Ballarat Grammar teacher to attend Women in Agri-tech Education Symposium

BALLARAT Grammar agriculture teacher Noni Gabb is one of 15 female teachers chosen to attend the Women in Agri-tech Education Symposium in Brisbane next year, after a nationwide search. “I’ll be able to bring back new and emerging tech that I haven’t been exposed to and be able to teach in a lot more detail,” Ms Gabb said. “And I hope to find technologies that are relevant to all the enterprises that my students are interested in.” The two-day symposium kicks off a long-term project to increase digital literacy in…

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6 ways tech will change education forever

Technology has always been a driving factor in different aspects of human life. It has changed the way we live and perform various activities. One of the aspects of our lives that has been subjected to many changes due to the latest rapid developments in digital technologies is education. The advancement of digital technologies has opened up many opportunities for improving education and allowing people to learn better and faster. Today, we are going to give you the 6 most impactful ways technology is changing education as we know it. Tech empowered classrooms One…

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The financial plumbing of university education

In 1997, the Dearing Report recommended the widespread use of government loans to pay for university degrees in the UK. This, as we all now know, came to pass. The government-commissioned report also briefly touched on ways of securing private capital for higher education, one method of which would involve selling the government’s rights to the debt repayments. The authors were dismissive of this idea. Student loan debt, they wrote, “is a novel financial asset, which potential purchasers would be likely to discount heavily until a clear record is available”. The government…

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The collapse of democracy in England’s schools

Aditya Chakrabortty’s description of the process by which the private sector forces state schools into its net is very accurate (The private takeover of schools is well under way, Journal, 5 December). I have been involved with (regrettably unsuccessful) attempts to stop this coercive process in several schools, including speaking out on public platforms against the grant-maintained schools initiative in the early 90s, which was the thin end of the very aggressive wedge now transforming our education system. The diminution of any parental, even public, influence on these privatised schools…

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Tufts Expands Commitment to Prison Education

Hilary Binda, AG03, believes in the human capacity to observe, question, and reflect—in short, to learn and grow—at any stage of life. Binda, founder of the Tufts University Prison Initiative of the Tisch College (TUPIT), has seen that capacity firsthand in teaching a literature class to incarcerated men. “Students in prison have intellectual curiosity that is off the charts and an incredible drive to learn and teach others,” she said. “That’s part of the joy of teaching inside. There is also a radical diversity of skill and experience among students.” Now, through…

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