We’re edging towards the end of the year; a time of when bold predictions are often made about 2014. I’m not good at reading the tea leaves but I have been pondering some of the big questions over my morning cup of tea regarding where to next for schooling. At a local level our focus … More Pondering the questions
Last week, the PBL World Australia pre-conference forum opened with an entertaining presentation by four Parramatta Marist students. Cedric, Brad, Wilson and Gavin shared their experience of learning and how it had changed as a result of their school’s approach to learning through PBL. Moving from traditional subject-driven classes to integrated subjects with a specific … More Keep it Real
Last week I had the great pleasure of sitting down for a Q&A with Larry Rosenstock. Larry is the founder and CEO of High Tech High in San Diego and one of the keynote speakers at last week’s PBL World Australia 2013 hosted by one of our high schools, Parramatta Marist in partnership with the Buck Institute … More World Class Leader
A few months back, I received an email from Jack, an ed tech company director who had finished reading Educating Gen Wifi. He felt compelled to write a post on his blog about the book and sent me a link to it. Jack confessed that it wasn’t until he was half way through the book … More Educating parents
I’d never heard of the Green Bronx Machine or Stephen Ritz before last week. A colleague who attended PBL World in Napa, California sent me the link below and told me that Stephen was simply inspirational. This is what education is all about. Jamie Oliver and Yong Zhao would be proud.
This week I’m in South Africa for the second part of the CSCLeaders conference. While en route to Johannesburg, I had time to think about whether schools have passed their use by date. And if so, where do we go from here? I don’t believe the answer lies in dissolving or deconstructing schools but rather … More Use by date for schools?
Jal Mehta, assistant professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education wrote recently that we “have an almost endless list of things that we would like the next generation of schools to do: teach critical thinking, foster collaboration, incorporate technology, become more student-centered and engaging. The more skilled our teachers, the greater our chances of … More Teaching the educators
I’ve just returned from the UK where I had been invited to participate in the CSCLeaders conference. CSC is an annual global conference that brings together about 100 leaders from across the Commonwealth. The conference is run in partnership between Common Purpose and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh’s Commonwealth Study Conference which began in 1956. … More A global village
I noticed a number of news articles last weekend on school funding prompted perhaps by the announcement of a federal election in September. I’ve always stated that we need a common sense approach to school funding. Australia is not the only nation to be facing tough economic times so we need to become smarter when … More The great divide
It never ceases to amaze me how when confronted with challenging issues we tend to default to our past experiences. Perhaps it’s because hindsight provides 20/20 vision or because it gives us a sense of security to cling to what we know. But in a knowledge age, when it comes to solving today’s problems and … More Learning without a licence