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  • Mark Tan 05 Sep 2013 9:03pm () in 2013: Leadership and strategic planning for e-learning | NAPP Kōrero 14

    I'll second that!  Having an understanding of where it is all heading is key . . . I've seen a number of schools attempt to upgrade to the latest 'fad' or the newest tech out with no clear plan, understanding or strategic goal.  This has resulted in piles of technology being stored in the back of classrooms and in resource rooms.  Sadly, without a plan it will fail.  We are in an exciting and new era with BYOD and the like - the key question here is where are we going and why? 

  • Mark Tan 05 Sep 2013 9:00pm () in 2013: Leadership and strategic planning for e-learning | NAPP Kōrero 14

    I think that Marcel has hit the nail on the head as such with reference to getting everyone on board.  Change is challenge but it is also opportunity.  My observations increasingly tell me that one of the key roles in Principalship is the managing of staff as the professional leader - that is, motivating, inspiring, leading, modelling, experimenting, sharing, etc. so as to develop a specific culture within the staff.  Applying such to IT is vital.  The Principal is the key person to 'drive' this (although this can be delegated but must be seen to be 100% supported) so as to see if utilised successfully and therefore sustained in its use and development (through PD, tech upgrades, etc.).  As Marcel noted, having a vested interest and supporting it publicly goes a long, long way . . . as does the opposite!

     

  • Mark Tan 25 May 2013 2:14pm () in Growing leadership of e-learning | NAPP Kōrero 6 - Resourcing

    Hi Xanthe,

    Great to hear that you're utilising IT in your internal assessments.  Loved the reference to geek - that term is almost retricted to us oldies now as all kids are so IT savvy they could all be called geeks!  Cool

    I agree that these generations coming through will almost force our hand to change the way we work, operate and assess.  I'm particularly interested in the work being done on the externals with regards to IT - when will it happen, how can it happen, etc.  Great read on your link too - appreciate IT!

  • Mark Tan 25 May 2013 1:20pm () in Growing leadership of e-learning | NAPP Kōrero 6 - Resourcing

    At what point will leadership be shown by the MoE with regards to allowing e-learning technologies that are so often pursued at the primary level to be applied in the NCEA formal assessment process?  It would appear that pen and paper continue to rule in that domain