Mount Waverley Secondary College, based in Melbourne’s south eastern suburbs, describes itself as a middle class state school with a history of outstanding academic results and a focus on developing the whole person for a global society. In sharing their LearningField experience the school talks of using LearningField to enable higher level conversations between students and teachers. Mount Waverley also sees LearningField supporting different student needs in general, and especially for students with English as a second language and lower levels of literacy. Students talk of LearningField allowing them to work at their own pace, help those falling behind and to learn from students above their level.
The school discusses what choice means in the classroom for teachers and their students. Ian McLeod, Head of Curriculum and Teaching explains it as follows: “I like to get lots and lots of textbooks and try to pick apart the best bits in each of those and incorporate that in what I do in the classroom. With LearningField you can get three or four textbooks really quickly. And that for me helps me in my teaching. You get different ideas about how to teach things and you get different questions. The access to the wide range of texts is really valuable”.
Ellen Sawyer, teacher and Humanities Learning Leader, describes how LearningField allows students “to have really different level conversations with their teachers, it’s at a higher level”. Junior School Leader Jan Pugsly explains that teachers have the ability “to give [the variety of texts] to the students who need it and who require it”.
This extends to supporting different student needs. Mount Waverley has found this useful where English is an extra language or for those with lower literacy levels. Here Ms Sawyer explains “they can get that support without having to ask a question in the classroom and potentially embarrass themselves or put themselves out to ridicule”.
Principal Mark Kosach also speaks of the LearningField training experience saying “the structures put in place and the ways students access LearningField has been really, really well done allowing a seamless transition”. Librarian Robyn Whitelaw discusses teacher training saying “I think a lot of stuff you can probably you can work out yourself”. Jan Pugsly says students have found it incredibly easy with the app on their iPad. Students echo this view about the convenience of the service.
Students also speak about LearningField being an easier way to find quality information, allowing them to work at their own pace, help those falling behind and learn from students above their level.