Schools of the future are looking at vertical grouping of students, social constructivist models, integration of curriculum, process orientated curriculum, more diverse learning environments, students centred learning and moving away from content laden curriculum to learning which acknowledges the modern tools available for acquisition of knowledge to a curriculum which develops the skills and understandings to learn and transfer learning.
It is important for us to also recognise that while learning skills and developing understandings there has to be content, with the vast amount of knowledge available to everyone at this time in history, common sense dictates that schools present diverse and different content so that in a community as a whole, holds the memories and knowledge we need to grow. All schools presenting the same content in a community is inviting a mono culture and a narrow collective memory.
After the two days at Future Schools I was able to attend the Reggio based Unpacking Place, Pedagogy and Documentation conference at MacQuarie University on Saturday.
It was an opportunity to connect with old friends of Bold Park and also listen to a wonderful range of speakers. I was particularly taken with Dr Karen Martin Associate Professor at Griffith University. Along with three other indigenous speakers Dr Martin presented an indigenous perspective on the notion of place which was sympathetic to the BPCS discussion of place in our school and community.
In two weeks Rhys and I will return to Sydney to present at another Conference. The conference is discussing the use of Technology in the Early Childhood setting.We will be attempting to present technology as a creative and reflective tool rather than a substitution for existing analogue tools. Much of the apps and programs being developed today for Early Childhood do not engage the children in thinking processes but we know it can be so much more than electronic worksheet.