Tuesday, September 1, 2015

What are Modern Learning Practices?

As you know education has changed a lot over the years and change continues to happen. There are some very exciting changes happening in all areas and education is just one of those.  

You may have heard or not heard about an Education philosophy being used in many schools around New Zealand ' Modern Learning Environments and Modern Learning Practices. Today begin a series of posts that will try to explain these and show where OLA fits in all of this.

Watch this video to hear Dr David Parsons, Associate Professor, Massey University explains the need to teach higher level thinking skills and develop key competencies using technology to prepare students for the 21st century.


Teaching for 21st century learners from CORE Ministry Video on Vimeo.

Modern Learning Environment (MLE)- this is as it states, all about the area we work in, in some of the new schools and those recently repaired a modern learning environment has been built. This area is usually large and has less structured furniture and in many cases two or three teachers and children work in the same space. This is not what is happening at OLA - don't fear - we are not knocking out our walls!

Modern Learning Practices - (MLP) This is about the teacher and the students. MLP have been around for a while now and for a few years our professional development as teachers has been around researching, training and building our professional education knowledge to ensure as we teach your child, children in the 21st century, that we are in fact using the tools and processes that are going to set them up for success in the future.
Recent research has shown as digital technologies are everywhere now that we need to ensure that when children are at school that they continue to be engaged, motivated and valued in their place of work.

We continue to read a lot of education based research that clearly shows that if we involve our children in the ownership of their learning, give them a voice and encourage their input - the outcome is positive engaged, motivated students and improved results.

MLP - In a connected world enables learners to drive their learning - Think about the where, how, what and who!

MLP is about relationships, culture and best practice - just changing the space will not create real MLP - thinking about the pedagogy (art of teaching) , our school vision and the learners in our school will make it happen!

Amanda Campbell Jo Earl

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