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May 18

A look into the Western Sydney University vertical campus

The Western Sydney University’s Parramatta vertical campus is a major economic catalyst and one of the most technologically advanced teaching and research spaces developed in Australia and across the world. The Parramatta City vertical campus, opened in May 2017, is an ambitious project undertaken by Western Sydney University. This 14-storey, five star building is the … Continue reading A look into the Western Sydney University vertical campus

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Jul 17

21st Century learning isn’t just about the fancy furniture

Across the world, education is going through a paradigm shift with a hype around “21st Century Learning”. But is Australia reaching the standard? A recent article, UN agency ranks Australia 39 out of 41 countries for quality education, says it all. “There’s certainly a decline in real terms in the education space in Australia, partly … Continue reading 21st Century learning isn’t just about the fancy furniture

23
Mar 17

Learning Space Design: Gallery of Australian Schools

The financial cost of designing new learning spaces means that it is crucial for schools to get it right the first time around. A tested and optimised process for planning, implementing and measuring the outcomes of new learning spaces is crucial, not only to justify the cost, but to ensure that schools remain agile to … Continue reading Learning Space Design: Gallery of Australian Schools

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Feb 17

Post occupancy evaluation of student participation in new education environments

The teacher is often cited as the single most important figure in teaching and learning environments. Yet, in modern school spaces, teachers need to be responsive to students who are learning and interacting with space in ways that are different to even one generation ago. As such, teachers have to think differently about their authority, … Continue reading Post occupancy evaluation of student participation in new education environments

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Feb 17

A first look at Loreto Kirribilli’s new learning spaces

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The science learning spaces at Loreto Kirribilli have been redesigned to promote the collaboration, synergy and enquiry that are critical to the delivery of 21st century learning skills and programs. The newly designed and refurbished spaces include writable walls and windows that make critical thinking and learning visible. Students are able to express their ideas … Continue reading A first look at Loreto Kirribilli’s new learning spaces

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Feb 17

Designing curiosity & inquiry into physical spaces

The view from my office window is obscured by two large cranes as they carefully manoeuvre structural steel and precast concrete slabs in place for Concordia College’s new ‘Centre for Science and Discovery’. Our previous Science Centre, built in the 1960s when the Western world was trying to catch up with Russian space technology, was … Continue reading Designing curiosity & inquiry into physical spaces

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Jan 17

Why I left ‘Teacher Heaven’ for PBL

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I used to work in Teacher Heaven, one of those schools where you walk into a class and every student is on task, where behavior issues are almost non-existent, where being a nerd is actually cool, and where students want to learn and be challenged every day. However, in Teacher Heaven I was trapped in … Continue reading Why I left ‘Teacher Heaven’ for PBL

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Oct 16

From differentiation to personalised learning: a means to an end?

What is the difference between differentiation and personalised learning? These two concepts have existed for decades in education and have been tried and tested. To most educators, differentiation means adapting some aspect of instruction or assessment to be more effective in teaching and learning for diverse groups of students with diverse learning needs, in the … Continue reading From differentiation to personalised learning: a means to an end?