School News - Australia - Term 1 - 2022

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Developing character for learning using technology

A classroom approach Image courtesy of Integrate AV

Welcome back to another testing year for us in the teaching profession. Most of us are now back in our classrooms developing routines with students while accommodating those selfisolating at home. Throughout the pandemic, we adapted to technology in new, creative ways and remained strong during the tidal wave of professional development and policy updates to provide quality education for our students. If we had not relied upon our own ‘character for learning’ and willingness to adapt, we would

is noticed by them acutely. In celebration of teachers’ achievements and demonstration of key characteristics for learning, I feel we should not only continue to demonstrate these, but help our students further develop their own ‘character for learning’ skills in the classroom.

Lindsey Davis,

Training and Development Consultant, Integrate AV and Technology Integration Specialist, Sydney High School

have failed our students in much more than delivering program content. We all know, as teachers, we act as role models to students; how we respond to situations

I refer here to key character traits that are valued across our society. While there is much debate over possible hierarchies and classifications of these traits, as teachers we understand the importance of positive ‘character for learning’ traits in improving educational outcomes. Our schools may actively promote, recognise, and reward positive

‘character for learning’ traits, especially highlighting students’ ability to develop these traits further during two significantly disrupted academic years. For the purposes of this article, I will refer to these key ‘character for learning’ traits: •



Social emotional intelligence (ability to work in a group)



There are numerous ways of supporting students to further develop these key traits and we may have already found strategies that work well. I wish to share with you some of the ways you can utilise classroom technologies to promote and develop character for learning traits with your students.

Organisation skills During lockdown, students were thrown in the deep end, having to organise their time and manage their workload for their entire education from home and for many, on their own. As teachers, we came up with as many support strategies as we could to best support our students’ ability to find,

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