Learning & Innovation Update

Aug 30th 2019

Learning to Study Effectively

Concluding my series on strategies for effective study, this week I would like to highlight two strategies that focus on transforming information from one form to another; dual coding and concrete examples. These strategies are promoted by the Learning Scientists, a group of cognitive scientists who focus on the science of learning, as being two of the most effective study practices.

 

Dual coding - is the idea that if students take information in one form, such as text-based information, and transform it into another form, such as a series of diagrams, they are much more likely to retain the information. The key is that the second form must be different. Turning some text into an infographic is much more effective that generating more text, such as summarising. Other visual representations that students might try are timelines, cartoon strips and explanatory diagrams.

 

Concrete examples - involves students cementing their knowledge (pun intended) by collecting as many concrete examples as possible. According to the learning scientists this process is much more effective if students not only record examples given by their teachers but try to come up with their own and share them with others. Similar to dual coding, the benefit lies in the fact the student transforms one form of information to another.

 

 

MTIA teams meet the Chief Entrepreneur of Queensland

On Monday the three St Luke’s Anglican School teams who made it to the finals of the Mayor’s Telstra Innovation Challenge had the privilege of meeting with the Chief Entrepreneur of Queensland, Leanne Kemp. Leanne describes herself as a serial entrepreneur who has founded and sold numerous companies. She is currently the founder and CEO of Everledger, a company which has developed a scalable blockchain-enabled platform to securely track valuable minerals.

 

Leanne had some practical advice for our young entrepreneurs and left them feeling like they can take on the World. Read the full Bundaberg Now article by following this link.

 

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Anglican Schools Esports League

Last Saturday the St Luke’s Anglican School Esports Team competed in the second round of the Anglican Schools Esports League. The team needed to be placed first or second in the round in order to advance to the finals. Despite some very close results in Overwatch and Rocket League the team were placed third overall, eliminating them from the 2019 season.

As there are no Year 12’s in the team, they will be back bigger and stronger next year to take on the best Queensland has to offer.

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The Anglican Schools Esports League is an initiative of the Anglican Schools Commission Cyber Safety and Digital Wellbeing department. You can read more about it by following this link.

 

 

Matthew Hughes

Head of Learning & Innovation

St Luke's Anglican School

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