As if a full school day of teaching wasn’t enough, many Wairarapa teachers are committing to after school study to benefit their classrooms. About 30 Wairarapa teachers have taken advantage of a postgraduate diploma being offered through Masterton’s Fab Lab. The organisation, based on Chapel St, hosts weekly four-hour classes of applied practice in digital and collaborative learning, taught by The Mind Lab over a 32-week period.
The goal is to improve opportunities for digital and online learning in the classroom, by helping teachers understand and operate in the ever-changing digital world.
Each teacher received a $2000 scholarship from the NEXT foundation covering most of the $2750 course fee, with the rest self-funded or being paid for by the teachers’ schools.
Kirsten Browne, co-founder of Fab Lab, said teachers jumped at the chance of signing up for the postgraduate course. She said they were keen to expand on their teaching skills and learn modern ways to facilitate the children’s learning. “This Mind Lab course is about disrupting the way of education,” Ms Browne said. “This is about expanding into a different way of teaching that is for our kids’ future.” She also said the schools knew they needed it and were just as keen as the teachers to get involved.
John Hart, co-founder of Fab Lab, said that teaching in this way allowed the teacher to be more of a facilitator in the learning. Read More...