Connectivity and the Human Race

  The Social Sense < Today, at the Sundance Film Festival, she premiered Connected, and here’s what they say at Sundance: With wonderful heart and an impressive sense of scale, Tiffany Shlain’s vibrant and insightful documentary, Connected, explores the visible and invisible connections linking major issues of our time—the environment, consumption, population growth, technology, […]

Movement to Transform Learning: A Guest Blog by George Lucas

I didn’t enjoy school very much. Occasionally, I had a teacher who would inspire me. But as an adult, as I began working with computer technology to tell stories through film, I began to wonder, “Why couldn’t we use these new technologies to help improve the learning process?” Twenty years ago when we started The […]

TED Talks that may be of interest to Teachers

TED Talks provide viewers with insightful and thought-provoking commentary and ideas. The contents of many TED Talks can be directly or indirectly applied to classroom practice. Also check out Teaching With TED. Some TED Talks directly about education. 1. John Wooden on Winning vs. Success. A coach who emphasises teaching and developing character over winning. […]

Standardized Tests

Teachers who blame students for being bored is the equivalent to yelling at the hammer after you strike your own thumb.   Diane Ravitch says: Be careful Canada (and Australia!) I know many Canadian educators who are rightfully sceptical of the debacle that is American Education Reform. We should not be too quick to dismiss […]

Mobile Phones and Brain Changes

Letter published in the journal “Umwelt-Medizin-Gesellschaft 2010″, Heft 3 [Translation] By Dr. med. Christine Aschermann I would like to draw attention to an often ignored problem with mobile telecommunications:  the effects on the brain. Definition:  According to personal observations made in my practice, there has been an increased occurrence of cognitive and psychological disorders with […]

Missed Opportunity- Situational Learning

Have some teachers become so constricted by formal curriculum requirements – and the comfort of teaching the same old lessons – that they are blind to the possibilities of educationally rich situational learning opportunities? Click on the links below to read published articles as pdfs. missed opportunity missed opportunity 2

Advance Australia Where? Transculturalism and Education

As educators we need to assist students to move to the next level of cultural literacy, in a country that is moving beyond multiculturalism to a more complex transculturalism. Click on the link to read published article as a pdf Advance Australia Where_0001

Creating Sustained Professional Growth through Collaborative Reflection

Creating Sustained Professional Growth through Collaborative Reflection (C) Julie Boyd Originally commissioned by the (State) University of New York. This adapted online version contains the chapter by entitled ’Creating Sustained Professional Growth through Collaborative Reflection’ Chapter 2 Page 14 in Professional Development For Cooperative Learning “The most powerful form of learning, the most sophisticated form […]


© Julie Boyd ‘And then I was hit on the head by a paper bomb that had been thrown at me…and one kid was so rude! Then she said I’d only told her off because she was black. I didn’t even notice her colour- just that she was the rudest young woman I’d ever met.’ […]

I Want One of Them. I Need One of Them! TEACHER COACHING

© Julie Boyd 1999 jboydedu(at) ‘Ah wants one o’ them. Where do I git me one o’ them? Ah need one.’’ I’ll never forget the sight of a very large African American woman bearing down on me like the Titanic in full sail as I stood at the front of a roomful of 1000+ […]