The MGoals initiative is a free program that supports Aboriginal culture and education by providing local Aboriginal communities and schools with an online website building project and an online learning environment where students create their goals for living and learning.
Aboriginal students are gaining valuable work skills and experience through paid employment whilst completing secondary schooling. School based apprenticeships and traineeships are providing students with the opportunity to attain a nationally recognised Vocational Education and Training qualification, as well as the Higher School Certificate.
Students stop attending school, or markedly reduce the amount of effort they put into learning while in class for a myriad of reasons. Policy responses to truancy often focus on policing and punishing bad behaviour. Some innovative programs targeting at-risk students in disadvantaged communities are trying a different approach by providing positive reinforcement for good behaviour. However, to date only limited attention has been paid to the importance of goals – what does (and could) motivate students to start attending school regularly and devote effort to learning; and how individual goals (and goal setting) could be incorporated into the classroom.
The Association of Independent Schools (AIS NSW) in collaboration with Momentum Cloud provides an online platform to assist independent schools participating in the NSW Literacy and Numeracy Action Plan with their collection, management and analysis of student literacy and numeracy assessment data.
One of UNE's initiatives is focussed on providing resources and support to school career advisors, so that they can effectively support students, in determining their pathways to tertiary education. UNE identified that one of its stumbling blocks in this initiative was assisting school career advisors to personalise the appropriate pathway information so students could maximise their potential for success.
In an interview with local ABC Radio, Paul Morris, Director of Public Schools, Far South Coast, spoke highly of the MGoals initiative and the wonderful work being done by the Aboriginal community in the Eden area.
“Burbangana – Take my hand”, a publication sponsored by Teachers Mutual Bank in conjunction with the NSW Department of Education showcased the accomplishments of Aboriginal students in public education in inner Sydney.
As we rapidly move towards more and more online learning experiences and machine learning, all technology companies a must play a greater role in further protecting an individual’s privacy and data sovereignty.
During a series of forums held in the Eden and Bega communities, it was identified that parents and carers wanted to be more engaged and involved with the Personalised Learning Plans (PLPs) for their children.
Muru-D is the premier technology accelerator program backed by Telstra in Australia. The muru-D program provides invaluable opportunities to connect with mentor networks of serial entrepreneurs, corporate leaders and savvy angel investors. Momentum Cloud was part of the first cohort in muru-D, having successfully risen to the top of 400 other companies who applied. Along with introductions, strategic and technical advice, advisory support and actual investment, Momentum Cloud got to work with a group of driven, innovative and engaging people.
The NSW Department of Education is making available seed grants to schools in support of the Public Schools NSW Strategic Directions for Schools. Seed grants are assisting schools to engage with their local community and their local Aboriginal Education Consultative Group (AECG).