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  • Julian Adamson 22 Nov 2016 10:16am () in Enabling e-learning forum: Look how far we've come | NAPP Kōrero 14 2016

    As a result of engaging in NAPP conversations online I have been able to share and collaborate, and through this to clarify my own thinking on my educational leadership philosophy. For the first time in my career I have been challenged to consider the moral imperative for school leaders and to broaden my own understanding of what it really means to create equitable opportunities for learners in a school. I have found the online work with my buddy and coach to be particularly thought provoking and could not have arrived where I am today without them. As I put together my latest iteration of my leadership philosophy for sharing with my coach, I realised just how different my thinking is from 12 months ago. 

    Although I have always felt comfortable with the tools of elearning, this year has opened my eyes to the pedagogy and androgogy that these tools enable. 

  • Julian Adamson 04 Jul 2016 9:06am () in Equity devices in BYOD schools

    Kia Ora Tatou,

    We are going to take a big step next year and move from a few BYOD classes at year 9 to the entire cohort being BYOD. Of course this means we are doing a lot of work around equity. I know that the local schools have been discussing for some time the idea of forming a collective to support equity and to help fund devices for those who cant afford them, but this is still in the discussion stage and may take a lot more time to get actual action.

    In the meantime, we have setup a number of COWS (computers on wheels) with laptops that can be used to supplement those that students bring themselves. We are also running two parents information evenings in the build up to next year to give year 8 families as much time as possible to consider purchasing a device. The first of these is this week. We have got local suppliers in to offer tech advice and some good deals for families.

    Our philosophy on this is that equity is an issue, but will not be a barrier to implementing BYOD. We believe that devices and the change in pedagogy that goes along with them, can help engage and bring more agency to students and that that is worth the cost of buying in more devices. Of course we are lucky in that we have the finances to be able to make this stand. I am sure there will be schools who cant afford to.

    I look forward to reading more ideas here as people keep posting them!

  • Julian Adamson 30 May 2016 10:34am () in Forum: How do schools ready themselves for modern learning pedagogies?

    Thank you to everyone posting to this page, it is really interesting reading about the different experiences of MLEs (or ILE or FLE....) 

    I am currently Assistant Principal at Marlborough Girls College and we are to be "co-located" with the Boys' College here in Marlborough in the near future (new site opens in 2021). We are having the discussion of what that might look like and what the site and buildings might need to be like. The exciting part for me is that we have started with the curriculum and pedagogy and not the buildings. We are asking ourselves what we want students in Marlborough to be learning and how they might be learning it, and then we will look at building spaces that suit this vision.

    A couple of questions we are struggling with are: How do we reconcile the high stakes examination system in senior secondary, with the renewed emphasis on the 'front end' of the curriculum. We have such a wonderful curriculum document that has so many important skills and values that we aspire to develop in collaboration with students and yet some of our staff continue to struggle with being 'driven by the assessments'. As much as we can be awesomely innovative with year 9 and 10, eventually we have to address this issue as an education profession.

    The second question is: 'How can we use foresight and future planning to make the new school we build as flexible as possible for future changes in education. Schools are built to last for at least 50 years (and possibly many more) and the chance of more change is huge. This can make schools nervous not to do too many innovative changes in case the educational landscape shifts and facilities become obsolete.

    Mix in with this the exciting work we are doing with BYOD, 1:1 classes, integrating across subject areas and developing Culturally responsive pedagogies and there is much to be excited about for the future of education!

    Mostly I enjoy the fact that we are getting to have these big conversations and to look in details at our curriculum and pedagogy. It is so rare in today's schools to get the opportunity to do so! There is some great learning happening. I will follow this thread with interest to learn from the ideas of others on similar journeys.