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The Progressive Educators Network is a community of like-minded educators, academics and policy makers. We share a common belief that our approach to education requires fundamental transformative change in response to the demands of contemporary society.

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THE CREEPER IN 4H
CLASSROOM
Digital technology has become prevalent in schools in the past few decades, and is increasingly embedded in the curriculum. Where 4H at Merrylands East differs is the way that technology is woven seamlessly and comprehensively through almost every aspect of the classroom experience.

Earlier this year, the class did a unit on extreme environments. While the students in Lee’s class certainly learnt a lot about environments, they perhaps learnt even more about becoming capable, independent learners – and creators – through contemporary technology.

– Lee Hewes, Merrylands East Public School

TECHNOLOGY IS LIKE ELECTRICITY
OPINION
As we approach the latter half of the second decade of the 21st Century we need to be less enamoured with the ‘sparkly’ elements of technology. We need to be less impressed by the sales people and more focused on considering present needs, while simultaneously anticipating the future. We need to ask what our students need now, and how can we ensure that we are agile enough to roll with the changes?

Technology in schools should be like electricity – it should go unnoticed.

– Anne Knock, Director at Sydney Centre for Innovation in Learning

ARE HUMANS WILD AT HEART? AND OTHER EPIC ENGLISH PROJECTS FOR YEARS 9-10
REVIEW
Published earlier this year, ‘Are Humans Wild at Heart?’ presents a approach to PBL aligned to the Australian curriculum, with a particular focus on secondary English.

Bianca and Lee Hewes have distilled the learnings from many classroom projects to create a great option for English teachers looking to introduce PBL.

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The 'Progressive Educators Network' is an initiative of The Schoolhouse Centre for Progressive Education.

Extract taken from 'Creating Tomorrow's Schools Today' by Richard Gerver, published by Bloomsbury, $39.99.
Extract taken from 'Real Talk for Real Teachers' by Rafe Esquith. Reprinted by arrangement with Penguin Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, A Penguin Random House Company. Copyright © Rafe Esquith and Barbara Tong, 2013.