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9 minutes | Aug 9, 2021
Ruth Pepin is developing improved support for Sentral in 2021
Ruth Pepin manages an energetic and diverse team of support and implementation agents to make sure that Sentral customers have a smooth and seamless user experience. Ruth has worked in technology for several decades. Originally starting in the corporate sector with a training consultancy background, Ruth then turned her attention to education where she could directly contribute to the incredible work done by our teachers and students. In this interview, Ruth outlines some of the exciting improvements that Sentral is introducing to its support systems throughout Term 3, 2021, and beyond.
30 minutes | Jul 28, 2021
Rob Edwards shares simple steps for better teacher wellbeing
Rob Edwards has been inspiring audiences for decades with his message that encourages people to look after themselves…first. And that is, in a way that ultimately benefits others. A little bit like putting on your own oxygen mask first, before helping others. In the world of education these days, the pressure and expectation are certainly mounting to the point where it’s easy to forget about looking after yourself, …. which then affects other things in our lives such as how effective we are as teachers and how we interact with our families. Rob brings a wealth of experience from interacting with just about every industry you can think of, and he does so in a way that’s practical, easy to listen to and entertaining. Rob will be speaking at the 2021 Western Australian Primary Principals conference. I caught up with Rob in the lead up, to find out a little more about what educators can do to make sure they’re looking after themselves.
32 minutes | Jul 22, 2021
James O'Loghlin reckons we can all overcome barriers to innovation
James O’Loghlin is one of Australia’s most well-known presenters and entertainers. Many would know him as the host of The New Inventors on ABC television and for his programs on ABC local radio. James has engaged with hundreds of innovators over the years and worked extensively with organisations to explain how innovation happens, and how people can be more innovative. He’s also just recently launched a podcast with Professor Ian Hickie called Minding Your Mind, which explores the complex world of mental health. James is presenting at the 2021 Western Australian Secondary Schools Executives Association conference on the subject of overcoming barriers to education. I caught up with James prior the conference to tease out some of the tricky issues in this space. James has loads of practical advice for teachers and schools leaders and he shares his message with sincerity and great humour.This podcast is brought to you by Sentral. For more information, visit the website.https://sentral.com.au
25 minutes | Jul 20, 2021
Dr Julie Crews explains the fine line between success and failure in ethical leadership
Dr Julie Crews teaches business ethics and corporate governance at Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia. She has appeared regularly in various media outlets including radio, television and print media speaking about business ethics and corporate governance. Prior to her current role in the university sector, Julie had a long career in education and the public service. She has conducted many forums on ethics and leadership in both the public and private sectors in Australia. And this year, she’ll be presenting at the 2021 Western Australian Primary Principal’s Association conference. In this discussion we take a look at ethical leadership in various contexts, but also with a focus on education, and what that means for teachers and school leaders today.
32 minutes | Jul 19, 2021
Professor Yong Zhao wants a paradigm shift in education, not a comparison with the past
Yong Zhao is a Federation Distinguished Professor in the school of education at the university of Kansas and a professor in educational leadership at the Melbourne graduate school of education. He’s published many books, articles and papers and is quite outspoken on ways to avoid looking to the past, and instead looking to the future for ways to improve education. Yong is a keynote speaker at the 2021 Western Australian Secondary School Excutives Association conference where he’ll be talking about reaching for greatness; personalisable education for all. I caught up with Yong before the conference to find out what he means by that and where his thinking comes from. We started by uncovering what many would think is a rather controversial view of the international standardised test we know as PISA.For more on Yong Zhao, visit the websitehttps://zhaolearning.comThis podcast is brought to you by Sentral. For more information, visithttps://sentral.com.au
29 minutes | Jul 11, 2021
Gihan Perera helps you build high-performance teams
