I am fortunate to be the recipient of the Auckland Principal Association / ASB Principal Travel Fellowship, 2014.
My travel to Europe and Scandinavia will enable me to explore how modern school designs reflect; the changing nature of learning, influence changes in the ways that teachers teach, engage diverse learners and meet current and future educational needs. My travel fellowship will enable me to explore recent trends in thinking about learning and design in new schools and what this looks like in practice.
I plan to be in Scandinavia in June this year where I will be looking at the relationship between school design and pedagogy.
I hope that I will be able to visit this Vittra school in Stockholm, Sweden. These students learn in a open learning environment with latest computer technology.
I am very lucky to have some great contacts to put me in contact with innovative schools in Scandinavia (Lene Jensby Lange, Autens, Denmark) and UK (Terry White, CEFPI, London)
I wonder how the learning happens in the new environments that I will view.
-How does the physical design support e-learning
-What ways is personalising learning through e-learning supported by the physical design
-What are the types of teaching and learning have emerged in the new spaces
-What are the relationships between the virtual and built environments.
I hope that my learning from the travel fellowship will influence our future building design at Freemans Bay School.