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Digital encylopedia tells a new story of learning for schools

11 August 2016

Encouraging school children to tell their own stories, and those of their communities, is at the heart of an innovative online educational resource recently launched by the NSW Premier Mike Baird and Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli.

Premier Mike Baird speaks that the Australopedia launch

Premier Mike Baird speaks that the Australopedia launch, picture by Terry Clinton.

Australopedia, a digital, multimedia encyclopedia built by students as part of their normal school work has been developed by the UTS International Research Centre for Youth Futures to be introduced initially in a group of Sydney high schools along with remote Indigenous schools in Western Australia and Queensland.

“Australopedia gives these schools the opportunity to model what will become a national endeavour,” said Director of the International Research Centre for Youth Futures and creator of Australopedia, Professor Rosemary Johnston, who has been developing the idea for several years.

“This is a new model for project-based, interdisciplinary, self-directed learning and real-world collaborations with families, local school communities, businesses and organisations,” Professor Johnston said.

“It will encompass stories and oral histories from local citizens and local heroes, explore the local impact of real-life issues and apply STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) and STEAM (STEM+arts) knowledge to possible solutions.

Premier Mike Baird interviewed at the Australopedia launch by UTS journalism student Han Nguyen. Interview recorded by Media Arts and Production student Eugene Wong.

 

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