Horsham West Primary School joins online partnership

ONLINE LEARNING: Horsham West and Haven Primary School principal Brendan Bush, Member for Lowan Hugh Delahunty and teacher Ben Miatke are pictured with students Ella Zhu, 8, Gemma Walker, 9, Deegan McKenry, 8, Alannah Chester, 10, and Lily Bardell, 8. The school is part of a new international technology program. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

ONLINE LEARNING: Horsham West and Haven Primary School principal Brendan Bush, Member for Lowan Hugh Delahunty and teacher Ben Miatke are pictured with students Ella Zhu, 8, Gemma Walker, 9, Deegan McKenry, 8, Alannah Chester, 10, and Lily Bardell, 8. The school is part of a new international technology program. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

HORSHAM West and Haven Primary School has joined an online global partnership aimed at steering education into the digital age.

The school is one of 72 Victorian schools involved in the New Pedagogies for Deep Learning: A Global Partnership.

The program will connect schools around the world and aims to make students more engaged in learning.

Member for Lowan Hugh Delahunty said the school would join a global partnership, with 1000 schools from 10 countries, to develop new ways to educate and inspire young people, accelerated by technology.

“It is a unique opportunity that will showcase the impressive work of our school community while representing Australia and Victoria on an international stage,” he said.

Mr Delahunty said the initiative would mobilise education systems to promote global collaboration, uncover and scale education innovation and change the learning relationship between teachers and students to make learning more engaging and productive.

Principal Brendan Bush said students became less engaged as they became older.

“We need to keep them keen and interested in school,” he said.

“The idea of this program is to share ideas across the whole network.”

Mr Bush said the school already hosted video conferences with guest speakers.

“Last year we had a Mt Everest climber speak to the students using video conferencing,” he said.

“We often talk to authors as well because it’s easier and doesn’t cost them anything.

“That sort of technology keeps the students engaged.”

Mr Delahunty told students it was a great opportunity for them to interact with other schools around the world.

Education Minister Martin Dixon said technology was great for delivering a world-class education system as well as helping students and teachers around the globe share resources and best practices.

“The Victorian schools taking part in this initiative will play a vital role in helping shape the way technology can inspire young students and life educational outcomes,” he said.

“Schools are increasingly being challenged to remain relevant to students and to prepare them for social, economic and environmental tests they will face in life.”

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