Gihan Perera is a leadership and business futurist and has worked with organisations and leaders in Australia and internationally, for over 25 years. He’s also just released his new book “Disrupted: Leading the change through crisis, recovery and growth” Gihan will be presenting at the 2021 Western Australian Secondary School Executives Association Conference on the challenging topics of leadership and high-performance teams. Always relevant, and maybe now more than ever as the world deals with all manner of crises. In fact, according to Gihan, a crisis doesn’t create leaders – it amplifies them.For more information about Gihan Perera, visit https://gihanperera.comFind Gihan's new book, Disrupted on Amazon.https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B0973Z7F5C/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_53TWAXKJN973C7GK4Q4PThis podcast is brought to you by Sentral. To find out more, visit https://sentral.com.au
24 minutes | May 10, 2021
So where does Bitcoin come from? Jason Potts | RMIT - Part 2
Part 2 with Jason Potts, RMITWhere does Bitcoin come from? Should young people today be concerned about the security issues now and into the future?Jason Potts is a Distinguished Professor of Economics at RMIT University and Co-director of the Blockchain Innovation Hub at RMIT. He’ll also be a keynote speaker at the 2021 AIS NSW ICT Management and Leadership Conference. If the words ‘blockchain’ and ‘bitcoin’ cause you some confusion, then you’re not alone. And that’s because it’s about more than just currency, or money. These are emerging technologies which are likely to change the way we think about storing and exchanging value forever. And for the school students of today, they’re growing up into a world which is seeing unprecedented innovation in this space. At the same time, subjects at school like Economics and Business Studies are enormously popular. What does all this mean for those students as they pursue those subjects?This podcast is brought to you by Sentral. To find out more, visit the website,https://www.sentral.com.au
27 minutes | May 10, 2021
How can students make sense of Bitcoin? Jason Potts | RMIT - Part 1
Part 1Jason Potts is a Distinguished Professor of Economics at RMIT University and Co-director of the Blockchain Innovation Hub at RMIT. He’ll also be a keynote speaker at the 2021 AIS NSW ICT Management and Leadership Conference. If the words ‘blockchain’ and ‘bitcoin’ cause you some confusion, then you’re not alone. And that’s because it’s about more than just currency, or money. These are emerging technologies which are likely to change the way we think about storing and exchanging value forever. And for the school students of today, they’re growing up into a world which is seeing unprecedented innovation in this space. At the same time, subjects at school like Economics and Business Studies are enormously popular. What does all this mean for those students as they pursue those subjects? Today’s discussion is about something complex, exciting, highly innovative and it’s capturing attention the world over. And because of that, we’re going to bring it to you in two parts.I started by asking Jason...just how does a young person today begin to make sense of a technology like this, particularly when it’s not regulated.This podcast is brought to you by Sentral. To find out more, visithttps://www.sentral.com.au
26 minutes | May 3, 2021
Why time is so precious for teachers - Jordana Hunter | Grattan Institute
Jordana Hunter is a researcher at the Grattan Institute, an Australian public policy think tank based in Melbourne. She’s about to embark on research which addresses the age old issue of ‘time’ in education. Do teachers have enough time for the core part of their jobs, that is, teaching and learning? And is the profession sustainable, given the increasing demands placed on teachers and schools to teach a whole lot of other things....like general capabilities, technology, citizenship, health, and the list goes on. Jordana presented at the 2021 Age Schools summit in Melbourne on the complex issue of time as a precious resource for teachers. I caught up with Jordana before the summit to get deeper insight into this important research.Have your say in the Grattan Institute Survey!https://mailchi.mp/grattan/education-surveyThe Grattan Institute is currently investigating how teachers can find enough time in the week to focus on the types of high impact teaching activities that can really make a difference to student learning – like planning great lessons, helping struggling students, providing feedback and improving professional practice. Grattan researchers want to hear from teachers and school leaders about how they currently spend their time at school and the changes that might be possible to find more time for these high impact activities. Grattan will shortly launch a survey of teachers and school leaders so that you can let them know what you think. You can sign up to receive a link to the survey by going to: https://mailchi.mp/grattan/education-survey
26 minutes | Apr 22, 2021
Jen Buchanan - when real change requires us to 'unlearn' | Future Schools Alliance
Jen Buchanan is an educator with truly global experience. Having worked in a variety of contexts, she brings a wealth of insight when it comes to helping schools consider what the future of education might look like. It can be a confronting process. As Jen explains from her own experience, things like having to unlearn, or let things go, can often be a part of making the next steps towards a more innovative, or high impact future. Our conversation starts by taking a brief look back at Jen’s time at Green School, in Bali, where the direction of the learning programme is clear: and that is, towards an education revolution.
