Kids’ Conference 2016 – registrations open!

After last year’s conference, when the truly amazing Sir Ken Robinson lent his voice to the work we’ve been doing for the Kids’ Conference over last five years, we have been working with the wider Kids’ Conference team to build participation and opportunities. As well as continuing to work with Jo and the great team…

The magic of Sir Ken

In July 2015 I rang the Washington Speakers Bureau to ask whether Sir Ken Robinson might be able to offer a keynote speech at the 2015 Kids’ Conference. Knowing Sir Ken’s speaking profile, I thought at best I would get a polite reply from the Bureau to decline the request. My hope in getting in…

Just Searching

My music composition was originally recorded in a studio in Birmingham in 1992 and attracted the attention of British dance companies, and was choreographed and performed live with an English dance company for the ‘Dances in the City programme.’ Just Searching is a collaboration with Chas Spain my wife consisting of my water colour creation…

Lamenterra: Search for Australia Felix

I finally managed to upload a wild shoot film of a multi-disciplinary arts installation presented at the Australia Felix Arts Festival in Benalla 1995. This was probably the first all digital arts installation performance in Australia. Apple Computer sponsored the production by loaning a Centris AV 660 prototype – a newly released computer for animation…

The Beau Street Hoard: the end of the excavation

Originally posted on British Museum blog:
Julia Tubman, conservator, British Museum My last blog post recounted the excavation of bags 5 and 6 of the Beau Street hoard, which were the two smallest bags on the edge of the large hoard. In the months since, the deconstruction of the hoard has advanced considerably: as the…

Explorers of the World

Sending my pre-service teachers straight out of the lecture theatre on day one was probably a surprise for a lot of them. Their Mission? To explore, photograph, look, feel, record and see their environment and come back half an hour later and present their findings. Keri Smith’s wonderful simple instruction for explorers in her book…

Between Samos and Ephesus

The paper I presented at the International Conference on Education in Greece in 2011 on curriculum in England and Australia is now online. I presented an alternative curriculum model and a review of some of the issues facing the National Curriculum processes in place in England and in-train in Australia at the time. The ‘trade’…

1st Kids Conference HTAV

Brilliant day – maybe a world first – we asked kids to run a conference for teachers on using digital technologies in the history classroom at ACU today (27 November 2012). Facilitated and convened with the support of the History Teachers Association of Victoria (HTAV) – primary, secondary and pre-service student teachers provided their experience…