The Australasian ‘New Pedagogies for Deep Learning’ (http://www.newpedagogies.org/) cluster is a group of schools in Victoria, Tasmania and New Zealand.
The cluster has developed a project to engage students from across the globe in authentic action research, which you can be part of.
The purpose of the project is to get students and teachers examining their learning environments and taking action to make them better places to learn and work in.
Students in classes around the world will be guided through a 4 week Collaborative Inquiry Cycle where they measure light and sound levels in their classrooms, collect data about their learning spaces, research some ways to improve their learning environments, put their ideas into action and then report back on their findings. This project is based loosely on the work of Dr Stephen Heppell and his Learnometer project http://rubble.heppell.net/learnometer/
Students will be encouraged to collect audio, video and photographic evidence about their classrooms and share it via a Google Doc and a Google Slide show. (Please ensure that your permission forms are up to date and allow for sharing of images on the internet)
The students will be encouraged to find, use and share digital tools that support their investigation, such as decibel readers and lux meters.
Teachers can participate in weekly webinars and be guided through the 4 week Inquiry Cycle
|Date / Time
||Session Title and Description
|Week 111th March 3.45pm (Melbourne)I know this date has passed. But view the recorded sessionGo to the recording
||Project Overview/ AssessFind out about how students in classrooms around the world can work together to influence the quality of their learning environments. Find out how your students can use digital tools to assess aspects of their learning environment and share their findings.
||Go to the recording
|Week 218th March3.45pm (Melbourne)
||DesignFind out how you can support your students to look at the results of their investigation and using the latest research, design a change to their learning environment that will improve the effect of light or sound.
|Week 325th March3.45pm (Melbourne)
||ImplementFind out how to help your students get busy and make the changes to the learning environments within schools.
|Week 415th April3.45pm (Melbourne)
||Reflect, Measure, Evaluate, ShareThis week’s webinar helps teachers to bring together all the work that has been undertaken and examine the difference it has made within their schools.
||Learning Environments Wrap-up PartyThis week’s informal webinar gives teachers a chance to celebrate their work on the Global Challenge and to give us feedback on what worked and what we can do better next time
It could involve one classroom with a handful of students or many classrooms across the school. The most important part is to be involved as the key learning for teachers and students in this project with be through joining in the process with other schools.
The project kicks off on Wednesday 11th March with a webinar at 3.45pm Australia Eastern Daylight Savings Time. Join us to find out more about the project and how you can get involved. The link to a recording of the webinar will be tweeted out using #npdl and #globalchallenge hashtags
It will be a great way for you and your students to not only find out more about your own learning environments, but also to share and learn with others across the globe.
Project resources can be downloaded from this link http://fuse.education.vic.gov.au/?MWQ8FN
Please contact Marc Blanks or Wendy Macpherson if you have any questions.