A personal journey of reinventing the drama textbook to highlight the relationship between specialist and generic capabilities, especially ‘enterprise skills’.

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…

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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…

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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.

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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).…

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Helping to navigate complexity

In A New Digital Age, Google executives, Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen, draw a vision of ‘two civilizations’.

One is physical and has developed over thousands of years, and the other is virtual and is still very much in formation. These civilizations will coexist in a more or less peaceable manner, with each restraining the negative aspects of the other. The virtual world will enable escape from the repression of state control, offering citizens new opportunities to organize and revolt; other citizens will simply connect, learn and play. The physical world will impose rules and laws that help contain the anarchy of virtual space that protect people from terrorist hackers, misinformation and even from the digital records of their own youthful misbehavior. 

As Schmidt and Cohen explain in interviews and press releases, the three-year project of writing the book, in which they visit thirty countries, was a vital one for them as leaders of Google facing the impending opportunities and threats in the next decade with an expected 5 billion new people joining the Internet.  While not directly dealing with education, they substantially acknowledge how education courses, programmes and projects already move across regional and national boundaries through the speed of the digital transformations taking place.

It is a question on which I am fixated. I dedicate all my time to finding effective solutions that assist schools, educational businesses and organisations creatively deal with the sheer volume of content before us. It is also a subject I deal with through my blogs, for instance, in  

Research & Creativity In Curriculum Design

Cybersafety For Schools

Teaching In Tidal Waves of Information

Benefits of Digitising Historical Archives

Reflections On Visiting Wooranna Park Primary School

What Can Teachers Learn From Content Strategists

Scenarios for a more strategic approach to producing, using and managing content in education