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How primary teachers are implementing the 7 General Capabilities
How primary teachers are implementing the 7 General Capabilities

There are 7 General Capabilities (GCs) in the Australian Curriculum – so, how are teachers implementing them in the classroom? A new research study offers some insights. We find out more from Chief Investigator Dr Don Carter.

Real-world maths: Developing mathematical models
Real-world maths: Developing mathematical models

When you think about the last time you travelled on an airplane, did you wonder whether there could be a more efficient way of getting passengers on and off the aircraft? It is this question that was considered by participants in the 2022 International Mathematical Modeling Challenge (IM2C).

Student STEAM projects solving community needs
Student STEAM projects solving community needs

Helping students to develop their skills in the general capabilities is essential for preparing them to succeed in a modern society. At St Hilda’s Anglican School for Girls in Perth, Western Australia, primary school students are given these opportunities through the school’s STEAM program.

Where the 'extracurricular' becomes the curriculum
Where the 'extracurricular' becomes the curriculum

‘[The Sacúdete strategy] shows to others what the future of school could look like when we put learners at the centre and make the "extracurricular" the curriculum. That is the lesson that other countries can learn from.’ In his new Teacher column, Andreas Schleicher shares details of a successful program in Colombia that sees educators work as mentors and coaches.

Teacher’s bookshelf: Twenty Things to Do with a Computer Forward 50
Teacher’s bookshelf: Twenty Things to Do with a Computer Forward 50

Twenty Things to Do with a Computer Forward 50, edited by Dr Gary Stager, celebrates the vision of Cynthia Solomon and Seymour Papert in their seminal 1971 paper. In this exclusive extract, Martin Levins shares ‘Some Modern Things to Do with a Computer’, with examples from Australian schools.

Integrating algorithm tasks into early years teaching
Integrating algorithm tasks into early years teaching

Algorithms are a key component of computational thinking, and the foundations for developing these skills starts in the early years. What are some of the day-to-day ‘unplugged activities’ that offer teachers easy opportunities for emphasising and building these skills?

Students scale up their skills for STEM challenge
Students scale up their skills for STEM challenge

A blob trying to break into the Underworld, a scientist jumping through size-altering portals, and a man who wakes up dazed and confused in a scrapyard – these are some of the protagonists from winning games in this year’s Australian STEM Video Game Challenge.

Real world maths – selecting a sporting Greatest of All Time
Real world maths – selecting a sporting Greatest of All Time

Who was the Greatest of All Time (GOAT) of women’s tennis in 2018? Teams participating in this year’s International Mathematical Modeling Challenge (IM2C) were tasked with developing and applying a model to determine just that.

Teaching methods: Engaging students with problem solving tasks in maths
Teaching methods: Engaging students with problem solving tasks in maths

In this Teaching Methods episode, we speak to education consultant Michael Minas about a study he conducted to measure primary school students’ attitudes towards completing challenging problem solving tasks in maths. Michael shares details of the lesson structure he utilised, and why students responded to it so positively.

Designing creative and engaging video games
Designing creative and engaging video games

Registrations are now open for this year’s Australian STEM Video Game Challenge. Students are encouraged to design creative, engaging and imaginative video games incorporating the 2021 theme, ‘scale’.