Greetings digital immigrants and natives and welcome to my online portfolio for EDTS240. My name is Lucy, I am a second year university student studying primary education at Australian Catholic University (North Sydney). The main purpose of this blog is too deeper my understanding about the forever growing, and amazing world of technology which someday i will hopefully be able to apply in a classroom setting as a teacher myself.

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Project based learning (PBL) in the 21st century is a reflection for what the students learn in class. This PBL system is seen as a teaching method that allows the students to explore a certain topic for an extended period of time. In the 21st century, technology can be a main influence in helping these students investigate their own personal project. For example, as a student when doing assignments I will research assignments online to find out information and use scholarly articles to support my work.

In module 1 we also discussed PBL learning and where able to identify different types of PBL learning. We looked at different videos and reports that related to a certain PBL, these different PBL's were things we could use with children and help them to make their own personal PBL's.

This PBL learning strategy prepares students for workplace due to the fact that students are learning how to use technological programs, like google docs, coding programs, mathematical thinking and other useful resources that could be used in a 21st century workplace.

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What is the purpose of the document?

The purpose of the 'Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians' document is to provide educational goals for teachers and young australians, by addressing two main goals:

Goal 1: Australian schooling promotes equity and excellence 7

This goal states that all schools should collaborate with students to ensure that their is no discrimination based on ones gender, ethnicity etc ("Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians", 2008)

Goal 2: All young Australians become: 8 – Successful learners – Confident and creative individuals – Active and informed citizens

Creatively characters/describe the ‘young Australians’ the Declaration is committed to developing.


Why do you think it is important for teachers to be aware of the Melbourne Declaration?

Teachers need to be aware of the Melbourne curriculum because for a successful teacher it is understanding that all children need diversity in their learning and cultural awareness. The declaration reinforces the notion that all students "vital role in promoting the intellectual, physical, social, emotional, moral, spiritual and aesthetic development and wellbeing of young Australians, and in ensuring the nation’s ongoing economic prosperity and social cohesion" ("Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians", 2008). In my personal understanding as a pre service teacher, these fundamental values should be at the highest importance when teaching children and nurturing their development.

References:

Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians. (2008). Retrieved 10 March 2017, from http://www.curriculum.edu.au/verve/_resources/National_Declaration_on_the_Educational_Goals_for_Young_Australians.pdf

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