Tom March has contributed to authentic teaching, learning and children for the past three decades. He finds this often involves technology as both inspiration to creativity and a means to impressive accomplishments. Recognised as a Teacher of the Year Finalist for San Diego County after five years in the profession, he concluded ten years as a classroom teacher by taking a three year fellowship at San Diego State University. There, Tom worked with Professor Bernie Dodge to develop the WebQuest model. Since moving to Australia in 1998, he has contributed at least one new product or initiative every two years. These include Web-and-Flow, BestWebQuests, ClassPortals, The New WWW and CEQ•ALL.
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“It’s Broke, (So Let’s Fix it)”
Remaking education for our Digital Era
We are entering an era when it can be stated truthfully that a self-motivated student with broadband access to the Web can learn more than he or she could in school. Society has changed around us and one of the few certainties is that these changes will continue. Some of the main changes undermine cultures focused on standardised outcomes and the myth of uniform excellence. In other words, a culture like “school.” The world surrounding schools has moved from “one-size-fits-all” mentality to one where digital customisation enables “allsized-to-fit-one”. In this new reality, what are the three most important aspects of an educator’s job and how can you get started today?