Being played by the games that we play

August 31st, 2015

Over the last six weeks or so I’ve been playing a game called Clash of Clans. For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, according to, Clash of Clans is the hit army strategy game where you Raise your own army of Barbarians, Archers, Hog Riders, Wizards, Dragons and other mighty fighters Battle with [...]

Games, Pop culture and education

The Museum of Before: An experiment in participatory thinking about the future

June 22nd, 2015

Educational research typically involves a lot of  logico-analytical thinking. Much of our time is spent planning projects, gathering and analysing data, reviewing literature, writing research reports and so on.  But every now and then, we stretch our creativity and imagination and dream up thought experiments as we chat over our morning coffee. “Imagine if we could….”, [...]

Future focussed issues, Shifting research

#edchatnz blogging meme

September 1st, 2014

So far I’ve managed to avoid being nominated for the ice bucket challenge, but it’s a pleasure to have been tagged in an altogether different kind of meme, the edchatnz blogging meme. Before I wrote this, the researcher in me had to check just to see how far this meme has spread – type the [...]

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The making of Curriculum For The Future: The Game

August 15th, 2014

We recently created a game called Curriculum For The Future, and have been playing it with people and gathering their feedback over the last couple of months. This post explains why we created it, what we hoped it might achieve, what we’ve learned along the way, and what might happen next. What is Curriculum For [...]

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Call for submissions: SET special issue on “Future education”

July 18th, 2013

A special message from the editor of NZCER’s journal: set: Research Information for Teachers To mark the 40th anniversary of set: Research Information for Teachers, we invite contributions to a special issue on the theme “Future education”. We are seeking expressions of interest from potential contributors.      

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Memory and futures-thinking

June 13th, 2013

I’ve been not-very-systematically accruing interesting articles to feed my ongoing obsession with thinking about thinking about the future.  Time to share some stuff I’ve picked out of my favourite filebox of delicious brain science articles (pictured left). The usual caveats apply: I’m sharing my thinking-in-progress, mulling over some of the questions I’ve been kicking around. If you’re [...]

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“Going forward” – with our backs to the future?

June 6th, 2013

If you listen to the news on radio or television today I can almost guarantee you’ll hear someone talk about  going forward. What some see as a “superfluous, meaningless, ubiquitous” phrase  has crept firmly into our language, but  this post isn’t just another rant about silly and useless sayings . On the contrary, I want to use [...]

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“Design thinking” for educators – an inspiring resource!

April 22nd, 2013

I’ve recently been talking a lot about futures-thinking in education, and if there is one “take home message” that I’d like to underscore it’s this:  We all need to start thinking of ourselves as futures-thinkers and future-builders. If you haven’t seen it already I highly recommend taking a few minutes to watch this Keri Facer [...]

Future focussed issues, Shifting schooling, Teachers' work

Learning Futures: Education, Technology, and Social Change

April 8th, 2013

So far, my favourite education-related read of this year has been Learning Futures: Education, Technology, and Social Change by UK professor Keri Facer. Her work aligns strongly with many ideas and questions that I have been thinking about over the last few years.  I found it a very provocative and inspiring book (on my insistence it [...]

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Prof. Jim Dator on “The Future of Futures Studies”

March 22nd, 2013

A couple of weeks ago I went to The Thinking Futures Workshop organised by the The New Zealand Futures Trust. Professor Jim Dator from the University of Hawaii skyped in as the introductory speaker, and he and the NZFT have generously shared the link to this talk for wider circulation. If you have time I recommend [...]

Dealing with complexity, Future focussed issues