STEMiverse 0024 - Viv White on Big Picture Education

December 1, 2017

Welcome to STEMiverse Podcast episode 24!

In this episode, Peter and Marcus 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 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.

 

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[10:27] An out of date delivery system for learning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 customisation
[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 in order 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] After retirement, what does success look like?
[47:28] Contact Information: Big Picture Education Website Info & Contact, Viv's Email: vivwhite@bigpicture.org.au

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