Category: Teachers

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Kristine Kopelke transforms professional development with Learning Hub

Like many teachers Kristine Kopelke wears a number of hats. One of them is a very big hat indeed. Beside teaching digital technologies at Queensland’s Meridan State College, Kopelke is the manager of the Contemporary Learning Hub based at the college. The Hub provides professional development (PD) through online and face to face workshops for educators across... Read more

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Learning for all

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 he lives with a rare condition called oculocutaneous albinism, which makes it hard for him to see images and objects – as well as read. But thanks to his support teacher and the accessibility tools embedded in Office 365, Jacob can now participate fully in…

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Cracking the code

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 of a cupboard, cost several times the... Read more

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From hard facts to soft skills

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 roleplay, the focus is not on facts but skills – and particularly soft... Read more

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Securing our schools

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 security is a vital... Read more

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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 achieve that are radically different than they were in... Read more