Review of the Australian Curriculum and Future schools

 

An interesting week with the Review coming out….

Recommendation 18: “With the exception of literacy, numeracy and ICT that continue as they currently are dealt with in the Australian Curriculum, the remaining four general capabilities are no longer treated in a cross–curricular fashion. Critical and creative thinking, personal and social capability, ethical understanding and intercultural understanding should be embedded only in those subjects and areas of learning where relevant and where they can be dealt with in a comprehensive and detailed fashion”.

http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/education-review-overhaul-of-bloated-national-curriculum-widely-supported-20141012-114zkz.html#ixzz3G4mWTcOT

Full review:  https://www.education.gov.au/news/review-australian-curriculum-final-report-and-initial-australian-government-released.

 

“Axing” of the Australian Curriculum Digital Technologies Curriculum Foundation to Year 10

This week’s Review of the Australian Curriculum recommended that schools only introduce specific digital technology subjects from Year 9 onwards, or as an option for the states and territories. Many teachers thought the proposed curriculum was too difficult, especially in the early years – but members of Australia’s technology industry and other academics are dismayed by the decision, saying it will set Australia back internationally in the technology field and will affect the future economy. Jason Zagami from the Aust. Council for Computers in Education posted a response: http://acce.edu.au/acce-reply-review-australian-curriculum-press-release#attachments .

 

However, the Government will spend $12 million improving STEM (science, technology, engineering, maths) education in primary and secondary schools, including $3.5 million for computer coding education and $7.4 million for maths resources. A new Commonwealth Science Council will advise on science and technology issues, including Nobel Laureate Prof Brain Schmidt, Prof Ian Frazer and Catherine Livingstone.

http://www.itnews.com.au/News/396769,govt-promises-12-million-for-stem-in-schools.aspx

http://www.itwire.com/government-tech-news/govenrment-tech-policy/65707-proposed-‘axing’-of-digital-tech-curriculum-causes-outrage

http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/557429/warm-response-funding-coding-education/

 

Avoiding obsolescence: 13 standards for a near-future school

Food for thought and interesting ideas from Terry Heick, founder of TeachThought (which always has interesting articles).…

In 2024 traditional classrooms and pedagogy will have changed quite radically and current models will be obsolete. “Teaching, as we have designed it, curriculum, as we have packaged it, and education as we have promised it absolutely, positively cannot be successful on the shoulders of a single classroom teacher”. Or even 10. Heick suggests 13 standards for a near-future school. These include:

* every classroom should be “published” through appropriate social platforms

* student access to a network of peers, mentors and global “friends”

* artificial intelligence (AI) as a tool  for students to create their own learning experience via their own “Siri”

* students should have endless choices

* self-directed learning, creativity, making, the humanities, emotion and citizenship transcend curriculum and catalyze learning

* all texts (literature, non fiction, social commentary, creative, informal etc) should be responsive – adjusting to a student’s literacy level & reading preferences

* search is dead; research is born – search engines will have been replaced by a hybrid of search, recommendation, crowd-sourcing and “resource prediction” (a personalized learning algorithm that predicts what resource or learning element will benefit the student)

http://www.teachthought.com/learning/avoiding-obsolescence-13-standards-near-future-school/

 

More interesting suggestions from Heick….

Teaching Google natives to value information

10 strategies – not necessarily new ideas for TLs J

http://www.teachthought.com/technology/teaching-google-natives-to-value-information/

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