Further to Derek Wenmoth’s earlier post about the desperate plight of schools in the Canterbury region following the earthquake, educators throughout New Zealand have swung into action to provide some temporary support to students, families, and schools.
Response to a plea for resources for students
A plea from GCSN project director, Carol Moffatt to put together some resources for students who currently do not have a school to attend, or who have left Christchurch to find some temporary accommodation away from the stress of the continuing aftershocks, has led to the development of the Shakeup School Wiki.
CORE Education facilitators quickly put together the skeleton of a wiki, and tapped into their networks of teachers, facilitators and other educators to populate the site.
The response has been overwhelming, and shows how “many hands make light work”, and “many heads are better than one”—the benefit of ‘crowd-sourcing’!
The place technology has played in this disaster response
As well as the impact of the people, the use of technology has also enabled very fast and very far-reaching support to take place. Whereas in the Napier Earthquake, people donated books to help refurbish local school libraries, in Christchurch, people from all around New Zealand, and probably beyond, have created a rapidly increasing resource through providing links to their regularly used sites.
They have also begun to plan units of inquiry or opened up their own school websites and LMS systems for others to use. Secondary schools, whose servers with all their courses are still out of action, are able to join with other secondaries to utilise their course work for students.
Need for future reflection
This response to emergency-need should later be reflected upon by all schools to really capitalise the opportunities that e-learning can provide for our students. This is their world, and increasingly will be the way they will work.
If 24 hours can create this type of resource, imagine what is possible given due time and our best educators’ input.
Want to view or contribute?
To view or contribute to the wiki visit http://shakeupschool.wikispaces.com/