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  • Jennifer Holland 10 Nov 2012 8:45pm () in The e-Learning Planning Framework - how and why to use it | NAPP Kōrero 16

    It was actually a really positive response ... they had been asking our Principal for a look at where we are and where we are going at the beginning of the year and he kindly delegated to me :) They were particularly interested in the turn around moving from technology dictating the learning that might suit the technology (before); to learning guiding choice and utilisation of appropriate technology. This may be because I suggested we should be focusing on using what we have (quite a lot really) well, rather than purchasing more! Though I also made it clear this wasn't an opportunity for a zero budget.
    I would be happy to share with your school our experiences ... they are no where near as vast or "on-to-it" as some of schools but it might help you build up a picture ... we can talk more at the PLG if you like. I read a really good book on Leading ICT which I have cited on My Portfolio - it is Australian, but fairly recent and I found it a good overview from a Principal's perspective.

  • Jennifer Holland 10 Nov 2012 8:27pm () in The e-Learning Planning Framework - how and why to use it | NAPP Kōrero 16

    I have just completed a report to our BOT, using the framework to describe where we are at and what our next steps might be. Next year I plan to work with the teachers, leadership team and BOT to set our priorities / direction over the next few years ... we clearly need to focus on the learning that is happening and how we are using these digital tools to enhance that.

  • Jennifer Holland 13 Sep 2012 10:13pm () in The e-Learning Planning Framework - how and why to use it | NAPP Kōrero 16

    I only sent an email and link to the e-Learning Framework to our Leadership and Team and spoke briefly to the leadership questionnaire at a meeting before I sent the link.  However, with our teachers I conducted a session in our staff meeting which included your video clip (above) to explain the purpose etc of the framework.  I didn't want to "pre-teach" too much on the framework because I didn't want to influence responses.

    I have not yet closed off the teacher questionnaire - this will probably happen just before the holidays when I will have time to analyse responses and think about next steps (including a community questionnaire).  I think at that point I will also look at what our next steps might be as a whole staff (if the responses are reasonably homogenous) or differentiating (if I can identify those who are more capable / enthusiastic) to provide suitable PLD opportunities utilise the strengths of staff as a catalyst within teams next year.

    I think in our large staff the step by step progression of the ELPF will empower staff rather than overwhelm, and this is one of the reasons I decided to work with it.  Our teachers will probably appreciate some overview / big picture stuff so they know the long term goal and the value for childrens learning ... but generally with ICT I find that if the learning curve is too steep, or the pace of change too fast, the result is avoidance or resistance.  So the focus will be next steps in one or two areas of the framework, and this will probably also link to some PLD relating to wider teaching and learning curriculum focus I believe.

  • Jennifer Holland 09 Sep 2012 4:26pm () in The e-Learning Planning Framework - how and why to use it | NAPP Kōrero 16

    Here are the links to two Google Doc questionnaires that I shared about during the recent e-Learning Webinar and which some people expressed an interest in. 

    These questionnaires were developed as the first two parts of a three step process that will probably take the rest of the year to complete.  

    The first questionnaire was sent to BOT and our Senior Leadership team and covers the first dimension Leadership and Strategic Direction.  The second was sent to our senior leadership team and teachers and covered Professional Learning, Teaching and Learning and Technologies and Infrastructure dimensions.  The third, which will cover the “Beyond the Classroom” dimension, will be made available to students and the wider community … but I have yet to start that one.  

    The purpose of the questionnaire has been to introduce the concept of e-Learning to our school, find out where we perceive ourselves to be, and start conversations about what this might mean for our school in terms of next steps, especially as we start to think about some of the opportunities that might be available when UFB connects to our school next year.  

     Feel free to download a copy of this questionnaire and modify it to suit your school. 

     Leadership Questionnaire:  http://bit.ly/TwSlYe

    Teachers Questionnaire:  http://bit.ly/Niuj0G