I think many people over forty have a problem with technology and the older you are the more technology seems difficult to understand. We always seem to be playing catch up as the NBT ( next big thing) hits the market. New and converging technologies appear and we often feel powerless in the face of … More The next big thing
Earlier this week I had the privilege of attending a graduation ceremony at The University of Notre Dame and witnessed 100 young student teachers graduate. Other than feeling very old, I was amazed by their enthusiasm and energy which was clearly evident in their demeanour. To see this gave me great hope in the future of … More Looking back on 2011
The Federal Government has invested $2.4 billion on the integration of ICT into schools. This is in addition to money our education systems have invested in meeting technology demands in schools. My colleague, Dan Haesler wrote a good opinion piece today on the role of technology and I am the first to acknowledge that technology is a powerful … More Does it really make a difference?
Last Friday, Australia celebrated World Teachers’ Day. As much as it is important for us to acknowledge the work of teachers, I still believe teachers themselves are the best advocates for their profession. There is much good work happening every day in classrooms around the country and too often we never hear about. Teachers are often reluctant … More Touching the future
A colleague recently emailed me a slick video on 21st century education. It certainly ticks all the boxes – clear message, simple design, emotive statements, catchy music. I was impressed but when I watched it again, I questioned whether we are succumbing to the hype of technology? Are we allowing ourselves to be distracted from … More The danger of the hype
Michael Fullan will be returning to Australia later this year and as always, it will be refreshing and stimulating to hear him talk to our leaders about improving schooling. Michael has recently written a paper, commissioned and published by the Centre for Strategic Education (CSE). CSE has kindly given permission for me to include … More Choosing the wrong drivers
The Harvard Education Letter (Vol. 27, March/April 2011) recently published an article on ‘Hybrid Schools for the iGeneration’. These schools are springing up across the US, combining traditional face-to-face teaching with virtual learning, earning the nickname ‘bricks-and clicks’ for its blended methodology. Students spend an average of 50-70 percent of their time in front of … More Hybrid schools
Lynda Gratton writing in the Harvard Business Review believes that the impact of technology, the growth of virtual teams and changing attitudes will mean the end of middle mangers. If technology is having this kind of impact on business – what effect will it have on the way we staff schools? Gratton sees that”technology itself has … More The end of the middle manager?
I thought I would do a video post reflecting on what for me are the three key themes that emerged during my recent professional learning experience. Hopefully, the posts over the past few weeks from Canada, US and Scotland capture the current challenges, ideas and trends across school systems. Two things resonate across the globe … More What I’ve learned
I joined a 1000 educators recently for the annual Quest conference in Toronto. Hosted by the York District Public Schools Board, this conference is widely regarded as a ‘must attend’ event in Canada with a large international contingent. Researcher and author, Don Tapscott gave the opening keynote and mapped the issues with precision. He spoke … More Quest