Ep 5: Makerspaces and conferences

April 17, 2017

Episode 5 of Design and Play is all about makerspaces and conferences. For schools looking to create a making culture at their school, Dean shares insights into his school's journey. There is some great advice for schools just starting and for schools a little way down the path. We also spend time unpacking conferences as a whole. Looking at them from a multitude of angles; attendee, presenter, organiser, we talk about the fit of conferences in the modern professional learning portfolio. The TeachTehcPlay conference provides most of the inspiration for our conversation. 


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Soundcloud - https://soundcloud.com/designandplay

Stitcher radio - http://www.stitcher.com/s?eid=49553590



2016 K-12 Horizon Report - https://www.nmc.org/publication/nmc-cosn-horizon-report-2016-k-12-edition/

Agency by Design - http://www.agencybydesign.org/

Project Zero thinking routines - http://bit.ly/2pnJ7US





Ep. 4: Interview with Terry Byers

March 26, 2017

In Episode 4, Dean and I continue our conversations with great educators with our interview of Dr. Terry Byers.  Terry Byers is currently the Director of Innovation in Learning at the Anglican Church Grammar School (Churchie) in Brisbane, Queensland and is one of the leading research voices on the impact of modern learning spaces on teaching and learning.  Terry shares insights from his work at Churchie, the Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage project ‘Evaluating 21st Century Learning Environments’ (E21LE) and the ARC Linkage Project ‘Innovative Learning Environments and Teacher Change’.  For anyone interested in learning spaces and their impact on learning, this is a must listen.  Terry's openness and willingness to share are evident throughout the podcast and the shownotes themselves are worth their weight in gold.  We hope you enjoy the show.


Terry Byers - https://twitter.com/tezzabyers

Churchie - https://www.churchie.com.au/

E21LE - http://e21le.com/




Clever Classroom project - https://www.salford.ac.uk/cleverclassrooms/1503-Salford-Uni-Report-DIGITAL.pdf

Educause - https://www.educause.edu/

MIT Teal room - https://icampus.mit.edu/projects/teal/

Tyack and Tobin: The 'Grammar' of Schooling - https://www.jstor.org/stable/1163222?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents

ARC Innovative Learning Environments and Teacher Change - http://www.iletc.com.au/

ISTE ICOT - http://www.iste.org/docs/excel-files/icot.xlsm?sfvrsn=2




Ep. 3: Interview with Trent Ray

March 13, 2017

In episode 3, Dean and I interview our first guest, the fantastic Trent Ray.  We discuss the topic of 21st Century learning design and whether we should still be calling it 21st Century learning now that we are 17 years in.  Trent gives one of the best definitions we have ever heard of collaboration and how we should foster it in classrooms.   We take a close look at Trent's new initiative, Collective Education, which looks to redefine professional learning for teachers through immersive coaching.  To round out the show, we ask Trent what his go-to application for building thinking capacity is.  

About Trent Ray

  • Founder of Collective Education and Diigital Pedagogies and ICT Curriculum Coach
  • Microsoft Teacher Ambassador 
  • MIE Expert 2015
  • Formally a Curriculum Innovation Leading Teacher
  • Facilitator 21st Century Learning Design Program
  • ICT Peer Coaching Facilitator










Design and Play Episode 2: Modern Agile Jedi

March 1, 2017

In episode two of Design and Play, Dean and I discuss the hype surrounding modern learning environments. This is a conversation that sparks more questions than answers but is the start of a deep dialogue into their effectiveness. We talk about all things AGILE and share our experiences of witnessing corporate agile teams in action. Can schools learn from these methodologies? We think so. Inspired by Graham Martin-Brown, we also talk Jedis and Stormtroopers and how we need to develop and support the EdTech Rebel Alliance. No more bland technology please! 



Brian Murphy – Twitter - https://twitter.com/brionomurchu

Harry Potter hats using LittleBits - https://twitter.com/georgibishop/status/836179387896610817

James Colbert - https://twitter.com/jcolbert1980


Modern Learning environments 

http://www.aaronsw.com/weblog/officespace - Thanks @mrkrndvs

David Thornburg & Learning Metaphors - http://tcpd.org/Thornburg/Handouts/Campfires.pdf

Claire Amos post - https://teachingandelearning.blogspot.com.au/2017/02/claire-victoria-amos-nz-educatiors.html

Terry Byers - https://twitter.com/tezzabyers





Richard Olsen & Modern Learning Canvas - http://modernlearningcanvas.com/ - https://twitter.com/richardolsen

EduScrum - an edit of Scrum for the educational system -http://eduscrum.nl/en/


Simon Breakspear and Agile Schools - Improvement sprints - http://www.agileschools.com/

Eric Ries http://theleanstartup.com/

Dr. Jeff Sutherland - https://www.scruminc.com/


EdTech Rebel Alliance 

Article - https://medium.com/learning-re-imagined/the-edtech-rebel-alliance-65bfd34b8836#.bipos85m6


Learning Re-imagined - http://learning-reimagined.com/

Tedx Talk - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6IsDmManq8

Jedi EdTech

Night Zookeeper,

Erase All Kittens,

SAM Labs,


Stepping Into Business,

Detective Dot,

A Tale Unfolds,

Technology Will Save Us


Design and Play - Episode 1: The beginning

February 17, 2017

Welcome to the first episode of Design and Play, a podcast all about education, technology, innovation, design and creativity. Design and Play is hosted by Steve Brophy and Dean Pearman, two Directors of Digital Learning from Melbourne Australia. In the first episode, Dean and Steve share a little bit about their backgrounds, including their hectic start to the school year and then shoot the breeze on a range of topics.  Topics include digital detox and minimalism, falling in love with the self help section at the library, technology premortum as a planning assistant for staff and ways they are approaching the new Digitial Technologies curriculum launched in Australia in 2017.  Each fortnight, Dean and Steve will discuss topics of interest and interview amazing educators and learners.   


  1. NoTosh
  2. TeachTechPlay
  3. Cal Newport
  4. Deep Work
  5. Brain.fm
  6. Cofftivity
  7. Smart change by Art Markman
  8. Two guys on your head
  9. Smarter Faster Better by Charles Duhigg
  10. Harvard Maker Centered learning
  11. Maker Centered Learning book
  12. Invent to Learn by Gary Stager and Sylvia Martinez
  13. Brain Rules by John Medina
  14. Gamestorming
  15. Start with Why by Simon Sinek