Welcome EPeeps Loucas Gatzoulis | CTO

Today we would like to welcome Loucas Gatzoulis to the EP Family.

In true EP style, Burkey (our CEO, Alex Burke) wanted to create a video to introduce you to our new CTO. You can watch the Q&A here.

Below is the 'official' release that talks to why EP and Loucas are such a good fit.

Edtech leader Education Perfect names Loucas Gatzoulis as new CTO

EP is excited to announce that Loucas Gatzoulis has been named as the company’s new Chief Technology Officer.

With more than two decades’ worth of experience in technology roles across the globe, Loucas has accrued tremendous experience leading product development from concept through to validation, design and architecture to implementation and delivery.

He has worked with a diverse range of companies, from early-stage start-ups to large corporates.

Mr Gatzoulis was previously the Chief Technology and Product Officer of Pureprofile, a data and insights company. It was here that he built a great team which developed world-class technology allowing this relatively small Australian company to compete – and win – against some of the global giants in the market research industry.

“EdTech has always been very high on my list of interests, and this has only grown in recent years. I see massive potential in this space, and EP is the right company to join for this journey.”

“Innovative technology at its core has always enabled a competitive advantage,” he said.

EP’s CEO Alex Burke said that Loucas was an ideal fit for the role, given his hands on approach, his good problem solving attitude, obvious empathy, which when coupled with his good technical knowhow made him the ideal candidate.

“After a long search, we're delighted to bring Loucas on board,” he said.

“He is a fantastic culture fit for the business, and brings with him some amazing experience that will help support the next steps on our global journey.”

With a daughter attending Year 7, and several family members working in education, Loucas said there were several additional factors contributing to his decision to become part of the team.

“This allows me to work on something great for the education community, and society in general.

“EP looks like the perfect place to leverage my long experience in building large-scale cloud-native platforms.

“My objective has always been to build empowered teams, always curious for the new, and brave to tackle any problem.

“I want to help the EP team collectively, and individually, to maximise their potential.”

ENDS

Welcome, welcome from the whole team at EP.


EP Studio | New online resource community for teachers

It’s here! Meet EP Studio, a transformative and collaborative tool that will redefine your content creation experience. With EP Studio you can create a wide variety of resources using our intuitive authoring tools, and share these with your colleagues wherever they are in the world.

Find out more below from our launch media release.

EP launches new online resource community for teachers to help close education equity gap.

Leading education technology platform Education Perfect (EP) has released a new online community for creation and sharing of resources, that is helping teachers share lessons for better student outcomes.

EP Studio allows teachers to create a wide variety of resources using intuitive authoring tools.

CEO of EP, Alex Burke, said the platform provides teachers with the opportunity to share their lessons with colleagues on a national, or even global stage.

“EP is always free for teachers, as we understand that there is a need for openness and collaboration in education, especially to start closing the education equity gap,” he said.

Research based on a nationwide survey of more than 2,100 primary and secondary teachers representing more than 10% of schools in Australia by Pivot Professional Learning and EP, found strong evidence that the gap between advantage and disadvantage in Australian education widened during the shift to distance learning in April and May due to COVID-19.

“This has come at an ideal time when teachers around the world are under pressure with the recent school closures due to COVID-19,” Burke said

“With EP Studio, the amount of open and free content for teachers will continue to grow, and create a high quality collection of lessons, helping to bridge the gap for disadvantaged schools.

“Not only can teachers from schools already in the EP ecosystem benefit, but all teachers can get free access to lessons they can take into their classrooms,” he explained.

To encourage the creation of further teacher resources and celebrate the launch of EP Studio, EP have announced a competition.

Both schools and teachers are set to benefit from the competition, with the judged winner having a $10,000 tech package awarded to their school, plus a $1000 voucher for the teacher.

Second prize is a $5000 tech package, plus $500 voucher, and a $2500 tech package and $250 voucher for the third placed entrant.

