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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

A Google Software Engineering Job Interview:

This is excellent! If you want to get a programming job could you cope with something similar to this interview technique – one of my ex-students had 14 interviews with Google to get her position as a Google Software Engineer!

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 future of healthcare: AI, augmented reality and drug-delivering drones

Healthcare is one of the most significant areas of growth in the economy, thanks in part to an aging population. And it is also an area that will be very powerfully impacted by Digital Technologies. We can see the beginnings of this in our new ‘Digital Hospitals’, such as the PA Hospital here in Brisbane. … Continue reading

A Reflection on the 1st draft of the QCAA ‘Digital Solutions’ subject:

In October 2015, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk released a statement that the ACARA Digital Technologies curriculum would introduced to all State Schools in 2016. She also stated that: “We must ensure students are the digital creators and innovators of Queensland’s future. Learning coding and applying these skills to real world problems will help students to be critical … Continue reading

Computational Thinking: The Third Pillar of the Scientific Method

In a recent article, one of the originators of the whole Computational Thinking paradigm, Jeannette Wing wrote: “… I knew that in the science and engineering disciplines, computation would be the third pillar of the scientific method, along with theory and experimentation. After all, computers were already used for simulation of large, complex physical and … 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

Outside the Skinner Box

Below is a link to a powerful article by Dr Gary Stager which I think is well written and much needed wisdom in the educational world today here in Australia, perhaps even more than in the US. Some short excerpts: Gary starts with an old quote of Seymour Papert’s: The phrase “technology and education” usually … 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