Establishing a New CoderDojo

  This week I embarked on getting a Coder Dojo established.  The CoderDojo movement is a global organisation of coding clubs that seek to foster self-directed project based engagement with computer code. The process has been relatively straightforward and cooperation of the hosting site has made it much easier to start planning. We’ll be aiming to […]

Are our teachers offered enough to attract the best?

In the ATAR battle, one thing is clear: teaching needs to attract better recruits Lawrence Ingvarson, Australian Council for Educational Research In recent debates about Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) scores we have lost sight of what matters most: the recruitment of high-quality candidates to ensure a strong teaching profession. Teaching has a recruitment problem […]

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Erin Reilly – transmedia and participatory culture

Later this month I’ll be meeting with Erin Reilly, Managing Director + Research Fellow at USC’s Annenberg Innovation Lab, when she visits our campus. Erin has an amazing track record of work and an impressive group of current and former collaborators. While she’s in Perth she has agreed to make time in her very busy schedule to […]

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Online game for schools – solve the world’s water problems.

I’d just like take a quick moment of your time to tell you that Curtin University is proud to announce that it is once again the Australian organiser for participation in the UNEP-DHI Eco Challenge. We’d love to welcome you and your students to Eco Challenge for 2016. You can get a sneak peak of […]

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Looking for creative practitioners for REMIX Museum Hack 2016

REMIX Museum Hack 2016 REMIX Museum Hack 2016 will be a first of its kind event in Western Australia, connecting our best technology innovators, coders and designers with primary school children. In line with STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) principles, hack teams will interpret children’s drawings developed in response to a Western Australian Museum […]

Science denial can be treated like a virus.

Inoculating against science denial John Cook, The University of Queensland Science denial has real, societal consequences. Denial of the link between HIV and AIDS led to more than 330,000 premature deaths in South Africa. Denial of the link between smoking and cancer has caused millions of premature deaths. Thanks to vaccination denial, preventable diseases are […]

Commodifying creativity??

Where do profit and productivity sit in creative economies? By Anne Harris, Monash University Creativity – variously defined as innovation, critical thinking, and cognitive flexibility amongst others – is ubiquitous these days. From creative corporate conglomerates such as Google and Pixar to primary school coders and hackers to creative mathematics, creativity seems to be everywhere […]

Is it the end of the world as we know it….?

Humanity is in the existential danger zone, study confirms By James Dyke, University of Southampton The Earth’s climate has always changed. All species eventually become extinct. But a new study has brought into sharp relief the fact that humans have, in the context of geological timescales, produced near instantaneous planetary-scale disruption. We are sowing the […]

12 ways to deal with a climate change denier – the BBQ guide

12 ways to deal with a climate change denier – the BBQ guide By Will J Grant, Australian National University and Rod Lamberts, Australian National University The end of the year is nigh and it’s a time for Christmas and New Year parties and gatherings. In the southern hemisphere that means barbecues and beaches. In […]

“Survival of the planet is likely to depend on a new growth model”

G20 climate challenge calls for a rethink of economics By Geoff Harcourt, UNSW Australia Business School and Anne Junor Focusing on growth, the Brisbane G20 leaders’ summit has not grappled with three key issues. How much more growth can the planet survive? How can poorer nations raise their living standards to parity with the “developed” […]