This year I plan to start sharing insights into my work. In particular, those activities I think need to be communicated with our wider community, shared and amplified!
To begin with I want to introduce an amazing team and emerging story in the education sector. I had the pleasure of facilitating a workshop with the Music Industry College (MIC) and Starving Kids Records in early January 2013. Our objective was to explore the future of education and how MIC can best position itself to tackle the challenges ahead.
The workshop looked at the trends and patterns changing the way we educate our children, the way we learn, and an audacious ambition from the founders of MIC to be a catalyst for positive change in Australia. In order to do this we needed to look at MIC itself, in the context of its current environment (its vision, its strengths and weaknesses) and explore where this environment and the "customers" of MIC are heading.
I quickly learnt the Music Industry College itself is an "outsider". It plays to a different beat and a different drum, compared with its traditional peers in the modern synchronous education system. It is an innovative new hybrid action based learning educational facility in Brisbane, Australia, offering Year 11 and 12 students (Seniors) the opportunity to study for their QCE (the piece of paper that gives economic value to education) in a tertiary-style environment. MIC's focus is to empower young people to succeed in the music industry and in life. A deep learning experience, which gives students unparalleled practical experience, readying them for the real world.
On the day we explored issues being debated the world over, at all levels in and around the education system. From instituions such as the Centre for American Progress to Google! The four big technology disruptors (namely, cloud computing, social software, mobility, and big data) featured prominently, in particular the business model of Khan Academy. Check it out.
I'll post more about this workshop, our findings and outcomes in the near future. If you are interested in this topic, be sure to check out Khan Academy founder, Salman Khan's recent book on the topic "The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined".