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  • Linda Sweeny 18 Jun 2015 10:02am () in Resourcing how and why of e-Learning | NAPP Kōrero 6 2015

    Initially we discussed as a staff how the tools and technology would be used in classrooms to support the teaching and learning of all students.  Staff had been on separate Apple Bus Tours and had aspirations for what they wanted to be able to expose their students to in their own classroom.  Senior students had individual blogs to share their portfolio samples, also class teachers used class blogs to share student learning.  In our early days the students were timetabled in to use a limited number of Apple Mac desktops or laptops to add posts.  We experimented by giving class teachers an iPad to use.  We then increased the number of iPads in classes as these were used more, especially as it was easier and faster to add learning to blogs.  Teachers found that the iPads were a good tool for the student to layer apps that they were using to create presentations of learning and add to their blogs.  Students also find that they are able to use the iPads for Apps to support learning as well as Google Apps to share and collaborate what they are producing.

     

    It is important for us as a school to be equipped with the tools that our students require to be effective digital citizens.  We want them to be able to evolve with the technology and understand how to use it to support their current and future learning.  Our BoT encourages applications to charities to purchase devices and budget wisely to ensure that we are able to keep our technology up to date and plan to replace out dated technology when needed.  The vision is shared and driven through our strategic planning.