New era in Religious Education e-learning

14/06/2011

Together at One Altar News Story
Parramatta Marist and Catherine McCauley students at the Together at One Altar launch.
'Together at One Altar' (TAOA) - the first e-learning resource for Religious Education (RE) in Australia - was launched ‘virtually’ at Parramatta Marist High School, Westmead on Wednesday 8 June.

The launch of the web based learning and teaching resource on the Eucharist was streamed across Australia and featured a Year 10 RE sample lesson with students from Parramatta Marist and Catherine McAuley in Westmead, Hennessy Catholic College in Young in rural New South Wales.

The launch coincided with the introduction in parishes of the new translation of the Roman Missal - the new texts for the celebration of the Eucharist.

Speaking at the launch, the Bishop of Parramatta, Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP, said the resource marks the beginning of a new era for RE classes in Catholic schools.

"It is appropriate to launch this new teaching resource in the context of a new beginning on Pentecost Sunday when we start to use sections of the newly translated Mass text in our worship," Bishop Anthony said.

Sponsored by the National Catholic Education Commission and developed by a team of writers from Catholic Education Offices in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sale and Brisbane,  the new resource will be used in RE lessons nationally in Catholic primary and secondary schools.

Executive Director of Schools Diocese of Parramatta, Greg Whitby said the new resource demonstrated how powerful tools can be used in teaching today to effectively engage students in learning.

"It is also a great display of the professional collaboration that has taken place," Greg said.

Read full story at the Catholic Education, Diocese of Parramatta site

 


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