use high end computers and are situated at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, a hub of tech in New York City. Read More

21 Feb 2019 | International
Twits: Roland Gesthuizen News Image

I still don’t know what to call a Twitter regular, and now the name has stuck. This issue, we look at the phenomenon that is Roland Gesthuizen.
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