In partnership with McCrindle Research, SCIL hosted the Education Future Forum at Northern Beaches Christian School. This was an opportunity to blend social research and educational practice within the context of an innovative school. The participants came from across Australia and there were also two people from Canada who joined us for the day.
Prior to the day participants logged their top three issues and this data was translated by Optimice to present this Interactive Network Map to identify and track the key issues that educators are facing in school today. This was an outstanding tool – easy to add the information and very easy to read and pinpoint ideas. It was also an excellent way of engaging the group.
“Excellent - good introduction to ‘reshaping’ and influencing traditional thinking.”
The day commenced with Mark McCrindle presenting the key research findings on Generation Z, today's students and tomorrow's employees. Stephen Harris followed, and talked about changing school to engage and inspire students. The focus of the middle session on place, pedagogy and people were short-sharp presentations from architects James Ward and Andrew Duffin, Anne Knock, Steve Collis, Mark McCrindle and Stephen Harris. These drilled down into key issues.
The final session was an opportunity for the participants to play with their top three ideas, such as open-space, mobile devices, teacher quality and building a school.
“Very interesting day! Felt very catered for; lots of stimulating learning encouraged through presentations.”
Following this successful day, we are now making plans for Education Future Forum in March 2014. Hope we see you there.