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.
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.