With the launch of Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park, Perth kids can problem solve, build resilience and practise enquiry-based learning through nature play. Last month, I attended the official launch of stage two of Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park. I got to climb over rocks, poke my head into hidey-holes and even dip my toes […]

Live and experience a trillion human life stories

The globally acclaimed simulation game, RealLives – originally unveiled in the United States in 2004 and subsequently developed in Pune after 2012 – is now being introduced in India. RealLives essentially aims to develop empathy in players – empathy for other cultures, societies, as well as one’s own, thus helping them learn to appreciate the […]

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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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 […]

Climate Change in K-12 Education

Our kids need to learn about climate change By Libby Tudball, Monash University The conclusions published by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) this week provide a wake-up call about the importance of teaching kids about sustainability. The IPCC’s dire warnings are based on new evidence just released on the impact of […]

Pyne curriculum review prefers analysis-free myth to history

Pyne curriculum review prefers analysis-free myth to history By Tony Taylor, University of Technology, Sydney Education Minister Christopher Pyne launched his review of the Australian Curriculum last week and, as expected, the recommendations for the teaching of history left a lot to be desired. Stuck in its “Judeo-Christian” time-warp, the history review is in part […]

EcoChallenge 2015 – Water and Sustainability Game for schools

“Water and sanitation problems have reached boiling point: children are dying unnecessarily at the rate of 20 jumbo jets crashing every single day.” Ravi Narayanan UNEP DHI Eco Challenge 2015 October 2014 – March 2015 Tell your teacher friends and colleagues We hope you will all be spreading the word and will be helping to […]

University cuts take gloss off school package

University cuts take gloss off school package By Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra Prime Minister Julia Gillard aims to sign a critical mass of states up to her education plan before June 30. AAP/Joe Castro The argument that the government has muddied its education message by cutting university funding as part of its package to […]

Why we should never return to the three Rs

Why we should never return to the three Rs By Stewart Riddle, University of Southern Queensland Ongoing calls for a rejection of “intellectual fads” and a return to “more traditional teaching methods” seem to be ramping up in the education debate. But if these advocates were talking about rejecting advances over the past sixty years […]

Corporate co-option of education…

“There are many lessons here, some of which apply directly to you as a learning leader. 1. Educational institutions need and want closer relationships with business to drive their own transformation. You, as an employer, should meet with local universities and schools, and help them understand your workforce needs. 2. Massive open online courses will […]