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  • Meryl Howell 01 Nov 2012 10:48am () in The e-Learning Planning Framework - how and why to use it | NAPP Kōrero 16

    I have really enjoyed reading through all the comments and while I have had the benefit of being at a school where we’ve been following a very strategic IT development programme for the last 10 years, I think these pages on e-learning and the 5 dimensions are inordinately useful.  In the context of Ruth’s comment of feeling less a dinosaur, I concur.  Even though I’ve managed to keep up with the changes that are happening around IT, seeing that others are occasionally feel overwhelmed helps to settle my concerns.  It is not such a lonely place!

    I have found looking at the 5 areas of the framework that Karen M refers to very valuable.  The roadmap is just that… a roadmap.  We have not followed it exactly as described and had to forge our own way.  I think that is just it.  You have to assess just what your school needs, decide on the best route forward and then make the bold decision to forge ahead.  From a leadership and strategic point of view, this requires buy in from the staff and it is the professional learning that allows  teachers to confidently grow their teaching and learning that is essential. 

    In the past, we struggled with infrastructure, waiting for government assistance to hasten the process of wireless, high-speed connectivity.  This really hampered our progress and  we realised that, to do the things we wanted to do, we would have to take the bold step of providing our connectivity ourselves.  Fortunately for us, this was do-able, and despite the attendant fears at the time, we’ve managed to forge along our unique road. 

    Like Gary, we too have embraced the flipped classroom model and are walking along the road of the SAMAR.  By and large, we are somewhere along the Augmentation/Modification spectrum and are looking at how best to get the redefinition aspect integrated into our teaching.  I think though, that we are happy with formulating our own directed pathway rather than relying on a pathway directed by others, but having an example of how others perceive the framework is always useful.