“EP Studio is going to give teachers the ideal forum for an exchange of ideas, and the contest is the best way to encourage participation from teachers in schools across Australia and New Zealand,” Burke said.

With multiple entries welcomed from participating teachers, this gives educators from across Australia and New Zealand the chance to share their expertise and the tools which have made their classes successful over the years. The competition closes 18 September, with winners announced shortly after.

For more information check out https://epforschool.com.


Webinar | Socioeconomic disparities in Australian schooling during the COVID-19 pandemic

Join us this week - Wednesday 1st July, 6:30pm AEST

Socioeconomic disparities in Australian schooling during the COVID-19 pandemic whitepaper launch.

Register here.

The impact of COVID-19 has affected us all, but the impact on schools in economically disadvantaged areas has been significant in comparison.

We surveyed educators from over 10% of Australian schools on their experience of online teaching and learning due to COVID-19 and are publishing our findings in an effort to create effective action.

Joined by leaders of change and equity in education, we will be discussing our key findings and providing several recommendations on how we can address this great equity divide.

Amanda Bickerstaff

Amanda Bickerstaff, CEO Pivot

Amanda has spent 15 years in the education and education technology fields with a focus on professional learning, online learning, STEM, computer science education, and curriculum development. After stumbling into EdTech after graduate school, she has helped build and launch multiple organisations in the US with a focus on improving teacher practice and student outcomes.

Stella Jinman

Stella Jinman, Principal Cecil Andrews College

Education Awards School Principal of the Year – Government Finalist, 2018 WITWA 20 in 20 Outstanding STEM Award Winner and Skilling Australia Award Recipient for Outstanding Leadership and Commitment to STEM Education in Australia. Stella is a future focused educational leader with a strong drive for innovating transformation in education. Her background in the leadership of a diverse range of schools has resulted in holistic 21st century education that engages with and is inclusive of all students.

In 2019 Stella travelled to New York, where she attended and presented at the Planet P-TECH Conference. She has featured in publications and has influenced, formed and maintained new and effective long term partnerships that have transformed education into ecosystems where students are in supported pathways of learning.

Andrew Pierpoint

Andrew Pierpoint, President Australian Secondary Principals' Association

Andrew Pierpoint is President of the Australian Secondary Principals’ Association – the peak body for School Leaders across Australia. He previously was President of the Queensland Secondary Principals’ Association for four years.Andrew has had extensive experience, over 35 years, in High Schools as a science teacher, Head of Department (Science), Deputy Principal and Principal as well as having several system positions in the support of Principals. Throughout his career, Andrew has worked in complex rural and remote communities through to large regional and metropolitan schools. He has led communities and reference groups at district, regional, state and national levels.

Andrew has demonstrated a passion for State education in Queensland for many years and possess an excellent understanding of the Principalship from first-hand experience. Most importantly, Andrew has a genuine desire to make a meaningful difference for school leaders in the application of their ever increasing, complex roles in schools and the broader communities they work in.

Melodie Potts Rosevear

Melodie Potts Rosevear, CEO Teach for Australia

Melodie is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Teach For Australia. Through her own lived experience and her professional work with the Boston Consulting Group and the Cape York Institute, Melodie’s passion to help break the cycle of disadvantage was borne.

While completing her Master in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Melodie developed the vision and business plan for Teach For Australia. As Chief Executive Officer, Melodie continues to lead the organisation toward greater reach and impact, to create an Australia where all children, regardless of background, attain an excellent education.

In 2020, Melodie was inducted in to the Victorian Honour Roll of Women, in recognition of her work over more than a decade driving change and innovation in the Australian education system to tackle educational disadvantage.

In 2014, Melodie was named 100 Women of Influence by Westpac and The Australian Financial Review; and 2012, she received the Emerging Global Leader award from Harvard Kennedy School of Government, recognising an alumnus under 40 leading change and generating answers to challenging public problems.

