Superficially, the 3 strands in SAGE: 1-1 computing, experiential learning and bilingualism/biculturalism have little in common. However, if we reflect on what schools need to do to prepare our students to succeed in the 21st century, the link is obvious.
Firstly, if we accept that these 21st century students are digital natives then the necessity of educating them using 1-1 computing is almost a corollary. The personal computing device will empower students to take greater ownership of their learning e.g., they have immediate access to resources far beyond what can be offered in class. The connectivity will also enable collaboration of a level not possible before.
Empowering our students is also the aim of experiential learning. We want to move from traditional instructional model where students are passive recipients of information to one where they are actively engaged in directing, experimenting and reflecting on their own learning. It is also the intent of SAGE to particularly focus on experiential learning in the great outdoors which will be a healthy and increasingly necessary balance to the virtual world that our digital natives inhabit.
Lastly, we need to empower our school leavers to function in a highly globalized world, with the sensibilities and ability to function in two or more cultures. How we can do this through bilingual/bicultural education is thus a worthy topic for discussion and collaboration.
Though each of these 3 strands is interesting and important, the greater excitement comes about when they intersect: e.g., how can 1-1 computing or experiential learning enhance bilingual/bicultural education?
It is the aim of SAGE to provide the platform to share and discuss such exciting possibilities so that together, we can better equip our learners for the 21st century.