“That’s the challenge, to find pockets of innovation and to demonstrate best practice in ways that will drive curriculum reform,” he continues.

Scott’s message for educators was clear, that this is education’s moment and we mustn’t waste a second.

“This is not science-fiction … the future is in our classrooms today and it’s in the faces of the young people in our care,” he says.

Scott tells educators it’s we shouldn’t focus on the technology itself, but the way tech is used in classrooms.

He also warns that teachers must be careful of “transient enthusiasms”, buzz words and ideas which come into vogue for short periods, but are soon forgotten.

With particular reference to the NSW education sector, remarking at its size, Scott says the sector is ripe for experimentation and innovation, and that NSW schools should take advantage of scale and diversity to trial new things.

Scott outlines the department’s commitment to seeing that in public education, every student should be improving every year.

He also says that in Australia we are letting our girls down, if STEM is to be important in the future.

According to Scott, we need to take a scientific method to STEM study, too much of our work in STEM and technology is too piecemeal, too ad hoc, he says.

“This is education’s moment,” he says.

“The future of Australia is not about what we dig up out of the ground but about the people that walk the land.”