How are emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence shaping the future and what might this mean for how we educate young people today? In this podcast series, the NSW Department of Education asks leading experts to give their views on these issues as part of the Education for a Changing World initiative. Join us as we discuss the skills young people will need to shape their future and thrive in an AI world.
Back to the Future: Leslie Loble reflects on a forward-thinking career
We bid a fond farewell to Leslie Loble as Deputy Secretary in the department in this special episode recorded before Leslie's retirement in July. In conversation with Kelly Stephens, Director of Strategic Education Reform and Policy, Leslie reflects on some highlights and key learnings from 20 years driving education policy reform in New South Wales. Leslie also reflects on some key lessons education could take from responses to COVID-19, and her hopes for the future of education in Australia.
Richard Buckland: Reinvigorating a love of maths with computational thinking
Why is it so rare to hear people use the words 'love' and 'maths' in the same sentence? And why might teaching computational thinking be a key to reinvigorating students' love of maths? To find out we spoke to Professor Richard Buckland. Richard's research focuses on developing strong learning environments using non-mark based motivation, to support students to excel at school and university. Transcript available at: http://bit.ly/edspressobuckland.
Shirley Larkin: Transforming the classroom to encourage metacognition
How young is too young to develop metacognitive skills? And how can we foster environments in the classroom to enable metacognitive skill development? To find out, we asked Dr Shirley Larkin, a Senior Lecturer at the Graduate School of Education, University of Exeter. Shirley discusses her research in educational psychology, which focuses on how primary aged students develop metacognition to enable them to learn in their own way, for their own purposes throughout life. Transcript available at http://bit.ly/edspressolarkin
Mary Roche: The magic of thinking critically with picture books
How could the magic of picture books be used to enable the development of critical thinking skills? Mary makes the case for using children's picture books to teach critical thinking skills to younger learners. Transcript available at: http://bit.ly/edspressoroche
Edspresso in Conversation with Simon Longstaff
This special episode features a conversation between Leslie Loble, Deputy Secretary, External Affairs and Regulation, and Simon Longstaff, Executive Director of the Ethics Centre. They discuss the importance of ethics in an age of rapid technological advancement and how education can help to develop strong ethical reasoning skills in young people. Transcript available at: http://bit.ly/edspressoep10
Daisy Christodoulou: Challenging 21st-century skills
Are '21st-century' skills generic, or are they different for each subject? Can learning content develop deeper thinking skills? In this episode, we ask Daisy Christodoulou her views on these important questions. Daisy is the Director of Education at No More Marking in the UK, and the author of Making Good Progress?: The future of assessment for learning. Daisy makes the case for why thinking skills are gained through learning content, and provides some lessons learned from the UK context. Transcript available at: http://bit.ly/edspressoep9