Re-Inventing Textbooks

In this blog, I begin my exploration of producing a textbook teaching and learning in a digital age, an age which has been characterised as bringing disruption through an ‘information tsunami’ while simultaneously enabling education writers to by-pass large publishers and self-publish. What innovations to the content and form of the textbook will technologies give rise?

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 … Read moreLanguages for Computers and for People

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 … Read moreReading Mindstorms

Where Are We Going With Drama in the Primary Classroom?

The whole school plan presented by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority shows how the primary school curriculum still provides Visual and Performing Arts through specialist instruction. However, are surrounded by literally thousands of articles, blogs and dozens of reports and books on that advocate accessing Drama and The Arts for every primary student in every Australian school through generalist teachers become more arts aware.  How should this come about? In this blog, I look at the important work of Professor Robyn Ewing and ask will her vision of an unrealised arts education potential ever be realised in the current climate in which we are re-defining the relationship between generalist and specialist in more than the Arts in primary schools.

Going To A Rainforest With Six-Year-Olds

  The 1998 primary arts publication I worked on, which brought together a number of cross-curricular arts project for primary schools, is pictured on the right. Five arts education associations in Dance, Drama, Media, Music and Visual Arts commissioned the resource, and it was my role as chair of the joint committee to oversee the collection and to … Read moreGoing To A Rainforest With Six-Year-Olds

Drama Educators Are Innovators In Using Technology In Classrooms

The size of data, the ‘knowledge economy’ feels overwhelming. For this reason, I believe it’s useful to view case studies of what others are doing in applying technologies creatively, to see what is possible and how you stand it relation to the fast evolving scene. I recommend reading the case studies in Drama Education with Digital Technology (2009). … Read moreDrama Educators Are Innovators In Using Technology In Classrooms