The future of education will be built upon being connected and collaborative. Hale Future School informs our community about how to connect and collaborate with students and teachers anywhere in the world, virtually seamlessly. Hale Future School is a disruptive innovation; it defies convention and changes mindsets. A school that leads in the 21st century builds upon the ideas and the mistakes it makes as it takes risks with new ideas. A leading school builds intellectual capital and educational confidence as it recognises and embraces the capacity of technology to transform our teaching world. Then it communicates the powerful new stories that come from these educational excursions into new teaching and learning landscapes. Michael Valentine Hale School May 2017.
As part of Hale@home, Michael Valentine and Heath McCabe spent time late last week with 14 of the families involved in this unique, innovative programme. Instaed of meeting online we went bush! Travelling 1500kms over two days, Michael and Heath had morning tea in Mingenew, a late lunch in Nungarin, breakfast in Lake Grace then wrapped up the whirlwind trip with a catch up in Popanyinning! Hale@home, the School’s pre-boarding transition programme, now in its fifth year and has 21 boys involved in 2017. The boys work online with Michael and Heath each week, enabling them to get to know each other before their big journey to Brine House in January next year. The virtual classroom features WebEx conferencing and a brilliant work-space platform using Microsoft 365 and OneNote.
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It may be fate. It may be irony. Or, it may be justice, but certainly distance-education is providing a platform from which we can explore the very future of school, all schools. Collaborating with peers to solve problems online and over distance, is no longer a challenging technical obstacle for remote schools and families to conquer. It is a critical skill for all students to master for successful employment and meaningful participation in society in the 21st century. It is the classroom of the future.
Designing curriculum for boys: It is high time we are a good deal less amazed that primary and middle school boys can do so much more intellectually; and a good deal more amazed that we would ever image that essays, worksheets, and memory based assessments could now continue to define their intellectual and imaginative maturity.
The future of teaching in schools is a current, very complex education issue. Teaching is being informed that it must change and it must retain a focus on core skills and develop students who can participate in our 21st century society. Transformation of practice is often cited as a key goal for teachers' and their curriculum to achieve these expectations.