Profile: paulkelly19

Paul Kelly

I am a teacher at Harbord Public School in the Northern Sydney Region of DET schools, currently in a relieving role as an assistant principal in 2009 coordinating three Year 6 classes. Our school has an enrolment of 900 students in 36 classes.
I am also enrolled at Macquarie University in a Masters Degree program majoring in ICT in Education. This course has introduced me to a host of Web 2.0 tools and resources as well as exposure to the latest research into technology and its application in the 21st Century teaching and learning environment.
I maintain a class wiki open only to members (students, key teachers and myself) in a safe and secure environment. This wiki hosts student work samples, web links, learning objects, slideshows, Homework activities, digital video and a mail capability between members. Individual pages have a Discussion tab that is used for ongoing posts on a range of topics related to curriculum content and current events.
In Term 2 2009 I created a Year 6 Japan Studies wiki open to all 96 Year 6 students, as part of a major university assignment on collaborative learning and constructivist learning theory. Students posted work samples, research data and weekly posts open to all members across the grade to view and discuss. The user-friendly nature of this wiki made it an instant hit with many Year 6 students.
My teaching philosophy targets the 21st Century teaching and learning environment as unique given the unprecedented amount of knowledge, tools and resources available to those involved in education – students, teachers and parents. Students need to learn how to express themselves in an online environment in preparation for the 21st Century workforce; hands-on exposure to Web 2.0 technologies can only serve to assist their skill development in ICT. It’s a very exciting time to be involved in education!




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