November 2014

The Role of the teacher
John Hattie, a leading educational researcher, based in Victoria, informs us that the biggest influence on a student’s achievement is the student themselves. Second only to this is the student-teacher relationship. There is a belief that technology breeds ‘lazy’ teachers. It has long been accepted that the opposite is actually a reality. Great teachers focus on their pedagogy first and look to how technology can add depth to student engagement. A very real aspect is that technology enables more immediate feedback. Authentic feedback is a cornerstone of student success.
iPads are complementing the teaching and learning process rather than driving it. Teachers most definitely, continue to be the most relevant resource in your child’s learning. We have actually noticed that student-teacher interaction has increased with the sharing of ideas and processes. The notion of learning how to learn and how to keep learning has become an important skill to give our students, particularly as technology plays an even greater part in life within and beyond the classroom. This has allowed the students to become more responsible for their own learning and articulate how they are learning.
Does this mean that students will only be working on their iPads all day? To answer this question we would ask you to consider this question, do students ever use only one resource all day, every day? Of course the answer is, no. The iPad is a research tool and a device that allows students to be productive and creative in their learning.
However, 21st Century Learning is not just about isolated learning. The future of education is indeed Collaborative Learning. This is not just in our classrooms but also across the school, the country and indeed the globe.