Last week the Learning Hub team had the pleasure of attending a Flipped Classrooms Professional Learning Day hosted by Jeremy LeCornu and Adele Pring at Brighton High School.
With Flipped Learning a topic of 2016 eLearning Professional Development at Woodville, the team were excited to learn more about the ‘how and why’ of Flipped classes.
The day began with an excellent keynote from Jeremy defining ‘what is Flipped Learning’ and explaining the benefit for schools.
Essentially, Flipped Learning is the process of using multimedia resources to maximize student access to information and making teacher contact time more efficient. Jeremy explained the key to a successful Flipped classroom is to identify a problem and investigate how multimedia resources can solve it. For example, students accessing lecture information at home so they can use class time for teacher support or creating a range of instructional videos that students can reference for more self directed learning. Jeremy provided a range of brilliant examples on how educators around the state are using Flipped Classrooms and the benefit it has made to their students.
Attendees were then given the opportunity to enroll in a range of hands on workshops and begin building the skills and understanding needed to create Flipped Classrooms of their own. The Hub team looked at a range of apps and Web 2.0 sites that help screencast, voice record, annotate and publish.
The day was a great starting point for the Hub team who can wait to support teacher and students in using multimedia based learning in 2016!
Here are some reflections from three of our Hub group members (Hubwarts), who enjoyed the inaugural Hub excursion to the State Library of South Australia and the University of Adelaide.
Not only was it an enjoyable and informative day, our learning goal was achieved: Students will gain deeper understanding and knowledge of the services available to support them in future inquiry work and to be able to locate and select relevant resources.
Hubworts Day Out
Today, the Hub Leaders Group – Hubworts, went on an excursion to the State Library of South Australia, the University of Adelaide and we even popped to the museum.
While we waited for our library tour to start, we went to the museum’s Ancient Egyptian room. We read about how they mummified animals and human bodies.
At the State Library, we got to hold a 900 hundred-year-old page of a book. The page was from an ancient guide describing the treatment of drunken monks! Also, we got to see two books with beautiful illuminations from 500 and 700 years ago.
Our guide, Karen, then gave us a private tour of the underground archives area where books are stored and preserved. We then went to the Mortlock Wing. This three-storey section of the library looked amazing.
We also visited the University of Adelaide’s Hub where we had lunch and spent time reading in the beautiful Barr Smith Library. To end our excursion, we visited the university’s rare book collection that included a penguin from the Mawson collection.
After a great day out, we returned to school with our learning goal achieved.
We had a great day. I would definitely recommend a visit to the State Library to anyone who loves books and interesting old stuff!!
The Mortlock Wing was the most beautiful building I’ve ever seen.
We saw many books including ancient ones. I will definitely be going back there to read more and research.
We learned a lot about life and books from the past.
When I’m at university, I will go there to do research.
We did so many things that regular visitors don’t have access to.
Hubworts Day Out!
Due to arriving in town early, we thought we might as well pop to the museum too. We visited the Egyptian display. I found that to be really cool.
Next, we headed to the State Library – there were so many books! We learned so much. We explored the State Library’s website then we got to hold some REALLY old books - books and pages between 500 and 900 years old made from vellum!!
We had a big behind-the-scenes tour of the library during which we saw old diaries, captain’s logs and much more! Then, my highlight, the Mortlock Wing. It was an amazing, historic building to see. I was in awe when I saw the space and how good the condition of the collection was considering how old the books are.
After that, we went to the University of Adelaide’s Hub including the Barr Smith Library. We read there then we went downstairs to see the rare book collection. We found a random penguin in a glass case that I named Jeremy.
Overall, I had an amazing time looking at all of the books and learning how to research better. We completed our learning goal and I know I will go back to those places and have a good time.
Yesterday afternoon (Wednesday 12th August) Alex Semmens and Learning Hub hosted a group of pre service educators and representatives from DECD Digital Technologies to share our journey from library to Learning Hub and the Digital Leaders Program.
