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  • Kate Ericksen 12 Aug 2013 2:18pm () in Staff progression in competence for appraisals.

    Wow - this is amazing! I can see a huge amount of work has gone into this system. I have to still get my head around it... Did you come up with the criteria for those badges, or were they already in the system?

  • Kate Ericksen 04 Nov 2012 7:13pm () in Staff progression in competence for appraisals.

    Hi there,

    We have been looking at the eLPF the last 2 weeks at my school.  Amongst one of the points brought up that came out from our meeting and discussion, was that the staff wanted a page put in thier appraisals to show where they were currently in relation to ICT skills and competence and to give them goals to head towards for next year.

    When I went to a PD workshop earlier this year on implementing change by Cheryl Doig, they were saying how we should come up with a ladder of IT competencies for staff, so that they could identify where they currently sit and then look at the next step on the ladder. I have been able to find ladders for ICT progressions for students, but nothing really for teachers on the internet. I guess I could try and modify it for staff, but if someone already has something that would be useful, it saves me from reinventing the wheel!?

    A big focus for our school next year will be Google Apps. I was wondering if anyone has some kind of step system that shows the integration of Google into their school systems and teacher familiarity with it in particular...?? It could be something like Level 1- is able to log in and access their google account. Level 2 - create thier own google docs and understand how to share with others. Level 3 etc etc....

    Thanks - Kate

  • Kate Ericksen 04 Nov 2012 7:00pm () in The e-Learning Planning Framework - how and why to use it | NAPP Kōrero 16

    Hi there,

    We have been looking at the eLPF the last 2 weeks at my school - first in a leadership team meeting, where we pretty much decided we were emerging in all the rubric cells, apart from the technology infrastructure, which has been our focus this year. Unfortunately in my school we are still struggling with teachers ability to access the internet due to awful wireless issues. We did get UFB earlier in the year, but we only have limited number of computers available in the classrooms and most are in 2 COWs. Usually when you talk about computers and ICT there is vehemence and frustration expressed by staff, as to their access to the machines, so I was wondering how they would view a discussion on the eLPF.

    I was pleasantly surprised by the level of support and interest that staff fed back after going through the framework. Different groups looked at the different pages and then very breifly fed back to the whole staff the level they had decided we were at. We then focused more in depth on the Teaching and Learning area and had some good discussions with the staff. 

    What came out from this, was that the staff wanted a page put in thier appraisals to show where they were currently and to give them goals to head towards for next year, amongst one of the points brought up. They also expressed an interest to have this as our schoolwide focus for next year, which was really positive. I think we will be able to pull it off.

    All of them said they want more PD, but this year, since the focus has been on maths, they just don't feel like they are able to go to 2 PD sessions a week (one on maths, one with ICT) which were being offered. We looked at how the initial focus tends to be on the technologies and as the school progresses, it moves more towards curriculum focus, and especially we discussed the importance on focusing on the needs of the students.

    This now leads me to ask a question of our community. When I went to a PD workshop earlier this year, they were saying how we should come up with a ladder of IT competencies for staff, so that they could identify where they currently sit and then look at the next step on the ladder. I have been able to find ladders for ICT progressions for students, but nothing really for teachers on the internet. A big focus for our school next year will be Google Apps. I was wondering if anyone has some kind of step system that shows the integration of Google into their school systems and teacher familiarity with it in particular...?? Aside from this, if anyone has something for staff to use in thier own appraisal and development, I would be very grateful.

    Thanks - Kate

Kate Ericksen

I am currently a technology teacher working in Motueka at a centre called MoTEC,which is hosted at Parklands School.