Building Bridges - Enterprise Learning in the Middle Years

Studio E

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Studio E

Studio E is a virtual studio in which Stage 3 and 4 students will work through a design process to develop an enterprising project. The first phase of the project will produce a website that will assist students to explore an enterprising task and draft a design brief for their own project.

Studio E is an initiative developed by the Vocational Education in Schools Directorate in co-operation with the Curriculum Directorate. It responds directly to the experience of primary and secondary schools during the initial phase of Building Bridges Project.

Many schools that participated in this phase of the Building Bridges Project required an excessive amount of time to identify and establish an appropriate and engaging enterprising project. In some cases teachers specified a brief with little or no input from students. This approach limited:

The virtual studio will address these issues by assisting students to negotiate their own enterprise project. It will provide scaffolding for students to:

By working through a series of tasks, students will generate text that will become part of a one page project brief. For each task 'pop ups' will be available to explain what the task is about and what students have to do. Additionally, the website will contain many examples to illustrate what others have done at similar stages of a project. Examples have been drawn from industry, Stage 6 DesignTech projects and the initial phase of Building Bridges.

The one page brief will be similar in content and structure to project briefs used by industry but tasks have been developed to suit the 10 years to 13 years age group. Underpinning the website will be a data base that will store student input. The data base will be managed by the Vocational Education in Schools Directorate.

The website will engage students in activities such as:

The website will be designed by the Centre for Learning Innovation in a style that appeals to students in the target age group.

To support the classroom use of the website a teacher support centre will be established and maintained.

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© NSW Department of Education and Training 2017

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