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  • One of the requirements of being a CORE Education eFellow, is that you have to present the outcome of your Inquiry at ULearn.  eFellows will be presenting under the 'Peer-reviewed Research Strand'.

    Here is my submitted abstract:



    Modern learning pedagogy & technologies in a NE/Yr 1 classroom


    Short Abstract:

    In this presentation I will challenge the traditional method of teaching that is organised around timetables, by sharing what I have learned through my inquiry on how to bring modern learning pedagogy and technologies into a junior school, stand alone classroom.  I believe this kind of teaching and learning enhances opportunities for students and teachers to learn and create together.

    I became interested in the possibilities of a modern learning environment in a NE/Year 1 classroom after a conference I attended in 2013 which was on mapping a new landscape in learning.  I went away with my head spinning, but the question for me remained: “Where and how do I start?” Through my networks and discussions with other teachers I found that many were asking the same questions. We wanted to change our classrooms and practice, but didn't know where to begin. Early on in my inquiry I realised that I didn't want to focus on the physical aspect of a modern learning environment, but rather the pedagogy and technologies that facilitate personalised learning.  My inquiry then became about how I could support my NE/Yr 1 students to carry out their own learning in purposeful and meaningful ways, so that I can then share this with others. Some of my questions were:

    a. What is important to my students and their learning?
    b. How can I implement a more personalised learning approach?
    c. How can I encourage students to be more responsible for their own learning?
    d. What are others teachers and schools doing?

    To explore these questions I visited schools and talked with junior school teachers, who are already using modern learning pedagogy & technologies in their practice. We talked about their journey, their ideas, how they got started, and how students are responding to this. In this presentation I will share some of my findings and discuss:

    - The difference between individual learning and personalised learning;
    - The foundations that are necessary for personalised learning;
    - How being a teacher on your own is no barrier to creating a modern learning environment;
    - Ideas for how to get started.

    I am not an expert in this at all and [still] do not have all the answers, but I hope that with this presentation, I will be able to clarify some of the questions many junior school teachers might have.

    Will I see or meet you at ULearn14?


    ~ A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song." - Lou Holtz ~

  • We are a group looking for people who are willing to share experiences, learning beliefs, any resources, tips, videos please.  

    Your ideas and input to help us develop a Junior School MLE resource to enhance learning experiences for our junior students would be greatly appreciated. 


    Thank you Smile