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Ideas, experiments and observations as they occur [and I have time] relating to teaching and learning in a secondary school - special focus on ICT.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Senior Secondary IT wiki launch

I have been working on a wiki to facilitate collaboration of Senior Secondary IT teachers who use the South Australia syllabus. The infrastructure is finished and I am very pleased with the way it looks and works. It is called SASSIT (South Australian Senior Secondary Information Technology)

SASSIT was created in response to the development of the new curriculum statements for senior secondary Information Technology by SSABSA. It is the place where teachers of South Australian Senior Secondary IT, and other interested people, build resources for the SSABSA SACE 1 and SACE 2 Information Technology Systems curriculum statements. Teachers of South Australian Senior Secondary IT includes teachers from the Northern Territory and Malaysia.

The project is managed by CEGSA and was set up with seed funding sourced from a national SiMERR initiative , funded by Department of Transport and Regional Services.

The project is being launched at 5:00pm on 11 September 2006 via a meeting of IT teachers in Adelaide and a few regional teachers participating online via a Centra hookup. Anne Ballard, as project coordinator, will be making the launch where teachers will be asked to consider being a team leader for one or more interest group with a particular curriculum focus. These leaders will receive training so that they can lead sessions for their teams using Centra. This is also an exciting initiative as it means that, for the first time, we can organise ourselves on the basis of curriculum strength and interests rather than on geographical location.

From here it is up to 'us' to make the best possible use of this infrastructure to make our work easier. I have no doubt that working collaboratively in this way will help us provide, over time, improved (better quality efficiently) curriculum delivery here.

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