02/27/2015 09:05 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Around the World in 30 Days (February 2015)


Strand Campus King's College London (photo courtesy of John Wildgoose)

In February, I continued my conversations on global education with Lord Mayor of London Boris Johnson, Australia's Geoff Masters (CEO of Australian Council for Educational Research) and Susan Mann (CEO of Education Services Australia). I learned further about how technology is entering the classroom and how this is helping to broaden cross-cultural perspectives in education. Some of my Top 12 Global Teacher Bloggers, however, were less interested in technology and thought that teaching students to be self-motivated learners was more important. I also learned about how school reform has been transforming Australia and why London has become such a crucial destination for American students!

Professor Geoff Masters talked about his new paper, "Is School Reform Working?" This question is incredibly important in Australia since they have been doing decreasingly well on the PISA test, year by year. Masters offered some insightful opinions on what makes a highly effective school: "They form partnerships to enhance student learning and wellbeing. This includes partnering with parents and families, and possibly with other education and training institutions, local businesses, or community organizations." He also offered some insight into the process by which low-achieving schools have turned around.

I had the chance to discuss some fabulous news with Lord Mayor of London Boris Johnson. Google research has revealed that London is the most searched-for city by U.S. students looking to study overseas. It is also the most popular city in the world for U.S. students, with nearly 30,000 studying in the city each year, a total not matched outside North America. The proud mayor also shared information on his new "Leaders of the Future Program," in which U.S. students will have the opportunity to be mentored by some of the UK's most influential business leaders.

One reason London is such an important destination is its cross-cultural edge and its continual endorsement of the arts. Johnson states, "Technological innovation is bringing everyone around the world closer together, so cross-cultural understanding becomes far more important. With students from over 200 countries, students in London are right at the forefront of this trend."

I also talked with Susan Mann, the CEO of Education Services Australia, which is focused on technology and service support for the Australian education and training sectors. Susan led the initiative that began as the Learning Federation and continued in a number of iterations to produce digital content, distribution architecture and content development standards for all Australian schools. She talked with me about how technology has been further integrated into the daily life of schools and explained how technology can open up the doors for "for global partnerships and collaboration to grow, increasing opportunities for greater understanding between cultures."

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C. M. Rubin is the author of two widely read online series for which she received a 2011 Upton Sinclair award, "The Global Search for Education" and "How Will We Read?" She is also the author of three bestselling books, including The Real Alice in Wonderland, is the publisher of CMRubinWorld, and is a Disruptor Foundation Fellow.