How we can use this season to change the face of education - Part 2

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June 15, 2020


Today, we’re joining back up again with my two guru friends in the education and communication spaces - Lee Hancock and Jason Knight.


In the last episode, they unpacked for us the fundamental role of wellbeing for students and how important that is in the education system. We also unpacked what education can learn from business especially the way technology can be used to transform the learning experience.


These two very smart guys and leaders of innovation in their respective fields. Lee is the winner of the 2020 New South Wales Premier Teachers’ Award and he points out how teachers have rapidly adapted in the face of the challenges brought by Covid19.


For this episode we've put together an Education Innovation Checklist with all the themes and topics tackled in this two-episode discussion. I hope this helps you to take action and apply more innovation in what you do in the education space.


Don’t forget to download the free resource from Episode 21-- Lee’s Top 10 Education Apps. It's a list of the tools he effectively used with many other teachers he works with.


In episode 21, we have been talking about the strategies that we could use right now given the rapid changes we've needed to make to adapt to the pandemic and so we’re picking up that conversation right now…


Here's the highlights:

  • [2:25] Some changes in education they would like to see: (Lee) There should be more collaboration between education and the business world. Breaking down barriers and getting a taste of what it’s like in the real world for students would help greatly in the learning process. (Jason) School, university, and business in one learning hub can cultivate a lot more innovation and learning. Promoting project-based learning, workshops in learning hubs partnered with business to hone future innovators in the industry.

  • [7:20] Student marks can matter less in getting jobs. They must feature more of their soft skills and a portfolio of what they have experienced doing. Businesses want to hire those who already have the skills to do things, not just know things. The skills to communicate and think critically, the skill of persuasion are the most important and powerful.

  • [12:23] Covid19 has ruined the traditional model but thanks to that because everyone is learning new methods to equip kids with skills to be ready for life. And disruption has been the best time to do that.

  • [15:10] The school has been a safe place for kids. Key performance indicators are used and done because it is easier to measure. But it actually does not matter.

  • [18: 20] As teachers, and practically for anyone working, we need to continue learning, failing, and reflecting in the process.

  • [19:42] Jason has been doing design sprint which changed the mindset of many schools and the way they look at how they educate kids and get them ready to leapfrog into their future. But results cannot be guaranteed because it really depends on the openness of the educators.

  • [24:40] Education and business have got a lot to offer each other.



Resisting change is like holding your breath.

Even if you succeed, it won’t end well.

- Lao Tzu

Links mentioned in this episode:

>> Education Innovation Checklist

>> Dangerous Minds Course

>> Lifestyle Design Quiz

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