How we should shape the future of education: A Q&A with Sir Ken Robinson

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How we should shape the future of education: A Q&A with Sir Ken Robinson

Sir Ken Robinson is kind of a big deal. He is the most viewed speaker on Ted Talks of all time, with his three talks on education, creativity and what’s wrong with the current teaching model being viewed by more than 300 million people in over 150 countries. In light of his upcoming visit to New Zealand, Idealog chats with him about how we can improve the current outdated models, as well as the countries leading the way in the education sector.

Most Creative People

Jamie Beaton was one of the People's Choice winners for the education category in Idealog and Accenture's Most Creative People. You don’t create a company valued at $220 million in your early 20s unless you have something special, and the mile a minute whizzkid Beaton has done that with Crimson Education, which helps students from around the world get into top US universities. Here, he talks why some creative passions shouldn't be a full-time gig, resilience and how to tell a good idea from a bad one.

Future of work

Many have questioned whether New Zealand’s education sector is doing enough to help students prepare for a digital world, but if the teachers sharing their stories with the Mind Lab are anything to go by, the future is in safe hands. The digital education provider has launched a platform that showcases what teachers are doing to prepare the next generation for the changes ahead.

Technology Month, brought to you by Springload

Picking what to study when you finish school is a daunting task for most, with a myriad of options and information at students’ fingertips. But New Zealand agency M Theory has come up with a solution by using VR tech. 'The Future of You’ takes students on an interactive, fortune teller's journey through a series of personality-based questions that will help guide them towards a career path they're well suited for.

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Teaching kids about money seems to fall into a grey area between parents and school educators, with both assuming the responsibility will be carried out by the other. International growth lead at Banqer, Simon Brown, discusses what can be done to make the next generation more financially savvy.

Tomorrow's leaders

The head of the country’s umbrella tech organisation says it’s boom time for both its organisation and the industry in New Zealand. NZTech now has more than 400 tech companies on board from across the country and has expanded its board, but what else is needed to grow the industry? The government’s recent investment into digital education is a start, says Vend founder and OMGTech! co-founder Vaughan Rowsell.

Wish we'd thought of that

New Zealand is known as a nation of innovation. Do you have something cool you've come up with that you think deserves to be recognised at the 2017 New Zealand Innovation Awards? Then enter it in the Innovation in Education, Training and Development, sponsored by Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand.

Best in class?

The Government is shaking up the curriculum, pouring millions into a digital-first focus. But as the way our children learn changes, so are the physical spaces they're learning in. And Richard Naish, the director of one of the country’s most-lauded architecture firms, RTA Studio, believes better-designed public schools can help improve education.