The Southern Central Divide Cluster (SCD) is joint project between the CantaNet and WestNet eLearning clusters, spanning the Southern Alps (the 'Central Divide') of the South Island of New Zealand. The purpose of SCD is to lead the development of collaborative personalised learning across cluster schools by providing professional development to teachers and co-ordination of schools and resources.
Key Facts about SCD
Awarded MOE Regional ICTPD contract for 2010 - 2012
The aim of this proposal is to personalise learning for students and provide a framework for teachers and schools to enable innovative teaching across the three clusters We will personalise learning by:
Enabling teachers and learners to construct blended learning programmes of study .
Giving learners choices over how their courses are taught .
Challenging school structures and systems.
We will develop a framework for innovative teaching by:
Developing teacher leaders.
Nurturing communities of practise and distributed departments.
Promoting collaborative course development and innovative teaching.
Providing professional learning to teachers in the areas of pedagogy and technology.
We are proposing a programme of professional learning and dialogue that will enable teachers and schools to develop an approach to teaching and learning that will motivate and engage learners.
Professional Learning Days at the University of Canterbury, 22 - 25 March 2010
Teachers at work
Niki Davis addressing the troops
Wayne Mackintosh... inspiring
Example - personalisng learning
Trevor talking Moodle
Teachers at work
On 22 - 25 March 2010, the first face to face workshop for SCD got off to a flying start hosted by the University of Canterbury. Over 30 teachers plus facilitators worked together to produce individualised plans for teachers to take back to their classes and work on over the next term. Teachers reflected on their progress and documented the challenges ahead using the VLN ePortfolio.