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Hamish Curry
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Collaborator on learning, design, technology, and innovative experiments.
Collaborator on learning, design, technology, and innovative experiments.

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The crew at Playground Ideas have released a great manual on creating and designing your own playground. These topics are often the best suited to helping children have a real impact on their local environment while using the skillsets of design thinking. Marcus Veerman heads up the PlaygroundIdeas - let me know if you'd like an introduction. Play on!
Playground Ideas
Playground Ideas
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Spent a great couple of days with the staff teams at St. Ambrose last week - some fantastic work happening and developing around deeper inquiry. One of the key reminders for me was that content can always become more specific - it should be one of the main outcomes of teacher planning to refine down the focus the learning for the students. Just this morning I saw this article about the discovery of a new species of jellyfish - a reminder that the world is still bringing us discoveries in small and wonderful ways.

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Discovered this channel on the weekend - HUMAN - an exploration of short video stories that uncover the experiences, emotions, and elements that make us complex and powerful people. Some of these stories are hard-hitting, more suited to upper primary if they were to be used in the classroom. While there are some famous people here, I recommend Jane Goodall's and Francine Christophe's clips.
Human the movie
Human the movie
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While working at St. Mel's this week I was chatting with +Steve Borthwick and +Teresita Borthwick about some of my work on Do Lectures. I mentioned this wonderful talk by Dennis McIntosh, an all-round Aussie battler who not only overcame big odds for himself and his family, but learnt a thing or two along the way. To the amazing teachers that work so hard to inspire and empower their students: Never stop learning. 

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It's been great to hear about all the provocative and challenging work happening at IHM Sefton this week. One story that has come up a number of times was the day last week spent exploring 'homelessness', and the way in which the 'long-tale' of design thinking has become more noticeable in how smoothly the students across Year levels are using the process to unpack and understand complex problems.
It reminded me of this lovely Tropfest clip from Jason van Genderen about homelessness in Sydney and New York.   
Great work by all.

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While the prevalence of design thinking as a strategy for creative problem solving has certainly increased in the last 12 months, there's a difference between just 'doing' the process, and actually 'feeling' it. I'm running a public workshop on September 16 at Collective Campus exploring the journey of design thinking.
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Have had some good discussions about sustainability this week with FAIM. I've just come across this wonderful website 'Nature is speaking' featuring a range of famous personalities narrating the voices of the earth. They would make good provocations to students exploring 'living things' and human impact on the environment. I especially like the one from Julia Roberts on 'Mother Nature'.
Nature Is Speaking
Nature Is Speaking
natureisspeaking.org

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Great resources here for educators shaping those units on 'space' and for all those others who just like having their minds blown on scale and size
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Just Eat It - certainly provoked my thinking. May do the same for you and your students too... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkASAZGIuu0

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Joy and data are the essential elements of great education - this interplay goes to the heart of how lots of success stories in education have found the things that matter by better measuring and reflecting on what matters.
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