Imagine a primary school, where students from culturally diverse backgrounds can learn anytime, anywhere and with anyone. Imagine a school with no bells and where students can eat whenever they want and have time to follow their passions in learning spaces that are devoid of traditional desks and chairs; a place where being a social entrepreneur, a researcher, a computer programmer, or a globally connected problem solver is becoming the norm – with opportunities to prototype designs and then share their knowledge and skills pro-bono in the workplace.
This is John Goh’s education world, where the use of disruptive adaptive technologies, transcend traditional school learning and it is the reality of schools as we move to the end of the second decade of the twenty first century. Owning technology is not enough, what we can do with technology to self regulate our learning is where we want our students to be.
John Goh is currently the principal of Merrylands East Public School, in South Western Sydney. He leads a culturally diverse school of around 380 students with 85% of students from a non-English Speaking Background and 10% refugees. John’s dynamic and innovative staff are part of the Microsoft Partners in Learning Program. Together, they have a passion for the use of technology in learning and student engagement.
In recent years, John’s school has achieved the United Nations Association of Australia World Environment Day Award for their sustainability programs and infrastructure and the NSW Director General’s School Achievement Award.