Articles

Science & Technology

Future priorities for STEM education stakeholders

I decided it was time to interview some very influential stakeholders in the STEM space, and share some of their insights and opinions. How can we raise the standard of science, mathematics and ICT in schools? Good student outcomes are driven by a number of factors, but principally the quality of the teacher. In turn, […]

STEM learning at St Mary’s Anglican Girls’ School

At St Mary’s Anglican Girls’ School, the Junior School leadership team is both deliberate and intentional in achieving a shared vision for STEM. Together with students and teachers, we are committed to our STEM vision statement: “Prepare our girls for a complex, challenging and changing world that will require creative, global solutions” To support this […]

Space & pedagogy

Education no longer a ‘golden ticket’ to full-time employment

In 2018, twenty five year-olds are more educated than ever before. This should be an assuring statistic, a sign of increased career prospects and opportunities for young people. However, 50% of twenty five year-olds are not in full time work, beckoning the question- are we adequately preparing young people to enter the world of work? […]

Powerful Youth Unemployment Programs Run by Corporates

Possessing a strong desire to reinvent education for the 21st century, Jade Moffat has been described as someone who “never sets limits on herself or others” and “is living proof of the power of thinking outside the box to realise powerful outcomes for young people”. She was recently recognized by The Educator magazine as one […]

Evidence based Teaching

Distance Education: Would you like deep learning with that?

Australian universities are experiencing unprecedented growth in distance education. More than 200,000 students were studying in external mode, representing more than 14% of higher education enrollments. Given the large numbers of students choosing to study via distance, or online, what are – or should – universities be doing differently to ensure that these students have […]

Action Now Report: How can we improve the quality of teacher education?

National teaching standards are weakly applied, recent graduates are poorly supported, teacher education providers and schools are not working together effectively, and Australians are not confident in the quality of student teachers. These are just some of the key findings of the Action Now: Classroom Ready Teachers Report. “The evidence is clear: enhancing the capability of […]

Future Skills

Education no longer a ‘golden ticket’ to full-time employment

In 2018, twenty five year-olds are more educated than ever before. This should be an assuring statistic, a sign of increased career prospects and opportunities for young people. However, 50% of twenty five year-olds are not in full time work, beckoning the question- are we adequately preparing young people to enter the world of work? […]

Powerful Youth Unemployment Programs Run by Corporates

Possessing a strong desire to reinvent education for the 21st century, Jade Moffat has been described as someone who “never sets limits on herself or others” and “is living proof of the power of thinking outside the box to realise powerful outcomes for young people”. She was recently recognized by The Educator magazine as one […]

Partnerships

Futureproofing Australia’s workforce with STEM

STEM is often mistaken for coding and technology. But STEM in itself is a way of thinking, it is teaching children problem solving skills, it is more about encouraging children to create something and solve problems along the creation process. With the changing job environment and the prerequisites for the changing workforce, job titles are often […]

10 space STEM activities to engage your students

Could space themed lessons be the next frontier in engaging students in STEM? Director of the Victorian Space Science Education Centre, Michael Pakakis thinks so. “Take any subject and make it space-related. Engagement goes up by 100%.” Not only does space drive student engagement, it can also offer some creative ideas for exploring the interdisciplinary […]