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The world’s biggest names in education and technology convened at this week’s EduTech conference in Brisbane to share their take on how schools can thrive in a rapidly transforming educational landscape. Read more >

The country's most elite private schools are using sophisticated technology to track information about potential donors in order to tailor their fundraising pitches and boost profits. Read more >

The way we test school students hasn't really changed for 200 years and it's hurting Australian children's education and job prospects, a Brisbane conference has heard. Read more >

Educators told a Brisbane conference students should be able to access the internet during exams while others want tests scrapped. The professor who inspired Slumdog Millionaire by taking the internet to Indian slums now wants Australian students to be able to surf the web during exams. "When the children who come out of school go into the real world, what will they be asked to do?" Sugata Mitra said... Read more >

Sir Ken Robinson, arguably the world's best known author and advisor in creativity and innovation, shares the stage with over 230 other speakers including Sugata Mitra, Professor of Educational Technology at Newcastle University (UK), winner of TED's 2013 best speaker award and the inspiration behind the film, 'Slumdog Millionaire' which won 8 Academy Awards in 2008... Read more >

More than 50% of parents believe schools should make added use of mobile devices in education, new survey finds. A new study of how parents perceive mobile learning and devices finds that many want schools to accelerate their use of mobile devices in the classroom. "Parents with kids in schools that mandate tablet use are significantly more enthusiastic about tablets," Kevin Carman, education marketing director at AT&T, told InformationWeek/Education in a phone interview... Read more >

Built for schools: ThinkPad 11e Series available in Traditional or Yoga forms running Windows 8 or Chrome OS... Read more >

The Axis a new, user friendly and extremely flexible learning platform for primary schools, will be launched at Edutech this year by The Brainary... Read more >

The agreement combines the core skills and capabilities of both organisations to provide best-of-breed school administration and information solutions to the Australian education sector... Read more >

Staff and Students can now Conveniently Work and Collaborate From Anywhere and on Any Device, While Providing Security and Control... Read more >

Distance university students are to conduct laboratory studies of the human body using online virtual patients, clinics, dissecting rooms, labs and diagnostic tools – without ever stepping foot in a conventional laboratory... Read more >

Denbigh International and Xtreme Software, two leading Australian developers of software for the Education sector have today announced that they are integrating their products. Both companies supply school management applications for the K-12 sector... Read more >

The 3D design tablet app 'Maker's Empire', will be launched at EduTECH Australia 2014 from June 3-5 in Brisbane and, in the words of Maker's Empire CEO Jon Soong, it's taking 3D design from the realm of sophisticated CAD software and placing it in the hands of each and every one of us... Read more >

Laserfiche has announced that Adam Galvan Jr, technology director, Edgewood Independent School District, will share the secrets of his success in implementing paperless e-forms at EduTECH, Australasia's largest annual education technology conference and exhibition... Read more >

CleanStream will be launched officially at the 2014 EduTECH Conference in Brisbane on the 3rd and 4th of June... Read more >

As an Australian start-up in a fast moving environment, Softlink is proud to have grown and evolved, and to be celebrating our thirtieth year at this year's EduTECH conference... Read more >

Less than one year ago, 14-year-old Taj Pabari was like any other kid, toiling away on a 3D printer at school (ok, maybe not quite like any other kid). An assignment required the class to sandwich two pieces of plastic together, but where some students simply saw air, Pabari envisioned the makings of a new kind of educational toy... Read more >

Schools will be able to choose to sit NAPLAN tests online in 2017 and the use of pen and paper for the national numeracy and literacy tests will be completely phased out by 2019, after education ministers agreed on the roll-out of interactive testing today... Read more >

Families are prepared to pay higher fees at Catholic schools in Sydney's richer areas if it helps poorer schools, the NSW Council of Catholic Parents says. The council's acting executive director, Linda McNeil, said it was "part of the Catholic ethos" to help the less fortunate, and so long as tuition fee increases were not too extreme, parents would accept the introduction of differential fees... Read more >

Australia needs to stop obsessing over international education rankings and be confident in its own values and vision, one of the world's most influential educators has warned... Read more >

No one is putting pen to paper in Nadia Zananiri's ninth-grade world history class. Instead, every student is hunched over the glowing screen of a digital tablet or staring into a laptop display. One is even plugging away on his phone... Read more >

 

 


Tell us what you have taken away from EduTECH and any positive changes you have implemented in your school or classroom. Share your stories with the EduTECH community.

 

Yes, I’m an enthusiastic convert but I also see the considerable educational benefits in making – of becoming hands-on and embracing a challenge. Read more >

This year at EduTECH I had the pleasure of being exposed to some really amazing presenters and some equally amazing thinking. Over two great days, a host of great educators challenged the way looked my teaching, my content, my relationships, my environment, and most of all, the way in which my students engage with technology. However, despite the vast diversity of content I was continually brought back to three key themes...

Three Key Themes:  
- Design Curiosity
- Let the Students Own Their Space 
- Create Memories

It was from this thinking my students and I have begun creating a completely student owned - student designed learning space.Our current computer lab is depressingly normal. Very functional, signs of wear and tear and no sense of ownership or connection to the inspiring capabilities of technology. 

The cohort, which is made up of 15 students from a range of cultural economic backgrounds, home ICT access and literacy levels, are collaborating through web 2.0 tools to design, research and implement the space they want, even articulating their own learning aims, outcomes and making the connection to ICT, giving them total ownership and understanding of the task.  

Hope you enjoy the podcast below covering part #1 of our journey, you can hear in the student voice the passion they have already to create and own the space, this is driven by their understanding of what the environment can do for them and limitless possibilities. 

Giving students the understanding first and allowing them to create without boundaries, problem solve and own their learning not only allows for true differentiation, but amazing products I could have never expected! 

Enjoy.
Alex Semmens
Follow Alex On Twitter: @AlexSemm

TED is short for connected learning and is the name given to the new program of delivering the subjects of Religion, English and Human Society and its Environment (HSIE) to year 7 students at Mater Dei Catholic College in Wagga Wagga NSW...

The program was implemented in our year seven classes this year, but originated in 2011 when we were engaged in an eLearning audit which resulted in initiating eLearning pilot programs with teachers and students. The strong focus we had was how technology can best support student centred pedagogy. We surveyed students and their engagement in a four week unit of work where technology was utilised in learning and what eventuated was the ConnecTED program.

TED aims to connect both subjects and learners and essentially is student-centred. The program provides year 7 students with the choice of:

- Technology which will best support their learning
- Area(s) of interest they may wish to explore
- How (in pairs or groups) and with whom (teachers or students) they discover new knowledge and understanding.

The great things about TED is not only is it encouraging students to learn in new ways, but it’s also enlightening teachers at our school about the preferred approach some students have in relation to the learning they enjoy.  The TED team of teachers engaged in research and sought the input of key staff at other innovative schools. This supported the TED Team’s commitment to designing new and exciting programs which “connect” the learning outcomes ‘within subjects’; the end result being integrated units of work which “connect” learning outcomes ‘across subjects’. 

We’ve had local university people visit, we’ve had an open day for parents, we’ve had teachers from a number of schools across NSW visit to look at what we’re doing and become emerged in a new way of learning that’s not traditional – it’s an open ended, open style of learning. It’s inspiring teachers to take the initiative to coach and support students as co-learners rather than just instructors in the classroom.

It is important for Imagination, Creativity and Innovation to be a part of today’s schooling. They are three very important attributes required of the workers of tomorrow; who, after all, are our students and your children of today.

Greg Miller
Principal, Mater Dei Catholic College      
@Gregmiller68


 

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