Working on refining our project plan… and responses to a few more questions from the CC21 team

Evelyn and I have been slowly fleshing out the project plan for Turramurra High School’s contribution to the NS5 project. ¬†We’ve been able to snatch time for a few good conversations about a practical application of TPACK and backwards-mapped assessment tasks, with a student-created, technology-rich product at their core.

Last night I was also asked to respond to a few more questions from the CC21 project team, so here goes:

* Can you provide details of all participants in your team and a brief summary (1-2 lines max) of their role in the project?
Evelyn Stevenson: Leading planning and development of new Year 7 History syllabus. Kathleen Curtis: Providing educational technology support and advice, coordinating collaboration with other NS5 schools. Other History teachers will be involved in assessment and resource development.

* Can you provide an update on developments for CC21 project, including:
* how you intend to proceed with your collaborative planning;
Regular meetings (every 3 weeks) are being held with all members of the NS5 CC21 project teams to share practice, identify issues, and develop our approaches. Resulting programs and resources will be shared across all 5 schools as they are developed to gain feedback from other teachers within the discipline. The project will be presented as part of the combined school development day at the end of 2013.

* how and in what ways you are using any technology tools to facilitate collaborative planning;
While we had intended to make use of Google drive to provide a platform for sharing resources, it’s delayed roll-out by the DET means we are exploring other options. We have begin using the sharing functionality of the programming tool to make the finalised programs available to other schools.

* further details on your use of cloud storage and how you perceive this will change the way programs are currently shared;
See above.

* how and in what ways is your exploration of the new Year 7 History syllabus different to how you have explored new syllabi in the past;
Both backward-mapped assessment and the TPACK model are being explicitly used as a framework for developing the new program. Learning’s from Killara’s Middle Year’s Transition project will in form the choices of teaching strategies, and a much greater use of both student-centred learning and digital resources will be included.

* how you intend to use the class set of iPads; and how you are exploring inquiry based learning.
These will be explored during planning days.

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