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“What do you want to be?” Ummm

One of the first things we’re asked as children is “what do you want to be when you grow up?”
   Most have a pretty clear idea; doctor, nurse, fireman, the dog.
   But that clarity fades as we get older and by the time we’re adolescents many don’t have a clue.
   This is a bad thing as those with a vague idea of their calling tend to earn less across their lifetime. Read More

 

19 Jun 2018
SA’s first driverless shuttle for public roads News Image

Flinders University in SA is giving us a taste of what is to come with the launch of the driverless electric shuttle which will start transporting members of the public around the Tonsley Innovation District. Read More

19 Jun 2018 | USA
Flipgrid’s social learning catches Microsoft’s eye News Image

Flipgrid is a video based social platform aimed at school communities, think a snapchat/ whatsapp/ facebook mashup centred on classrooms. Microsoft has aquired the company and will provide it free to schools. Read More

19 Jun 2018 | USA
Specificity for better results News Image

High school students taught by a succession of teachers who specialised in teaching a subject instead of holding a general teaching degree consistently did better. Read More

19 Jun 2018
Racism reason for indigenous underachievement? News Image

Pervasive, strong opinions about indigenous students and their inability to engage and learn effect their performance at all levels of education and in later life, still, a report to be presented to government says. Read More

19 Jun 2018 | International
Close but here's a cigar anyway News Image

The value of reading material and then taking a quiz to promote memory is tried and true and recent research in the area supports the practice; making mistakes while learning improves memory for the right information. Read More

15 Jun 2018 | Melbourne
Scholarships proposed to encourage men into teaching News Image

Look around the teaching staff of any school and one thing becomes apparent: a distinct lack of men. It’s nothing to be joked about, diversity in teaching staff has been identified as a way of diminishing gender roles. Read More

15 Jun 2018
Using social media for Assessment News Image

I sat in a taxi in Sydney last year, on my way to indulge in another large helping of steamed dumplings in my quest to try all of the top 8 dumpling restaurants Sydney has to offer (as voted by website Concrete Playground). Read More

15 Jun 2018 | Melbourne
Children's reading and writing skills gone to the dogs News Image

Developing children’s reading ability is about confidence as much as smarts and having a gentle, non-judgmental audience to read to helps with building that confidence. Dogs do that very well. Read More

14 Jun 2018 | Sydney
Making young entrepreneurs News Image

With its research driven programs startup.business is doing its best to give a generation of young entrepreneurs the skills and attitudes needed to thrive as the world of work evolves. Read More

14 Jun 2018 | National
Education no guarantee of success News Image

Again, it looks like there is a disconnect between what is being taught and the skills needed to find employment and thrive after education ends; a more careers focussed approach to education is in order. Read More

14 Jun 2018 | International
Hard message for Australians debating soft skills News Image

Creativity, critical thinking, digital literacy, problem-solving and adaptability all fall under the umbrella of ‘capabilities’ but no matter what term is used there are increasingly louder calls for renewed focus on the area in education. Read More

14 Jun 2018
Year 7 bully to high school victim News Image

What goes around comes around, for some that is. If you bully, you’re more likely to continue to bully or receive a comeuppance, however the best strategy seems to be to stay clear of the entire thing. Read More