I am really looking forward to this afternoon. If any of you read Jenny Luca’s blog you will have read about the Powerful Learning Practice Program. My school is very lucky to be included in the program. Jenny has been helping Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach and Will Richardson set up an Australian arm of this initiative of theirs. The group is going to be global in scale and include schools from the United States, New Zealand and other parts of Australia. Jenny has done a magnificent job of working with the Australian schools from all educational sectors, providing them with information and encouraging them join the initiative. A group of teachers at my school worked together on a proposal that went to the principal and we are all very pleased to be given the go-ahead.
To quote Jenny “It’s going to be very exciting leading our schools through what we all hope is going to be something transformational for our colleagues who are taking the leap with us.” We have a number of classroom teachers who want to work with the core group and incorporate various aspects of technology into their classrooms. It is exciting that we have teachers, across a range of faculty areas and year levels, willing to change their classroom dynamics and take on new approaches to learning.
I knew a little about Powerful Learning Practice after starting to read Will Richardson’s blog. Many of the practices he and Sheryl write about have so much potential in improving the learning of our students and change some of the culture in our school. I did not at that time know that our school would be able to take part in the program. Much of my time in the past few years has been spent on developing an understanding of the power that technology brings to education. Technology is not an end in itself but it is a means to an end. It can engage students and offer a multitude of approaches to teachers when they are teaching. It can really offer students alternative approaches and help them attain the best learning outcomes they can achieve.
The program starts on the Sept. 8th. The United States participants will be having a fact to face meeting at Freidricksburg Academy. We will be joining them via ustream. I’m excited, and a bit daunted, by the size and scope of the program. I know that we will be combining with some great people. I hope that we can keep up our end.
Today two of us, my colleague Tania and I, will have the opportunity to meet Sheryl at Jenny’s school in Mt. Eliza. Sheryl is in Melbourne to keynote at the Expanding Learning Horizons conference being held in Lorne. Her presentation is about 21st Century learning and Learning communities. It’s going to be wonderful meeting her face to face and talk to the person whose blog I have been reading. Rather funny that, although I am used to the technology, I still really enjoy the face-to-face contact.