Josie goes online

Josie goes online

Josie is in Year 9 and has a chronic illness which means she misses a lot of school. To ensure Josie was not disadvantaged, the Year 9 coordinator made sure that all course material – including handouts, notes, reading material, and rubrics – for all Josie's classes was available online on the school intranet, so Josie could access it at home.

In second term, Josie’s English teacher had designed a term project which required each student to prepare a brief report on themes of personal responsibility in Shakespeare’s play, “Macbeth”. The students were then expected to work in small groups to share their reports, and provide comments and feedback on each other’s work before developing a long essay.

Before the term commenced, the English teacher consulted Josie about how she could be included in this group activity, without Josie’s frequent absences disadvantaging her or the others in her group. Josie suggested that her group could communicate using an online sharing platform to share, edit and comment on each other’s reports. The teacher agreed to this approach.

When the group members submitted their work at the end of term, the English teacher was impressed by how engaged the students had been working online on a shared document, and by the ideas and debates which had been generated through the online collaboration. He decided to make online collaboration a regular feature of group work in English. He also informed the Year 9 coordinator and suggested that online group work could be used to facilitate Josie’s participation in other subjects too. The Year 9 coordinator ensured this information was shared with all Josie’s teachers at their next meeting.