Clouds over Sidra- inspirational

Clouds over Sidra   I just watched this film again- so moving. I love this young girl’s perspective of refugee life and her dreams of returning to her homeland in the near future. Unfortunately, nobody knows when this Syrian war will end and what these refugees will be faced with if or when they are able to return. Articles I have read about the Za’atari Camp suggest it may evolve into a permanent settlement.

Based on this inspirational documentary, I’d like to research further the Syrian refugees in the Za’atari camp. As Sidra held on to her hopes and dreams for the future, I will concentrate on the child-friendly spaces initiative- incorporating the personal learning space (empowerment), the group learning space (community belonging) and eLearning (connecting the outside world and future technology). By keeping these children educated in a safe and community-based environment they have a chance at a brighter future as citizens of the world. These children are the future of post-war Syria.


Aha! Moments in understanding Learning Spaces…

What are learning spaces and where are they? An easy question to answer, or so I thought. After identifying and delving into what each of the 6 learning spaces are, how they differ and what benefits/challenges they offer, I discovered many Aha! moments.


The Classroom Space

Traditional classroom layout catered for whole class learning with the teacher as the focal point. Instruction would be delivered from the front of the classroom and it was assumed all students benefitted from learning as a group. As we know now, we all learn best in different ways, whether it be independently or as part of a community. 21st century classrooms are being redesigned to enhance students learning not only through collaborative and co-operative means but also by promoting independent learning  in these new space designs. Creating  separate learning zones within a classroom has proven to be a more effective and allows students to learn in variety of ways. Traditional classroom furnishing (desk and chair) is being replaced by relaxed lounge areas, group hubs and technology areas as depicted in the following slides…Classroom spaces

Personal Awakenings


As I make my way through my first online learning experience, what appeared to be a long, lonely journey of personal learning has turned out to be an inspiring, community-assisted endeavour. As the weeks go by and my first formal assignment submission draws closer, the light at the end of the tunnel is beginning to glow. It turns out online learning is not just a self-driven race to the finish line but rather a community ‘fun run ‘where  competitors collaborate and assist each other,  under the guidance of the ‘coach’ to achieve whole team success. Issues with aspects of assessment tasks is alleviated through discussion forums and there is always someone available to offer advice. Although, like any  new learning experience there are challenges to overcome, knowing you are part of a co- operative community makes all the difference in building confidence for a successful outcome.

I look forward to further learning.