Posts Tagged ‘Education’

The Hot List !!!

October 30, 2017

Each year The Educator magazine announces its list of the “hottest” educators in Australia. And guess who made the cut in 2017, yep – Me …

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See the full Hot List here.

Read more about why I was recognised here.

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How To Learn Faster

October 2, 2017

Year 8 Chemistry is available

June 20, 2017

My latest book, Year 8 Chemistry, is now available for free download for Mac, iPad or iPhone.

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Check it out here.

See more books here.

Did you know, in 2028…

March 15, 2017

What will the world of 2028 look like?

Let’s teach for mastery — not test scores

September 11, 2016

Would you choose to build a house on top of an unfinished foundation? Of course not. Why, then, do we rush students through education when they haven’t always grasped the basics? Yes, it’s complicated, but educator Sal Khan shares his plan to turn struggling students into scholars by helping them master concepts at their own pace.

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world

January 8, 2016

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa, 1993 Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

See …

Gamify your classroom

August 22, 2015

‘Blended’ and ‘flipped’ pedagogies are becoming more common features of classrooms as the technological revolution continues. While the appropriate use of technology in the learning environment can serve to motivate some students, significant problems surrounding student motivation and engagement can remain. As such the gamification of the learning process is increasing.

If you would like to gamify your classroom the following book give a basic overview for all teachers.

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If you are a Science teacher you could start right away with a unit on Cells in year 8, or jump in the deep end and gamify the entire year 9 Science course using the following resources:

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Game on !!!

Did you know, in 2028…

June 8, 2015

This will revolutionise education, or will it?

December 2, 2014

Thousand of years ago most people were ’employed’ in the field of agriculture.

Then a few hundred years ago when the Industrial Revolution occurred there was a gradual shift to manufacturing as a key employer.

Of course as time has marched on we have seen the number of jobs in both agriculture and manufacturing plummet as machinery and automation has taken jobs away from humans.

The constant push for increased efficiency and cost effectiveness will only see this trend continue:
– The transport industry will change it when self-driving cars and trucks become mainstream.
– Retail is already seeing changes to employment with the increase in self-checkout shops.
– Tireless robots will supplant humans from jobs such as cleaners, painters, and many more.
– Computers are already writing news articles.

It may not happen tomorrow, but it will come.

As an educator this brings up two key questions:
1) How do we ensure we are preparing our students for the only jobs that will be left in the creative, managerial and often university degree based fields?
2) Will we as teachers ever be superseded? People have talked about revolutionising education for a long time and will continue to do so. But will it happen ….

The neuroscience of restorative justice

September 2, 2014

Daniel Reisel studies the brains of criminal psychopaths (and mice). And he asks a big question: Instead of warehousing these criminals, shouldn’t we be using what we know about the brain to help them rehabilitate? Put another way: If the brain can grow new neural pathways after an injury … could we help the brain re-grow morality?