Virtual Learning

I have to admit when it came to this aspect of emerging pedagogies I was skeptical.  Virtual worlds are “engaging, stimulating spaces where students can meet online for normal class activities” (Calongne, 2008) but what about the huge distract of THE GAME! “Play is an activity that enhances children’s abilities by promoting exploration and experimentation.  […]

Learning in a digital world!

The current generation of students have been ‘on the line’ from birth, they are part of a highly technological and information rich world that is ever changing (Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs (MCEETYA), 2005).  “Personal Learning Networks (PLNs) are all about using web tools such as blogs, wiki, twitter, facebook to […]

Characteristics that make up a ‘Quality’ Assessment Task

The NSW Department of Education and Training in 2008 produced a document that describes eight principles that highlight standard for assessing learning.  Assessment should be relevant – meaning that it should be directly linked to obtaining information about students’ knowledge as they relate to the syllabus outcomes. Assessment should be appropriate – it should provide […]

The importance of Formative Assessment

Formative assessment refers to the engagement by students and teachers with Learning goals Current progress in relation to learning goals Action taken to work toward the achievement of learning goals ASCD, 2010 Assessment is an important part of the teaching and learning process that can enhance students engagement within a unit and motivate them to […]

Curriculum, its origins and development

Over the years curriculum has been the subject of much debate, it has been described both as an object and an action (Grundy, 1987 cited in Churchill, Ferfuson, Godinho, Johnson, Keddie, Letts, Mackay, McGill, Moss, Nagel, Nicholson and Vick, 2013), as well as an all encompassing practice that engages students, teachers, subject matter and milieu […]