The group where given a tour of the Hub and its operational systems before hearing about the consultative process and implementation of the space. The presentation then explored the work of Dr Gary Stager and the benefit of curriculum design centred around creating and positive learning experiences. Finally, the group were introduced to the Kubb project ; taking the physical game of Kubb and using 3D technologies and STEM learning to create a board game version before the Digital Leaders got to work on the project.
Students worked enthusiastically on electronic and physical tasks, problem solving, applying mathematics &physics and design to achieve their goals.
The session proved to be a rewarding experience for both students and educators, the Learning Hub would like to thank Melissa White, DECD Early Careers Project Officers for her coordination of the day!
For more pictures and information, check the DECD Early Career Teachers Facebook page:
Thanks goes to Anita McLennan for the display in the Hub relating to Refugee Week - important and relevant information for our community.
The first signup session for Hub Ambassadors occurred on Friday and we now have 6 members - male and female members who represent students across the years 8-11. A great start with numbers expected to double before our next meeting in week 10. Members are looking forward to planning an excursion, sharing their passion for reading, having input into book selections and trialling our eBook collection. See you all in week 10!
Learning Hub Manager
Woodville High School
What an exciting 100 Years it has been for the Woodville High School hall come library and now Learning Hub!
The whole team in the Hub are really looking forward to the Woodville High School Centenary celebrations over the long weekend. Here is a small capture of just a few of the many items on display for you to look at during your tour of the school on Sunday.
Last Thursday night Woodville High Learning Hub was host to IT teachers from throughout the area learn and share techniques for teaching the Australian Curriculum for Digital Technologies.
Hosted by Nannette Smibert and Gawain Duncan from the Department of Education and Child Development, the session unpacked the Achievement Standards and Scope and Sequence before practical examples of how to introduce each of the four strands.
Gawain expertly presented Digital Technologies using both paper and technology tasks to address the complex ideas of binary, algorithms, data analysis and networking.
The feedback from the attendees was overwhelming with everyone getting a lot out of the session and requesting an extended follow up before the end of term to learn and share again.
We would like to thank all the teachers for their attendance and to Gawain and Nannette for their organisation.
Using a paper chart and index to learn binary. A = 65 = 01000001
We have had a busy week in the learning hub! You notice more and more next week, all the preparations going on for reconciliation week. We will be putting up a display for it and showing some wonderful films over week 5 lunch times such as: "Brand New Day" and "Rabbit Proof Fence". Please come in and check these out!
We also have a number of students who have been doing some amazing 3D printing projects, if you would like to join in please come and talk to Mr Semmens or see Hub staff for information about this.
With term 2 well under way we are also seeing quite a few more year 11 and 12 students coming in to study and research, it's lovely to see the hub so busy!
We now have two iPads near Tina's desk where you can search the library catalog for books! As well as an iPad that you can access our new ebooks app "Wheelers". If you are interested in using these and finding out more about these please ask a member of the Hub team.
We look forward to seeing you all come in and check out what's happening, come in and say hello to the friendly Hub team, we are here to help!
After a seamless return to term 2, we would like to thank all staff and students for continuing with the processes and procedures established in term 1.
It’s been great to welcome everyone back to a busy term and productive space. Students have set themselves up for success by following the Hub procedures that enable them to access the devices and support they need.
The following lists just some of the varied events and activities that will be occurring in the Hub. Please get involved!!
. May is History month in South Australia
A display focussing on Aboriginal perspectives of Australian history will occur.
During Reconciliation Week, movies featuring Aboriginal actors and movies exploring issues from an Aboriginal perspective will be hosted in the Seminar room at lunchtime.
. Ted Talks
Every Tuesday, except for week 6, online talks by inspiring people will be running in the Seminar room.
We will be rolling-out our eBook collection via the ePlatform, Wheelers.
A call-out will happen for all interested students to be part of a Hub Ambassadors group. This group will experience book club opportunities as well as exploring the many ways in which they can be leaders in our space.
Watch out for further information in bulletins and in the Hub
The Learning Hub Team hope to share the outstanding examples of Teaching & Learning from inside the Learning Hub.