Australia is producing less STEM graduates now than it was 10 years ago. The findings, published in Business Insider Australia, revealed the growing challenge for Australian companies to find staff with suitable skills. While 75% of the fastest growing occupations require STEM related skills, the proportion of Australian graduates with qualifications in science, technology, engineering … Continue reading Driving student engagement in STEM through industry partnerships
Education professionals like yourself with an interest in pedagogy and the way students learn best are well aware of the impact the classroom environment has on student outcomes. Research from the University of Salford has found classroom design can have a 25 percent impact on student achievement- positive or negative. The one-size-fits-all approach or ‘traditional’ … Continue reading Maximising spaces as an enabler of better student outcomes
Data is a crucial component to developing a strong, evidence based teaching strategy in schools. However, identifying what data is the most useful to be collected as well as understanding the different methodologies in data collection can become a significant challenge to educators. As schools increasingly move towards a more evidence based practice and data … Continue reading 3 tips on how to collect and manage high quality student data
“A school curriculum that incorporates wellbeing will ideally prevent depression, increase life satisfaction, encourage social responsibility, promote creativity, foster learning and even enhance academic achievement” (Waters, 2014) In a socially disruptive and distressed world, how does a school improve student wellbeing? Through improving staff wellbeing. Positive psychology in education is a proactive approach to increasing students … Continue reading Case Study: Positive psychology at Knox Grammar School
With dramatic changes over the last two decades to modern schooling, 21st century learning environments must now reflect the needs of modern students. The Connecting Innovative Learning Spaces & Pedagogy conference showcased some of the most forward schools in the country with 21st century learning spaces to foster better learning outcomes. We thought we’d share … Continue reading Your virtual school learning space design tour
Saint Ignatius’ College Riverview has finished putting the final touches on their brand new Therry Building. The Therry Building includes flexible learning spaces to encourage more collaborative teaching and learning across four facilities, with space for staff and six House areas (The Ignis Project). Its landscape design also provides opportunities for outside learning and socialisation. … Continue reading A first look at Saint Ignatius’ College Riverview’s new learning spaces
Systematic investment in new learning environments is a matter of policy in many countries. In Australia alone, more than $16 billion funded the Rudd government’s Building the Education Revolution program. Current state government initiatives will soon increase this public investment (Building Future Schools Fund). The need for innovative classroom spaces stems from questions on the … Continue reading Effectively investing in your school learning spaces
The basic elements of an active learning classroom are conventional, there is no one-size-fits all. All school designs are really based on the alumni of the school. To a large extent the brand or the voice of the school plays a key role in spatial design. To achieve the custom fit your school needs, the … Continue reading How can you hack your learning space on a budget?