Abby Siharath

Abby Siharath, College Captain Copperfield College

Abby represents the student body with a focus on student voice and collaboration, encouraging fellow students to vocalise more often their concerns and visions so that with the cooperation of school staff, they can work towards a more positive and beneficial environment for all valued members of the school community. As College Captain, she advocates for students through projects in relevant topics of student achievement, engagement, and wellbeing, and an overall collaborative leadership practice.

Register here to join the conversation.


News | First of its kind Australian research shows COVID-19 widens education gap

New research out today shows that the implementation of distance learning in response to the COVID-19 crisis has compounded the existing inequalities in Australia’s school system and children from disadvantaged communities are at risk of falling further behind.

The research, based on a nationwide survey of more than 2,100 primary and secondary teachers representing more than 10% of schools in Australia by Pivot Professional Learning and EP, found strong evidence that the gap between advantage and disadvantage in Australian education widened during the shift to distance learning in April and May due to COVID-19.

The researchers have warned that the likely continuation of distance learning in future – including through intermittent school closures due to Coronavirus – will leave many children further deprived unless governments intervene to solve the technology and access gap.

In key findings, teachers in the most disadvantaged schools were:

  • Half as confident their school could support student’s learning online.
  • Almost four times as likely to believe their schools were not well-positioned to transition to online instruction.
  • Almost four times as likely to be worried about students’ lack of access to technology and the internet and five times as likely to be worried about students lacking access to basic needs.
  • Twice as likely to think that their school’s primary technology doesn't engage students.
  • Five times more likely to say they couldn’t effectively communicate with students and three times more likely to say they couldn’t effectively communicate with parents.

Pivot CEO and lead researcher Amanda Bickerstaff said the Coronavirus crisis and the sudden forced shift to online learning had ‘’laid bare structural inequities in the educational system.’’

‘’It is imperative that policymakers and education organisations turn their attention not only to strengthening schools’ readiness for an uncertain future and teachers’ preparedness to teach online, but also addressing the clear technology and internet gaps felt by Australia’s most marginalised communities. This is a call to action that can’t be ignored.’’

Given that distance teaching may exacerbate existing inequities, Ms. Bickerstaff said policy interventions were more critical than ever. For distance learning to be successful for all students, policymakers and education providers need to focus on:

  • Working collaboratively to drive real solutions for schools serving disadvantaged communities
  • Improving access to internet and technology for students in disadvantaged communities
  • Development of high quality, non-technology solutions for those schools where infrastructure issues prohibit access to reliable internet
  • Prioritising professional learning for educators to support online teaching
  • Identifying and implementing additional supports for students that were more deeply impacted by the rapid shift to distance learning

A full version of the survey report and analysis is available from 2 July, 2020 at  insightsfor.education.

Webinar - Wednesday 1st of July, 6.30pm AEST

'Socioeconomic disparities in Australian schooling during the COVID-19 pandemic' whitepaper launch.

The impact of COVID-19 has affected us all, but the impact on schools in economically disadvantaged areas has been significant in comparison.

We surveyed educators from over 10% of Australian schools on their experience of online teaching and learning due to COVID-19 and are publishing our findings in an effort to create effective action.

Joined by leaders of change and equity in education, we will be discussing our key findings and providing several recommendations on how we can address this great equity divide.

Join us Wednesday 1st of July, 6.30pm AEST.

Register here.


EPeeps Paula | The Top Three Things I’ve Learnt During The COVID-19 Crisis

Today we wanted to share some tips from our Leader of Pedagogy, Paula Prouse, who was asked by Mouths of Mums to share her experience of home schooling through COVID-19.

Read more below.

Home isolation and the Covid-19 crisis sent a whirlwind into so many of our lives – it threw any kind of organised routine into complete chaos.  These are the biggest lessons I have learnt during this experience.

I’m in a unique position right now: I was a teacher for many years, and I now work for education tech company Education Perfect, which has allowed me the opportunity for the past four years to work from home.

It was a big change from fronting a classroom full of teenagers, but it’s one to which I have become adjusted and comfortable over that time.

