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Innovative Schools Case Study 3
Transcript of Innovative Schools Case Study 3
21st Century Classroom
Learners work in isolation – classroom within 4 walls
Learners work collaboratively with classmates and others around the world – the Global Classroom
Textbook-driven / passive learning
Research-driven / active learning
Teacher-centred: teacher is centre of attention and provider of information
Student-centred: teacher is facilitator/coach
Print is the primary vehicle of learning and assessment.
multiple forms of media are used for learning and assessment
Literacy is the 3 R’s – reading, writing and math
Multiple literacies of the 21st century
– aligned to living and working in a globalized new millennium.
Curriculum/School is irrelevant and meaningless to the students. / Diversity in students is ignored.
Curriculum is connected to students’ interests, experiences, talents and the real world and addresses student diversity.
Lessons focus on the lower level of Bloom’s Taxonomy – knowledge, comprehension and application.
Learning is designed on upper levels of Blooms’ – synthesis, analysis and evaluation (and include lower levels as curriculum is designed down from the top.)
where do good ideas come from?
show 'n tell
Online Learning Communities
Try one small change to an existing assignment
e.g. allow kids to submit a book report in both written and video format (e.g. MovieMaker)
Don't worry that your students may know more about technology than you do
Know what the software can do and what the end result should be
Let them figure the rest out for themselves!
schools often have subject specialists in certain areas e.g. Google Earth for Geography (Bergvliet)
collaborate within your school and those nearby to conduct peer coaching / training.
have show 'n tell sessions once month
teachers in our school have found it inspiring and a great source for new ideas
be honest about what worked / didn't work
There are many online learning communities (e.g. Microsoft Partners in Learning) which connect teachers across the world
This can be a great source of ideas and lesson plans
Talk to your students. Let them brainstorm new assignment ideas.
Include them in the planning process and make them responsible for finding the appropriate tools.
Change in action
...we teach not for school, but for life...
What will I be when I grow up?
A generation ago, teachers could expect that what they taught would last their students a lifetime.
Education today is about preparing our students to live in a multi-faceted world as an active and engaged citizen.
Our role as a school
Glogster Project (Science)
Movie project - (social science)
Students create MS Office tutorials
Lego Robotics (Grade 6)
schoolzone (online classroom resources)
anytime, anywhere access
english book/movie trailer project (Grade 9)
Students create video 'infomercial' to create awareness regarding the disease
Blue Ink - Student magazine
skype video chat (science)
online poster tool
collaborating with students in Singapore
students chat to women scientists across the world
Research and movie project
Creating a more interactive learning experience
Students created movie trailers based on their favourite book
Encouraging young girls' interest in Science
HIV Aids Awareness campaign
Students create a magazine by and for the students using Adobe inDesign.
The road to success is always under construction
Today, because of rapid economic and social change,
schools have to prepare students for jobs that have not yet been created,
technologies that have not yet been invented
and problems that we don't yet know will arise.
By being swift to adapt,
slow to resist and open to change
By adopting creative and critical approaches to problem-solving
By embracing communication and collaboration
By recognising the potential of new technologies
Book log vs Book blog
Using Google Sketchup
3-D modelling (grade 4)
Tutorials posted on staff intranet
Global Jet Watch Project
In Partnership with Oxford University - Science girls will be studying black holes
Professional development & capcity building
Leadership & culture of innovation
Tradition meets innovation
(music, video, art & design)
Case study project
Inclusivity - Engaging different learning needs e.g:
Attention Deficit Disorder
Engaging different learning styles:
The 'middle group' / lower group - chance to shine
The 'achievers' - challenged
Students become involved in their own learning process
Students much more excited and engaged - creative component
Islands of excellence vs Team excellence
Learning retained / much more insight
Group work, collaboration & communication
Problem-solving (Gr 4)
OPPORTUNITIES = CONFIDENCE!
Parent education / Exhibitions