Author Archives: Trevor Furness

The A B C of adopting school dashboards

The A B C of adopting school dashboards

Gartner defines data-literacy as the ability to understand, share common knowledge of and have meaningful conversations about data, especially to drive better business outcomes. In the world of education, the prime goal of data literacy is to enable educators to … Read More

Learner wellbeing insights are as important as NAPLAN and ATAR

Learner wellbeing insights are as important as NAPLAN and ATAR

When I talk to customers and schools about their data projects lately, overwhelmingly they are interested in student welfare. Schools are becoming more aware of the opportunity to measure student welfare, particularly through self-reporting mechanisms, to help track and monitor … Read More

What role can EdTech play in teacher & student wellbeing

What role can EdTech play in teacher & student wellbeing?

In 2020, educators reported a concerning drop in student empathy, physical activity and willingness to learn.  According to Amy Graham and Pasi Sahlberg in that report: ‘Australian educators send us a clear message in this study: classrooms have become emotionally, … Read More

Teachers are wrestling a complex beast

Teachers are wrestling a complex beast: always ‘on’ technology

Technology is a disruptor. I don’t mean that in what has become the typical interpretation, where technology helps institutions transform their education practice. It has done that, too. Technology has been great for new learning methods, and improved communication and … Read More

2020 showed how fast we can reinvent education

Back in my secondary teaching days, “no history; no future” was a phrase I often used to remind young history students of the importance of studying the past. To inform and create a better shared future, we must analyse what’s … Read More

6 Observations from 6 Months in Learning analytics

Moving from Learning management to the data and learning analytics space has allowed for a renewed perspective on schools and their data strategies in a rapidly evolving education context.  Here are 6 observations I’ve made after my first 6 months … Read More