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  • Bill Hubbard 04 Oct 2013 1:32pm () in 2013: Leadership and strategic planning for e-learning | NAPP Kōrero 14

    School leaders such as the principal have a role to play in so many parts of successful eLearning implementation. Colleagues such as Mark, Helen and Tan state how important it is for staff and students to see the Principal as a successful and powerful user of digital technologies - and how confining it is for the school community to have a Principal who openly distances such technologies. It is all part of the Principal modelling safe 'risk taking' in any area of professional growth - being seen to take a chance of getting it wrong occasionally. 

    Another vital step that the Principal can take is to take the staff through pedagogical step from 'Emerge' to 'Engage'. This is the toughest step to take in my opinion. Almost any teacher can take a laptop and project a Powerpoint onto a screen - but to move beyond this 'digital chalk' to handing the process across to the students is a MAJOR shift for some teachers. A good Principal will be the one who differentiates for staff between the different stages of the eLPF with home-grown examples. 

    An effective Principal will find day-to-day ways in school administration to model how powerful sharing, collaboration and publishing is with modern products like Google Apps for Edn or Office 365. As Linda Barans first post suggests, Flipping the Classroom is a vital pedagogical shift - this shift can be modelled by the Principal when he/her gives some collaborative task before a staff meeting and the staff meeting itself is to deepen that exploration, rather than start it.

  • Bill Hubbard 16 Jun 2013 2:52pm () in Growing leadership of e-learning | NAPP Kōrero 6 - Resourcing

    Useful korero Anjela - many thanks

    Our school found the MoE e-Learning Planning Framework (eLPF) a useful starting point some years ago. Without these sorts of resources, leading e-learning can become a task beset by commercial interests. As a DP with responsibility for ICT, the number of 'cold-calls' each week from ICT vendors is at times overwhelming. Even with care to be well-informed, it is difficult to sort out good value for the school from the sales rhetoric which promises everything but the sun.....

    There is a current information vacuum on the details for the Network for Learning which is making planning harder than it should be. For example, our school is currently in talk with eTV who are offering some really useful resources. Not knowing whether this service will be part of the N4L in 2014 is confusion that schools can do without.

    Possibly the greatest challenge that I would like some answers on is the issue of equity for students. ICT will only provide a level playing field for all students if all students have access to the technologies. Our school is making plans for 1:1 BYOD in 2014 for Year 9s (and Bring your own Browser for Yrs 10-13) but the cost for Year 9s is considerable. https://sites.google.com/a/rosehillcollege.school.nz/rosehill-college-byod-consultation-site/

    Is there any advice about grants or trusts who can support families with e-learning expenses??