21st Century Learning Space for PDHPE

I like the idea of schools in the future having designated learning spaces designed specifically for different KLA’s. Being a PDHPE teacher, I especially like the idea of a “PDHPE Central”, a learning space where students understand that when they enter the space, they are there to either be active, be healthy, or think positively about themselves and their relationships.

The Space could have a common area with a small cafe, stocking healthy lunches and snacks, perhaps cooked or prepared by students at the school on somedays, with free fruit donated by families from the school or people within the community who are able to help out.

The ICT lab could house computers and devices with software and apps that enhance learning opportunities in PDHPE. Students could have access to a PLN that allows connectedness and interaction, helping to keep them in touch with teachers and other students. In relation to ICT, teachers could tweet or Facebook message students to remind them of assessments, permission notes or uniform requirements for certain activities. 

The ICT lab would be a “connected classroom” with interactive whiteboard, video conferencing facilities, and lesson creation and data collaboration software. This would enhance opportunities for collaboration between students, teachers and schools across the state. More information about this can be found at http://cmslive.curriculum.edu.au/leader/default.asp?id=32307&issueID=12213.

PDHPE central could house some “normal” classrooms, with desks and chairs, but some should be open spaces, with small stools that can be easily manoeuvred to allow students to face each other for better interaction and discussion. This would enhance activities in personal development lessons, where students may be discussing issues such as harm minimisation, saying “NO”, assertive language, persuasive techniques to reduce risk taking etc. 

The space could be connected to a small gym and change rooms and open onto sporting fields, providing a “one stop shop” for PDHPE students in the school. This may help students gain an understanding of the connection between being physically active, a healthy diet and having healthy and positive relationships. 

Please feel free to add any ideas that would make PDHPE central a better place!

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New Media and ICTs

I found this interesting link http://georgecouros.ca/blog/archives/3273 about connecting with parents while looking at the tweets of Steven W. Anderson at twitter.com/web20classroom.

Couros believes:

– Parents should be considered partners in learning, because any information that can deepen conversations at home about the learning going on at school will help improve the learning of the child. Share the classroom experience and give parents the opportunity to share expertise and knowledge. 

– Go to where the parents are. Many parents now use facebook and twitter, so make it easier for them by using them too. If parents understand it and are comfortable using it they are more likely to interact.

– Share student work, because if parents are looking at the learning and creation going on in the school it will become more meaningful to the students and the parents will be more likely to discuss learning at home.

– Talk to the parents. Remember that all this technology provides exciting new possibilities for interaction and learning, but they can’t replace face to face conversation or a phone call. 

This article is relevant in relation to both ‘ICTs and New Media’ and ‘Learning Spaces’, because it discusses the importance of teachers understanding the options available to them, their students and the parents regarding ICT and new media, while also looking at ways to restructure the learning spaces of their students by opening pathways for parent interaction and discussions about learning in the home.

Virtual Learning

In PDHPE, students could create and participate in a virtual world much like students have done in this video Practical Examples of using
a Virtual 3D Environment for Learning in High School
.

Students could create a health care centre, where they could go to practice asking questions relating to issues such as sexual health, mental health or drug use. There could be a virtual chemist, where students could gather information about contraception, and there could be a food shop, where students could stock healthy foods and provide information for consumers.

Students could create and meet at a virtual party, where they could practice communication techniques to help minimise or prevent harm to themselves and their friends. This would be beneficial because many students are too embarrassed to discuss certain topics in real life, and this form of communication could help them develop confidence before practicing face to face communication.

Students could also create a virtual lab, where models of the human body could be used to help students learn about bones, muscles, systems and the way the body functions.

These techniques could enhance lessons by providing teachers and students with a variation to the typical classroom environment where most learning is supposed to take place.

These are some of the ideas that came to my mind relating to PDHPE issues. Please feel free to add to these thoughts!

Paul