Looking at how digital online environments support teaching and learning

Reflections On Visiting Wooranna Park Primary School

Preamble Early evening, 23rd May 2017. The Victoria University’s Metro Centre on Nicholson Street in Footscray and the Mitchell Institute is hosting an address by Professor Yong Zhao, who the Institute has appointed a Professorial Fellow for his work focusing on the implications of globalisation and technology in education. The topic is “In an era…

Languages for Computers and for People

This blog is part of my reviewing of Seymour Papert’s Mindstorms (1980). The challenge Papert sets himself is understanding why, in ‘rational’ cultures thinking is imagined as impeding actions, and even learning (95).  To examine this view, he draws on arguments about ‘computer cultures’; ‘mathophobia’ as symptomatic of learning in dissociated ways and on the benefits of…

Reading Mindstorms

Introduction: Computers For Children Seymour Papert’s introductory chapter sets out a visionary treatise that views the use of the computer in education as a ‘teaching machine’ (3).  This synopsis of the chapter focuses on Papert’s attempt to create a coherent educational process, informed by his idiosyncratic experience of playing with gears as a two-year-old. Viewed…

PwC’s 21st Century Mind Accelerator Initiative

PwC’s reason for creating 21st Century Minds is to help Australia remain competitive in the global marketplace. The company Australian businesses need to ensure they’re creating the high-value products and services of the future to ensure that Australia has a reputation as an innovative place to work and live… PwC’s role is to help to build the pipeline of innovators and problem solvers Australia needs to become an innovation nation.