Natalie Kluska is an eLearning Coach at Bialik College. Natalie has rich experience in both the Independent and Government education sectors where she has worked in innovative educational environments. She has a strong passion for the Reggio Emilia philosophy and has been involved in Cultures of Thinking Focus groups working with Harvard University’s Project Zero team. Natalie has facilitated a diverse range of professional development workshops on classroom research, the integration of technology and early childhood education.
Natalie passionately believes that the role of early childhood and primary school education is to inspire young students to become independent and enthusiastic learners. With a background in science, she uses ongoing research to inform her educational practice. Natalie recognises the vital role that technology plays in the lives of children today, and consequently spends much time investigating and trialling how technology can be effectively and meaningfully integrated into daily classroom practice.
Over the past few years, Natalie has been involved in the running of the school’s Makerspace and has been instrumental in the development of a Maker Focus in the Early Learning Centre. She has also worked with teachers to support research-based learning projects in the classroom These projects promote deep thinking and provide opportunities for skill development across all learning areas. Technology has played an integral part in these projects; allowing students to use technology to support their learning and serving as a tool for documentation and communication purposes.