One of the pillars of ThinkLab is that students should be included and valued in every aspect of a school's approach to digital learning. This has seen a student support group (known as 'Fanar' or 'Lighthouse') developed to provide support across areas as diverse as decision-making, teacher professional learning, and at-hand classroom support for students and teachers. Communication is facilitated through a Virtual Learning Environment, Moodle.
Last week a new section was added. As part of the Grade 8 Technology course on Emerging Technologies a group of students created a 'Mac-gang' group to support the educational use of the 1:1 Macs. Part of this is a web site where students keep the school community informed on latest technology developments. Topical news includes RemoteViewer and Firesheep/Balcksheep. Check out the blog here or through the STUDENTS ThinkLabTab. Well done guys
 
This week ThinkLab teachers and students led a teacher discussion on how student eportfolios can be used to add value to subject learning through reflection on the Areas of Interaction (AOI). The AOIs are an integral part of the school's formal International Baccalaureate curriculum. The objective of eportfolio developments across Grades 6 through 8 is the to support student-led conferences with their families in April next.
The presentation and discussions highlighted the possibilities for student engagement and reflection through digital learning, the importance of appropriate teacher tasking, and the teaching of language expectations. The latter will see greater emphasis on supporting students to communicate effectively their impressive digital work across all subjects.
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Head of School, Student and Teachers presenting on and discussing eportfolios

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