Teaching, Google and campus kangaroos

I’m alerted on the FutureLab site, to a new book on teaching by Ian Gilbert, entitled Why do I need a teacher when I have Google? The book certainly looks worth a look and has had excellent reviews. Gilbert poses some fundamental question about schools and about teaching. While the title may focus on Google and while the chapters have some eccentric titles (e.g. Is that an iron bar through your frontal lobes, or are you just pleased to see me), there is a very serious side to this book, which asks us to take a big picture view of the the future of schools and of teaching. Very relevant to teacher/school librarians.

I’m in Wagga Wagga for 2.5 weeks and working at the CSU campus. The campus itself is set in the countryside near to Wagga Wagga and the university buildings are set in an environment of many trees and extensive bush. One of hte features of the campus is its wildlife, with many species of birds, including the delightful laughing kookaburra. There are also quite a few kangaroos on the campus and even in summer, you can get quite close to them in parts of the campus. In the picture below, you can see the kangaroos in the long grasses which have grown this year because of the extensive rain that Wagga Wagga has experienced. In the past 10 years, this grass has been short and very brown.

Kangaroos on campus

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One Response to “Teaching, Google and campus kangaroos”

  1. stephgilchrist Says:

    Nice to see what my campus looks like!

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