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What will replace the ‘School Bell’​ in the online home classroom?

April 3, 2020

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Eddie Blass

I recently had the good fortune of visiting Thebarton Senior College, and I was so excited to find that they didn’t ring a bell or sound an alarm to signal the end of the lesson. Instead, they relied on students and staff to manage their own time and get where they needed to be. I’m …

Shutting your school? Teaching online is different to teaching face to face

March 12, 2020

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Eddie Blass

I was an early pioneer of online teaching, teaching through video conference to classrooms overseas before Zoom, Collaborate, Google Classrooms and Microsoft Teams existed. I’ve got over 10 years of experience teaching online in universities, and I have spent the last four years developing an online curriculum for high school children who, for whatever reason, …

Stop Blaming the Teachers for Poor Results

December 5, 2019

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Eddie Blass

We’ve seen a decline in PISA comparative results for Australia for nearly 2 decades now, and what have seen in response. More rigid curriculum requirements; more rigid reporting requirements; more rigid testing requirement; more pressure and blame on the teachers; more diversified funding of schools leading to greater inequality of provision; and in some states, …

POLL: Would this do anything to motivate you?

August 30, 2019

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Eddie Blass

Is it me, or is Australia in deep trouble? I’ve spent 3 years developing an alternative curriculum and education system for high schools called the Inventorium, and have researched and interacted with lots of schools around Australia and many of the Assessment Boards. In my experience, South Australia has the most forward thinking and flexible …

ACARA General Capabilities – harder than an MBA?

January 3, 2019

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Eddie Blass

I’ve spent that quiet time between Xmas and New Year mapping the Inventorium to the ACARA general capability standards, and am wondering how they are being implemented and developed in practice because I’m finding some of them require outcomes that surpass what I teach my university classes!  For example, in the critical and creative thinking …

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