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Future workforce requires broad capabilities. A new Mitchell Institute policy roundtable report says young people are ill-prepared for the future of work and suggests that cognitive, social and emotional skills should be considered alongside or contribute to ATAR.

Future workforce requires broad capabilities

The report, Preparing young people for the future of work, says that currently at a system level ‘only narrow measures of education achievement and certain outcomes are captured, valued and prioritised’. These ‘narrow measures’ include the National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) results and Australian Tertiary Admission Ranks (ATAR). ‘Measures which capture broader cognitive, social and emotional dimensions of children’s development exist in the early years via the Australian Early Development Census (AEDC),’ the report notes.

Reform and the senior secondary school. [Image ©Shutterstock/ Stacey Newman] Traditional ways of thinking about learning, assessment and educational qualifications are being challenged.

Reform and the senior secondary school

This challenge is coming in part from the introduction of new learning technologies, but also under challenge are traditional ways of organising learning, such as timed, lock-step courses and age-based curricula. Universities are feeling the impact of these challenges as online courses reshape teaching and learning and raise questions about the future role of education institutions. Schools, too, are being impacted by new technologies and new ways of thinking about learning and assessment.

Senior secondary schools may be less affected to date, but is the writing on the wall? Here are three challenges that the senior secondary school can expect to face. Room 3: Volume 3. Once a fortnight the Teacher team ventures down to Room 3 – the basement archives at the Australian Council for Educational Research.

Room 3: Volume 3

Home to a plethora of texts originating from way back when, we bring you choice titbits from some of our favourite historical titles via Facebook and Twitter. Do you have an old education textbook you still refer to? Tweet or Facebook us your favourite quote with the author and year. Edutopia. One of my favorite rituals of the New Year is putting up a fresh wall calendar.


Like most of us, I rely on an online tool to keep track of daily appointments and deadlines. But the paper version, with all those blank pages, is a better reminder of the possibilities ahead as we start another trip around the sun. Rather than listing resolutions (which tend to get forgotten by the time we flip the page to February), let's consider inspirations for 2016. What's one new thing you want to try in the coming year? To warm up your thinking, consider these suggestions from Edutopia readers.

Bring Coding to Your Classroom Schools across the country are introducing coding to make sure students gain an understanding of computer science. Make Room for Collaboration. It's Time For Personalized Learning In Education. 30 Incredible Ways Technology Will Change Education By 2028. 30 Incredible Ways Technology Will Change Education By 2028.

30 Incredible Ways Technology Will Change Education By 2028

13 Ways Education Could Change In The Next 13 Years. 13 Ways Education Could Change In The Next 13 Years by Terry Heick Ed note: 2 Pieces for Context–30 Incredible Ways Technology Will Change Education by 2028 and Curriculum is More Important Than Learning Technology We recently speculated on the what education might look like in the year 2028 (see the link above), when today’s kindergartners have finished K-12 and beginning their work in the world (or college).

13 Ways Education Could Change In The Next 13 Years

The focus of that piece was technology, and how it might impact the way students learn in the coming decades. This piece is similar, but a bit more focused on the pros and the cons of learning trends, and the ultimate impact they might have on education, and society at large. 1. Modern learners must consume, evaluate, and integrate constantly changing data in highly-dynamic and visible contexts. 2. Rather than measurement, true assessment is the process of uncovering understanding.

A connected culture seeks to see and be seen—to measure itself based on the interaction with others. The 13 most innovative schools in the world. Mathias Eis Schultz Ørestad Gymnasium is one giant classroom, where more than 1,100 high school students spend half their time learning in an expansive glass cube — a "gymnasium," as parts of Europe still call secondary schools — to avoid traditional instruction.

36 Things Every 21st Century Teacher Should Be Able To Do. What should every teacher in the 21st century know and be able to do?

36 Things Every 21st Century Teacher Should Be Able To Do

That’s an interesting question. After just now seeing this excellent post on, I thought I’d contribute to the conversation. I added the twist of ranking them from least complex to most complex, so novices can start at the bottom, and you veterans out there can skip right to 36. 36 Things Every 21st Century Teacher Should Be Able To Do 1. Whether you choose a text message, email, social media message, Skype session, or a Google+ Hangouts depends on who you need to communicate with and why—purpose and audience. Getting A Job Is Not The Purpose Of School. The Purpose Of School by Terry Heick The idea of “work” is present in most modern educational discussion almost entirely under the terms “career readiness.”

Getting A Job Is Not The Purpose Of School

This itself is an interesting failure, as it implies that the purpose of schooling is to prepare a person for “a job.” And to many, this is head-slapping obvious, following the familiar pattern of going to school, getting a job, and paying the rent. Edutopia. Courage is not something that is reserved for leaders.


Tomorrow's Learning Today: 7 Shifts To Create A Classroom Of The Future. Tomorrow’s Learning Today: 7 Shifts To Create A Classroom Of The Future by Terry Heick For professional development around this idea or others you read about on TeachThought, contact us.

Tomorrow's Learning Today: 7 Shifts To Create A Classroom Of The Future

Edutopia. On Changing Our Minds: A Call To Refine Instead Of Replace. Using Iteration To Build Great Schools by Grant Wiggins, Authentic Education Ed note: This post was originally longer, but we’ve broken it up into two separate posts to highlight Grant’s thoughts on making reform last, which can be seen here. Readers will know that I promised a thoughtful follow-up to my previous post in which I criticized DeLisle’s recent Ed Week rant on differentiated instruction. 25 Random Thoughts About Teaching & Learning. 25 Random Thoughts About Teaching & Learning by Terry Heick The picture? It’s Spring, and I missed the sun. On to the random thoughts…

Launching A New Idea In Your School? Some Thoughts For Your Success. Launching A New Idea In Your School? Some Thoughts For Your Success by Grant Wiggins, Authentic Education Ed note: This is a slightly-edited excerpt from a post by Grant on differentiation and the implementation of policy. Looking for a process to avoid bad implementation of what very well might be a good idea? A new literacy program, curriculum framework, technology, or schedule?

Did higher education get these trends right? - Page 2 of 2 - eCampus News. Trends Short term (1-2 years): Mid-term (3-4 years): Long-term (5+ years): Emerging Technologies. Meet The Classroom Of The Future : NPR Ed. A blended learning classroom at David Boody Jr. High School in New York City. New Classrooms Innovation Partners. How Open Badges Could Really Work In Education. Higher education institutions are abuzz with the concept of Open Badges. How 12 Countries Spend Education Money (And If It Makes A Difference) Locally speaking, what our communities spend on education is a pretty everyday topic, especially if you either have kids in school or are a teacher, changes are that you keep an eye on the school budgets and voting options. The Best Education Posts of 2013: The Edutopia Top 10 Deep Dive. Image credit: iStockphoto. What If Students Learned This Way Instead Of That? 10 New Ideas For Learning. LATTICEframeworkPDF.