Here is a story of an amazing learning and teaching initiative involving indigenous students from NPAC in Bamaga FNQ and educational leaders in several states working collaboratively in real life and second life (Skoolaborate) changing the landscape of education in remote Australia.
Next steps : to create opportunities for these students to work with and mentor indigenous students from Melbourne Victoria and Thursday Island Queensland. Again a focus will be improving literacy as well as collaboration and engagement in Skoolaborate / SecondLife. But this time we’ll be integrating Dance as a new area of opportunity. The dance teachers at DECV as well as the dance teacher at Tagai (tThursday Island) and CSDE are keen to get started. Watch this space Skoolaborate – Curriculum Innovation Victorian Education Award – finalist – the competition was fierce. Wayne Craig (Regional Director NMR) presents Mark Kent (DECV Assistant Principal) with the finalist award at the celebrations on the 18th May. Fabulous that colleagues from Brisbane and Cairns where able to share the success.
No limits for remote students (the Age) 23rd April 2012THE avatars of distance learners may soon sit side by side with on-site university students. Those studying from home will be gathered together in the virtual reality program Second Life, says Dr Barney Dalgarno, an associate professor in the school of education at Charles Sturt University and a researcher into technology and education.
Inspire Magazine Page 37 Victorian Education Excellence Awards Finalist
Mark Kent Assistant Principal Distance Education Centre Victoria and Susan Connell Head of Senior School Cairns School of Distance Education were interviewed by Amy McKeown on Radio 91.1. link to follow …
“Engagement is a critical component in improving educational outcomes for Koorie students, and is inextricably linkedto levels of connectedness to school, expectations, cultural support and attendance….” Taken from The Victorian Aboriginal Education Association Incorporated Submission to the Inquiry into the education of Gifted and Talented Students Public Hearing. Agust 2011. Read more.
Research and development Article in The Age 23 April 2012
Northern Peninsula Area State College News Article on Art Camp
Skoolaborate Art Crimes Skoolaborate on the web