Teach­ers given in­sight into the fu­ture

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

In­no­va­tion in ed­u­ca­tion through em­brac­ing tech­no­log­i­cal change was the topic of the an­nual teacher mo­ti­va­tion sem­i­nar for Kar­ratha high school teach­ers last week.

Aus­tralian learn­ing fu­tur­ist, con­sul­tant and au­thor Tony Ryan was the guest speaker at this year’s pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment work­shop at the Tam­brey Func­tion Cen­tre.

He dis­cussed with teach­ers from Kar­ratha Se­nior High School and St Luke’s Col­lege the tech­nolo­gies set to change the face of ed­u­ca­tion within the next few decades and the mind­set needed to work with them.

“We’re go­ing to be do­ing work and teach­ing dif­fer­ently be­cause of the cloud, be­cause these days you just have to get out your phone and you find out what­ever you need ... now kids can find it them­selves,” he said.

“What we need are good teach­ers who help them to un­der­stand the con­text of it though, so good teach­ing won’t go away any­time soon.”

The joint high school sem­i­nar is a yearly event run by the Kar­ratha Ed­u­ca­tion Ini­tia­tive.

Mr Ryan said one of the key mes­sages of his pre­sen­ta­tion was the im­por­tance of teach­ers lead­ing by ex­am­ple.

“We find the best teach­ers are the ones who are the best learn­ers,” he said.

St Luke’s Col­lege prin­ci­pal Alanna Ot­way said she had or­gan­ised for Mr Ryan to come to Kar­ratha af­ter see­ing him speak at an in­ter­state event.

“I think the re­sponse (to­day) was re­ally pos­i­tive in terms of in­no­va­tion and where it is can take us,” she said.

“If we’re not in­no­va­tive as teach­ers, noth­ing will hap­pen.”

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

Learn­ing con­sul­tant Tony Ryan, right, at the Tam­brey Func­tion Cen­tre with Kar­ratha teach­ers Amie Prout, Tris­tan Sawyer, Kylie Slat­ter and Fidelma Gille­spie.

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