Personalised Learning Network

personalised learningSo one of the tasks I have for the Masters in School Leadership (MSL) this semester is to initiate a network of colleagues around my Action Research Project.  The research question is currently defined as “Does personalised learning have a positive effect on student learning outcomes?”  I have toyed with various ideas for the creation of my network, and I am currently leaning towards an online presence for the network.  As personalised learning and 21st Century Learning are so complementary, it makes sense to me to develop it this way.

Could I use Twitter?  Quite easily.  It’s asynchronous.  The communication happens instantly.  The network can grow exponentially, all it takes is a hash tag.  And a twitter account.  The network is limited to local colleagues, it can draw upon the expertise, knowledge and skills of educators at all levels from across the globe.

Blog based?  Users can contribute to a blog post, leave comments etc.  Resources can be shared.  Ideas and words remain available for a longer period of time.  Members don’t need to be registered with twitter.  However, it’s harder to get the word out for people.

Perhaps a combination of the two?

Some other technologies that could be incorporated: Elluminate for real time video conferencing.  Google Docs.

I shall think further on the implications for the network and come to a decision soon.

2011 – Only a few weeks in

student centered learningMaths workshops – So far this year we’ve been using Maths workshops for targeted, needs specific teaching in Maths Strands (Number, Space, MCD). We just over 100 Year 6 kids there is quite a spread of abilities, from working at VELS level 2, which equates to around two years below the expected level, to level 5.5, which is about 2 years ahead of the expected level. In one classroom with that big a spread, it’s difficult to give specific needs based teaching to each child. Workshops allow us to put like ability kids together.

Inquiry – Inquiry has also become a big push throughout our school as well. The role of the teacher has changed from the content deliverer to one of facilitator of learning opportunities for our students. Using inquiry in Science and Humanities alongside explicit teaching, students are able to follow topics that are of high interest to them. Hand in hand with high interest goes engagement.

As we progress through the year, there’ll be more things that we do differently to what we have done in the past, and I’ll post information about each of those things too.