Future focused, Flexible Learning Spaces and digital devices – moving forward
Most of you are aware, as many other schools are doing; Waterloo has started developing future focused education principles through the school. We have been looking at ways to use digital devices to enhance learning and developed more flexible environments to support children to take ownership of their learning.
It is a requirement of the Ministry that schools start developing what they call Innovative Learning Spaces. Here is a ministry link if you which to read their ideas http://www.education.govt.nz/school/property/state-schools/design-standards/flexible-learning-spaces/
After having 2 Flexible learning spaces in year 4-6 working over 2015 developing the principles of student agency (the student developing responsibility of their learning through reflection, goal setting and a range of other self-monitoring behaviours) and the use of digital devices to enhance student learning we have seen significant advantages for our learners that is causing us to extend what we are doing moving forward.
What will be happening in 2016 and onwards We will have collaborative teaching, flexible learning spaces in years 4-6. These will look slightly different as the teachers work to develop the flexibility in teaching that works for their students.
In 2016 we will be continuing to develop the student’s level of personalised learning, rethinking the roles of students and teachers and working on our school curriculum to best meet the needs of our 21st century learners. If you wish to know more about the future focused principles check out this link http://nzcurriculum.tki.org.nz/Curriculum-resources/NZC-Updates/Issue-26-October-2012
Our Waterloo vision for e-learning is to: “Provide opportunities for the students of Waterloo School to be confident, connected, creative and actively involved 21st century learners”. In alignment with this vision we will be continuing to offer BYOD chromebooks as an option for year 4-6 students. We will supply access for those students who do not have one but will be making a chromebook highly recommended for year 4 students from 2017.
Here is a link to the powerpoint that was shared out our parent evening in 2017 - The changing face of education
If you are interested in finding out more about BYOD there are information packs in the office and found by clicking on the button below.
Please be aware that if you buy a device from a retailer there is an additional fee of $50 for it to receive a Google management licence to use with GAFE (Google Apps for Education) and a $45 fee from SchooledUp IT to get the device added to our school network, filters and systems (total $95).