DEC Scan Journal : Volume 36 Issue 1
2017 Volume 36, Issue 1 28 Contents Editorial Learning & teaching Research Share this Resource reviews Integrating technology Integrated into any discussion of what expert teaching looks like is the concept of access to technology. We were slowly moving from technology being taught once a week in the computer lab, to being integrated into all our teaching and learning. 2016 saw a major leap forward in this regard. Having physical access to technology is key and with 24 classes to manage this is a large task. As well as the computer labs and classroom computers, all years have access to banks of iPads, with Kindergarten and Year 1 choosing to primarily base their in-class usage on these. From Years 2 to 6, classes now have at least doubled their access to trolleys of laptops. 2017 will see a trial of BYOD in Year 6. The Instructional Leader project highlighted, that for some teachers, technology integration was a key area for improvement. Melissa and I worked with teachers and students to look at exactly what writing looks like in 2016 and beyond. With another teacher, Mitchell Johnston, we team-taught lessons using the Office 365 and Google classroom suites. Allowing students to collaborate across the classroom, and across the Coffs Coast after hours, increased engagement, motivation and learning. Coding and robotics 2016 also saw advances in coding and robotics. Our coding efforts were introduced by our computer teacher, Rodney Bullivant, and further extended through the use of an external provider. Through the urging of Stage 3 teacher, Jessica Wilson, the school purchased Lego robotics with Kindergarten, Stage 2 and Stage 3 students being involved. Jessica and Stage 3 students presented their work at the North Coast Principals Conference. Financial literacy The final area of innovation came out of a personal passion of mine, financial literacy. I was successful in receiving the Premier’s First State Super Financial Literacy Scholarship based on a long held belief in the importance of financial literacy being taught early to students. Prior to becoming a primary school teacher, I was a Certified Practising Accountant and had seen first-hand the importance of having a good understanding of consumer and financial concepts. US Secretary for Education Arne Duncan believes in the importance of teaching financial literacy, stating that: Young people, to be successful, to secure retirement, to take care of their families, and to not be in poverty, have to have a level of financial literacy that 30, 40, 50 years ago maybe wasn’t required. Today it’s an absolute necessity. Financial literacy is increasingly being called essential learning in NSW primary schools. The National Financial Literacy Strategy 2014-17, states that it is ‘critical to start financial education at a young age and school is the most effective place for this learning to occur’. Making the connections – mathematics and consumer and financial literacy by MoneySmartAu Supporting this direction, Melissa and I had the opportunity to become MoneySmart facilitators. Many practical ways teachers and parents can introduce financial literacy to their children right now can be found at the MoneySmart website. With our principal and executive team’s support, we have introduced MoneySmart Teaching and units across Narranga, as well as, to other Coffs Harbour schools. Financial literacy is increasingly being called essential lear ning.
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