Lunchtimes in the Learning Hub have been a hive of activity with over 120 young people filling the space each lunch for a range of activities.
Breaking of into small groups, the learners can be found challenging each other in games of chess, strategically gaming together on their iPads, catching up on their studies and printing, reading books and comics and one particularly group of Digital Leaders have started the beginnings of their own 3D Print Club. The group of boys and girls have been using their lunchtimes to designing, modifying and printing amazing creations.
It has been fantastic to see the Hub alive and catering for the diverse range of interests of our wonderful students!
eLearning Senior Leader
On Tuesday afternoon the Learning Hub hosted our whole site Professional Development dedicated to eLearning.
The session was focused on catering for the broad range of staff needs in response to the valuable feedback we received last year. As a result, the (extended Hub Team) ran five simultaneous sessions appealing to all levels of digital literacy:
- Introduction to iMacs
- Using OnLine Learning with Edmodo
- Access Multimedia through ClickView
- Inquiry Based Learning OnLine Resources, and
- Publishing with iMovie
This gave staff an opportunity to access timely and relevant professional learning at a pace that supported their needs. Breaking into smaller groups also promoted more time with their instructors to answer questions and troubleshoot.
Learning Areas were encouraged to spread the staff across the sessions as much possible so all the new skills and knowledge could be shared within each Professional Learning Community. This also helped with the large number of staff members who wanted to be in two places at once!
Earlier in the week I had been following #atplc Chat on Professional Development via Twitter and read this comment from Curt Rees (@CurtRees):
“Is your time together worth the collective salary of everyone in the room?”
An absolutely amazing sentiment that really caused me to stop and reflect on how I wanted our PD run. This reinforced the need to provide staff PD that they are not only engaged in but are given the opportunity to confidently explore and be inspired to revisit later.
Within each session staff were given the opportunity to work hands on and immediately practice the skills they had been shown, in a context that was relevant to them.
The feedback from staff was overwhelming, with many commenting the most disappointing aspect was not having more time to explore their new skills and knowledge – fortunately the Learning Hub will be able to accommodating this by running extra sessions through out the week.
Thanks to the brilliant Caroline, Simon, Anita and Fiona for running their sessions and the Woodville HS staff for being such great learners!
eLearning Senior Leader
The Learning Hub has been buzzing this week with students coming in to work on their Inquiry Based Research. PLP students have been in completing their individual vision boards and self reflections, the Learning Hub team ran various training sessions on Inquiry Based Learning, ClickView, 3D printing, as well as Media room training for our digital leaders. As well as all of this, we have had a lovely group of Wiltja students in completing and Inquiry Based Research task on a Country of their choice. All in all, a wonderful and busy week!
After the success of last week’s Hub orientation sessions, week 2 bookings flooded in resulting in steady usage across all spaces. Initial inquiry based learning lessons commenced with Fiona Feetham, that were linked with the context and learning goals of class tasks. Some classes trialed moving to the different learning spaces in the Hub during their lessons. This helped students to refocus and ‘chunk’ the tasks and learning into achievable sections.
Our first Digital Leaders meeting was hosted by Alex Semmens. This opportunity attracted 22 interested students and the word is spreading! As part of this group, members will develop their IT knowledge, build their leadership capacity and have opportunities to be part of a Partnership group that develops and supports IT curriculum leadership across neighbouring schools.
The Hub is also the focus location for professional development opportunities for staff. Across week 3, Anita McLennan will be hosting ClickView training sessions. Great interest has been shown and we look forward to being ClickView savvy very soon.
Tina Meakin will be offering a webinar - Women Rock-IT. All staff and students will be welcome to join. Look out for time and date information coming soon on this website.
Thanks to Sally Pearce for her outstanding input and organisation this week. It has been a busy week of bulk book borrowing to classes amongst many other tasks.
Congratulations to all staff and students for their ongoing involvement in maintaining the positive ‘buzz’ of creative learning in the Hub.
Learning Hub Manager
The Learning Hub kicked off its journey at Woodville High School with the Great Inquiry Race! Separated into two groups, all year 8 students worked through an engaging introduction into the six steps of Inquiry Based Learning whilst experiencing all the innovative space had to offer.
Over 140 learners implemented the DLSOPE (define, locate, select, organise, present and evaluation) inquiry approach to a topic of their choice and presented to their peers using a range of multimedia, including film shorts, Scratch animations and sharing from their iPads through Apple AirPlay.
Throughout the day students engaged in information sessions, collaborative tasks and personal inquiry - all captured using time lapse photography.
All learners were asked to provide feedback of their experience using ASoT exit slips, here are some of our favourites:
"I learned that planning out the information step-by-step can make it easier to answer the question in more depth."
"I learned how to 'google' by reading level and how to use a Question Matrix Chart."
"I learned that working as a group, you can use what others have found and confirm each others information."
"I learned that I can problem solve!"
"I learned how to work in a group, understand each others' ideas and put each others' ideas together."
"I learned that if you use a Question Matrix, it helps you to find ideas for questions and make your questions more complex."
"I now know how to research different topics and how to apply my knowledge."
" We got to work together to do our PowerPoint presentation - it was really good to work in the Learning Hub."
"I enjoyed being creative with my project!!"
We would like to thank all the brilliant learners for their effort and enthusiasm over the three days, our wonderful colleagues for their support and the dedicated Learning Hub team who made sure week one was a huge success!
Fiona and Alex
on behalf of the Learning Hub Team
The Learning Hub Team hope to share the outstanding examples of Teaching & Learning from inside the Learning Hub.