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Today the Learning Hub was lucky enough to host Bev and Alex Gorecko and their inspiring collection of authentic ANZAC memorabilia and artefacts.
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Last weekend Woodville High celebrated its annual Open Day, hosting families from throughout the area and showcasing the exceptional teaching and learning that happens within our beautiful school, as expected, the Learning Hub was a buzz with displays, families, students and great conversation.
Families entering the Hub, which previously was the school hall, were greeted with a film short highlighting some of the great ways the spaces uses technology to engage with and present learning. It also included footage from our highly successful 'Great Inquiry Race' which all our transitioning students participated in.
The brilliant Fiona Feetham set up a vibrant display of our approach to Inquiry Based Learning, outline its power and importance in developing deep understanding, as well as all the vital literacy skills required to become a successful learner.
I had the pleasure of displaying all the Hub's 'cool toys', which included our animation software, media suite and of course our 3D printers. It was fantastic to have conversations with people of all ages on the changing role of technology in learning and watching young people share their knowledge and passion for technology with their parents and grandparents.
The Hub was also home to many of our important extra-curriculum opportunities, including our Student Leadership program, student wellbeing support, Vocational Education and Training pathways and our celebration of Diversity, one our our site's three core values.
eLearning Senior Leader
Well, if a picture paints a thousand words… the words we would need to write to detail the diversity of activities and learning in the Hub this week would run into the 100,000s!
Along with classes accessing research and eLearning support, we have been celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, hosting Harmony Week activities, supporting home work centres, welcoming student directed tutoring sessions and setting-up for Open Day on Sunday.
Below are photographs of the above-mentioned events, learning experiences and opportunities that have occurred within the Hub this week.
Learning Hub Manager
This week the learning has been buzzing with excitement! We have had taste of high school students in, and have had a lot of classes working very hard, using their researching skills.
We have a lot of new items in the library for you to come in a check out. Please come in at recess and lunch and try out our new selection of games! As well as this we have plenty of new book available for loan.
Please come in and say hello and check out all we have to offer!
Yesterday afternoon, the Learning Hub hosted the Vietnamese, Bosnian and African Parent Groups, providing an information and support session on the use of iPads for education and Edmodo, our Online Learning Environment.
The Seminar room was packed with families, school support staff, teachers and students all sharing in the important role of technology and eLearning.
Families were informed about how we use iPads to help our students engage with information, find answers and share their learning with the world. We also discussed the important issue of how families can best manage mobile devices and how learning more about the devices can help parents and caregivers understand and support their child’s learning. Families were given the opportunity to ask questions and share knowledge around the issues that are important to them.
The enthusiastic group was then introduced to Edmodo - an educational website where teachers, students and families can access resources, support and collaborate 24/7. eLearning Senior Leaders, Alex Semmens, provided a step-by-step process for families to sign up and access their child’s information using their unique parent code. An Edmodo booklet, translated into each parent group language, was provided to families so they could explore the site with their child from home.
It was the first of many school community activities to be held in the Learning Hub and it was a huge success. We would like to thank Tin Le, Nevena Simic and Laetitia Tungaraza for coordinating the event and Cherie Baker-Hutton for her work presenting. It was a really positive experience for the school community and we can’t wait until next time!
eLearning Senior Leader
Without a doubt, one of the biggest attractions to the Learning Hub during student break times is the access to 3D printing. Each day students from a range demographics are in the Hub before school and during recess & lunch designing 3D objects and bringing their creations to life.
Using TinkerCad and Thingiverse to design and create we have seen some amazing models, with Minecraft being a common theme amongst a dedicated group of year 8 learners who have set up their own roster system for using the printer.
I love watching young people engage in the design process and the self-directed learning it creates. Following the work of Dr Gary Stager, I have always been an advocate for young people learning through creation and the ‘trail & error’ learning that happens when young people are self-motivated. Having 3D printing as an extra curricular activity also allows these learners to explore mathematics, science, technology and art at their own pace and against their own interest.
“Around here, however, we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”
So, how as learners, do we build on our curiosity and transfer it to sustained inquiry that is engaging, meets our personal interests and honours the demands of the curriculum and is assessable?
Here are some points I always consider when supporting students on their journey from sparking curiosity to sustained inquiry based learning:
* Getting it started……
Make ideas the “central currency” of the classroom
Model classroom norms of respectful discussion
Build on spontaneous questions that cause students to wonder and to ask further questions
Connect student questions and ideas to the big ideas of the curriculum
* Keeping it going……
Engage students in knowledge-building by having them frequently share their thinking
Teach timely, direct mini-lessons when you see that students need to know certain pieces of information and have certain skills to move forward
Continually assess what’s happening in the inquiry to make judgements about when and when not to intervene
* Reflecting on learning……
Explicitly teach what metacognition or reflective thinking is – talk about how learning deepens when we plan for it, analyse it and monitor our progress
Have students reflect on how they are progressing, how they are dealing with problems and how they are coming to new understandings
Ontario Secretariat- Student Achievement Division (2013), Inquiry Based Learning- Capacity Building Series, Special Edition #32
* How does reflection honour our commitment to the Art and Science of Teaching?
When we reflect, we always revisit our learning goals. Did we achieve our learning goal(s)? How do we know? What do we know now that we didn’t know at the beginning of our inquiry? What route did we take to get here? Would we take the same route next time?
Below is a picture, taken in the Hub this week – students questioning each other, brainstorming and creating new understandings.
Learning Hub Manager
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 Team hope to share the outstanding examples of Teaching & Learning from inside the Learning Hub.