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Background

Indigenous Peoples have been practising science for thousands of years and have deep, rich knowledge about the world. That’s why it’s so important that their significant contributions to the field of science are meaningfully embedded and celebrated in our science classrooms. And, although it can be challenging, it’s also critical that we create inclusive and equalising learning environments so that all of our students can see themselves, their identities and their cultures reflected in what they’re learning.

To support you in embedding Indigenous perspectives in our science classrooms and to create more inclusive learning environments, we hosted a panel discussion with Bruce Ngataierua and Jordyn Pol. …


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Date published: 30 April 2020

Unfortunately Stile has been either slow or completely offline this week. While our engineers are working as swiftly as they can to get Stile up and running as soon as possible, we’ve compiled the FAQ below to keep you and others in your school community informed.

When will Stile be working properly again?

We are expecting Stile to be back up and running again by the morning of Monday, May 4th.

What went wrong?

With schools transitioning to remote teaching due to COVID-19, Stile experienced an unprecedented three-fold surge in usage over the past few days. This increased usage, in combination with an unknown bug in our database, is what brought the site to a grinding halt. …


We’ve designed Stile to complement and enhance your teaching practices, not replace them. We strongly believe that the key to good learning is good teaching and as such, Stile is designed to be used by students, facilitated by you as a teacher.

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What does Stile look like in the classroom and in the remote classroom?

Stile is designed to be used as a blended learning tool. Blended learning is basically education jargon that describes what you’ve probably been doing successfully for years. That is, using a range of resources and activities to provide individualised, student-centred learning experiences for your students.

Blended learning combines face-to-face teaching and learning methods with mobile or online learning. Although most teachers use Stile as a blended learning tool in the classroom, many distance education schools have been using Stile as a remote blended learning tool with video conferencing for years. …


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By Fiona Boneham, Aurora College

I am in a unique situation as I teach for a secondary school in rural and remote NSW and I also teach for a virtual secondary school. I am a science teacher who is passionate about creating future scientists and engaging students in the amazing world that we live in today!

Stile education has revolutionised the way I access, deliver and create resources for my students both virtually and face to face due to the flexibility of the platform and also the fantastic resources available. …


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On April 1st, we hosted a live Q&A-style session with three experienced Distance Education Stile-ists: Geoff Goldrick (Aurora College, AU), Fiona Moore (Te Kura, NZ) and Jordan Anderson (Virtual School of Victoria, AU).

You can watch the Q&A session here, but we know you’re busier than ever performing superhero teaching feats and adapting to remote teacher life so as your trusty side-kicks we figured some of you might not have time for the full dine-in experience would prefer the takeaway version. Below are the key tips and insights from the Q&A session. Bon appetit!

Handling Tech / Resources

Things will go wrong — and that’s ok

  • Be open and honest with your students, model that it’s ok to be nervous or not familiar with technology. …

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The experience at Beijing International Bilingual Academy

By Sharyn Baddeley, Principal at Beijing International Bilingual Academy. 29th March, 2020

Our school community is now about to commence our 8th week of on-line teaching and learning. During this period of time I have not had the chance to sit down and reflect on our journey thus far. There has not been time — I also never imagined that we would now be planning for the possibility of the school not resuming normality before the end of the academic year here in China.

No amount of training or experience could have prepared school leaders for the challenges that I have experienced. This situation will certainly test leadership capabilities and to handle extremely stressful situations whilst remaining calm and positive. …


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We’re incredibly privileged to work with thousands of schools and teachers here at Stile. Through our work, we get a rare insight into what is and isn’t working in the classroom and beyond. Lauriston Girls’ School in Melbourne, Australia, responded early and decisively to the COVID-19 outbreak, implementing a successful, minimally disruptive school-wide transition to remote learning. We were impressed, and thought that their story would be of particular interest to school leaders as they plan their own responses to the strong social distancing measures being enacted by governments worldwide.

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We interviewed (virtually, of course) Owen Flattery, Director of Senior School Curriculum Support and Whole School Initiatives at Lauriston. Owen was responsible for implementing remote learning, and was kind enough to share his experience and learnings. …


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During this pandemic, we’ve supported many schools transition to remote learning. This resource hub is designed to share school leaders’ insights from their experiences in the hope it will support your own school.

Communicating about Stile to parents

We’ve designed an email template to introduce parents to the Stile resource, and help them to understand how it will benefit and support their child’s learning. Click here to download the email template.

Each unit of work in Stile is also accompanied by a template parent email that provides an overview of the content being covered, and prompts to promote discussion about the learning at home. …

About

Jaclyn Rooney

Head of Teaching and Learning, Stile Education

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