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Who are our learners?


The implementation of the Australian Curriculum provides an opportunity to deliver on the outcomes for schooling expressed in the Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians (MCEETYA 2008). Using the resources and activities below, principals and curriculum leaders are able to embrace uncertain, complex and diverse contexts and work with others to seek creative and innovative solutions that support quality outcomes for all.

Viewing these videos, educators will be aware of the diversity amongst their school community. It will provide them with a gentle reminder of the students that they have within their school community.



Note: The first video in this activity is 45 minutes long. It was taken in 2012 and is a look at 'growing up poor in Australia'.

  1. Ask participants to view the Growing up poor video www.abc.net.au/4corners/stories/2012/09/20/3594298.htmExternal Link
  2. After participants have viewed the video ask them to think about their community.
    a.    Does [insert your school's name here] need to consider 'growing up poor' in our school?
    b.    How can we support students in our school community who are experiencing similar situations to those in this video?
  3. Break group into teams and distribute copies of the Melbourne Declaration http://www.mceecdya.edu.au/verve/_resources/National_Declaration_on_the_Educational_Goals_for_Young_Australians.pdfExternal Link, (PDF, 955KB) and set the following task.
    a.    Select and highlight key words of the declaration that resonate with your audience, eg, key words that encourage inclusive practice, such as 'personalised learning', 'socially cohesive', 'cultural diversity', 'religious diversity', 'free from discrimination' etc.
  4. Bring group back together and discuss the key words.
  5. Open Wordle www.wordle.netExternal Link and type the key words into Wordle.
  6. Print and display the Wordle image to create a statement of school values.
  7. Now view The digital divide in education video www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=x1YLPL0KOWE#t=0sExternal Link
  8. Consider the following questions.
    a.    Is it just rural children who don't have access to technology or is this a widespread issue?
    b.    How do we as a school community minimise the impact of the digital divide on learning in our school?


This project is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

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