An overview of the Hale Future School Programme
Hale School's intent with Hale Future School - formerly known as Hale21 and Hale21 Future School - is to provide an exciting cross-sectorial educational environment, in which to share what we have learned in recent years with our work in online learning and 21st century curriculum design. The Hale Future School programme evolved from Hale School's lighthouse Hale@home programme; www.haleathome.com.au.
Hale Future School invites boys and girls from all schools, to participate with their teacher, in this exciting new context and expand both teaching and learning horizons.
Our intellectual capital in this domain is extensive and our relationship with rural school communities is historically strong. Our goal is to ultimately see teachers develop extensive cloud-based networks independent of Hale Future School and allow extension programmes to take place freely without parents having to travel extensively. Teachers will be introduced to software, technological skills and strategies that will enable them to build their own online professional communities and design their own curricular.
Who can participate in Hale Future School?
Hale Future School caters for boys and girls in Grade 5 or 6 in rural primary schools, or school of the air programmes, who respond enthusiastically to academic challenges that require a degree of intellectual agility and provide the participants with the opportunity to demonstrate their unique understandings in creative and collaborative ways each week.
It is important to have students supported in their own classrooms with time (about 1 hour a week) and encouragement as they complete the Hale Future School tasks, although all students can log into their online journal securely from home as well.
Michael Valentine will visit all interested schools and conduct an introductory session for teachers and students, and any interested parents, on the programme's structure, technology procedures and content. Where necessary, Hale School may also fund and supply 4G/LTE network connection (via Telstra USB devices) to boost connectivity directly to Hale School.