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  • Ian Smith 13 Nov 2013 9:41am () in 2013: Leadership and strategic planning for e-learning | NAPP Kōrero 14

    I wonder to what extent 'culture shift' is constrained by the old structures? I think Jim that the real constraints are the thinking that education is a process that you go through to get yourself to a point whereby you have achieved. In a recent seminar I attended by Max Graves he stated the ministry's intention for Level 2 to become the bencghmark for all New Zealand students. Therefore, the thinking is still a top down model and that learning needs to support students to be able achieve this goal. Is this really the goal of students to achieve Level 2? ( It was this thinking I was jugghling with when I came across my Hitler quote) Or is this a socially contrived goalpost to be able to say that we get value for money from our education system. I think that we need to change the way we think by turning it on its head, secondary school builds upon the foundations laid during the early years of learning. If a student does not achieve Level 2 by the time they leave school will they have failed?

  • Ian Smith 12 Nov 2013 9:36pm () in 2013: Leadership and strategic planning for e-learning | NAPP Kōrero 14

    If a school is to embrace true e-learning and move from "substitution" stage then it needs to be prepared to make serious changes to the structures that operate in schools. Resourcing will change, no longer will  budgets be decided by subjects but a far more collaborated approach is needed. This is easier to achieve in the primary and intermediate sector. However as you point out this sort of change is a "cultural shift" in secondary schools. Some schols are now adopting a more business like approach to the funding of IT for e learning and as you point out the landscape for  e learning is constantly shifting. Many business's will off set 20% of their total operating budget to cover their spend and development of IT and this is being adopted by schools.If a school moves to this sort it leads to a more collaborative approach to learning but the principal and all SLT have to be the leaders in this cultural change.

  • Ian Smith 07 Nov 2013 10:55am () in 2013: Leadership and strategic planning for e-learning | NAPP Kōrero 14

    Deprisation of the classroom, Modern open learning environments and open classrooms are all extremely successful at the primary, junior and intermediate sector of education. I read your post Melanie and two thoughts crossed my mind. How would this work with all the "soccer mums" of the teams I coach. Sounds silly I know but it would be chaos for a teacher. There would have be a slow reveal process to the classroom so that they could gain understanding of what they were able to view, access and respond to. Many parents view education in terms of their own experience and still do not understand the changes that have taken place, for many the gathering of facts and attendance is are the two main priorities. My other thought was in a secondary school how would this work keeping in mind the pursuit for many is NCEA achievement.