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Innovation in Education through Converged Technologies

12 Nov 2015

Workright Australia has entered into agreement with three local technology companies, a South Australian artist, an academic from South Africa, a world leader in technology education, and an international recognized technology design expert to create and globally commercialize a unique set of educational resources.  These are being aligned to the Australian Curriculum, which is currently being prepared for students in all states and territories, from Foundation –Year 12.  The educational resources are also being aligned to the Australian Vocational Education and Training Competency Standards (VET sector) and the Australian Qualifications Framework. The educational resources, known as trademarked as STEM Converged Curriculum™ and STEAM Converged Curriculum™ will equip students, teachers, trainers, assessors and educational managers alike!

CLWB, pronounced “club” is a welsh word which means a club or community.  CLWB is also an acronym for Community for Learning With Bits, and this is precisely what has been brought together.  Members include:-

  • Workright Australia (trading name for GEM College of International Business (Australia) is well known for its innovation in education, with many “firsts” to its credit; for providing quality in education and training and for its incubation of early stage, leading-edge technology companies in South Australia, and its support of the Australian and international artists.
  • GEM College of International Business (Global) – provides the GEM College Online Campus – a high quality global online learning campus with learners in 164 countries and 10,000 corporate clients – it is the ideal channel to bring unique qualifications to market
  • CLWB (see clwb.org), and its CEO and Founder, Mike Lloyd - is a world leader in the design and development of STEM educational resources, and supplies learning content, supporting technologies in kit form, and teacher training around a 10 module STEM curriculum. CLWB is currently establishing “show case” schools in the UK, Asia (Singapore), Australia and North and South America.
  • Area 51, and its CEO Founder, Ian Myles - Ian was formerly VP of Astro Studios, California’s most highly regarded, and internationally recognized design leading company. From there he founded MEEP (Mobile Exchange Electronic Payments) and was then appointed VP of JP Morgan Chase’s Biometrics division, and later Head of Payments Division for Singtel (Singapore). Ian is Managing Partner of CLWB, but as with the most creative entrepreneurs, he has his mind is across the sectors bringing user entered experiences to Payments, Wear-ables & Biometrics, which are now becoming mainstream in many aspects of digital life. However, Ian understands it is where the sectors overlap – that the next wave of innovation is addressing.
  • Digislide International Pty Ltd – Founder, Kevin Soper - the national, regional and global award winning pico projection company
  • Spinergy Pty Ltd – Founders (Kevin Soper, Peter Rubinshtein, and Luceille Outhred) – a clean energy generation company
  • Allied Animation Technologies Pty Ltd – Founding inventors Luceille Outhred, Danny Jung and Kevin Soper – specializing in laser technologies
  • Malcolm Koch - an award winning Adelaide artist, whose Membrane Art expresses principles of quantum physics.
  • Dr Cas Olivier – South African academic who has created a matrix based on the great education theorists, to identify 1369 distinct learning modes.  Dr Cas is a leading VET provider and author of “Maths – It’s as Easy as Pi” and “The DNA of Great Teachers” – his work has been recommended for an international gamification award.

Luceille said “It is the focus on the Internet of Things that brings Ian, Mike, Malcolm, Cas and the various entities and technologies that we represent together.  Ensuring USER centered solutions prevail, and ensuring that the emerging generation – and their teachers, trainers and educational managers are equipped, is not only exciting … it’s absolutely essential!”

“This is very exciting” said Mike Lloyd, “Under GEM’s educational management,  Spinergy, Digislide and Allied Animation Technologies, will enable us to add Energy, Projection, Light and Laser modules to our STEM and STEAM curricula, I’m excited about this project.  We hope to include Adelaide in the ‘Australian tour’ in February-March, 2016.  I very much appreciate Malcolm’s work.  I have been following the growth of the use of digital technologies in fine art for a long time, including the amazing exhibitions in the Barbican in London, and more recently in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  I'm also a big fan of the work of Chris Milk, and in the fashion world, Cutecircuit.”

Malcolm Koch’s next exhibition will be held simultaneously in two venues, to paradox the ‘quantum entanglement system’ where each particle (paintings in Malcolm’s case) cannot be described independently—instead, are linked as a whole. By communicating their interconnectedness Malcolm hints at a macro-level (classical mechanics) the science of the physical phenomenon. Malcolm’s exhibition will be Friday, 25 March — Monday, 2 May 2016 – venues to be announced – www.membraneart.com

Interested in these books?  Order your copy through administration@gem-college.com
Mike’s book Schooling at the Speed of Thought
Dr Olivier’s Maths – It’s as Easy as Pi and The DNA of Great Teachers