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  • Linda Ireton 29 Nov 2012 5:00pm () in The e-Learning Planning Framework - how and why to use it | NAPP Kōrero 16

    Hi Tracey and Lou

    Tracey I love what you have done regarding bringing the PCs into the classroom and making a creative space where the PCs were. I will be bringing that up with our staff. Like you, I think it is so important to have the technology in the classroom as a part of the learning environment.

    Lou something our school has been involved with, through the council, is the Computers in Homes programme. We made our old ICT suite available and families who attended the course (basic computer skills, I think it was 8 weeks long) then got to take a computer home for their family. I think your idea of opening up an ICT area in the school, for families, is great.

    Cheers

    Linda

  • Linda Ireton 10 Nov 2012 5:52pm () in The e-Learning Planning Framework - how and why to use it | NAPP Kōrero 16

    Kia ora Alice

    We are in a very similar position as a decile 2 primary school. Very few of our students have access to technologies at home Other than Xbox etc.

    However, the framework did challenge me on a number of fronts.

    First it has made me think about how our staff view ICT. I know we are pre emergent and emergent in most aspects, primarily because we haven't asked ourselves how the technologies are supporting student learning, rather we have purchased various technologies, such as mimio, then not set aside the kind of time required to explore, practice and use them effectively.

    I like how  the framework gives everyone, staff, students, BOT, community, an opportunity to discuss and be part of planning within the context and needs of your own school community.

    We use the inquiry process for reading, writing and maths and it is linked to RTCs and appraisal but now I can see how we could begin professional inquiry in elearning using the framework for reflection and next learning steps, beginning at the most basic level such as how is technology used in  our classrooms by teachers and by students? And What do we believe about technologies suporting student learning and achievement? Our curriculum delivery plan has been planned in consultation with our community but I know we now need to ask them about what they want for their children in elearning.

    We are about to begin a journey using google docs for our inquiry journals. The resources in the tiki elearning site are fantastic and I feel a lot more confident about sharing them with our staff and beginning that journey with a clearer sense of direction rather than doing something just to keep up with new technologies.

    Cheers

    Linda

  • Linda Ireton 10 Nov 2012 4:21pm () in The e-Learning Planning Framework - how and why to use it | NAPP Kōrero 16

    Hi Catherine

    Our school sounds like it is in a very similar position to yours. Reading the framework and supporting resources, I feel more like we will now have a clearer focus for our emergent journey!

    I watched the video of Julia Atkin and was challenged by her comment about seeing transformation happen when the whole staff are involved in writing the intial elearning plan. She talked about meeting staff where they, taking small steps and allowing them to define their learning needs. Then she issued a challenge asking how we can help staff imagine the possibilities in learning with technologies. She said resistance decreases when people begin to imagine what can be done. I will be looking for good school stories on the elearning site to share with teachers.

    Cheers

    Linds

  • Linda Ireton 10 Nov 2012 3:55pm () in The e-Learning Planning Framework - how and why to use it | NAPP Kōrero 16

    Hi Deb.

    Have just started reading in this Korero.

    I am glad you raised the issue of equity. We are a decile 2 urban primary school and many of our students do not have computers, iPhones, iPods etc at home. I think that makes it all the more important that we provide my students with as many opportunities to use technologies in their learning context as possible despite their lack of access a home. Funding is definitely an issue for us though and we are still using the pc pods set up in each class some years ago, as we are not in a position to upgrade yet. I look forward to reading what other schools are doing.

    Cheers 

    Linda