The one thing that always amazes me about working in a central educational organisation is the different sense of time. Most schools are winding up the year, closing off things and setting up for the new year, whereas the holiday break for the system seems to be an inconvenience in regards to rolling out change and transformation to more schools. This can feel like two contrasting currents and when they meet it can create for some choppy waters. Subsequently, I have found myself pulled pillar to post this month to get schools over the line, but we are getting there.
Personally, I have continued my recent return to books, reading Laura Hilliger’s Maybe Zombies and Annabel Crabb’s The Wife Drought. I have also been exploring some new (and old) ABC podcasts, including the J Files and Inspired. As well as listening to music from King Princess, Aphex Twin, DJ Shadow and Bat for Lashes.
Here then are some of the other thoughts and ideas that have grabbed my attention this month:
Gill Light unpacks Four Corner’s exploration of Digi Kids, wondering what it actually means to be literate today?
Greg Miller discusses his initial steps in developing an online student dashboard that provides parents information beyond the usual biannual reports.
Bill Ferriter makes a plea for more meaningful homework.
Bernard Bull compiles a continuum of classroom and community learning, from teacher centred to learner led.
Silvia Tolisano breaks the ability and preparedness to learn into six different aspects: mental training, physical training, process, fuel, injury and events.
Quinn Norton celebrates the fun work of learning alongside her daughter sharing some of the resources and strategies she has used along the way.
Audrey Watters defamilarises the stories we sell ourselves about educational technology.
Sacha Baron Cohen discusses the current threat to democracy being served by the ‘Silicon Six’.
Matthew Warren shares research that suggests that the link between social media use to poor mental health are overblown.
Bryan Alexander discusses the different ways that have been suggested to fix Facebook.
Lam Thuy Vo and Caroline Haskins provide some ways to rethink online habits.
Alexander Samuel reflects on tagging and its origins as a backbone to the social web.
Jake Niall discusses the rise of private-school football as the dominant pathway to playing in the Australian Football League.
Sean Michael Morris explores the place and purpose of the educational conference.
Allie Conti documents the way in which scammers work around Airbnb’s terms and conditions to con vulnerable tourists with false listings by seemingly fake accounts.
Dan Cohen digs into the ARIA YouTube Channel to share a number of moments from the past.
Kelly Pendergrast borrows from Jason Moore in proposing that data is the new big ‘cheap thing’.
Graham Readfearn discusses Tom Beer’s research with CSIRO in the 80’s and 90’s exploring the impact of global warming on bushfires
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So that was November for me, how about you? As always, love to hear.
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