On ingredient of the Digital City is to have flexible buildings with good IT infrastructure. This will not be cheap to build (Australia is spending $42B on a fibre optic network to more than 90% of the population). The cost of buildings can be kept down by combining functions and utilising IT. As an example, a school, university, library and town…[Read more]
Tom Worthington replied to the topic GovHelp: Stop Focusing on Schools, More on Education? in the forum Forum Discussions 8 years, 7 months ago
Is there a difference in investing in education and investing in schools? How can our cities focus more on education?Are our libraries fulfilling their ancient precedent of gathering the world’s knowledge or do the act more as a medium for publishers?
My suggestion is to combine the functions of the…[Read more]
Tom Worthington replied to the topic The Professor that Inspired you to Work in Public Service in the forum Career Advancement 8 years, 7 months ago
Tarryn Reddy asked February 17, 2011 at 3:11pm:
The Professor that Inspired you to Work in Public Service
Sorry to disappoint you, but no one did. I needed a job and wanted to get into computing. So I joined the Australian Public Service as a bottom level clerk. I was then able to apply for a job as a programmer’s assistant in the Australian…[Read more]
Tom Worthington replied to the topic What Open Source software are you currently using? in the forum Open Source Software in Government 8 years, 8 months ago
Alissa Black wrote January 20, 2011 at 4:32pm:
>What Open Source software are you currently using and for what business purpose? …
The Linux operating system, Firefox web browser and OpenOffice.org office suite on the desktop for general office work.
Moodle Learning Management System software on a server for running postgraduate courses for…[Read more]
Tom Worthington replied to the topic What new advice would you give job seekers in 2011? in the forum Miscellaneous 8 years, 8 months ago
If you have any skills in the mining industry, them move to Australia: as our Prime Minister says we need everyone we can get for the current mining boom. 😉
On the topic of education, I have proposed turning schools into learning commons, where adults can undertake online courses, as well as children.
It does not seem to make sense to say “that…[Read more]
Learn by Teaching
We can learn a lot by trying to teach something to others. Some of the most perceptive questions I am asked are by students. It is only when I listen to myself answer that I then realise the essence of the topic. By trying to understand a topic with others you will also learn more about yourself.
Stop annoying marketing types by pointing out that their web pages are poorly technically designed, will not rate well in Google and may be so hard to read as to be illegal (under anti-discrimination laws). Instead help those who are willing to listen and hope that in time they will displace the others.
Tom Worthington replied to the topic What new advice would you give job seekers in 2011? in the forum Miscellaneous 8 years, 9 months ago
Don’t stop improving your education. This need not be a full formal course, but could be something short and practical. Employers like to see that you have taken the initiative to improve your skills.
Be more patient in explaining technological developments to people and not express my frustration when their view of what IT might be used for does not agree with mine.
This resolve will be tested in February 2011, when the new I am designing course designed for government employees “Electronic Document and Records Management” commences at the…[Read more]
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