Stemiverse 0024 – Viv White on Big Picture Education 

 January 16, 2018

By  Peter

In this episode, Dr. Peter Dalmaris and Marcus Schappi talk with Viv White.

Viv is the founder of an innovative new design for learning and schools.

Viv taught primary and secondary education for 13 years, worked in tertiary research for five years as a research fellow at Macquarie University and Victoria University, and served as an adjunct professor at the University of Western Sydney.

She is the co-founder, managing director and company secretary of Big Picture Education Australia. The work that Viv does in Big Picture Education is the main topic of our discussion in this episode.

Viv has taken the lead in establishing Big Picture Learning International (BPLI), a venture that will influence governments and educational institutions and launch more schools for disadvantaged and disengaged youth.

This is Stemiverse podcast episode 24.

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Show Notes

  • [00:00] Introduction – Introducing Viv White
  • [01:35] Viv talks about her background and what lead her to Big Picture Education
  • [05:05] Who are the disadvantaged kids in schools?
  • [06:13] Immigrant groups
  • [06:50] Which aspects of school in the past were problematic for disadvantaged children?
  • [08:20] Reforming standardized education into something else
  • [10:27] An out of date delivery system for learning
  • [10:52] What a modern society needs from its educational system
  • [12:05] The solution is to personalise learning
  • [12:20] Start with student interest
  • [17:02] The meaning of “Do Well” and the example of the New Harmony High School in New Orleans
  • [19:20] How does the Big Picture program work?
  • [21:37] Description of the pathway from a Big Picture school to University
  • [24:54] How assessment at scale works with so much personal customization
  • [26:09] How long does it take to mark or assess a student’s portfolio
  • [26:49] Is Big Picture suitable for every student?
  • [28:07] The long-term aims of Big Picture
  • [31:02] What is the process to convert a traditional school into a Big Picture school and do you need a school to participate in Big Picture Education?
  • [35:47] What are the major role blocks Big Picture had to face?
  • [37:12] The Big Picture Learning International Network
  • [38:06] How did Big Picture expand into many countries?
  • [38:32] Big Picture Education in China
  • [40:20] The Big Picture Starter Pack
  • [41:15] How can a mentor volunteer to Big Picture?
  • [42:08] How students find their mentors: The informational interview – The Shadow Day
  • [45:30] What does success look like after retirement?
  • [47:28] Contact Information: Big Picture Education Website Info & Contact, Viv’s Email: [email protected]

Peter


Peter Dalmaris is an educator, electrical engineer, electronics hobbyist, and Maker. Creator of online video courses on DIY electronics and author of three technical books, and has recently released his book Maker Education Revolution.   As a Chief Tech Explorer since 2013 at Tech Explorations, the company he founded in Sydney, Australia, Peter’s mission is to explore technology and help educate the world.  Tech Explorations offers educational courses and Bootcamps for electronics hobbyists, STEM students and STEM teachers. A life-long learner, Peter’s core skill is in explaining difficult concepts through video and text. With over 15 years of tertiary teaching experience, Peter has developed a simple yet comprehensive style in teaching that students from all around the world appreciate.  His passion for technology and in particular for the world of DIY open source hardware has been a dominant driver that has guided his personal development and his work through Tech Explorations. Peter’s current online courses have helped over 60,000 people from around the world to be better Makers. 

Peter Dalmaris

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