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The Creation, Sustaining and Revitalisation of the ACT Secondary College Model

Author: Mal Lee

Synopsis: The Australian Capital Territory’s (ACT) secondary colleges are one of the few core whole-of-system school changes globally that has been sustained for a significant time.

Virtually every other core change made in the last sixty years in schools worldwide has in time regressed to its traditional form.

The colleges are an exception, whose creation and forty-three years of sustained operation needs to be better understood by all the world’s educators and governments, but particularly those in the ACT.

This historical analysis by two who were involved in their development seeks to explain why such a substantial change was possible, and to provide some light on why it has been sustained

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Your kids being digital cover imageYour kids being digital (PDF)

Authors: Mal Lee, Roger Broadie and Peter Twining

Synopsis: Let us help you address some of the concerns you have about your children’s seemingly insatiable use of digital technology.

The aim of this guide is to help parents like you to support your child to use digital technology effectively in their learning outside school

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Digitally Connected Families (ebook)

Authors: Mal Lee & Roger Broadie

Synopsis: Since the advent of the Web outside the school walls, young people have used a laissez-faire model of digital education, fundamentally different to the structured linear approach used by the schools. They moved from relative isolation, with their access to information controlled by adult gatekeepers to being connected to half the world, free to access the learning of the world 24/7/365 anywhere, anytime, from the first years of life.

The pre-primary and the school students of 2016 were digitally connected, having never known anything other than a digital and connected world. They expected, like the rest of the connected world, to employ their digital technology/ies and connectivity when required, be it in or out of school. It was a reality most governments and schools didn’t recognise or value, obliging a digitally connected generation to learn in an insular paper based paradigm, with Industrial Age structures and processes, leaving their handheld personal computers outside the school.

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BYOT and the Digital evolution of schooling (ebook)

Authors: Mal Lee & Martin Levins

Synopsis: We now know that “Bring Your Own Technology” (BYOT) is a critical phase in the digital evolution of schools.
Ideally the young should be trusted to naturally use the suite of digital technologies they are already using 24/7/365 in the ‘real world’ to continually enhance their learning and teaching.
This markedly revised edition of the earlier work explores in depth the challenge of creating a digital ecosystem and culture that will assist schools to secure sustained total school use of the student’s technology.
The issues raised in this edition are informed by Case Studies of eleven schools throughout the world.

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A Taxonomy of School Evolutionary Changes (ebook, free download)

Authors: Mal Lee & Roger Broadie

Synopsis: Societal and technological change is having a profound impact on the nature of schooling.
That impact is particularly evident in those schools that divined the immense educational opportunities opened by the World Wide Web and who have embarked on the journey to realise those opportunities.
Twenty years on those schools have normalised the everyday use of the digital in school ecologies in keeping with society’s ever-rising expectations.
There are strong signs that the traditional mode of school policy development, which evolved in a world of constancy and continuity, has been replaced.

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Kangaroos in my blood and other poems (paperback, 80pp, $28)

Author: EA Horne

Synopsis: From dreamtime to the cull, EA Horne’s poetic sequence Kangaroos in my blood is rooted firmly in country Australia, and is at once a love song and a lament.

A kind of dreaming from afar, Kangaroos is here flanked by poems that take us away in order to bring us home, wrenching us in and out of ourselves in language that is both tender and brutal, with “the rattle, thresh and slice/of currawong wings /so low and loud/I hear the effort it takes/to fly”.

Bounding from Europe to the high desert of New Mexico to Melbourne and the tablelands of New England, these are poems that ache with love and love of country, questioning the notions of patriotism, belonging and faith, understanding that “we are all temporary citizens”.

“charming, haunting and vividly real”

‘As wide-ranging and generous as their landscape of home, E. A. Horne’s poems find a beautiful balance between enthusiasm for living and subtle meditations on life’s complexities. Her observations are witty, sensual and earthed, as well as deeply felt. This is a collection to cherish: charming, haunting and vividly real.’
Jean Kent

“Kangaroos in my blood and other poems” is Copyright EA Horne (and not licensed via Creative Commons)
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