Specific, timely and effective feedback is considered to have one of the “most positive influences on student achievement”. Indeed it is the most effective approach documented by Evidence for Learning, and considered one of the Victorian Government’s ten High Impact Teaching Strategies. Providing effective feedback can be challenging and
The use of data, tables, graphs and figures is becoming increasingly prevalent in the media. This year we’ve seen countless graphs of COVID-19 case numbers and measures that could be taken to “flatten” the curve. Developing students’ abilities to use evidence-based reasoning and interpret data has never been more
BackgroundIndigenous Peoples have been practising science for thousands of years and have deep, rich knowledge about the world. That’s why it’s so important that their significant contributions to the field of science are meaningfully embedded and celebrated in our science classrooms. And, although it can be challenging, it’
At Stile, our goal is to ensure that students leave school prepared to tackle tomorrow’s problems. They need to be confident to participate in public discourse around the ethics of scientific issues such as artificial intelligence, vaccination or genetically modified food. Much of the scientific discourse on these global
One of the many realities of our “new normal” is the constant threat of school being closed tomorrow. Closed not for term-long bouts of remote learning — those days will pass soon enough — but rather immediate closures for tactical “deep cleaning” triggered by a cautious, omnipresent test-and-trace program. Such rapid and
Stile’s mission is to make science interesting and accessible but still challenging for every student. We aim to do this by creating lessons that contextualise learning with real-world, socio-scientific issues that engage students in science. We want students to leave school with the confidence to tackle tomorrow’s problems
Squiz’s spaced repetition is the best way to master the learning of core scientific vocabulary, which helps ensure effective higher-order learning during class time.What is Squiz?Squiz is a free flashcard app available on smartphones and tablets that explicitly teaches definitions of scientific terms required for a particular
We’re incredibly privileged to work with thousands of schools and teachers here at Stile. Through our work, we get a rare insight into what is and isn’t working in the classroom and beyond. Lauriston Girls’ School in Melbourne, Australia, responded early and decisively to the COVID-19 outbreak, implementing
During this pandemic, we’ve supported many schools transition to remote learning. This resource hub is designed to share school leaders’ insights from their experiences in the hope it will support your own school. Communicating about Stile to parentsWe’ve designed an email template to introduce parents to the Stile
The resources below are designed to assist you in making your very first remote lesson a success. A practical guide to running a smooth online lessonJordan Anderson, an experienced distance-education teacher from the Virtual School Victoria, has put together an in-depth collection of practical tips for running a smooth online
Stile is designed to be your ultimate sidekick in the classroom, helping you achieve a seamless blended learning experience. The same features that make Stile a powerful classroom tool make it equally well-suited to remote learning. In fact, distance educators have been using Stile remotely for years! By transitioning seamlessly
Below are a collection of remote learning resources from experienced distance education teachers. Q&A panel discussion with experienced distance education Stile-istsWith a large number of teachers trying to wrap their heads around remote learning in preparation for COVID-19 related school closures, three expert distance education teachers from Australia
Since early 2020, we've been supporting teachers to provide continuity of learning for their students during school closures. Over time, we've refined our recommendations for teaching remotely as we've learned more about using Stile in this setting. Below is a collection of helpful guidance for using Stile for remote learning.
Stile lessons are built based on best-practice pedagogies and teaching and learning strategies. Every decision we make for the lessons and the platform itself is thoroughly researched and considered for the impact that it will have on teaching and learning. One thing that we often get asked about is our
Why does so much educational software measure “number of questions answered”? I’m ashamed to admit it, but we’ve done it before too. It is a classic ‘quality over quantity’ vanity metric. “Your students have answered 5000 questions this week” sounds impressive… like students are doing some serious learning.
The iPad was invented in 2010 which seems incredibly recent (I would have guessed much earlier), yet only in the last few years has the impact of technology really been felt in education. Early adopters of technology in education started with computer rooms, and the overhead projector was quickly phased