DEC Scan Journal : 2014 Issue 1
2014 Volume 33, Issue 1 56 Contents Editorial Currents Teaching & learning Research Curriculum support Share this Resource reviews Teacher reflections It was great to be part of the initial planning process of this project. It made me think outside the square a little with how this project could be delivered across centres. I also enjoy challenging myself with technology and using it effectively in teaching. This project certainly allowed for this to happen. I loved the unit, the crossover between art and English was pleasure and something I wouldn’t have thought to do in such depth. Great. Samantha Newnham, Assistant Principal, Hay School of the Air. Teachers learnt about their students, supervisors and colleagues. Parents learnt about their children, families and teachers. Everyone gained a new insight into their surroundings. Something has shifted ... changes you don’t expect. Samantha Newnham Read Samantha’s article, Learning across the state in Distance Education, for detail on the presentation of collaborative lessons, especially students using webcams to present their artwork saved in Padlet. It was overwhelming how amazing it was to talk to the Dubbo kids, hearing them was fantastic but seeing them as well was something like –I don’t know? – a first time success. It felt amazing, cool, creative and even funny. Riley Year 2, Hay School of the Air The learning journey for teachers The My treasure project grew out of decisions made at the Integrated Learning conference, held in Sydney, 31 July 2013, to address issues unique to distance education delivery. Teachers joined curriculum advisors in Dubbo for an intensive writing workshop at the end of August. Then, weekly 2-hour video conferences enabled the group to collaboratively development the unit. We set up a sharing space on Padlet which also became the platform for the schools’ virtual sharing galleries towards the end of the project. Learning materials were sent out at the end of the term so all students were ready to start their project at the beginning of Term 4. Teachers were on a steep learning curve; they challenged and refreshed their teaching practice. New Year New Models Lower Prices! Zapper Tornado BTTM USB Cordless Scanner Kit $595 Zapper TornadoTM USB Corded Scanner Kit $299 Z4 DataTraqTM Portable Barcode Reader Kit $895 Barcode ZapperTM USB Handheld Scanner $199 JustReleased! Quality Certified Company All scanners shown are compatible with Australian School Library Management Systems All prices shown exclude GST and Delivery Approved NSWBuy and GiTC QLD Supplier A further 5% discount when you quote ‘SC-0114' on your order! Curriculum advisors’ reflections We were privileged to witness the richness of the shared learning journey among teachers, students and communities across the three distance education centres. Students demonstrated a deep connection with place, expressing care and concern for their environment. These are the first steps to sustainability and environmental citizenship. The teachers are committed to exploring new pedagogies and modes of delivery for all Distance Education students. They are open to exploring new ideas and shifting their practice to accommodate new ways of working. Their success continues as they have just received a grant to further explore their ideas and develop their skills, knowledge and understanding of new methodologies for teaching and learning, and extending the collaboration with the curriculum advisors.
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