Learning for all

Two students at desk
Two students at desk

This article is part 4 of a 4 part series previously hosted on BBC. From robots to smart pens, tech can help teachers create an inclusive classroom. At Ulladulla High School, close to the ocean in New South Wales, Year 7 student Jacob dreams of being a coder. That might not seem so unusual, yet…

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Cracking the code

Student showing laptop to other students
Student showing laptop to other students

This article is part 3 of a 4 part series previously hosted on BBC. Learning to program develops a raft of 21st-century skills When the visionary mathematician and programmer Seymour Paperts first introduced the idea of computers in the classroom in the 1960s, it seemed like science fiction. Even the new minicomputers were the size…

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From hard facts to soft skills

Students at a whiteboard
Students at a whiteboard

This article is part 2 of a 4 part series previously hosted on BBC. To equip today’s students for the workplace of 2030, a whole new curriculum is needed: one that centres on skills, not content. In a Canberra classroom, a group of teachers are getting educated. Yet, as they break out into groups to…

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Securing our schools

code appearing over bookshelf
code appearing over bookshelf

This article is part 1 of a 4 part series previously hosted on BBC. Australian schools hold sensitive data on teachers, students and their families. Following best practices can help them keep it safe. Whether it’s a sustained hacking assault, a mischievous teenager practising their coding skills, or simply a logged-in device left unattended, network…

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Cloud streamlines teaching and learning at St Joseph’s

Matthew Gausden took up the reins as director of ICT at St Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace a mere 141 years after the school first opened its doors. Since it was founded the school has focused on producing generations of young men filled with knowledge, humility and wisdom. In the 21st Century the tools available to…

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Scaling STEM education in one of the world’s largest school jurisdictions

Abstract In one of the largest school jurisdictions in the world, Microsoft technology provides the backbone for an innovative program to spark students’ excitement for STEM. In New South Wales, Australia, teachers and administrators turned to Microsoft solutions to solve a fundamental challenge: connecting students’ love of technology to a STEM curriculum that will prepare…

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A practical guide to online safety for your kids this festive season

No doubt there will be at least one device or computer game on your child’s wish list this festive season. So, we’ve put together this simple video guide to online safety for your kids across five simple tactics – Trust, Talk, Teach, Time and Team. 1. The best overall start. Set-up a Microsoft family group…

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Indigenous knowledge and digital skills equip students for sustained success

Education is the best foundation for future success, and in the 21st century success will require digital skills, experience in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths), and an ability to collaborate and to create. But in the race to innovate and transform, it’s critical also to protect and preserve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander language,…

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Canterbury College pioneers digital pedagogies, leverages drones and HoloLens

James Jenkins poses an important question for teachers: “If digital technology can make your lesson either more engaging more effective or more efficient why wouldn’t you include it?” Jenkins is a science teacher at Queensland’s Canterbury College, and also head of the school’s digital pedagogy initiative that has him supporting teachers as they implement digital…

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Tech Schools reveal how fresh thinking and new technologies transform learning and boost student opportunity

The world that awaits today’s generation of school children will be quite different to the one we know now; it will be mobile, technology enriched, increasingly automated, AI-infused and very, very fast. It means that the skills and capabilities that young people will need to succeed when they leave school are also changing. Earlier this…

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