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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

Teaching Digital Technologies/Computational Thinking in Junior High

I believe that the evidence is extremely strong that Digital Technologies should be a separate subject in Years 7 and 8 in Australia. This evidence is not only from peak IT Educational bodies, but from all the leading IT Professional associations; from our leading politicians; as well as from the experiences in the USA, New … Continue reading

Computational Thinking As A 4 Step Process

Gave this presentation to the ‘Teach Kids to Code’ Conference which was part of EduTech’s Future Schools 2015 Congress in Sydney March 11-12. http://www.slideshare.net/StrategicITbyPFH/computational-thinking-a-revolution-in-4-steps Here is a link to the PPT version  Computational Thinking As A 4 Step Process  

FutureSchool 2015 – Sydney

Next month I will be one of the presenters at the FutureSchools 2015 Conference ‘Teaching Kids to Code’. I will introduce the 4 Step Approach to Computational Thinking with some examples, including  some student projects and apps that have followed this approach from problem definition to application implementation. For details see http://www.futureschools.com.au/agenda_teachingkidstocode.html I will also … Continue reading

Review of ACARA Digital Technologies Curriculum

Not Just A Re-view but a Re(turn)View: – Travelling backwards in more ways than one The Review of the Australian Curriculum – Final Report (10th Oct. 2014) by the reviewers Dr Kevin Donnelly and Professor Kenneth Wiltshire AO, was publicly released a few days ago. The recommendations in this review have been met with great dismay … Continue reading