Recently, Australian Catholic University Vice-Chancellor, Prof Greg Craven, spoke at the National Press Club on the issue of teacher quality, arguing that the ATAR (tertiary admission rank) is a deficient indicator for selection of candidates into teacher training degrees. His comments were made in response to the NSW Department of Education’s Great Teaching, Inspired Learning … More What makes a good teacher?
I had the privilege of opening the Building Learning Communities conference (#BLC12) in Boston last week with Alan November from November Learning – an international leader in education technology. BLC started with a group of 20 friends and has grown into an international exchange of ideas with over 90 workshops presented throughout the three days. … More The exchange of ideas
The release of the Gonski panel’s report into school funding last week highlighted the need to focus our resources and energies where its most needed: quality teaching and teachers. Last week I had the wonderful opportunity of visiting schools in remote NSW and speaking to teachers about the challenges that this kind of remoteness brings. … More Collaboration by accident
I had a wonderful experience this morning at 3am with around five thousand educators from across the globe during Cisco’s Virtual Forum for Education Leaders. (To watch speaker sessions, you’ll need to register. Videos will be available for six months). It is amazing how quickly technology is developing to allow ‘just in time’ collaboration and communication. As one of the contributers to … More Cisco Education Leaders Forum
Another school year has ended with some great results in the Higher School Certificate. Well done to the teachers who have laid the foundations on which our departing Year 12 students will build upon next year. Behind every successful student is a great teacher supported by a collaborative team of other professionals and instructional leaders. … More Just a teacher
Has anyone watched Sesame Street lately? It’s been a while since I’ve watched it despite being one of the longest running and probably most loved children’s TV programs in the world. The success of Sesame Street is in its ability to make learning fun for young children. Recently, I tuned into a segment at the … More Abby’s Flying Fairy School
Interesting study reported in the Daily Telegraph from the University of Western Sydney and University of Technology, Sydney on a looming shortage of teachers. We’ve known for a long time that our baby boomer teachers will retire in the next decade and this is one of the big challenge for all education systems. The report warns … More Teacher shortage
An interesting article in the weekend paper posing the perennial question: do social networking sites cost productivity at work? (N.B I recall the same question being posed a decade ago when MSN Messenger was popular). Kath Lockett writing in MyCareer (5-6 June 2010) cites a survey of the top 500 US Business in which 60% said … More Banning connectivity
There are no short cuts and there are many legitimate responses to new learning spaces. Stephen Heppell’s advice to teachers asking how they should work in new learning spaces is the simplest and clearest I’ve heard The key message here is to be inquisitive, innovative, and collaborative – there is no roadmap. And that’s part … More Teachers ask how
Space Unlimited is a great concept that brings together students, educators and industry to solve real-world problems. Schools should be a microcosm of society – not an isolated experience but part of communities and open to the input and experience of other educators whether it be parents, professionals or experts.