Wednesday, February 22, 2012

School Funding Forum with Minister for School Education

Greetings from the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) building in Canberra, where the Minister for School Education, Peter Garrett is holding a School Funding Forum at 11am. The event will be streamed on-line web streaming and Twittered at #schoolsfunding. I prepared a an extract of the report recommendations to be discussed at the meeting. DEEWR sent a large message with all the papers, which was not particularly helpful (it is important that DEEWR staff understand on-line technology as that is the primary way education will be delivered in the future).

I arrived on the local ACTON bus (Number 6 from O'Connor) a little early and so am in the CityEdge Cafe, on the ground floor of the building. This area is next to the Australian National University campus and is being transformed into an educational precinct, variously called "City West" or "ANU Exchange". As well as the planned developments by ANU, there is organic growth of education and research related organizations around the area. In December 2011 Australia Institute of Management (AIM) opened a new trainman center. This morning I noticed "Blended Learning International" across the road from DEEWR.

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