28 minutes | Apr 19, 2021
Executive Officer Gail McHardy on tech equity and implementation in Victorian Schools | Parents Victoria
Gail McHardy is the executive officer for Parents Victoria, a statewide democratic organisation representing parents of students in Victorian Government schools. Gail will be a panellist at the 2021 Age Schools Summit in Melbourne Australia, where she’ll be engaging on a variety of themes around technology in education. In this discussion, we’ll cover a range of issues including equity with respect to technology, and the amount of input that parents get in the greater technology debate. We’ll also look at some of the challenges surrounding technology, particularly with respect to wellbeing and what problems are emerging in that space. Gail is passionate about the work of Parents Victoria and this assistance it provides to families.To find out more, visit Parents Victoria on the web, at https://www.parentsvictoria.asn.au.This podcast is brought to you by Sentral. To find out more, visit the website,https://www.sentral.com.au
27 minutes | Apr 15, 2021
CEO Sarah Moran reckons technology needs hackers, hustlers and hipsters | Girl Geek Academy
If the idea of a ‘hackathon’ gives you the impression of blokey tech nerds huddled around computers in basements eating pizza and drinking beer...you’d be fairly close to describing reality. At least that’s what Sarah Moran found out when she was invited to one some years ago. Apart from the fact that there weren’t many women at these events, it was hard for Sarah to see why anyone would attend one of these events. This led her to reimagine what a hackathon could be like... bring the concept into the light and ultimately create what is now known as Girl Geek Academy. Its purpose is clear...to fix the hole in the tech pipeline by teaching women, girls and families across a range of different industries including games, startups, 3D printing, making, design, tech, drones, space and aviation. In this discussion you’ll hear Sarah describe her journey, and how Girl Geek Academy is helping young women achieve and thrive in the tech space. If you’re looking for inspiration and enthusiasm, you’ll find it here. Sarah’s got loads of it.Connect with Girl Geek AcademyGirl Geek AcademyThis podcast is brought to you by Sentral. To find out more, visithttps://www.sentral.com.au
28 minutes | Apr 1, 2021
Monique Dalli is optimistic about tech education despite the teacher shortage crisis!
Monique Dalli is a Victorian Secondary Teacher of Design and Technologies, Author and Designer.Monique will be a discussion panellist at the 2021 Age Schools Summit in Melbourne Australia, where she’ll be engaging on a variety of themes around technology in education. In particular, there’ll be robust discussion about mentoring, professional development, initial teacher education programs and the innovative nature of the Technologies curriculum.It’s a complex subject area given its breadth and the variety of skills needed to teach it. In this conversation, we dive into some of those complexities and talk about ways to address what appears to be a shortage, or crisis, in the supply of new technology teachers in Australia. There’s a lot of great work going on, but more needs to be done to ensure a sustainable supply of teachers. And for more information on that work, make sure you check out the information and links in the show notes to this episode. I started by asking Monique to clarify what the subject area looks like today and why it’s different from the past.Monique DalliDirector of Professional Learning || Caroline Chisholm Catholic College, BraybrookPresident DATTA Australia || Design and Technologies Teacher AssociationCasual Academic (Teaching) - School of Education || Southern Cross UniversityTwitter link for contact: https://twitter.com/1moniquedFor more information...DATTA Australia is the National teacher Association made up of committee of state representatives that are collectively working on the professional development needs of teachers through state and national conferences, ways to support the teacher shortage as a well as being active in the ACARA curriculum advisory panels.In 2019 DATTA Australia surveyed schools to try and get a better understanding of the supply-demand-need, from the 3000 respondents, ninety-six percent of the schools surveyed reported experiencing difficulty in finding qualified Technologies teachers. https://dattaaustralia.com/technologies-teacher-shortage-media-statement/Is it a crisis?https://www.theeducatoronline.com/k12/news/tech-education-could-be-unsustainable-by-2025--report/275085
15 minutes | Feb 28, 2021
How SMS messaging benefits schools, with David Summerville
Sending or receiving a txt. It used to be special, now life seems impossible without it.But what about in the school environment?My guest today is David Summerville. He’s been on the show a few times and returns today to discuss what most of us might just take for granted these days; sms messaging. David describes the transformation that took place in handling communications at Callaghan College in Newcastle, and how the technology continues to benefit the school today. It’s become an essential part of the mix of communication methods the school uses, has freed up all kinds of resources and creates significant cost savings for the college.
