What motivates us?

Over the last 24 hours I have been considering many things. As I have done this, one underlying factor keeps coming up and that is what motivates us. This question was raised in a conversation that I had with another person on Friday. I have since been thinking about it in relation to research. What […]

The Big G of Games

A few weeks ago I attended a webinar where James Gee presented on the Big G of games. It is always a pleasure to listen to James Gee and consider the aspects of gaming that he unpacks. He has certainly given me insight into the concept of skills learnt and the literacy associated with game […]

Does everything need to be educational? #Minecraft

I skimmed over The Myth of the Minecraft Curriculum a few days ago and then was reminded about it again this morning due to a friend tweeting it my way. It was also posted in the Minecraft in Education Google+ community and at the time I did not comment on it. However, after my friend tweeted it to me I decided […]

OETC Conference part 3

The last of my posts on the keynote that Yong Zhao presented at the OETC Conference will be short. He focused on Austin’s Butterfly. This story has an underlying growth mindset which relies upon the support of good feedback which enables the student to demonstrate growth and is achieved through the student’s determination to persevere. To obtain this type […]

OETC Conference part 2

Further reflection on Yong Zhao’s keynote takes me to questions that he posed for the audience to consider: What is readiness for life? Are you learning something that cannot be replaced by machines or moved overseas? Are our schools valuing creativity? Does the education system coupled with the other significant institutions in our society provide our young […]

OETC Conference Part 1

Last week I attended the OETC Conference. There were two reasons for attending. The first was to present and the second was to listen to Yong Zhao at the Keynote on the Thursday. Due to still needing to attend to commitments regarding study I did not attend for the whole conference. I attended the pre-conference day […]

How teachers can engage with research.

TERpodcasts latest post How Teachers Can Engage With Research, with Tom Bennett, is definitely worth talking time out of your day to listen too. Go to the website if you prefer to listen to particular sections or you can listen from beginning to end here and enjoy all sections of the podcast along with the main feature. […]

Support is key to furthering education #Tasmania

I’ve been watching the unfolding news around the current educational policy in Tasmania. There has been significant comment made about young people needing to continue onto Year 11 and 12, with particular focus on those living in Circular Head via the ABC News (the special on education starts around half way through the program http://iview.abc.net.au/programs/abc-news-tas/NC1545T030S00). I originated […]

Education is political!

I recently listened to the TERpodcast that focused on behaviour management. The section of the podcast that really interested me though was that of the news and the commentary with regard to the news that followed. Many people fail to see, or choose not to see, the connection between education and politics. I fear that […]

Playing games, what can you learn?

I’ve recently started playing Clash of Clans. Which I do like, I enjoy a good battle and being rewarded for my efforts. But that is not what the game is really about when you join a clan. Being part of a clan that rages a war against another clan is about strategy, if your purpose […]

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