Archives for August 2014

Education PLus

I first heard Michael Fullan speak about Education Plus in the first New Pedagogies for Deep Learning institute Hong Kong November 2013. The notion intrigued me – it seemed to me  that he was talking about a social or societal value add component to existing education. The idea that we can lever the future return on educational outcomes by teaching for growth outside the cognitive space, and in a way that builds moral and ethical capacity. By consciously building capacity to recognise and work in an innovative, “adjacent possible” kind of arena, we are building the kind of social capital that is future focussed and sustainable.edplus

In Michael’s paper “Education Plus” (available here) he defines Education Plus as

“….not simply about learning 21st century skills in isolation from doing, nor is it about acquiring basic skills and knowledge out of context. Instead, it is about collaborative learning through reflection in action and on action in order to become better at negotiating the messy, fuzzy, dilemma‐ridden context of real‐world life and work with positive impact. It is about developing an attitude of mind, a set of values and the personal, interpersonal and cognitive capabilities identified repeatedly in studies of successful early career graduates and those leaders who have helped create more harmonious, productive and sustainable workplaces and societies.”

The New Pedagogies, 6 C’s and Ethical Entrepreneurialism are interconnected in a way that reads refreshingly simply. I like the way the threads through New Pedagogies are becoming clearer, yet more tightly interwoven.


Happy to be hosting this twitter account this week. Hope to add value to the conversations, and discover or uncover new insights.

Please check it out @EduTweetOz or

Edutweetoz is an Australian social media movement.

Our mission:

  • to celebrate and share the real work of educators from all sectors and provide an alternative to the negative perceptions of teachers popularised in mainstream media.
  • to build a community of educators from all sectors and states of Australia. We want to bring together teachers from pre-schools to universities, from private and public sectors, as well as those who support us in fields such as educational research.
  • to facilitate dialogue and share our journeys and promote excellence.

How it works:

  • Each week a different educator will take responsiblity for tweeting. We hope that people will use the space to share their experiences, pose questions, engage in dialogue about current educational issues and help each other out.
  • Guest tweeters and other educators will be showcased on this blog to share their passion for education with the wider community.