24 minutes | Feb 21, 2021
Kurt Yang reckons soft skills are highly important for working in robotics
Kurt Yang has extensive experience working in technology, and despite not coming from what you might call a traditional robotics background, his interest grew from somewhat of an unexpected opportunity. Kurt spent many years working in the field of educational robotics, helping schools and students understand the wonders of this crazy field of engineering. According to Kurt, soft skills are just as important as the technical skills when comes to designing and implementing robotics successfully. For those of us frightened of coding...that's good news.This podcast is brought to you by Sentral, providers of Australia's leading school management platform to over 3000 schools.To find out more, visit the website, https://www.sentral.com.au
46 minutes | Feb 16, 2021
Andy Hargreaves on why engagement is the 'new frontier' of achievement
Engagement and achievement. Surely we've heard this before. Well, yes, but there is more to say.Andy Hargreaves is an international writer, researcher and advisor on teaching, leadership and educational change. He’s also the founder and director of a Canadian educational centre called CHENINE, which is an acronym that stands for Change, Engagement and Innovation in Education. Andy will be presenting a keynote at the 2021 Sydney Morning Herald Schools summit, with an address titled “Engagement is the new frontier of achievement”. He’s devoted most of his life to improving education and challenges us again with the notion that engagement is critical to student learning, and that we have an over obsession with performance. To find out how those two fit together and what that means we cover a broad range of topics with some great practical advice.
27 minutes | Feb 9, 2021
Cameron Paterson on the pressures facing teachers in the 2020s
Cameron Paterson is a highly experienced teacher and has been teaching in independent schools for several decades. Cameron will be participating in the 2021 Sydney Morning Herald Schools Summit as a discussion panellist, addressing the pressures on the teaching profession in the 2020s. For Cameron, the pressures are real, but he encourages us to remember that teaching is highly rewarding and extremely valuable for our children and society, both now and into the future. Cameron’s views are frank and he’s passionate about quality teaching and learning. Cameron very kindly offered to spend some time talking with me before the summit about some of the pressures and what we can do to better support teachers.This podcast is brought to you by Sentral. For more information, visit the website.https://www.sentral.com.au
19 minutes | Feb 7, 2021
Peter Dalmaris pt 2 - Star Trek, STEM and Maker Education for a bold new future
Peter Dalmaris is an online educator, engineer and electronics hobbyist. He's been an academic for over 15 years and believes the educational needs of future generations are radically different to those of the 20th century.In part 2 of my conversation with Peter, we explore what the future might look like for students in an educational environment that champions making, problem solving and discovery. Boldly going where no one has gone before requires some inspiration, so it's no surprise we start by talking about how Star Trek has influenced modern thinking.Find out more about Peter's work at https://techexplorations.com/This podcast is brought to you by Sentral, providers of Australia's leading school management platform to over 3000 schools.To find out more, visit the website, https://www.sentral.com.au
24 minutes | Feb 3, 2021
Peter Dalmaris champions Maker Education as better way to explore STEM - part 1
Peter Dalmaris is an online educator, engineer and electronics hobbyist. He's been an academic for over 15 years and believes the educational needs of future generations are radically different to those of the 20th century. Peter believes that Maker Education is a great way to explore the STEM space. He's passionate about what he does and even has a dog named Einstein. Join me as I talk with Peter about STEM and maker education as an approach to learning.This is part 1, of a 2 part interview.Find out more about Peter's work at https://techexplorations.com/This podcast is brought to you by Sentral, providers of Australia's leading school management platform to over 3000 schools.To find out more, visit the website, https://www.sentral.com.au
1 minutes | Nov 30, 2020
Win a Samsung Galaxy Tablet - your chance to win some stylish new tech for 2021
WIN 1 of 3 Samsung Galaxy TabletsAs it’s the end of the year, we’re feeling particularly generous here at Sentral.We’re giving away not one, not two, but three Samsung Galaxy tablets!Start your new year with the latest stylish tech by following us onFacebook and Linked In. Simple!Simply click on our official Sentral Facebook and/or LinkedIn pages and like/follow us to be entered into the draw.facebook.com/sentraledulinkedin.com/company/sentralPromotion period runs from 24 November 2020 to 8 December 2020.*TERMS AND CONDITIONSBy participating in the promotion, Participants represent that they understand and agree to be bound to the Promotion Terms, as they may be modified, and the decisions of Sentral which are final and binding. Promotion period runs from 24 November 2020 to 8 December 2020 • Prizes are not transferable for cash • Any FBT applicable is the responsibility of the prize recipient • No Correspondence will be entered into regarding the drawing of Winners and Sentral’s decision is final • Prizes will be drawn on 10 December 2020 and Winners notified by 11 December 2020 • Sentral reserves the rights to cancel or amend the promotion at any stage if deemed necessary in their opinion, or if circumstances arise outside of their control.
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