Monday , October 15 2018

External Learning

Planning external learning curriculum

Dancing is for everybody

External learning used to mean things like swimming lessons at the local pool. Every week, we walked two abreast (holding hands with a partner) to the local oval for sport with Mr Fuller. He was always forthcoming with training tips and schedules for his favourite sports of touch football and cricket. We didn’t mind; we got ice blocks full of preservatives and colours on Wednesday afternoons in terms one and four, and we got to wear our coloured T-shirts with only bloomers. Those were the days.

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High school students pilot Mars mission by sending code into space

Thanks to recent advances in science and technology, humans are closer than ever to putting boots on Mars. The University of Sydney has helped prepare budding aeronautical engineers to take up the challenge of supporting human life on Mars. As part of one of the world’s biggest computer programming competitions, Zero Robotics, Australian high school students will get to send things into space.

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The evolution of out of school hours care

Camp Australia activities

As family dynamics continue to evolve, more parents require of school hours care. Schools are providing it onsite and the regulatory and staffing challenges continue to get more complex, but where has it evolved from and what is the future of before and after care in primary schools across Australia?

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Digital Creative students code new life into Picasso masterpiece

Princes Hill Primary School in Melbourne test drive NGV’s inaugural coding workshop, Art/Code/Create. Photo: Wayne Taylor

Picasso’s Weeping Woman will come to life for the first time as part of a new suite of art education programs at the National Gallery of Victoria that fuse art with digital technologies. Primary school students will use computer code to animate the NGV’s famous Picasso through the Australian-first NGV Digital Creatives program, launching in term four.

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Extraordinary learning in ordinary places

Kabi Kabi educator Lyndon Davis with River School kids at their creek

Schools across Australia are opening their halls, classrooms and sports fields to visiting experts, mobile entertainers, and even travelling circus acts. Educational benefits of school events are plentiful, but an exciting visit on their ‘home’ turf also creates a sense of shared experience that students will remember.

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