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Designing a Connected Learning Environment

There has been almost ongoing construction at the College since 2010 with the construction of the Library Building, Primary School extension, Visual Arts Wing and most recently the first stage of the Secondary School Wing. Our Strategic Plan (2015 – 2020) highlights the importance of designing a learning environment to best meet the needs of our students. Our Board and Leadership Team are committed to constructing the most appropriate infrastructure for our school community.

The Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (2009) have highlighted the need for modern teaching spaces in Victorian schools. Kerang Christian College is committed to developing flexible learning spaces that provide teaching staff with a variety of ways to engage students.

“The modern teaching space needs to accommodate both current and evolving pedagogies. The changing emphasis of education from ‘one size fits all’ to a more personalised and student centred learning environment requires a rethink about learning space design. The classroom of the future according to Fisher (2005) should be designed to cater for a range of learning styles and group sizes. Best example 21st century learning settings would include areas for:

  • Collaboration and incubating ideas
  • Presentation
  • Project space and wet area
  • Display
  • Teacher meetings
  • Individual student home base
  • Group learning
  • Specialised focus labs
  • Outdoor learning
  • Student breakout
  • Place to think space”

In 2015, the College will continue to develop infrastructure to best meet the needs of our students. The second stage of the Secondary School Wing will incorporate another general purpose classroom, break out classroom and video conference classroom. All of these spaces are flexible learning environments with modern furniture. The classrooms are also equipped with appropriate technology to assist in engaging students in learning. Technology such as the video conference room also provides a means for students to access learning.

 

It is an exciting time at the College as new buildings continue to change the landscape at the College. The infrastructure developed during the past five years has been carefully developed to best meet the needs of our school community.

Michael Bond

Principal

Strategic Goal 4: Designing a Connected Learning Environment

“Design a learning environment that meets the needs of 21st century learners with consideration for local, state, national and global connectivity.”

Reference

Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. (2009). Building schools in the 21st century and current thinking about learning for a lifetime. Retrieved from https://www.eduweb.vic.gov.au/edulibrary/public/publ/research/publ/Building_schools_in_the_21st_century.pdf.

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