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Wonder Encourages Discovery

Young students are exposed to interactive and collaborative learning.
Photographic portraiture is used as stimulus for creative narrative writing. The ability to expand the image encourages these 14-year-olds to focus on details.

Rapid advances in technology are making it even more challenging to design, install and integrate audiovisual systems for the classroom of the future. The very process, from concept to completion, typically takes more than a year, which in tech terms, already is the future. When the learning/teaching space dubbed Wonder at All Saints Anglican School in Queensland, Australia, was officially declared ready for students, it instantly gained media attention as a revolutionary kind of classroom, and garnered several technology awards. The space, now in use for more than a year, is continuing its mission to encourage exploration and discovery.

What makes this project unique is its inception, not as a tech-enabled classroom, but as a vision for a versatile space, appropriate for ages four to 18, as well as teachers, parents and the broader community. It was conceived as a space where people could “wonder at” and “wonder about,” and which would allow for both self-directed discovery learning and instructor-directed learning. It is designed for flexibility, to address curriculum objectives as well as topics students might find interesting or intriguing.

The lead visionary, Jason Wainwright, is Director of Learning Culture for pre-Prep through Year 12 at the school. With a background in the Humanities, Wainwright works across disciplines, facilitating learning among all age groups. He also spends time on research and working with the staff on teaching, as well as learning and assessment development.

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