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Community Engagement

Relationships between teachers and students

A range of technological artefacts were used at CSDE to support innovative learning spaces. When asked about the innovation in the middle school with ICT, the teacher listed the artefacts but highlighted the relationships that are supported through this new use of ICT.

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At the moment they’ve got robotics programme going and things like that and encouraging the kids to develop their own web pages and use wikkis and blogs so it’s more the communication side of it.

The possibilities for connecting students to a range of experts in an ICT mediated environment, is a practice promoted by this school. ICT's support student-teacher relationships by decentring the teacher as the expert and drawing on members of the community who can actively contribute to the students' learning.

As a consequence of this engagement with the community, the students are using digital mediated spaces such as wikis and blogs to document and unpack their learning.

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Knowing that relationships and friendships now can be developed just as powerfully through ICT as it can face-to-face, has certainly made a big difference for me

Much of the success in this school with innovative pedagogy in ICT rests on the belief that the artefacts are there to serve the relationships between people. The school is well positioned to integrate a range of community engagement initiatives as many of teachers are motivated to improve relationships rather than acquiring technological artefacts. There appears to be a pragmatic approach to technological artefacts in the development of these community relationships.

Relationships between students and community

The teachers supported students in their transformation through a critical examination of their practice. Much of this revolved around the student's interests and locating this interest in the community. This transformative approach to pedagogy is liberating for the students as they are in a better position to make informed choices about their everyday practices. ICT played a role in connecting students to a sense of citizenship and supported their emerging identities.

I’m a graffiti writer, I wouldn’t say I’m a professional graffiti writer but I do graffiti, like drawing it. And I’ve done heaps of projects like at the local skate park I’ve done that up. All legally and I had to do a big project on it for English and when I was doing it, I didn’t actually, I thought that you could do it on the skate park, I didn’t actually think it was illegal and then like I found that out on the internet and things like that. And I found out how, like the ways to get it legalised and that, get permission from the government ( Student Focus Group).

 

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