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Editorial – Are we running out of STEAM?

Well, no. Obviously. I would be out of a job and all you teachers would have nothing to read. But this issue, I take nepotism to the next level and chat with the students that make up my extended family of teachers around Australia.

Only my daughter had actually heard of STEAM ... and that was because I coached her.

That has not to say that there are not wonderful things going on in the world of education. There definitely are. Just look back over the last few issues. Read More


28 Mar 2019
Editorial – Are we running out of STEAM? News Image

Well, no. Obviously. I would be out of a job and all you teachers would have nothing to read. But this issue, I take nepotism to the next level and chat with the students that make up my extended family of teachers around Australia.

Only my daughter had actually heard of STEAM ... and that was because I coached her.

That has not to say that there are not wonderful things going on in the world of education. There definitely are. Just look back over the last few issues. 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

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