Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Using SchoolKit in the Classroom
Back at ACEC in Cairns there were two sessions I attended which made reference to using SchoolKit software. One of these was by Pauline Joyce from St. Dominic's School, Perth. In Teaching and Learning Principles for Technology Rich Classrooms she describes her success with the "just in time" help of CathEdNet (My Classes) and edClasses. First setting her students one session modules from edClasses Joyce then required them to peer teach what they had learned. In the process she observed how they learned, what difficulties arose and ways of overcoming these. The emphasis of this classroom experience is on good pedagogy and a willingness on the part of the teacher to take risks and continue to learn.
The second session I want to mention is Games Students Play by Joan Gordon of Xavier College in Kew, Victoria. In fact I had completely forgotten that this session had included a reference to SchoolKit, although I clearly remembered the terrific activities described. Gordon's Year 9 boys played games, studied genre (both fiction and game) and read and wrote stories. They also used their knowledge to write detailed reviews of their games. Amongst all this they used a couple of different Activebooks from edClasses related to character study and plotting.