Posts Tagged ‘Education’

A brief history of Fearing Change

June 9, 2018

“The past is a rich resource on which we can draw in order to make decisions for the future”
Nelson Mandela


The graph above highlights the past century of technology change we have seen and it reminded me of the way that we often respond to change.

Consider this timeline of human thought about historical changes in technology:

  • 370 BC: Writing is making us stupid.
  • 1005: Chess is banned in Egypt as it encourages gambling.
  • 1816: Kaleidoscopes are distracting people from the real world.
  • 1880: Bicycles are the most dangerous thing to life and property ever invented.
  • 1888: Novel reading is a ‘mischief’ like drinking. (1907: Too many novels are being read by young people)
  • 1895: X-rays will prove to be a hoax.
  • 1896: Excessive riding of bicycles induces insanity.
  • 1896: Horseless carriages (cars) lack the intelligence of a horse to guide their path.
  • 1904: Brain doctor warns of elongated brains from driving automobiles: “It remains to be proved how fast the brain is capable of traveling.”
  • 1914: Electric lights are keeping people up and addicted to ‘night life’.
  • 1926: Colour films will never take the place of black and white. What’s the pointof Technicolor.
  • 1929: Talking films with gramophones will never beat silent films with live musicians.
  • 1936: Ban on radios in cars is urged for public safety.
  • 1938: Too much reading is harmful.
  • 1939: Kids are spending too much time listening to the radio and not enough time outside playing.
  • 1948: Comic books are turning children into murderers.
  • 1951: Telephones are killing love letters.
  • 1958: Teenagers are addicted to telephones
  • 1965: The abacus is better than a computer because it’s so much simpler.
  • 1976: Pocket calculators can’t beat the abacus.
  • 1977: Watching television causes brain damage
  • 1977: Cashless Society and electronic funds transfer will never be accepted.
  • 1982: Video games should be banned by law.
  • 1984: The Slide rule is as fast as a calculator and its batteries won’t run out.
  • 1984: Teaching children to program with computers will create a “culture of psychopaths” for a “meagre job market”.
  • 2018: Social media, smart phones, video games, etc., etc., etc.
  • 2030: Virtual Reality (VR) turns people into junkies.

Or in summary

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Finally, if you are still worried about our world today, I think a quick glimpse at some more data visualising the important progress we have made in the last two centuries is a good reminder that, really, everything is going just fine …

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(If you are interested, there are many, many more terrific graphs from Our World in Data.)


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.

Yr8 Chemistry Cover sml

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.

Gamifying the Classroom Cover

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:

Yr8 Cells Gamified Cover

Yr9 SciGame Cover

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 ….