On Wednesday morning we had a whole school assembly to celebrate International Women’s Day.
Our Principal, Jane Danvers, spoke about lifeworthy learning and asked students to think about, who they are as a woman, the image they put forward and how they can best show themselves.
David Perkin’s term lifeworthy learning refers to what are students learning at school that will have a role in the lives they will live. In his book Future Wise: Educating Our Children for a Changing World he defines six broad trends in education that he calls the ‘six beyonds’ The first one is beyond basic skills and dispositions and includes,
…cultivating collaborative skills and disposition, leadership…
As a teacher, I have the opportunity to make a connection between collaborative and leadership skills and to model how to put forward a positive image of themselves as a woman.
In an article by Dr. Reem Al-Mahmood entitled Teaching students how their Social Media presence can affect their professional, academic, and social lives, she says,
Digital literacies are the “capabilities required to live, work, and learn in a digital world” (JISC (2011). La Trobe University considers teaching these literacies a vital aspect of its agendas given the importance of Social Media in students’ lives. Not only do university students need to be able to use and communicate via Social Media, but they also need to understand the professional, ethical, and legal aspects and responsibilities.
At a senior secondary school level, students can use their Edublogs site to engage in online communication to create their e-reputation and interact respectfully in academic conversations that foster critical thinking.
Presenting opportunities for students to experience creating such a digital identity could be defined as lifeworthy in that it is relevant to their future study and careers, as Perkins says,
…likely to matter in the lives learners are likely to live.
Read my About Me page and open a few posts on my blog; complete the thinking routine below and post a comment on this post.
1. What do you think you know about creating an e-reputation?
2. What questions or puzzles do you have?
3. What does the topic make you want to explore?