Projects Overview

The Hale Institute of Innovation & Research oversees a wide and varied range of projects to promote innovation in teaching and learning, research and strategic partnerships.

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VR Literacy

In partnership with Lithodomos VR (LVR) our Learning Support department are co-developing a commercial standard, immersive virtual reality (VR) literacy application to accelerate student understanding. This application is designed to address the individual literacy needs of students requiring learning support. By captivating and engaging students using interactive and effective technologies this resource will aim to enhance students literacy skills in a systematic way. The use of virtual reality whilst explaining literacy fundamentals verbally to students will maximise student engagement via interactive technology. This VR literacy resource will incorporate various teaching and learning methods and provide a positive environment which will cater for various learning styles through physical interactivity, visual feedback and auditory stimuli.

feedback on feedback

This research project investigated the comparative effectiveness of different feedback types on student learning and the impact on teacher workload. Feedback is currently a major area of focus for educators, but often teachers are unsure which type of feedback is the most effective in terms of student preference, effect on academic results, and implications for teacher workload.

Over one year, students were exposed to four different feedback types (written, audio, self-reflection, and a control group who received no additional feedback other than having their tests marked and returned) and data was collected. The results showed that students preferred receiving audio feedback, closely followed by written feedback. Students believed these types of feedback provided more detailed information and appreciated the personalised nature of the information. This project also discovered that producing audio feedback was efficient and took roughly the same amount of time as writing feedback. Interestingly, however, receiving different feedback types had no impact on student achievement.

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Innovation scholarship

The Hale School Innovation Scholarship aims to provide teachers with the opportunity to create, research, implement and reflect on innovative teaching and learning opportunities for the benefits of Hale School students.

This initiative has created numerous developments and improvements to add significant value to the school curriculum and has provided a range of teaching and learning gains to a range of students. Previous projects have resulted in the provision of a modern curriculum, resources and learning opportunities for students to gain deep understanding on key learning concepts in an engaging and relevant setting

Radio Hale

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standing desk research

This Innovation Scholarship project was undertaken in partnership with Curtin University to explore the benefits of standing desks on student wellbeing and learning outcomes. This world first research incorporated advanced activity trackers and accelerometers to help inform the project and in turn the school and wider education community on the potential advantages of this furniture. Initial survey results showed students who were standing experienced less discomfort, had more concentration and were less restless.

Purpose: This study examined the impact of a standing desk intervention in a classroom on children’s standing and sitting time at school, sedentary and physical activity levels throughout the day (waking hours), and musculoskeletal discomfort.

Methods: A within-subjects crossover study design was used. Participants used either a standing desk or traditional seated desk for 21 days before swapping desks for another 21 days. Accelerometry and musculoskeletal discomfort data were collected during the last seven days of each 21-day-period. Mixed models analyses were used to analyse accelerometry data. Zero one inflated beta regression models and logistic regression models were used to analyse discomfort data.

Results: 47 male participants (aged 10-11 years) were involved. Standing time was 21 minutes/school day higher.

Conclusion: Standing desks significantly increased classroom standing time and decreased musculoskeletal discomfort reports. Schools should consider moving towards classrooms enabling a variety of postures to potentially improve the long-term health of children.

LightBoard Studio

The LightBoard Studio learning resource has been designed to further the learning opportunities for students and staff at Hale School by enabling dynamic video content creation to improve learning outcomes. This new learning resource will provide a personalised experience for students with videos containing teacher expression and explanation whilst writing, drawing and explaining various concepts, further adding to the suite of existing resources for our school community and providing a platform for deep understanding of complex concepts. The LightBoard Studio consists of a dedicated space designed to produce high quality educational video content with simple post production techniques to enable efficient creation of innovative content. With application across numerous learning areas and providing another distinct format for different student learning styles, we look forward to seeing the learning progression from all students who will have access to LightBoard Studio content.

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