Schools around the world are changing. In this self-paced course, you'll learn how to create modern learning experiences your students need to thrive.
Building on the work of the 10 Principles for Schools of Modern Learning whitepaper, this course looks like an interesting opportunity to work collaboratively to develop a clearer appreciation of modern learning. Not sure if I will participate, but definitely interested.
In 1945, when Bennett Cerf of Random House was preparing to send to the printer An Anthology of Famous English and American Poetry, he omitted twelve early poems by Ezra Pound included in a 1927 anthology on which the new book had been based. In the years since those poems, Pound had become notorious for his fascist politics and florid anti-Semitism. W.H. Auden, one of Cerf’s authors at Random House, wrote Cerf some letters about Cerf’s action and its consequences that may still be clarifying today. “I think your very natural abhorrence of Pound’s conduct has led you to take the first step which, if not protested now, will be followed by others which would horrify you,” he wrote.
We believe teachers should be heard more clearly in the conversations about evidence; policy makers and other decision-makers need to listen to teachers. The type of evidence that teachers want and can use should be basic to any plan around ‘evidence-based’ or ‘evidence-informed’ teaching in Australian schools.
Meghan Stacey and Nicole Mockler share some of their finding associated with what evidence teachers value in the classroom. This is in contrast to external meta research.
Luxembourg is just about to make its public transport free. The first country (albeit a small one) to do so. But do the promises of a cleaner, less congested urban environment really stack-up?
In this edition of Future Tense, Antony Funnel looks at the positives and negatives to free public transport. This includes questions around accessibility, frequency and public value. He also wrote a pieces for ABC News, which can be found here.
Beninese musician/activist/genius Angélique Kidjo has released a tribute to Talking Heads' Remain in Light and IT. IS. FUCKING. AMAZING.,Angélique Kidjo is a Beninese musician of enormous talent and repute (and three Grammys!); with 10 brilliant albums to her credit; album number ten is special, though: a tribute to Talking Heads…
It is always interesting to hear this reimagining of the Talking Heads. Kidjo both brings a new sound to the songs, as well as placing the music in a whole new context.
In short, the future will have much resonance with the present, but it will be one where the relationship between people and increasingly powerful technology is one that is constantly examined and negotiated. I would not expect any grand revolution in the higher education space, the much quoted concept of disruption is almost entirely absent and inappropriate in this space. So don’t expect the type of future often predicted by educational technology entrepreneurs, with all existing universities made redundant by a new technology centric model. Instead we see a continual model of innovation, testing, adaption and revisiting within the constraints of an existing, and robust system.
Martin Weller responds to a request to predict the future of higher ed by identifying four rules:
- Very little changes, while simultaneously everything changes.
- Change is rarely about the technology.
- Appreciate the historical amnesia in much of educational technology.
- Technology is not ethically or politically neutral.