Engaging and Broadening Horizons for at Risk Students by JcI076ti



Engaging and broadening
    horizons for at
      risk students

Presented by Marilyn Pemberton and Zoe Wilkins   28 September 2005
Design Brief

i-support seeks to use ICTs and excellence and
   innovation in learning and teaching to engage and
   broaden the horizons for at risk students and/or
   students in rural and remote locations.

i-support does not replace existing services, rather it
   offers additional opportunities and resources for
   schools seeking to support students most at risk of
   disengaging from learning and not completing 12
   years of schooling. i-support hopes to promote
   ‘capacity building’ in schools and to promote the
   use of ICTs for education service delivery.
The two current components of i-support
Ollie Up for middle schooling students
  targeting literacy, numeracy and social
Stepping Stones for secondary students
  targeting careers education and school-to-
  work transition.
        Exemplary and innovative use of

         Study coach                             Student
Synchronous lessons                              Asynchronous lessons
• Blackboard™                                    • Blackboard™ and other tools
• Voice conference                               mentioned
• Data conference                                •Work submitted via email, online
•Video conference                                digital drop box, ftp site etc
• Other supporting tools and materials
(Chat and forum facilities, collaborative
online project tools, blogs, web cams, digital
cameras, multimedia packages etc)

• Schools choose students and the ‘at risk factor’
  (majority selected are boys with behaviour
• The ‘norm’ has not worked for these students.
• Students work in small online groups.
• Focus on self esteem building and putting the ‘fun’
  back into learning.
• Units developed out of student interest.
• Students used as peer tutors in their own
                Stepping Stones

Units of competency have been developed to allow students to gain
   a nationally accredited Certificate l in Work Education.

The core units of competency for the Certificate 1 in Work Education
   cover the following topics:
• Developing a personal plan
• Self esteem
• Occupational Health and Safety
• Industrial and Workplace Relations
• Job search and interview skills
• Structured workplace learning
• Enterprise education
This innovative arts-based project enables students to tell stories
    about life in their town, to other students in the form of media
    presentations, costume design, dance, music and song. Students
    work and collaborate in online groups to produce an arts
    performance. The culminating activity for this project includes a
    physical as well as an online event. Groups and schools involved
    in this project include:

•   Dance (VSS students from Heatley and Gayndah)
•   Music (The Band Thing program students from Glenala)
•   Multimedia backdrop (Ollie Up students from Clermont and
•   DVD group (Ollie Up students from Emerald and Springsure)
•   Event management (Stepping Stones students from Bowen)

Each group has specific responsibilities particular to their role in the
           Nurturing the i-support
•   Monthly newsletter sent to all schools.
•   Email discussion list for facilitators.
•   Fortnightly teleconference with facilitators.
•   Facilitator’s Blackboard™ space to share resources.
•   Facilitator’s conference.
•   Community website (http://education.qld.gov.au/learningplace/isupport/)
    for communication, information and resource sharing.
•   Use of Wink and similar software to create how to demos for schools
    setting up etc.
•   Online and face to face workshops for teachers
•   Travel buddy for students
The outcomes
•   Proactive way to re-engage students.
•   Increase in ICT skills for all involved in the program- student,
    student's class peers and teacher, study coach and facilitators.
•   Provides community study coaches with ICT accreditation for
    being in the program.
•   Provides others in the school with rich and innovative examples of
    how to integrate ICTs into the curriculum.
•   Mode of delivery ideal for rural and remote schools.
•   Provides itinerate specialist staff with an example of a mode of
    delivery to maximize time spent with students and minimize
    travelling time.
•   All materials produced are shared through the curriculum
    exchange and therefore available to all teaching professionals.
•   Future direction of the program guided by data gathered through
    action research.
For more information
Visit our website


Or contact

Marilyn Pemberton
07 3421 6587            mpemb1@eq.edu.au

Zoe Wilkins
07 3421 6592            zwilk1@eq.edu.au

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