Virtual schools and Perth (both of them)

One of the direct emails I get sent each week is from E-School News, a US based newsletter which looks at developments in ICT in schools – it’s certainly worth checking from time to time and maybe even signing up for. This week, there is an article on virtual schools which shows the expansion in this area in the US. Aspects of virtual schooling are now of real interest to teacher librarians (or school librarians or school library media specialists – whatever you are called) across the world as there is a definite trend in many countries towards a form of virtual schooling. This does not mean that students will not attend school but that senior students in particular, may access some subjects online, especially where there is no specialist teacher in the school. TLs can contribute to course and subject development in this area by working with teachers who are developing online materials. So, for TLs it is worth asking around in your school about virtual schooling developments, so that you can be involved when you are needed.

I was recently invited to present (see below) 2 workshops in the lovely green (in more ways than one) city of Perth, Western Australia. This Perth has the wide Swan River running through it and there are numerous parks. It also has a great series of cycle tracks and running/walking tracks which are next to each other but – crucially – are off road. So you can cycle (as I did) out to the beaches e.g. 12k to City Beach and never be on the road. There are also many very enthusiastic TLs who attended my workshops and for whom I created a wiki.

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Perth, WA is of course, named after the Scottish city of Perth. It was originally named The Swan Colony but was changed to Perth by Captain James Stirling. As Stirling is a nearby town to Perth, the question is: why wasn’t it called Stirling? Perth in Scotland is also a very attractive city but much smaller than Perth, WA. Put both on your travel list.

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One Response to “Virtual schools and Perth (both of them)”

  1. Beata Jezierski Says:

    The Ultimate Collaboration

    Constructing learning to engage the ‘digital natives’ requires teacher-librarians to know what is significant in the lives of young people.

    The choices teacher-librarians make in deciding what digital content should be exposed through

    what medium,
    using what device, ( mobile phones, I-pods, note-books etc.)
    is paramount if learning with embedded information and communication technology ( ICT) is to be engaging , motivating and interesting to the students.

    The NE(x)T

    generation digital resources +

    interactive whiteboards +

    collaborative tools

    _______________________

    = transformative pedagogy

    for the classroom

    Teachers in collaboration and teamwork with teacher-librarians can enrich learning with a tool such as an interactive whiteboard ( which I work with in my school)by taking students, through online conferencing or web cams, to authentic environments – from national parks to museums to overseas classrooms.

    I discovered high quality digital resources through education portals such as TaLe which enabled me as a very “fresh” teacher-librarian to access multiple streams of information with content that can be integrated into learning for students.

    Pedagogy that shifts from a teacher led transmission style to collaborative models that are jointly constructed. (Hunter, J. 2007)

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