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21 November 2017
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Tintern Grammar gets centred about STEAM
ET Staff
When Tintern Grammar’s new STEAM Centre officially opens next year it will provide a much-needed home for a STEAM culture that’s already nicely on the boil at the East Ringwood, Melbourne school.
     Students and teachers alike will be encouraged to use the centre in an informal way, the idea being that they will be free to explore, perhaps fail, and then find their own way through challenges; the result being rich, cross curricular learning experiences. Informality will be encouraged regarding The STEAM Centre but some very thorough and considered background research went into how STEAM teaching was going to be done at Tintern Grammar. The school began the process slowly, taking two years to investigate their ideas around STEAM. Read More

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Editorial – Perspectives
Damian Perry
As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a secondary teacher at a Catholic College for boys in Victoria. This newsletter is (hopefully) going viral across the country, being sent to teachers in both primary and secondary settings in every state.
     My plan, starting today, is to try and hunt down some different perspectives. How is STEAM being implemented in Primary schools? How is it taking off in Western Australia? What are you doing better than I am? How can I help? To that end, I also want to start including some practical advice along with the articles. Read More

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Creative minds
Steve Brophy
Creative Minds is an after-school program designed specifically to provide Year 3–6 students with STEAM experiences, challenges and dispositions.
     The program runs at Ivanhoe Grammar School twice a week with Tuesday sessions catering for Year 3–4 students and Thursday afternoons catering for Year 5-6 students. The goal of the program is to create an environment where like-minded learners can learn targeted technology skills through provocation and play. Read More

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How to: Twitter
Damian Perry
There are books and websites out there that can tell you how to do stuff. Our goal at The STEAM Report has always been to give you the same information in half the time – lunchtime reading with a checklist to follow up.
     For my first How-To, I want to introduce you to the wonder that is Twitter. I have been on Twitter for almost ten years. I have three accounts – one for personal use, one for professional tweeting and one for St James College. I’d love for you to get in touch with me on: @puterhead (http://www.twitter.com/puterhead). 
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Twits
Steve Brophy
So, apparently there are two other Steve Brophys out there, hence the 3 in his Twitter handle, but this one is (most likely the best teacher of all the Steve’s). Steve is Director if ICT and eLearning at Ivanhoe Grammar, is the Co-Host of TeachTechPlay and is also Co-Host of the Design and Play podcast. He has his own blog: http://stevebrophy.com.au.
     He was awarded Outstanding Leader of the year at the 2017 DigiCon. He has written the feature article for this issue of the STEAM Report. Basically, he is the epitome of “If you want something done, give it to a busy person”. Read More

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Confessions of an IT manager
Doug Loader
It is clear that our students are moving into a workforce that is both unpredictable and precarious. With constant reminders that computers and automation will replace many jobs, we are being urged to ‘teach differently’. Schools are being challenged to create young minds that are rich in interpersonal skills, minds that are creative, collaborative, and above all, resilient. What does this mean, and how can we achieve these objectives while addressing the needs of the curriculum? I believe the answers are to be found among some of the most forward-thinking practitioners of our time. Read More