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  • Amy Perkins 20 Jul 2016 1:12pm () in FORUM: What does innovation look like in your school? | An Enabling e-Learning event

    Is anyone using the e-Learning planning framework? would love to hear how and why.

  • Amy Perkins 20 Jul 2016 1:09pm () in FORUM: What does innovation look like in your school? | An Enabling e-Learning event

    What does innovation look like at my school?

    • Being flexible with time - teaching and learning 'units' or 'topics' do not always fit into a school term.
    • Being responsive to assessment demands - not all students can cope having 3 internal assessments due in the same week and we do not have to assess Yr 9 and 10s at the end of a term/unit if they are not ready to be assessed.
    • Being savvy with our environments - Salvation Army chairs and beenbags, swapping desks and chairs for variation in height and shape, making resource centres from recycled bookshelves and tables etc so that students become greater self-managers.
    • Being collaborative - making links with other learning areas, combining assessments - 1 context and 2 ASs etc

    Thoughts from others?

  • Amy Perkins 20 Jul 2016 12:43pm () in Forum: How do schools ready themselves for modern learning pedagogies?

    Marcus, thanks for opening up a can of worms I like to wrestle with - cross-curricular collaboration and achievement/unit standard driven courses. I don't have the answers! However, I believe that real shifts towards MLPs and future focused learning will only occur when silos are removed and we start working together for the benefit of all learners, and not in competition for the best grades and the highest numbers.

    Our Social Science Dept is trailing integrated courses which are driven by transferable skills and concepts, a mix of business, media, history etc. There has been some discussion around shared 'themes' across learning areas so contexts can be double-dipped so to speak. We are increasingly providing cross-curricular internal assessments that target two achievement standards, e.g. RE and Social Studies, and Science and Health.

    I think longer learning time is important, particularly when the emphasis on content and skills is flipped. Equitable access to devices proves challenging for us and has at times, been a barrier to student directed learning.

    I would love to hear what others are doing? Or thinking about? 

     

     

  • Amy Perkins 20 Jul 2016 12:10pm () in Forum: How do schools ready themselves for modern learning pedagogies?

    Thanks for sharing Rachel. I completely agree that changing the environment does not necessarily mean a change of practice. A couple of questions:

    What do your new MLEs physically look like?

    How does your school use learning maps? How does this tool support MLPs?