This article was written by Tegan, one of our fabulous Expand Education Coaches 

As an Expand Education coach, and soon to be Masters of Secondary Teaching graduate, it is vital that I understand how students learn.

Three things I have learned that are fundamental in facilitating learning are;

1. Empowering students by helping them understand how to learn can change the way they view learning. If they understand how to take control and responsibility...

July 27, 2017

Returning to Australia after attending and presenting at the Building Learning Communities EdTech conference in Boston, USA I've never been more happy to be working in education.

The Economist's The future of learning edition last month was yet another reminder that technology has the potential to transform education but what matters is how edtech is used. It discusses the best way technology can help students is through bespoke instruction.

For exa...

July 1, 2017

Holidays are a wonderful time for students to take a break, have fun, socialise (offline!) and enjoy sport and creative activities. They are also a great time to get ahead. 

1. Read, read, read. Encourage reading a novel for fun over the holidays or even 2 or 3 if your child is a fast reader. With technology usage reducing the ability of students to focus this is a great way to bring back focus and have true "time out"! They could even visit t...

June 14, 2017

As mothers to young children and in our roles as a GP and teacher we constantly ask ourselves “how can we help our children thrive?”

When it comes to our role as parents we must not only set early limitations on technology use but importantly role model healthy technology habits ourselves. 

Rules regarding technology are important as we know young people are more likely to engage in negative behaviours online if there are no rules for technology use...

May 8, 2017

Irresistible: Why We Can’t Stop Checking, Scrolling, Clicking and Watching is the latest New York Times bestselling book by Australian born New York based Adam Alter.

In this article from The Australian last month Alter discusses Steve Jobs not using technology with his kids and not allowing it in his home. He then goes on to talk about the Waldorf School of the Peninsula which "doesn’t allow iPhones, iPads, computers, etc. And 75 pe...

February 6, 2017

In this Grattan Institute report released today Engaging students: creating classrooms that improve learning.

The report states that, "Learning, not silence, must be the end goal.

The teacher’s ambition should not necessarily be a quiet classroom, but a genuinely productive class.

The broader aims are to help students feel comfortable, be confident in their own abilities, be willing to participate and make mistakes, and be keen to challenge them...

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