At the school of which I am privileged to be Principal, a strong objective is for our students to become ‘self-directed learners’ through the provision of personalised learning. The eLearning Plan, developed in June of 2011, clearly articulates this with its overall objective of enabling learning opportunities which:
· provide students with greater autonomy and choice of
o subject matter
o learning methods and
o pace of study.
· involve students in more decision‐making processes.
· require extensive use of digital technologies.
· result in memorable experiences where students ‘learn by doing’ with relevance to the real world.
To ensure our commitment to the eLearning Plan is authentic, the College will implement two initiatives in 2013. They are:
1. For Year 7, an inquiry based approach to cross curricular projects which result in richer, deeper learning; and,
2. For Year 11 SOR, a blended approach to learning which results in acceleration of the cohort to sit the HSC at the end of Year 11.
These initiatives will need to be supported with:
1. A group of teachers who are flexible, innovative and understand their role as one of coach and facilitator;
2. Student centred pedagogy within a guided inquiry framework;
3. Access to a reliable Learning Management System; and,
4. Effective and efficient timetabling.
This term of preparation for Connected Learning in 2013, needs to be one that poses as many questions as we do have answers. With an inquiry mindset I have asked those inspirational educators involved, the following questions…
Yes, we do need to have programs at the end of this term; however, some questions about that.
1. How detailed do those programs need to be?
2. Do they need to follow the same current format?
3. By adopting an inquiry/project based framework how thorough can our programs be when we wish for student to frame their own questions?
– Are you called teachers? Facilitators? Risk Takers or Experimentalists?
– Is your primary role to be ‘guardians of knowledge’ or ‘facilitators of curiosity’?
There needs to be an understanding of the impact of Learning Space on Learning. This may the focus for one of the days.
– What is the Learning Centre Called?
– What is the Connected Learning program called?
– How do we ‘title’ the space and the program? Is it “Explore” in the ‘Stadium’? Is it, “Challenge” in the ‘Coliseum/Colosseum’? A little bit too gladiatorial?
– Is there a “Learning to Learn” aspect to Assessment?
– How can we provide the conditions to enable students to engage in develop richer learning which creates links across KLAs?
– How do we ‘break down’ the siloed approached to secondary learning?
– Do we need exams? Half-Yearly, End-of-Year exams?
– Are blogs, online chats and other collaborative Web 2.0 possibilities a part of the project?
– If so, can you be expected to blog?
WHAT QUESTIONS WOULD YOU HAVE?