The Emerging Futures of Education
Horizon scanning for Education Leaders
Education is entering a period of exponential change where there is a great need for learners, teachers and leaders to learn, unlearn and relearn faster than ever before. The Emerging Futures of Education podcast hosted by LearnTech Lab will explore what the emerging futures of education might be with a range of leading futurists, thought leaders and innovators. It will have a high-tech and a high-touch focus exploring the possible impact of exponential technologies on education and learning and also the growing importance of defining and developing what is needed to enable humans to thrive in a largely automated future with a focus on the K12 sector.


All Episodes

In Episode 10 Nick talks with Dr Selena Fisk about:

– The importance of using data to improve student outcomes
– Student perspectives on teacher feedback
– Student desire for more formative feedback
– UK vs Australian approaches to use of data
– The…


In Episode 9 Nick talks with Adriano Di Prato about:

– Why we need a new paradigm for learning
– The difference between education and schooling
– Re-imagining schools as learning communities
– How do we move from where we are to where we need to be


In Episode 8, Angela talks with Thiago Chaer about:

– Education Futures and its role in the Brazilian and global edtech ecosystem
– The current state of education both in Brazil and globally – the good, the bad and the ugly
– The emerging future of…


In Episode 7 Nick talks with Thom Markham about:

-The foundations of PBL
– A new pedagogical approach for student success which includes coaching, mentoring and facilitating
– People management as opposed to behaviour management
– The crucial role of…


In Episode 6 Nick talks with Futurist Gerd Leonhard about:
The importance of developing Foresight for everyone
Our Star Trek future – as long as we collaborate
Key skills that humans need to develop
The future is a mindset not a timeframe
The social…


In Episode 5 Nick talks with Dan Bowen from Microsoft about:

• Impact of the technology
• The role of a technology strategist
• The gap between supply and demand for AI based skills
• The current and potential role of AI in education
• The role of AI…


In Episode 4 Nick talks with Frank Diana about:

• The challenge to education leaders with the increasing speed of change
• The notion of ‘rehearsing the future’
• Given that we are all learners, or need to be, how we might succeed
• The changing…


In Episode 3 Nick talks with Steve Bambury about:
The role of synchronicity in his work so far
The current key trends in ed-tech
The possible impact of AI on the teaching role
The world’s first global lesson in VR
Ready Player One book version of…


In Episode 2 Nick talks with Russell Lidguard about:

•How do we prepare students for a largely automated future?
•The importance of soft skills
•How real-world learning is the future for education and how we might do this
•What might be the changes…


In Episode 1 Nick talks with Dr Peter C. Bishop about:

– The current state of education
– Where are the ‘cracks where the light gets in’
– What should we be teaching students?
– What’s important for education for students and teachers to bring about…



Stephen Hurley
Chief Catalyst, voicEd Radio Canada

Stephen Hurley has spent nearly 40 years as an educator. He has experience as a classroom teacher, a curriculum consultant, a teacher educator and a policy observer.

He has a strong relationship with the EdCan Network (formerly the Canadian Education Association), an organization that inspired the launch and evolution of voicEd Radio Canada.

Hurley believes that stronger connections between education research, practice and policy are essential to the type of change that will be necessary in Canada's public education systems moving forward.