When the coronavirus lockdowns started, I suddenly found myself sharing my home workspace with my husband – in between us juggling the process of looking after our two kids, both under four.

He’s new to this ‘working from home’ experience, while I already had good systems in place. A desk (which I now share with him!) and good chair go a long way to helping carve out our designated workspace. But there have been other key things we’ve learnt these past couple of months; the things that have kept us both in the right mindset when it comes to being full-time at-home parents, simultaneously while being full-time at-home employees.

It’s very easy to become overwhelmed

I initially thought there’d be plenty of online advice for the broader social, structural and psychological advice and help that was needed for all of us to adjust as a family unit, at home, balancing work and family time. I figured the transition would be challenging, but not impossible. The problem I found is the help that’s available online isn’t ‘one size fits all’. When it comes to finding out what works, I’ve had to learn by doing. As a former educator, this is a useful process. And for me, there have been a lot of lessons learnt, but they really break down to three key findings.

1) Adaptation is key

Like many things in life, you need to be able to take the advice and guidance online as a guide, a first step, and adapt to your own circumstances. We have two children: Archie, who is three and Margaux, who is one. Many well-intentioned and helpful guides have all these useful tips for managing your time with kids on a full-time basis. One of the tips has been setting specific tasks and activities down in a timetable and following that as a routine.

Of the many timetables floating around on the web, a scarce few are helpful. So, what have my husband, who is also working from home, and I done? My one-year-old daughter Margaux doesn’t do ‘independent creative time’. I’d be great if she did, but it’s not particularly realistic for a young one. The only solution is to invent our own and adapt to what works best for us. That’s all you can do, really – do what works best for you, and change things up if they don’t.

2) Routine

Every night, my husband and I quickly map out the following day – what meetings or time commitments we have, and what we need to get done. I think the teacher in me means that still super organised and like to have a plan. We make a conscious plan to exercise, which is a very useful thing; it’s good to get the blood pumping, and there’s any number of other reasons to get some exercise every day – it’s good for the skin, your mental health, boosts your energy levels and your mood. The kids can burn off their energy and let off some steam.

We make a point to never miss morning tea together as a family. Sometimes my husband and I tag-team work and parenting and we barely cross paths for the whole day. It’s funny how it can happen that you can share the same house, yet seldom see each other. A shared morning tea has become one of the real joys of being together 24/7.

The key lesson I’ve learnt is that while everything around you is the product of restrictions, you will find freedom in structure. Even when you’re at home. You have things to look forward to, and you’ll most definitely appreciate the small stuff.

3) Sleep, perchance to dream

Getting enough sleep is the perennial struggle for most parents of young kids! Once they’re asleep, the real tension rises between wanting to enjoy some quiet time and knowing I need to go to bed, so I’ll have energy for the next day. Finding the way to crack this one has thus far escaped me, but it’s the goal. Your ability to get the right amount of sleep is something you never consider before you have kids – because when you finish work you have nothing but free time and the opportunity to decompress. You go to bed when you’re tired. For parents, you’re always tired. One of the key things I’ve learnt from the lockdown is that down-time is as important as anything, so make a point to schedule some before you go to bed, otherwise you’re never not ‘on’.

Thanks Paula for sharing your learnings. 


Flexible Working Day | Five flexible working tips from our CEO Alex Burke

In celebration of Flexible Working Day today, 10th of June, our CEO Alex Burke was asked to share his top five tips for managing flexible working with the EP team.

Here are his top five tips, published on The Big Smoke.

The top 5 tips for best practice in flexible work arrangements

There’s never been a better time for raising awareness about the benefits of flexible working arrangements. Today, Wednesday 10 June 2020 is Flexible Working Day: an international day to celebrate and showcase the benefits of flexible work for both people and organisations.

With vast numbers of professionals now working remotely or from home, a steep learning curve has been needed for staff and management to get across not only the technical processes, but also the skills required to better adjust to the absence of personal contact with management and colleagues when undertaking flexible work processes. 

