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Matt Barrie, CEO of Freelancer.com (the world’s largest freelancing marketplace connecting over 20 million professionals from around the globe), has recently spoken out about the Australian economy and his belief that the education system here is in an absolute crisis situation. Here is a little of what he has stated: Most worrying to me, the number … Continue reading

IT & STEM Education in an ‘Absolute Crisis’

Wow! Matt Barrie is now stating my argument re IT Education that I have been pushing for years! I am now even more concerned that we will struggle to recover as a State and Nation: “Most worrying to me, the number of students studying information technology in Australia has fallen by between 40 and 60% … Continue reading

Presentations @ EduTECH Asia 2017

Below are downloadable copies of 3 of my presentations from EduTech Asia 2017 (Singapore). I was also part of the Keynote Panel/Q&A on Applied/Authentic Learning on Day 2 – my supporting presentations for this will be collated with the material from the other Panelists and presented asap by Terrapinn (EduTech Asia). Supporting Presentation for the … Continue reading

Smart Learning; Smart Thinking; Smart Doing

The latest report in the Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) series the ‘New Work Order’, titled “THE NEW WORK SMARTS – Thriving in the New Work Order”, has just been released. Download  from here I have previously commented ( see for example here) on reports from the FYA, which I believe have provided profound and … Continue reading

The New Work Mindset – An Introduction:

This is ground-breaking stuff! This new approach is radical but empowering; as well as innovative and enlightening! To quote from the forword of the research paper “THE NEW WORK MINDSET 7 new job clusters to help young people navigate the new work order”: “There is an urgent need to shift mindsets in our approach to … Continue reading

The Answer to the Wage Gap – Teach Girls to Code

In this short, but inspiring TED talk, Education activist and founder of ‘Girls Who Code’, Reshma Saujani argues that: “We’re raising our girls to be perfect, and we’re raising our boys to be brave…”  Saujani has taken up the charge to socialize young girls to take risks and learn to program — two skills they need … Continue reading

Authentic Learning: Conceptual Understanding Meets Applied Problem Solving

I think that with David B Hawley having been recently appointed the Chief Academic Officer for the International Baccalaureate (IB), the IB has great potential to develop and model ‘best practice’, in learning and teaching. Please follow the link to a great article by David Hawley.  While you may not agree with all of his … Continue reading

Computational Thinking in Education from K to 12: Time to embrace and use to transform the curriculum?

There is a growing awareness, especially amongst IT professionals, career advisors and even parents of school-aged children, that Computational Thinking (CT) needs to be a part of education across the whole Primary and Secondary educational landscape, not just a part of optional IT subjects in the Senior High School years. This does not necessary mean … Continue reading

Edutech 2015: Day 2 Overview

I didn’t find Day 2 as enlightening as Day 1, but that may have been in part that Day 1 was long and exhausting and I was already feeling a little over-whelmed! The first Keynote  was Eric Sheninger a ‘Thought Leader on Digital Leadership’ (I think I’ll award myself that title as well!) Part of … Continue reading

EduTech 2015 – Day 1 Highlights

The first Keynote was Eric Mazur, from Harvard who spoke on ‘Assessment: The Silent Killer of Learning’. This was a powerful, engaging and insightful presentation. He argued that we should focus first on solving authentic problems, and work backwards from this goal to how we assess it and then how we teach it. i.e. Start … Continue reading