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  1. 1. Erica Womersley “ Telling the story, created by many students, staff and volunteers” Port Augusta School of the Air Open Access College
  2. 3. <ul><li>LAP at School of the Air </li></ul><ul><li>Leading a Volunteer Programme in our school </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteering </li></ul><ul><li>LAP at Open Access College in the 21 st Century </li></ul>
  5. 6. Oodnadatta Flinders Ranges Birdsville Border Village Pt Lincoln Pitjantjatjara Anangu Lands Beachport/Robe Innaminka Coober Pedy Leigh Creek Burra Pt Augusta
  6. 7. Satellites and Centra video audio SIASOTA Project – Satellites to Connect Us <ul><li>Virtual classroom strengthens relationships and improves social presence </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual classroom strengthens learner’s autonomy and initiative and supports cooperation and collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>The use of “breakout rooms” strongly supports constructivist learning </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual classroom allows ease of interaction and will impact positively on learner’s ability to demonstrate their learning </li></ul>
  7. 8. Networking to the schoolroom
  8. 9. Darcy on Centra
  9. 10. Face to face visits
  10. 11. Relationships are the heart of successful learning Claire and her LAP student meet face to face for the first time Knowing each other over the phone and meeting at last.
  11. 12. <ul><li>This question was posed at a Disaster Conference in Canberra 2003, by Christine Fahey is a Research Fellow with the University Department of Rural Health, Tasmania. </li></ul><ul><li>Take a few minutes to discuss it with the person beside you. </li></ul>
  12. 13. <ul><li>Volunteers are an integral part of the mission and culture of the organisation. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Systems enhance and support the volunteer involvement and address barriers. </li></ul></ul>
  13. 14. <ul><li>Recruitment processes involve identification of individual’s skills, interests and potentials and effective matching of these to organisational opportunities. </li></ul>
  14. 15. <ul><li>Inclusive practices are encouraged and promoted through all processes of the volunteer program. </li></ul><ul><li>On-going opportunities are provided for volunteer involvement in planning, decision making and leadership. </li></ul><ul><li>Learning and development opportunities are provided for all staff. </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteer contributions are significantly and appropriately valued and recognised at all levels of the organisation. </li></ul>
  15. 16. <ul><li>Volunteer contributions are significantly and appropriately valued and recognised at all levels of the organisation. </li></ul><ul><li>LAP awards 2006 “Outstanding </li></ul><ul><li>Schools program” SOTA </li></ul>
  16. 17. <ul><li>Support provided to volunteers is accessible, flexible and appropriate. </li></ul><ul><li>Focus is on creating an enabling environment and providing meaningful work within the volunteer program. </li></ul><ul><li>Boundaries between paid and volunteer staff are clear and defined, while minimising unnecessary distinctions and promoting teamwork between paid and unpaid staff. </li></ul>
  17. 18. <ul><li>The Volunteer program facilitates and supports a broad range of community involvement. </li></ul>SOTA LAP volunteer Sara using Centra to speak to her LAP student Cat 300km’s away. Age is no barrier to using Centra at SOTA. Ross talking with Joshua 800 kms away.
  18. 19. <ul><li>Appropriate evaluation and performance measures gather and provide feedback from all involved, informing the development and continuous improvement of the volunteer program. </li></ul>
  19. 21. <ul><li>Volunteers in our LAP programme gain: </li></ul><ul><li>Improved self esteem and well being of individual volunteers </li></ul><ul><li>Increased sense of belonging </li></ul><ul><li>Improved workplace skills and competencies </li></ul><ul><li>Creates positive physical and mental health </li></ul><ul><li>Makes a difference in the lives of others; </li></ul><ul><li>Older adult volunteers live longer than non-volunteers. </li></ul>
  20. 22. <ul><li>In our school volunteers build: </li></ul><ul><li>Student identity and sense of self as a successful learner </li></ul><ul><li>Our capacity to provide 1-1 support to learners </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher’s professional identity as they provide leadership and work collaboratively with a para-professional </li></ul>
  21. 23. Some ways that volunteer organisations may give recognition to their volunteers Ensure Volunteer coordinators are readily accessible to volunteers Encourage volunteer participation in team planning and planning that effects their work Take the time to explain and listen to volunteer's ideas and concerns. Give additional responsibility and enable volunteers to 'grow' on the job Include volunteers in special events . Include volunteers on general school communication lists eg newsletters Organise and nominate volunteers for awards with certificates or plaques or medals. Establish thorough and supportive induction for volunteers
  22. 24. SOTA morning tea with some past vol to celebrate LAP 5 th birthday SOTA
  23. 25. <ul><li>Opportunities of online Environments </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Volunteers not bounded by geography </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Global relationships </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2008 Online LAP Conference </li></ul></ul>
  24. 26. Remy Catchlove SOTA LAP student featured in Bavarian Conference, talking to Cathy her volunteer.
  25. 27. Some of the 135 conference delegates attending the 1 st Virtual LAP conference. Including Bavarian International School, Academy of Qatar, International School Ulm, International School Hanover, International School Augsburg.
  26. 30. <ul><li>Accreditation Requirements often include community components </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Younger people school and tertiary students </li></ul></ul>
  27. 31. Brian, medical student volunteer in Port Augusta working face to face with Pat during School Experience Week 2007
  28. 32. <ul><li>Responsibilities to our students, volunteers and the LAP organisation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Child protection issues of online environments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Training implications </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Facilitating the role with a mobile and active volunteer base </li></ul></ul>
  29. 33. <ul><li>If just one person believes in you Deep enough and strong enough Believes in you hard enough and long enough Before you knew it, someone else would think &quot;If he can do it, I can do it&quot; Making it two. Two whole people who believe in you. And maybe even you can believe in you too. --Robin and the Muppet Gang, from &quot;It's Not Easy Being Green and Other Things to Consider&quot; </li></ul>