A Western Australian project which is revolutionising the way public school teachers plan and teach lessons has received international acclaim.
Education and Training Minister Mark McGowan said the Schools Online Curriculum Services (SOCS) project had received a gold award at the 2008 International IMS Global Learning Consortium Learning Impact Awards in Texas.
“These awards recognise the innovative use of technology to enhance learning and have been described as the Grammy Awards of the IT world,” Mr McGowan said.
“To win such a significant award is a huge achievement and one of which we are extremely proud.
“The Department of Education and Training’s ambitious SOCS project provides a ‘one-stop-shop’ teacher portal where teachers can organise, deliver, monitor and evaluate learning programs for students online.
“This groundbreaking project is giving public school teachers the tools and resources to support effective teaching across the entire State.”
The gold award was won for the best country-wide implementation of learning services and the best Kindergarten to Year 12 implementation of learning services categories.
The Minister said the five-year project had been piloted with 17 schools in 2006 and would expand to 154 schools by the end of this year. The project would be available to all WA public schools by 2012.
Teachers can access the web-based portal via a password to:
· create lesson plans online;
· work with other teachers, curriculum experts and parents;
· access classroom teaching resources, including audio and video clips;
· assign learning activities to groups of students;
· monitor the performance of students and provide guidance or feedback where needed;
· help students connect with other students in different locations to carry out tasks and assignments online; and
· undertake further professional development online.
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