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  • Enabling e-Learning 06 Mar 2012 11:42am () in A living report: Using tech to share assessment with family/whānau

    I'd like to share this post that came through in the MLE Reference group, from Lesley Murrihy, Principal of Amesbury School, who describes how technology is helping her school provide a rich picture of students' progress in literacy/numeracy:

    "We have developed matrices for reading, writing and maths (researched using a wide range of documents) which, when highlighted, give parents a visual as well as a more detailed (written) picture of where their child is at. We call these Amesbury standards, because they are our interpretation of the National Standards.

    We will be offering this, via Google docs at present, as a "living" report for students, teachers and parents, which will be updated frequently - at least termly but, ideally, more frequently and will remain online, only printed off where necessary.

    Linked to each indicator which is highlighted will be evidence (stored in the cloud) which shows achievement of that indicator by the student. Linked to indicators will also be an explanation of what achievement of that indicator would look like and links to websites and activities that students can do at home to assist with the achievement of that indicator.

    Thus, the "living" report becomes a personalised homework programme enabling parents to support their child's learning in areas (indicators) that are clearly identified.

    First and foremost, we plan to use this data to develop learning programmes that increasingly personalise the learning of students to meet their individual needs. Thus it serves multiple purposes of which reporting to parents is only one.

    We are only just reaching the point of putting this in the cloud for parental access so I cannot provide you with any feedback from parents. However, this gives you an idea of how we hope to report to parents."

    While she acknowledges that this is a work in progress, is your school doing anything similar? Do you have questions for Lesley?

  • Enabling e-Learning 05 Mar 2012 8:08am () in How do you find out what your school community thinks about using ICT?

    Posted on behalf of Charles Newton:

    "Several schools I am assisting are very interested in knowing more about how their teachers, students and families/communities perceive and use ICT and e-learning.  Rather than reinvent the wheel there must already be some useful questionnaires people have developed.  Any suggestions or links would be most appreciated.  It is my intention to make any material generated from this exercise available to others. 

    Many thanks."

    Are you able to share a questionnaire (or similar) with Charles? How do you find how what your school's community (teachers, students, family and whānau) want and/or need?

  • Enabling e-Learning 05 Mar 2012 7:36am () in Great ideas for technologies for your classroom

    This resource was shared recently in the NZC Online newsletter:

    >> Ideas to inspire

    You can filter the choice according to your teaching needs. It's easy to use and engaging. Combining resources like this with your students' learning needs and an effective teaching approach is a useful starting point for using tech effectively in your classrooms.

  • Enabling e-Learning 23 Feb 2012 9:01pm () in How can we use the VLN / Enabling e-Learning for our own learning?

    I thought I'd start this thread is for anyone who is still interested in working out what this community space can do for their learning - for example, you might be working out how to tailor your emails, or whether to use a blog or a discussion forum for your questions.

    If you are/have attended the free Enabling e-Learning workshop on how to use the VLN Groups (24 Feb), you may still have a few questions - and if you missed it, you can ask for help here instead.

    So, ask away - or share how you have set up and are using the space. The only silly queston is the one not asked;-)

    Cheers, Karen.

  • Enabling e-Learning 21 Feb 2012 9:43am () in Network for Learning consultation | Take part in the technical survey

    You can find the survey link on the right on the Ministry's page...or go direct to the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/N4LInfrastructureSurvey

    Hope this helps:-)

  • Enabling e-Learning 21 Feb 2012 9:26am () in Network for Learning consultation | Take part in the technical survey

    The Ministry of Education is seeking feedback from schools to help inform the design and implementation of the Network for Learning. Full details are in our Enabling e-Learning: Technologies group: /mod/threaded_forums/topicposts.php?topic=323893&group_guid=53310

  • Enabling e-Learning 21 Feb 2012 9:23am () in Network for Learning consultation | Take part in the technical survey

    The Ministry of Education is seeking feedback from schools to help inform the design and implementation of the Network for Learning.

    The Ministry is looking for a wide cross-section of New Zealand schools to take part in a technical survey, to provide a snapshot of how schools currently use their network and hardware infrastructure. Schools taking part will have an on-site inspection of their ICT infrastructure involving an audit of relevant cabling and switching equipment, other hardware and the capacity of internal networks. The principal or ICT manager will also be interviewed about future ICT planning. Findings from individual audits will be supplied to each school (in confidence) to inform their planning.

    Schools are invited to register their interest by Friday 23rd March. Surveys will take place from March through to August 2012.

    Register here:  Ministry of Education: Network for Learning

    Notices will also be featured in the Education Gazette. You can download the advertisement here:  Network for Learning advert

  • Enabling e-Learning 21 Feb 2012 6:55am () in Have you used the e-Learning Planning Framework?

    Thanks for sharing your experience, with the tool, Liz. I like the way you talk about the framework as a tool that can be used as part of an on-going, hands-on reflective process:-)

  • Enabling e-Learning 21 Feb 2012 6:52am () in Have you used the e-Learning Planning Framework?

    Thanks so much for this helpful overview, Tracy. Good to hear that it has had impact already in schools. Does anyone else have a similar experience, or would like advice on how they might use the e-learning framework in a similar way to the schools to which Tracy refers? Enabling e-Learning is your link to the national pool of e-learning facilitators that are already experienced with the tool and would be happy to provide support:-)

  • Enabling e-Learning 21 Feb 2012 6:48am () in How do you know if ICT is making a difference - and does it matter?

    Thank you for sharing these examples, St Mary's. You are clearly observing changes across your school and it is heartening to hear of the way individual students' learning has been positively affected:-) 

    Just out of interest, do you have any deliberate monitoring or evaluation processes of the different ways you are using ICTs (e.g. impact on parents)? Is that necessary, do you think?