As the CEO of an EdTech company, Education Perfect (EP), which specialises in online learning technology for schools, work and the home, I have a rare insight into how to make the transition smoother for all levels within a company. 

I’d recommend the following five easy steps to make the transition to flexible, remote and at-home working more successful.

  1.   Make sure you check in.

There are many factors contributing to the increased numbers of people undertaking flexible working arrangements. It’s important we understand how each individual is feeling about the situation. 

For some (flexible working) is a perk which is a nice to have, while for others it is absolutely essential to execute their daily work. It’s important we understand the difference, and in doing that listen to what people need, and understand what you can do to help each individual.

Staying socially and emotionally connected at this time couldn’t be more important. A call for a quick hello or check-in can be really powerful. 

Companies and managers need to make sure their people are OK. Your care needs to extend beyond what has been the traditional, transactional nature of simply ‘getting the job done’, to a more targeted, focussed approach to connecting people. 

It’s through bringing people together that they can all be a part of the single conversation. Too often people are biased towards a one-to-one form of messaging, when it’s far more efficient and effective to get all appropriate people looped into the single conversation.

  1.   Know that adjustment takes time.

The process of adjustment for learning to navigate new technology and work processes also needs to be considered. Everyone working remotely for the first time needs to know that the process may be smoother for some than for others. It’s a question of levelling the playing field.

It’s really tough being the one remote person in a meeting with the rest of the group together in a room. The dynamics are awkward, with a lack of visibility for faces, as well as the tensions that potentially arise from a lack of social cues.

One key factor, operating within a more ‘all-in’ or inclusive virtual environment, will make all the difference. 

Getting everyone to have a laptop with camera on, being in ‘gallery’ mode on Zoom/Meet instead of switching single focus between speakers can make a world of difference.

  1.   Clarity and feedback: more important than ever.

The lack of face-to-face, direct contact within teams is also something that needs time for people to adjust to. The key to this is based around a solid foundation of communications. This is something that needs to be coordinated from management-on-down.

Simple, regular, transparent communications are important from management. Managing a remote team means that expectations need to be very clear between manager and their report, and a fairly well communicated task list. With less chance for in-passing check-ins to raise concerns, tensions and strains, as it is easy to overload people.

  1.   Don’t overload with meetings.

Speaking of overloading… In the wider business world, there has been – since the onset of coronavirus and remote working – a noticeable up-kick in phone calls and online meetings, to stem the gap left by there being less ad-hoc discussions and office interactions. 

While staying connected is important, it’s of equal importance that management don't overload people with meetings. Recognise the importance of a sustained period of time devoted to simply getting stuff done. 

  1.   Mix it up.

Getting out from behind the screen is crucial. Add some variety to the proceedings by doing different things, like taking meetings walking-and-talking, doing a bit of creative work with pen-and-paper or post-its. I do weekly video updates to keep the whole EP team in the loop and monthly all-staff zoom calls where different teams give an update to maintain connection and full transparency. It is a mix of business focus and light hearted celebration of the work the team is doing. The style is very open and transparent, with the odd joke thrown in. 

We also held an ‘Ask Me Anything’ (AMA) hour on Slack where the team could ask the leadership group any questions or concerns, especially with changes to working through COVID-19. It is a really great way to empower the individual to have a voice, encourage new ideas and a safe place to make suggestions. Everyone was really engaged and I learnt a thing or two from the team.

Flexibility is really important and many Managers are realising the 9-5 traditional office role with long commuting times isn’t the most effective use of time. Businesses need to start to have an open mind and empower their employees to strike the right balance between productivity and social interaction.

It’s an adjustment period, and one to which many of us are finding ourselves involved, to varying degrees of willingness and enthusiasm. However with a few of the above considerations in mind, transition can be less taxing, and an easier process to which we can all adjust and hopefully have a more productive and enjoyable flexible working experience.


