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Journey summary

Developing students as leaders of their learning through deep, authentic learning experiences that foster 21st century learning skills. Leveraging technology in flexible and collaborative learning environments.

Journey focus area

  • Change in pedagogy and learning spaces
  • Collaborative teaching practices
  • Leveraging technology with iPads
  • Personalising the learning through student led conferences (SLC)
  • Feedback and critique
  • Authentic learning experiences

Timeline and milestones

2014 milestones
  • Wi-Fi installed in all classrooms and outdoor spaces
  • 21st century learning action research project with an academic partner (Dr Kristy Goodwin) with a focus on the TPACK and SAMR models
  • Apple Education supported staff in the use of iPads to transform learning
  • Appy Hours were held
  • Boot camps with Carlingford West and St Ives Park Public Schools
  • Consulted staff and parents about repurposing the library to create a flexible learning space
2015 milestones
  • 7 staff undertook a self-funded tour of the UK to view best practices
  • The Hub – Stage 3 was implemented with 3 classes and 3 teachers teaching collaboratively
  • Staff PL in project based learning and challenged based learning
  • Hosted iOnTheFuture
  • Staff presented at Bett Asia – The Collision of Pedagogy and Learning Space
  • PL with Alan November – Who Owns the Learning?
2016 milestones
  • SLC conferences were implemented in Stage 2 and 3
  • PL with Ron Berger – feedback and critique
  • K-6 exhibition/celebration of learning – foster deeper learning – A Walk through Time
  • Classrooms modified to support collaborative teaching practices
  • Hosted iOnTheFuture
  • Exhibition of learning – science symposium
  • Targeted PL towards staff needs with Alan November
  • Laura McBain from High Tech High visited and we hosted a screening of ‘Most Likely to Succeed’
  • PL session on deeper learning
  • Coding K-6 and robotics
2017 milestones
  • Year 3 begin collaborative teaching practices – sharing a learning space Kindergarten, Years 1, 2 and 4 staff look at how flexible learning spaces will support collaborative teaching practices
  • SLC continue in Stages 2 and 3
  • Coding club
2018 milestones
  • Implementation of the 6D’s
  • Learning intentions success criteria

Positive impact

  • Improved student engagement and confidence in learning
  • Collaborative teaching practices between all stages
  • Students are leaders of their learning
  • Deep understanding of contemporary pedagogies
  • Increased community involvement in learning
  • Stronger learning partnerships between students, teachers and parents

Emotions

  • Excitement
  • Challenge
  • Frustration
  • Fear
  • Fatigue
  • Happiness
  • Relief
  • Risk-taking
  • Celebration

Main challenges and solutions

Main Challenge:

  • Parent and community understanding
  • Student expectations of learning in the Hub
  • Whole staff implementation and understanding of collaborative teaching practices

Solutions:

  • Information sessions are held each year with a focus on the school vision
  • Tours of the learning space
  • Increased social media profile
  • Student transition days
  • PL across stages
  • Classroom visits
  • Mentoring
  • Instructional rounds
  • Genius hour
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