DEC Scan Journal : 2014 Issue 1
2014 Volume 33, Issue 1 54 Contents Editorial Currents Teaching & learning Research Curriculum support Share this Resource reviews What is My treasure? Students from three isolated rural communities working together for ten lessons to produce artworks and written responses on a virtual sharing gallery may sound like a daunting task. Even more so when the learning was targeted to address visual arts, human society and its environment, science, technology, sustainability and literacy outcomes from NSW syllabuses. The teachers, staff and communities of Hay School of the Air, Dubbo Distance Education and Bourke-Walgett School Distance Education have demonstrated the potential of integrated, shared learning through a collaborative unit of work called My treasure. treasure My The aim of My treasure is best expressed through its vision for students: I connect, collaborate and create in my place. I explore my special place. I see the small treasures. I express my ideas and values. I communicate my view through imagery and writing. The learning journey for students Most distance education students are taught in multistage family classes supervised by parents. They come together as a class or school online and for up to a week once a term during mini- school. Using Padlet as the online workspace for sharing resources and information enabled students to express opinions, discuss their research and collaborate in their learning. As part of My treasure, the shared space filled quickly, with students contributing their treasure – Photograph by Samantha Newnham Margaret Bradley, Creative Arts Advisor K–6 and Mark Caddey, Sustainability Advisor, NSW Department of Education and Communities, are thrilled with the success of the integrated unit My treasure. They share the rich, collaborative learning journey among teachers, students and communities across three distance education centres.
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