Floor plan for rooftop school (scenario)

I was able to create a 2D and 3D image of how I would design my rooftop school.

Let me know what you think…
Please click this link to view my design: http://pl.an/icw8c3

(Hennequin, 2013)


Third cultural space

Flag_map_of_Australia_(Aboriginal_Australian_Flag)What is the third cultural space?

It is a learning space where the Aboriginal ways of knowing interconnects with the Western ways of knowing. It aims to learn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and perspectives within schools to change ways of thinking and build reconciliation for the future.

Teachers and students alike hold their own personal views which include individual beliefs, values and cultural understandings. As teachers, the third cultural space is important for students to learn about because it related to our past and future. Our Australian history is unique and building respect for each other is vital to understand different view points.

By incorporating the 8 Aboriginal ways of learning in the class then there may form a change in cultural thinking. Thus, this third cultural space can begin to develop.

(Embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Perspective in Schools. Retrieved from http://deta.qld.gov.au/indigenous/pdfs/eatsips_2011.pdf)

(Wikimedia Commons, 2012. Flag map of Australia (Aboriginal Australian flag) [Image]. Retrieved from http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Flag_map_of_Australia_(Aboriginal_Australian_Flag).png)

Innovating for the heart

This is a beautiful and insightful blog by Melite.
Educate the mind and the heart with COMPASSION, ACCEPTANCE and TOLERANCE.

Petroula Karagianni

A recent tweet by GOOD put a very interesting idea out there: “Why Every School Needs an ‘Innovation Day”, which I believe should go further and towards having an innovation session/slam, every week, in every school, so that the practice becomes a habit.  7 years ago with my team in The Netherlands we used to have weekly “That’s my Theory” sessions, which were of the most impact full and interesting sessions I have participated in. The issue with innovation is this: if you ask a room of people “who of you considers him/herself innovative?” then, my theory is, that only a few people will raise their arms. Whereas, if you ask “Which one of you has a theory or an idea of how things could be done differently?” then, I am sure the result will be different; many arms in the air and many nodding heads. Now, I understand…

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Educational scenario…


It’s 2063 and the population of Melbourne has risen to 10 million. Huge numbers of school-aged children live within the CBD, and have no access to rural and coastal Victoria. Owing to the proliferation of high rise apartments, the local government has started to utilise the roof top spaces of these buildings as schools. You have been given a brief to design a classroom that brings rural and coastal Victoria to the city. The school is committed to environmental awareness owing to water restrictions and a depletion of natural resources.

Electronic age


As teachers, these days we are faced with the ever-changing effects technology has on our teaching methods. These effects can be considered good or bad depending on personal view, but the facts are that our options are vast and varied now because of technology.
The electronic learning space has been adapted widely across the world in the 21st century. With the help of the Internet, interactive whiteboards, computers, iPads, smart phones and so on, we are faced with an endless supply of resources for student learning. This style of learning space will continue to grow and advance in the future and it is up to teachers to stay updated and connected to electronic advancements. It is important to always try and test new technology like using iPad apps or blogs before introducing this to students. Ensuring that the content is relevant and appropriate will help with ensuring electronic methods are worthwhile. By doing this, students will benefit greatly and continue to be challenged in their learning.

(Teacher Serginho’s blog, 2013. Imagine [Image]. Retrieved from http://teacherserginho.blogspot.com.au/2012_01_01_archive.html)