The Paralympic Education Program (PEP) is a resource aimed at helping educators to develop awareness of the Paralympic Games, Paralympic sports, and Australian Paralympians. It also covers broader issues concerning people with disabilities, diversity and inclusiveness. The PEP is free to schools and provides a wealth of stimulating and engaging teaching and learning resources, delivered via a website that is both high-tech (embracing Web 2.0 functionality) and easy to use. It includes sections for teachers, students and parents. Teachers may already be aware of the eight primary activities provided through the PEP for years 5 and 6. Now, six new activities provide an equally rich resource for years 7 and 8. The Australian Paralympic Committee is actively seeking feedback from primary and secondary teachers and students to help it evaluate the PEP.
This week Curriculum Leadership publishes the second of two articles on personalised learning. The present article cites evidence that personalised learning has been successful in a number of contexts around the world, including Finland and Singapore. It also argues the relevance of Hargreaves and Shirley’s ‘Fourth Way’ for educational reform. The article then turns to the potential of technology as a tool to personalise learning. ICT can provide multi-media suited to a student’s learning style. It allows the learner to adapt the pace of instruction to their capability, and it can provide any time/any place instruction.