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Australia Greatest disruption to education in decades could bring learning revolution

20:50  28 march  2020
20:50  28 march  2020 Source:   watoday.com.au

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The greatest disruption to education in decades may also have major implications for the way students are taught in future, says NSW public schools boss Mark Scott © AAP Images The greatest disruption to education in decades may also have major implications for the way students are taught in future, says NSW public schools boss Mark Scott

COVID-19 has brought the greatest disruption to education in generations, but the lessons learned about technology and students' ability to work independently could have major implications for how students are taught in the future, said NSW Department of Education secretary Mark Scott.

His comments came as the country's education ministers discussed changes to the way the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank could be calculated and presented, amid uncertainty about whether year 12 exams will still go ahead this year.

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Across NSW, about 90 per cent of public school students are doing their lessons off campus after the premier, Gladys Berejiklian, last week called on parents to keep students at home if possible for the rest of the term, and teachers scrambled to prepare remote lessons.

It is unclear whether that system will continue when term two resumes in NSW in late April, or if there will be further closures because transmission of the virus is more widespread.

Other states are now following the NSW remote schooling model. Mr Scott said the department's learning from home hub has had more than 300,000 individual users, attracting interest across sectors, interstate and in English-speaking countries overseas.

The work was intended for students to do without parental supervision. "The work that is being sent home does need to be done, but is not designed that it can only be done if the parent is standing at the shoulder of the children," he said.

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Teachers were being encouraged to engage with students as well as teach them from afar, and to be "very conscious of students who they aren't hearing from as much as they should be," Mr Scott said.

Mr Scott acknowledged that 2020 "will be the most disruptive year of learning in several generations".

"When students get back [to school], we will have to be thinking very carefully through how we then assess where they are up to in their learning, and how we can pick them up from where they are. Good teachers will be continuing to assess student learning while they're away."

But education leaders were already looking at what could be learned from the experience, especially in relation to technology and independent learning.

"We are going to see and think carefully through how students can learn on their own, and how in future we could encourage students to learn on their own," Mr Scott said.

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"I think this will revolutionise the thinking around homework in years to come. We will understand far better how students can learn on their own, and what they learn best on their own, we [will be] rethinking the classroom experience.

"We knew that technology had the capacity to revolutionise how learning can take place, we are now learning that in real time."

One private school principal went further. "What's happened in the last week is the biggest single pedagogical change of decades," he said. "We are in the middle of executing the most massive pedagogical shift, with all the challenges that come with that. It's a remarkable thing we're managing to pull off."

Meanwhile, education ministers met on Friday to discuss issues relating to COVID-19, including how to ensure fair outcomes for senior high school students.

"Options discussed by Ministers included changes to the way that the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) may be calculated and presented, and how student assessments may be undertaken," they said in a statement. "Adjustments to university admission processes were also discussed."

The ministers did not reveal more details.

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