I realise how lucky I am to have a job that's also my passion! There is no big company here, just me my pug, and a hope/belief that what we’re doing is making a difference. Tomorrow students will be learning about Oceans and exploring their new 'Undersea classroom'. Not only will they be visiting, but they'll be undertaking activities taught remotely by an expert in another state. Listening, then using their devices to create their own content. Content that will be added to t
If students and educators are to get the most from ‘Learning in the Metaverse’ we need more interactivity. I’m in a lucky position where I have the time to hopefully add that to my worlds, but I understand most teachers don’t. They’re already under the pump and feeling burnt out. It’s a big ask of them. They’ll visit a platform, walk around inside its beautiful interior, marveling at its potential, and then never come back! Often the simplest worlds I’ve built with teachers a
Creating content for change. The Bushfire Awareness Virtual World enables students to make decisions that could ultimately save lives. Bushfire season might be coming to an end, but the threat to Australians living in rural areas is very real. I would love to hear from fire experts and organisations that might be able to use this with schools. I'm not asking for money, just your time.. if you think you could use this or would like to know more.. please get in touch. Please sh
Over 10 years ago I was sat in my classroom thinking about leaving the teaching profession.. then I watched this video. After all this time it still resonates today. Arguably very little has changed in mainstream education, but that is not through lack of fighting for change. I can say without hyperbole that this video changed my life. I realised that education must change, and we could be the catalyst for that change. I've been on the frontlines ever since and we are fightin
Listen to your 'clients'. When I’m building a new 'virtual experience', I want to get as far away from the traditional view of a classroom as possible. We've already got the bricks and mortar version, right? I wasn't sure this was a shared opinion. Often businesses go straight to the virtual office model. Recreating their physical building in the virtual space. This makes more sense as it’s familiar and productive, but is it the same for education? Today we can go anywhere, l
How can we blame educators for not rushing to the frontlines to fight in the Education revolution? They’re already fighting on the front lines! They’re already in the trenches! The mounting pressure driving them out in droves. We’re hemorrhaging teachers and it’s death by a thousand cuts. Education 3.0 is here, but the bigger picture is so much bigger. Implementing 3.0 now would be like putting a plaster (band-aid) on an arterial cut. There’s so much change needed from the g
Shifting mindsets on how we've always done things. “What’s the point if you can’t physically kick a ball?” Good point, but what if you can’t get to a ball? What if someone with more knowledge than you could dream of, could pick up their ball and bring it to you? Imagination, Motivation, Inspiration. Moving beyond the normal and the routine to create meaningful change will mean taking risks. Once there are enough of us, the balance will tip and the movement will snowball forwa
Virtual learning spaces ready to go and starting next term! Yes! After many months of imagining, building and planning.. its going to happen! From concept model to reality. The #hybridclassroom in practice! I’m very proud, and beyond excited, to work with my base school and see this finally come to life. I started building worlds for educators and working on the hybrid classroom model in lockdown 5 months ago. Just myself and my dog. Now, in 2022 the school’s Years 4, 5 and 6
A while back I was asked ‘How do you think the Metaverse will change education?’. It's a good question. Let me start by saying it won’t be overnight! In many ways, I feel like we slipped right back into form simply because we were all 'Zoomed out'. Online learning often felt like a chore and everyone was sick of it. Did we miss a trick though? If you thought online learning was going to slip away after COVID.. think again. The Global E-Learning Market is estimated to reach $4
Digital Literacy on an Alien Planet Imagine you've been dropped on an Alien Planet... the entire class! Would you be able to describe in detail what you're all seeing? Would you all agree on the same description?
This world is all about collaboration. Work together to send your report home to earth. Use your digital devices to recreate the planet as a 3D file and send it home. The more accurate you are, the quicker you'll be rescued.
Let's face it, that rustling from the gr
For me, this is what it's what the Metaverse is all about! Being able to link two schools together, across 1,000 km of Australia is going to be amazing. The students are going to lose their minds when it's finally opened. The 'Murray Darling River' is the perfect 'world' for a Virtual Field trip. No headsets are required, just a browser and a spirit of adventure. Frame's ability to switch scenes means we can learn by day and eat virtual marshmallows by the campfire in the eve
‘The River’ is a Virtual Field trip based on the Murray Darling River. Learn about its fragile ecosystem and the threats it faces. Switch between the virtual and the physical classroom to collaborate as a class and find solutions. The possibilities for learning are engaging and endless. Custom content can be added by teachers, or you can use the resources already available within the world. No headset required. Available on any device with a browser. For more information on u
Learn the four rules of number by running the most successful market stall in Ancient Rome. Rome was not built in a day, but your little business can be. Learn about the people of Ancient Rome whilst running your own 'Market Stall' at the Forum Diem. With a budget and a dream, what will you sell? Will it be fruit? Profitable, but easily rotten. Dried fish? Cheap long-lasting, but a little bit disgusting! Otters noses? Yuck!
Buy what you need and sell what you don't. These cho
Hybrid classrooms, blending the real and the virtual in a post-Covid world. During the NSW Covid lockdowns, the schools I coach were closed. Our students entered into a daily routine of zoom calls and isolation. A routine that would continue for over 3 months. Unable to get to schools, I searched for an alternative to bring us together in one space. An online world that allowed students and teachers a chance to reconnect. As well as reconnecting, to have a presence in that sp
- A call to all teachers The Education revolution that was promised so many years ago is still moving, but are we moving quickly enough? Although it’s shifting, is it keeping up with the real world? We need more momentum, more innovation. These are crazy times, and the ability to be flexible for change will be part of that new momentum. Change can only be truly facilitated by those on the ‘front lines’, those teachers working every day with students. Incorporating innovative