“Lifelong learning may be broadly defined as learning that is pursued throughout life” (Lifelong Learning Council Queenland Inc, 2014). I am a living example of lifelong learning, having had many different experiences over my 53 years and, by continuing my professional development and various informal and formal studies throughout my personal and professional life. What I am most proud of, and a good example of my personal commitment to lifelong learning, was making the decision to undertake an online Degree to study a Bachelor of Education – Early Childhood as a mature-age student earlier this year (March, 2014).
I began to reflect on my existing skills, my current studies and how lifelong learning relates to technology in the classroom and into my students’ future. The world is changing rapidly, with the move towards a global knowledge-based society, electronic workplaces and professions and the shifting technology in our personal lives (Howell, 2012). National and international curriculum and educational reforms demand that I become a digitally fluent teacher.
The Australian Curriculum states:
“Students develop ICT competence as they learn to use ICT effectively and appropriately when investigating, creating and communicating ideas and information at school, at home, at work and in their communities”. (ACARA, 2009 as cited in Howell, 2012)
New draft statements of the Australian Curriculum reflect the objectives contained in the Melbourne Declaration (2008), with general competency statements specific to technology. These refer to the role of digital technologies in relation to English, Mathematics, Science and History. References stated in Howell (2012) indicate that Geography, Languages and the Arts are, or were at the time of publication, still in draft stages of development.
I must never stop learning to be an effective teacher.
Never stop learning
Never stop growing
Never stop seeking the brightest star
Never stop moving from where you are
Never stop trying
Never stop reaching
Never stop doing what you can do
Never stop growing your whole life through
Children aren’t the only ones
Who should learn and grow
All of us have so much to learn
There’s so much that we could know……(Jennings, n.d.)
Another interesting learning experience this week was creating a Voki presentation. I can see how Voki could be used in the classroom as another enjoyable and engaging way to teach students specific topics, to present Voki’s I have developed myself, or to get students to use Voki to present their own ideas on a particular subject.
Jean Piaget’s theory of constructivism states that people will gain knowledge through their experiences and the ideas they formulate. Through lifelong learning, we continue to develop through these experiences and ‘construct’ our own knowledge (Howell, 2012).
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Australian Government, Department of Education. (2013). Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young People. Retrieved from https://www.education.gov.au/melbourne-declaration-educational-goals-young-people
Basic Knowledge 101. (2008-2013). Basic Knowledge 101 – School Anthem. Retrieved from
Charles Gildart. (2013, May 23). Never Stop Learning. [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-OZM2HY-QY
Howell, J. (2012). Teaching with ICT: Digital pedagogies for collaboration and creativity. Oxford University Press: South Melbourne, Australia.
Jennings, T. (nd.). Never Stop Learning. Retrieved from http://www.musick8.com/
Lifelong Learning Council Queensland Inc. (2014). What is lifelong learning? Retrieved from http://www.llcq.org.au/