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THIS IS REAL LIFE!

When will I ever use this in real life? How often have you heard this (or words similar) ringing across your classroom? When students encounter a concept that is totally new, confusing, or just doesn’t seem relevant to their own life the shutters will often come down. Why bother learning this intricate math formula when… Read more

The Human Touch

Many jobs have been replaced by automation, with many more to follow. This has been happening for many years now, from factory assembly lines, to self-serve checkouts and even the performance of intricate surgeries. Recently you might have noticed automated orderlies delivering equipment at some of Australia’s hospitals, or even been assisted by a humanoid… Read more

LEARNING TO ADULT – LIFE SKILLS IN SCHOOLS

A recent Monash University survey found that Australians would like to see ‘life skills’ taught in our schools. The kinds of things mentioned ranged from technology and coding (the skills that were considered important for future employment); but also covered budgeting, job preparation and domestic tasks. The demand for what one survey respondent called ‘learning… Read more

Why kids should be taught how to start a business at school

Nigeria and Kenya are actively tackling their high youth unemployment rate by ‘equipping children with entrepreneurial skills while they’re still at school’. The African continent simply doesn’t have the jobs to employ everyone leaving school; so equipping students with the ‘essential foundational knowledge and skills such as emotional intelligence and risk taking’ will help them… Read more

GOOD INSTEAD OF EVIL

Information Technology is a part of everything we do, at home, at school, at work, in government, business and the community. But it’s about more than just computers. It includes all of the technology that allows us to share and store information. That is all of our devices, television, the radio, the Internet and the… Read more

THE NEW WORK REALITY

  For at least the past century, Australia’s promise to our young people has been that education is their ‘golden-ticket’ to a full-time job. That promise is now at risk. So begins the forward to the Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) 2018 report ‘The New Work Reality’. It’s nothing we are unaware of, and it… Read more

Slow it Down

Well, here we are again at the beginning of another year. Welcome back! One of our blog posts last year, mused on the question of why teachers (and as we were reminded – support staff), are so tired. It’s a common theme, not only in education, but also in other professions. The thing about today’s… Read more

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