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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

Developing computational thinking in the classroom: a framework

The new UK Computing Curriculum has Computational Thinking at its core, as these leading contributors note in the attached document: “Computational thinking sits at the heart of the new statutory programme of study for Computing: “A high quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to and change the world” (Department for … Continue reading

QSITE 2014 – Computational Thinking as a 4 Step Process

Conrad Wolfram argues that Mathematics Education today should involve problem solving that is essentially a four step process. His steps are: Posing the right question  – of a real world problem/issue Real world -> math formulation  – that is, state the problem in terms of its mathematics components Computation – solve the mathematics models & formulas … Continue reading

Edutech 2014 & Disruptive Innovation

An alarming call to action by Ian Jukes The closing Keynote by Ian Jukes of the Fluency 21 Project was very powerful and challenging. It had been a great two days with plenty of impressive presentations from such luminaries as Sir Ken Robinson and Sugata Mitra, to the excellent Jenny Luca and a very impressive … Continue reading

Introducing Computational Thinking Into Your School

Some initial thoughts and proposals: We are failing our students. The great majority of our high school students in Australia are leaving school without any significant awareness that the world of employment has changed, especially in the area of 21st Century Skills and STEMx[1] careers. Computational Thinking[2] is now being recognized as that vital, to … Continue reading