Darwin High Year 12 Integrated Studies Project
Year 12 Stage 2 Integrated studies students at Darwin High School were interested in undertaking a unique project that incorporated project based learning principals with contemporary teachings on permaculture, population and ecological sustainability, pests and soil based diseases and information technology.
Jodie Clegg and Jun Mu, both teachers at Darwin High School, engaged CDU after hearing about the Lakeside Community Gardens Project. This already established CDU project meant that they had a space and resources to work with, however further capital was required for developing additional project aspects. Subsequently, Jodie and Jun engaged ICT for Learning at the NT Department of Education and were successful in their application for an Innovation Grant to support student ePortfolio development and websites that will be submitted to the SACE board of South Australia as part of their assessment. As part of the grant funding, Jodie and Jun were also able to secure relief teacher funding so that they were able to plan and develop their ICT skills, employ industry experts to workshop with students on permaculture, infectious diseases in Darwin, population and ecological sustainability and project management.
Students have been able to integrate the skills learnt about permaculture and ICT into their online and offline worlds that have seen them work through problems and issues through a project management methodology.
In addition to the students work, ICT for Learning has also integrated Augmented Reality into this project to assist with signage around the garden. People who physically visit the Darwin High School Community Garden will be able to scan special images with their smart device that will link to information that is presented in exciting 3D and video formats.