Summing up nine years of education property policy

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Property can sound like a dull topic, but New Zealand’s Fifth National Government (which has been in power with the support of coalition partners for nine years) has brought property to the fore. Around the country is growing evidence of its policy commitment to ensuring all New Zealand schools conform to a ‘modern learning environment’ … Continue reading Summing up nine years of education property policy

Bernadine Oliver-Kerby: Readers are casualties of her flawed op-ed

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A couple weeks back I happened to hear an op-ed about flexible learning environments delivered on the early show on Newstalk ZB by the stand-in host for the day, Bernadine Oliver-Kirby. I was immediately struck by her ignorance and lack of knowledge. Ignorance of the work of teachers; and lack of knowledge of a subject on … Continue reading Bernadine Oliver-Kerby: Readers are casualties of her flawed op-ed

Countering educational obsolescence

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Since 2011, I have engaged with a term that had become very fashionable in New Zealand education by that time—‘21st-century learning’—and wrote a philosophical paper on the subject for the annual conference of the Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia (PESA) in 2011. The paper, teasingly entitled,  ‘Bits, bytes and dinosaurs’    has since been published […]

Technology – Like the air we breathe

Posted by & filed under BYOD, competencies, digital devices, digital learning, Digital pedagogy, Flexible learning spaces, mosomelt, neoliberal education policy.

I notice that an Australian educator was quoted by the Times Educational Supplement as suggesting “technology is invisible now. Just like electricity, it’s there, it’s an enabler, it makes the connections work.” Indeed. I spent some time observing the implementation of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) in a secondary school last year, and one of […]