North Geelong Secondary College is a Victorian State school that sees itself as a microcosm for society at large. Its school values include respect, excellence, achievement and diversity. The school has a real range of students and families, including many from non-English speaking and refugee backgrounds which is representative of North Geelong. In developing their approach to resources, Curriculum Leader Laura Smith explains they needed programmes that met the needs of every individual student. Science teacher Tim Humphries summarises his use of LearningField: “I love the ability to choose the resources the student needs and the students love the fact that the teachers are taking the time to select the right resource for them.”
Supporting diversity: resources that support individual points of need
North Geelong teachers explain the different ways they have been catering for student difference. Laura Smith explains that “one of the great assets of LearningField is that have access to so many different resources and they are not limited to the one text for the one class. We can have every single student accessing different resource that meets their point of need,” she said.
EAL coordinator Katherine Roberts discusses the initial conversations teachers had as to how to accommodate for different standards; that need for an additional challenge for some beyond their year level and also how to accommodate those that were below. “I think with LearningField we do have access to texts that allow acceleration but also have supports for students who aren’t quite up to the level of their actual age group,” she said.
E-learning co-ordinator John Eckert speaks of LearningField also catering to the accelerated and hands-on streams the school runs.
Katherine Roberts also speaks of supporting critical reasoning skills. She says she I definitely think that “LearningField can let students become better thinkers, more critical thinkers. I think it depends on how the teacher uses it in the classroom”.
Science teacher Tim Humphries summarises the situation well: “I love the ability to choose the resources the student needs and the students love the fact that the teachers are taking the time to select the right resource for them.”
LearningField as a responsive partner that continues to develop
Head of ICT John Mullins says the use of the iPad and the bookshelf app has been “first class”. John speaks of the issue resolution generally taking a couple of hours at most and the problem is resolved. The support team was described as really fantastic and Laura Smith explained that “anytime we have asked them to come in and run professional development they have come in and it hasn’t felt like a sales pitch.”
Laura closes by stating she thinks that LearningField would be a good partner as “they understand their products needs to be responsive as well. We are really excited about the way that product continues to develop and the titles keep getting added as we can have confidence that the resource we have committed to is something we can use in an authentic way every day in our teaching.”