DEC Scan Journal : Volume 34 Issue 2
2015 Volume 34, Issue 2 23 Contents Editorial Reflections Teaching & learning Research Curriculum support Share this Resource reviews The second language example demonstrates how students explore the diverse ways in which meaning is conveyed by comparing and describing structures and features of Japanese. Year 8 language video: Japanese ‘te’ form rules Feedback The impact of learning with iPads has been monitored throughout the process. In a recent survey, teacher comments included: I can easily annotate student work and place it online into their journals iMovie allows me to see if they understood the task The AirServer application allows more freedom for me in the classroom Showbie is a great app that lets me collect and mark student work. I can also give individual students different work which makes differentiating much easier. When asked how they felt about learning with an iPad students answered It’s a lot easier and I don’t have to carry a lot of heavy books around with me It will help me in the future I’d rather use an iPad than a laptop I can be more creative It has opened a virtual world where I can draw and paint At a recent tour of the school a teacher from another school described the innovative use of the iPad in a language lesson as revolutionary. Challenge-based learning A team of teachers are also leading the way with the implementation of the first challenge-based learning (CBL) program for gifted and talented students at East Hills Girls. The students will work collaboratively to solve a challenge, take action and share their experiences. The big idea for the challenge is Change and students will be challenged with the task of Changing a person’s life. Throughout the challenge, the teachers involved will teach a lesson focused on change, ask guiding questions and document the process in an interactive iBook. Students will be assessed on their articulation of what makes a compelling solution, their documentation of the process and results of their actions. At the end of the challenge the teacher iBook will be published online as an example of CBL for other schools in Australia while students will be encouraged to publish their work in a variety of locations. One way for students to publish is to create a video of their solution, post it online or share it locally. Future focus The future is very exciting as the school continues to integrate iPads into teaching and learning practices. Staff are focused on extending the learning and implementing the use of iTunes U for both teachers The CBL team at East Hills Girls Technology High School (L-R) A. Brunt Deputy Principal, K. Tolentino, ICT teacher, J. Gooch Head Teacher PDHPE, K. Luk, teacher, HSIE and H. Hammond, Head Teacher Science at a CBL training day.
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