Melbourne High School library visit

Readers of this blog will know how much I love to visit other libraries. I love seeing the physical spaces and how the library is organised and used.

Last week, I was fortunate enough to visit Tania Sheko at Melbourne High School. Thanks to Tania and her team for generously sharing their time and morning tea!

The library is a vibrant place with the students variously using technologies to create, sitting quietly and reading, doing school work, interacting with each other and researching. The different areas provide separate spaces for all of these activities to occur independently and the displays are vibrant and stimulating.

Student RFID self checkout



Display upon entering the library


Art inspiration





Simon Pegg quote

It’s wonderful to have time to talk with colleagues; something that doesn’t happen very often. However I often find that this is where good ideas and collaboration springs from.

Thanks again to Tania and her terrific team at Melbourne High School.

From little things big things grow?

Today we had the Google Teacher Academy (Sydney) debrief at Mill Park library. About 20 passionate, clever and creative educators took time out from their busy lives to come together to share and to learn, initially about the GTASYD experience. Tania Sheko, Jess McCulloch, Tony Richards, John Thomas and Andrew Williamson presented tools and ideas informally and then we progressed into open discussions unconference style. (Thanks to everyone for making the effort to attend, connect, share and learn.)

What struck me before we wound up was that perhaps we should not only meet up face to face more often, but that we should develop our own professional learning group.

It would be:

  • informal
  • free
  • welcome anyone interested
  • supportive
  • cooperative
  • collaborative
  • free of office bearers
  • the group who sets the agenda, if there’s one at all
  • a place where we learn what we want to

People who want to present are more than welcome. People who just want to come along are welcome too. We can all learn from each other and share ideas without feeling the pressure of ‘presenting’ at a conference.

So, who’s up for it?