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e-Learning News #1 (Issue 5 2018)

Written on the 5 April 2018

Welcome to the first e-Learning news article for 2018. This edition looks at the work being done by the Learning Areas at the Senior School to incorporate 21st Century Learning Design Capabilities into their task designs.

During the latter half of 2017 and into 2018, the Heads of Learning Area have been looking at the 21st Century Learning Design Capabilities and to what extent each capability has been imbedded into the task design within each learning area. The 21st Century Learning Design Capabilities are made up of the following six dimensions:

  • Collaboration
  • Knowledge Construction
  • Self-regulation
  • ICT for Learning
  • Skilful Communication
  • Real-world Problem-solving and Innovation

Each subject area has identified one of the dimensions to become their focus for 2018. The Maths and Technology Learning Areas will be targeting Knowledge Construction; the English Learning Area has chosen ICT for Learning while the Cross Disciplinary Learning Area is focussing on Self-regulation. Within the Religious Education Learning Area, Year 10 have targeting the Real-world Problem-solving and Innovation dimension, while Year 11 will be covering Knowledge Construction.

"In Year 10 Religious Education the real-world problem solving dimension was beautifully implemented in the Social Justice topic where teachers ran a migration/refugee simulation. Through the simulation, students were faced with the harsh realities that families face causing them to leave their war-torn countries. The simulation asked students to group as a family and then they were to face each challenge as a family to work out the best possible outcome. The student reflections were heartfelt and expressed concern for the 16.7 million people whom have left their homes because of a range of complex causes. Each group had to address a cause and suggest some possible solutions. Generating solutions for such convoluted issues is quite difficult but students addressed how education was key; the role of government and the United Nations; how Christian organisations are also improving situations and how our fundraising here at SHC is making a difference." Enza Vessali

"In Stage 1 English, students are now using WeVideo for their Intertextual Study on Poetry. The task involves students in Term 1 studying individually a range of poems based on one key idea, and then finding different types of texts in society that exist and share the idea.

Poetry is everywhere and in everything... you just have to be paying attention.
George Elliot Clarke: poet Laureate

With this concept in mind, students are creating a visual and sound presentation/film that highlights the connections between the poems and the world they live in (past, present and even future). The essence of the presentation is that the ideas embedded in their poems, actually resonate in our world... and even though perhaps some poems were written 100+ years ago, the ideas are still relevant today. Previously students may have created a powerpoint to present in front of the class, but with the WeVideo app, the Year 11 students are putting together a film with voice over narration, sound and different visuals and links. The vlog, multimodal presentation will be shared with the teacher as the audience." Robyn Eaton

Bernadette Thorpe
e-Learning Coordinator


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