I was invited recently to speak at a forthcoming publisher’s conference: futurEducation on a teacher’s perspective on the kinds of textbooks, resources and future needs students and teachers are going to have. In fifteen minutes. In two weeks.
Quite a tall order, and one that seems even more complex given some of the big picture ideas that the conference talks about unpacking such as:
What is the future of Australian education? What kind of high-quality educational resources will be required to underpin the Gonski reforms? As the mining boom winds down what needs to be invested in education for Australia to be at the forefront of the global knowledge economy? In a digitized world what economic and strategic value should we place on the production of high-quality education resources? How should we value teachers and pedagogical practice in Australia? How are these issues being addressed overseas — in Finland, South Korea and the Czech Republic?
Yes, quite. So, I spent most of today thinking about that, putting some slides together and thinking how I might respond. Even put out a call to help to Twitter (without any results) So much to say, but how do you frame all that. I’ll put the text of the talk up here some time afterwards, maybe the slides too.
Anyway, by 4pm I was pretty much fried and needed to clear my head with a good winter beach walk, complete with scudding clouds, clumps of dark rain and ruffled water and bright moments of sunshine, made briefer by the dark clouds already building up in the background. Perfect. I walked one of my favourite routes: along the beach in the wind, then turning up into the estuary, following the little creek inland in a big loop and home.