Heppell’s wisdom

Stephen Heppell has spent the past two days visiting some of our primary and secondary schools.  The feedback I have received from staff and students has been overwhelmingly positive.  I think he struck a chord with teachers everywhere when he immediately affirmed the work of schools.

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As part of his visit, Stephen presented a keynote which was beamed live into every staffroom.  I’ve received emails from principals saying how refreshing it was for staff to hear someone of his calabre confirming  that teachers don’t need to be experts in technology – they just need to be aware of what technology is available out there and then allow students to  become the experts.

For the first time, we hosted a webcast to give Stephen the widest coverage. Like all this technology it worked well in many places and not so well in others. We know the limits of our bandwidth and cost and are working to improve this this technology into the future. But the point has been made, anywhere, anytime learning is here.

Stephen concluded his keynote by saying that we have the opportunity to do with learning what our forefathers achieved with medicine. A very powerful challenge indeed.

We look forward to our long term engagement with Stephen.


5 thoughts on “Heppell’s wisdom

  1. Greg thanks for the chance to be there. As always it is good to catch up with people in other places!! As always Stephen is inspiring and I loved the way he “worked” the media in response to the questions. I think he challenges us all in the way he is able to “show” us something relevant to almost any question. His experience gives him such credibility and I certainly appreciate the personal challenge he offers me!!! Thanks again and let us know when he is coming back!! Dan takes over tomorrow!!!

  2. I love Stephen’s idea that teachers don’t have to know it all but more so be aware of the technological tools and their potential. The kids will do the rest. I will use this idea in motivating my colleagues to unpack the world of technology and aim for maximum engagement of their students.

  3. In promoting science and technology awareness, however, it is vitally important that the community is able to relate science to everyday life and in this way appreciate how science improves our economic, social and cultural well being.

  4. The statement
    “to hear someone of his calabre confirming that teachers don’t need to be experts in technology – they just need to be aware of what technology is available out there and then allow students to become the experts.”
    really resonated for me. I think some education systems have got themselves really bogged down by believing that teachers need to be experts in a particular application before they use it with students. Going down that path is a road to nowhere. I often have conversations about this when workshopping Atomic Learning. People sometimes say things like – this year we are going to get the staff up to speed and then next year we’ll use it with the students.
    The other concept I find interesting is that of agility. Govts setting a framework and a budget and then getting out of the way to let schools explore and experiment. It’s interesting to see how the various education systems in Australia match up to that way of doing thinks.

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