It is a hectic time at school with the reporting and examination season in full swing. In Commerce and Geography, Years 7 to 10, the students have achieved success. I hope students and parents alike are happy with grades, feedback and ways forward with respect to future learning. As teachers, we are conscious that students are setting learning goals. We understand that these learning goals need to be realistic, something both teachers and students can measure and something that should be achievable. This process is a significant change in direction for students and staff. Coaching interviews and teacher/student goal based interviews all make valuable learning contributions so it is a welcome move.
Exciting news to hear that Google Earth is online. It is a web app online for Chrome so far. The screen shot featured is of their new web page. Surely, one of the most wonderful things about the world wide web is the access we get to stunning software and state of the art imagery such Google Earth. This is a learning tool without peer so it is my hope that families, parents and students are accessing and using these apps and websites on a regular basis. Time to revisit your home, your friends’ homes and hopefully some of the most intriguing places on the planet with the online version at our fingertips.
Recently in class
The faculty’s work with virtual reality experiences is also continuing. Year 7 Geography classes have recently been using Google Earth Expeditions. This app allows the teacher to direct the learning and enhance the learning outcomes. Thanks also go to Sister Diaan for her offer to talk to Year 10 geographers again with details about subsistence living lifestyles in Timor-Leste. Sister Diaan reminds us how precious is a commodity like potable fresh water. Women and girls in particular are targeted around the world to undertake onerous and physically difficult tasks like collecting water, so it certainly was a wakeup call to students to not take their gifts for granted.
Social Science Co-ordinator, Social Science