Education Redefined | Navigating the digital ecosystem effectively

As part of our Education Redefined series, we examine the evolving nature of education and the role of digital technologies in and out of the classroom.

Read below as Paula Prouse, Leader of Pedagogy at EP, suggests how our recent crash course in teaching online means that we are in a unique position to critically analyse the digital technologies we use and decide to what extent we integrate them into our teaching practice. Also how EP stacks up.

Navigating the digital ecosystem effectively. A guide for educators.

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Has our recent crash course in teaching online changed how we view digital technologies in the teaching and learning cycle? Granted, over the past few months we have not been engaging simply in online learning, but providing emergency remote teaching. But now that the shock has lessened somewhat, we’re in a unique position to critically analyse the digital technologies we use. The Substitution Augmentation Modification Redefinition (SAMR) model, developed by Dr. Ruben Puentedura, provides a useful lens for analysing technology integration in an education context. The framework allows teachers to evaluate technology used in learning (NZ Curriculum, 2007). This model is a timely reminder of how using digital technologies can enhance, or detract from, the learning experience.

As the context and environment changes, the influence and importance of each level changes. For example, in a usual classroom context, many teachers are at the first level, simply using technology as a direct tool substitute, with no functional change. However, for our current context, using technology as a direct tool substitute does provide functional improvement as many students have not had access to the paper based material. Digital technologies have been the only way to maintain teacher-student communication and connection. It’s good to remember that the SAMR model isn't a linear process and the endstate isn’t always to reach ‘redefinition’. A blend of technological integration is important for learning outcomes.

We need to critically analyse each tool and decide to what extent we integrate them into our teaching practice. Perhaps it can enable a fundamental and lasting change in pedagogy toward a more constructivist or connectivist approach. But teachers must first be able to see the meaning behind the use of technology. If school leaders are truly investing in digital learning, they need to understand what level they're addressing and the effect that technology can have on learning outcomes.

When assessing the online tool EP, you can see that it addresses each level of the model. EP is a dynamic platform. New buzzwords come and go, so we ground our platform using established, effective frameworks, and we strive to be open to improvement.

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As our technologies evolve and we respond to the needs of our community, we are able to constantly improve the learning experience. At its base, EPreplaces the traditional textbook at the Substitution level. However, the extensive content, which incorporates multiple textbooks, can be accessed anywhere and anytime to demonstrate Augmentation.

Further, there are multimedia elements in each Smart Lesson, teachers can assign tasks and assessments in advance, have them instantly marked, and have full transparency over students’ work. Time saved through automatic marking can can be used to foster the teacher-student relationship and be used to build connections. The technology is improving the experience for both teachers and students.

The learning starts to become transformed when we look at Modification, where teachers can edit and modify content to suit their class, there’s a range of speaking and listening tasks, and teachers can record feedback for students. Redefinition is the instant, targeted remediation which provides an individualised learning pathway for every student. Learning can be flipped and teachers have complete transparency over what students are doing at home. This is where EP shines and redefines the learning experience. When EP is integrated into a teacher’s practice, working in harmony alongside the teacher, you can change what is achievable in the classroom.

Ultimately, as we return back to school, we believe that a blended approach is the way to go. Maximising the best that tech has to offer while weaving it with an effective framework of teaching and learning.

If you are interested in reading more from our Education Redefined series, then click here for upcoming webinars, surveys and reports.


Kochies Business Builders Live | Creating a resilient business

Recently, Alex Burke, our CEO, was asked to talk experience and insights on Kochies Business Builders live webcast series: How to build business resilience.

Kochies Business Builders is a live interactive webcast exploring how digital tech and data-driven insights can help you to align your purpose, passion and persistence to evolve your business for success during these challenging times.

In this webcast Alex talks about our team culture and how increased flexibility, collaboration, and communication have been vital to enable us to continue supporting our schools. Also the team of experts including David Koch, Jason Toshack and Michael Earp, discuss and discover how to respond, recover and build a more sustainable business.

