Tag: learning

Education

Blended learning at its finest – A Melbourne Girls Grammar School case study

In an age of technology obsession, distractibility and desensitization, the models of teaching that once served us are decreasing in relevance. Exposure to apps, television and social media channels - all vying for our attention with progressively fascinating stimuli – have hardwired the brains of young people, making it increasingly difficult to captivate their attention…

18 Jul 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Education

Teachers or Scientists – whose evidence do we want?

The word ‘evidence’ is undoubtedly one of the education sector’s biggest buzzwords this decade. In just a few years, the concept of evidence-based teaching (EBT) has achieved widespread acceptance – with few people disputing that if a teaching method is backed by ‘evidence’, it is inherently better than one which isn’t. But despite this, there…

4 Jul 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Education

Can robots write poetry?

Can robots write poetry? Provocative questions like this are now beginning to replace traditional academic subjects in schools, according to Peter Mahony of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences. Instead of isolating Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM), several pioneering schools throughout Australia are now delivering multidisciplinary, project-based lessons, that are centered around…

15 May 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Education

Giving gifted children the education they deserve

Teaching gifted children is a rewarding but often challenging experience. Just like any other student, gifted children have a right to an education which stimulates and stretches them. But without adequate learning experiences, they can easily become bored and disengaged; often underachieving in spite of their immense capabilities. With this in mind, Sydney Catholic Schools…

2 May 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Education

The importance of STEM in preparing for the fourth industrial revolution

We are on the brink of a fourth industrial revolution and Australia must increase participation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects to meet the demands of its evolving job market. Our current education system isn’t converting enough students into modern, high-level professions such as nanotechnology, bio-engineering and computer science – yet these are…

23 May 2017, by Amy Sarcevic

Education

Teaching gifted children

Teaching gifted students is no easy feat. Easily bored and often more knowledgeable than their teachers, these children frequently come in the guise of class nuisances or even under-performers. Yet, like any other child, gifted students have a right to an education which stimulates and stretches them. The question is ‘how?’. Christine Ireland of AAEGT…

20 Feb 2017, by Amy Sarcevic

Planning & Design

The link between pedagogy and the physical environment

Without doubt the key contribution an Architect or Designer can make to the classrooms of today and tomorrow is to form a link between pedagogy and the physical environment. Designing for the 21st Century is critical to student success and teacher well-being. Imagine a small group of students tasked with discussing and building a cardboard…

11 Oct 2016, by test test

Education

Leading change in teaching and learning: What are the greatest challenges?

In an increasingly competitive higher education market, improving the quality of teaching and learning is clearly vital – but the structural and cultural barriers to change remain formidable. We asked several of the sector’s leading experts, all speakers at the Future of Learning in Higher Education Summit in February, what they consider to be the…

4 Dec 2014, by test test

Education

Academia benefits from government higher education funding

The Australian government will be investing an additional $5 million in higher education grants and fellowships. The funding - introduced under the 2014 Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT) programme - will go towards improving teaching and learning outcomes in a number of key areas. Of the $5 million, $3.1 million will go towards more than 20…

23 Jun 2014, by test test

Leadership & Communication

‘Practise leadership skills’ over Xmas period

Managers should continue practising their leadership skills over the Christmas holiday season, a leading industry body has advised. The Australian Institute of Management (AIM) said that while the festive period is often a time for family and friends, it is also when people evaluate their career and consider ways to boost their professional status. Vivienne…

6 Jan 2014, by test test