Watch, Listen and Learn:

  • The role purpose plays in meeting customers’ needs.
  • How to prioritise areas of your business as customer demands evolve.
  • How to use data to identify new business opportunities.
  • How digital solutions can support change.
  • How technology can foster collaboration.

You can read more about the panel and sign up to watch the webcast here.

Or you can watch the conversation live on Facebook.


Webinar Series | Back to school webinars assisting teachers, school leaders and students returning to classroom learning

Ep in collaboration with Pivot Professional Learning are proud to present a series of webinars as part of an effort to help guide our educators through the coming transition back to the classroom.

These interactive sessions will feature discussions about strategies for school leaders and teachers to take back to their classrooms. Each session will include useful tips from leading experts in engagement through content, supporting wellbeing, collecting feedback, and peer collaboration.

Educators who attend these sessions will take with them practical measures to bring into the classroom environment to help students flourish.

Amanda Bickerstaff, Pivot PL CEO highlights the urgency of the Education Redefined webinar series, "it is more important now than ever that we provide our educators with strategies that matter to ease their transition back into the classroom."

"Based on the results of our State of Education research, wellbeing, and meeting student instructional needs should be at the forefront of the conversation.  So in this series, we are bringing together experts across the region to provide real guidance for school leaders and teachers in this time of transition.

CEO of EP, Alex Burke said that it was important the nation’s teachers were as well equipped as possible after such an unprecedented and sudden interruption to their classroom schedules.

“We all value teachers and the vitally important work they do,” he said.

“Education is one of the pillars of our community, and we know that the webinars will provide teachers with assistance and guidance when heading back into the classroom, or as they continue their vital work with students through online learning.”

To register, click on the session titles below.

Student Wellbeing 

Wednesday 20th May, 6:30pm AEST
Student wellbeing is a top concern of educators. Hear from wellbeing experts about how to best support students as they move back into the classroom. Joined by special guest Helen Prior and Simon Mann, Education Consultant.

Teacher Wellbeing 

Thursday 21st May, 6:30pm AEST
We need to come together and support our educators. Our experts come together to discuss self and team care. Joined by special guest Dr. Pete Stebbins, Leadership & Team Development expert with over 20 years’ experience, helping 1657 education leaders across the last 4 years.

Online Pedagogies 

Wednesday 27th May, 6:30pm AEST
Digital technologies have the potential to reshape the learning process, but only if teachers are supported to truly understand how they can fit into effective pedagogy. Explore how to meaningfully harness technology to improve student outcomes, by looking at differentiation, flipping the classroom, and blended learning.

Student Feedback 

Wednesday 3rd June, 6:30pm AEST
Research shows that we need to prioritise student feedback. Interactive and instant feedback and monitoring during class learning and teaching are missing online. Discover practical ways educators can gather student feedback to inform the next steps and their professional development.

The Student Voice 

Wednesday 10th June, 6:30pm AEST
We need to listen to what students are telling us. Through this student-led session, we are giving students the opportunity to contribute to the conversation on the transforming nature of education. What do they need? What works for them? And what doesn't?

 

Read more about the 3500 educators in Australia and New Zealand surveyed to understand how teaching and learning has changed due to the global COVID-19 pandemic here.


Business Insider | 'The new normal': How four Australian businesses have adapted

Recently Business Insider, as part of an interview series with three other businesses, asked EP how we had adjusted to 'The new normal'.

As the coronavirus forced people into self-isolation and businesses into shutdown, Australians have had to adjust to a new normal.

Take Education Perfect, an online education platform that suddenly found its wares in more demand than ever. As schools physically shut down and learning moved to the home, it understood there was a window to push into new markets. The platform began offering free licences for institutions in Asia at the beginning of the outbreak. Allowing schools to use it until the start of May, the business expanded the offer worldwide as the virus spread, signing up more than half a million users in over 100 countries.“If you really embrace the challenge and everyone comes together, you can get a huge amount done in a short space of time,” CFO Simon Robinson said.