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  • MariaR 12 Nov 2013 7:48pm () in 2013: Leadership and strategic planning for e-learning | NAPP Kōrero 14

    I have read these posts with much interest as our school will develop an e-learning  strategic plan next year .  We have not worked as a staff on an e-learning vision despite investment in a number of e learning tools.  Many teachers think we are doing ie-learning because the students use powerpoint and Kidrex.  In fact our school was doing the traditional teaching practice albeit on laptops.  Over the last two years our principal has observed and nurtured teacher engagement with the 'new technology'.  She is a pedagogic leader and has engaged senior leaders to take the next step to support our learners maximise learning through e-learning.  She started with  a staff meeting about Evernote and encourages us to use it.  

    Since becoming a NAPP learner, I have marvelled at the innovations in teacher practice to use elearning tools.  This year, I joined the e-literacy group and watched Jill Hammond take PD for writing.  Wow!  I watched the clip so many times before I used the techniques in my room.  Actually I sounded like a Jill Hammond clone and the writing engagement soared.  The boys were reluctant writers and when I took the session, the BOYS arrived at 8am to get on the laptops to write.  They wanted me to be part of the group and enthusiatically wrote and giggled with an occasional 'Eo, did you do that'.  

    I introduced this to the senior team too and invited the RTLB to take a session too.  Our principal brought in a trainer for microsoft and each teacher was released to learn how to better use microsoft.  They were hooked and using strategies they learnt in their practice.  We had so much fun because we worked in small groups, we could set our learning pace and giggled when we did something new .  When I looked at my colleagues, I saw the strength of all of us as teachers, because we acknowledged that we too are learners.  We do the same as our learners in class; we chat to our neighbour to learn, we laugh together, we have a go and make mistakes and then pick ourselves up and have another go and we giggle because we enjoy learning.  Isn't this what learning is about and its e-learning!

  • MariaR 08 Sep 2013 8:24am () in BYOD Pedagogy | An Enabling e-Learning event

    Anjela, I was enthralled with your response to Dr Rata's article and read the article with a little agreement  to some things and a fair measure of critique too.  First, Dr Rata asserts, " teachers who are knowledgeable in the subjects they teach and knowledgeable in how to teach that content…love their subjects."  She then goes on to claim that  "Good teachers are knowledgeable teachers" and this smacks of banking knowledge. She adds that  I co-inquire with my students", "I learn from them", "we construct knowledge together" does not deserve that status" (she refers to teachers) This shows Rata's naivety.  Yes, we as teachers co-inquire in terms of supporting students in the process to acquire skills to construct knowledge and this is good teacher.  We also learn from our learners to know what they know and how they construct their knowledge thus next steps.  Ako sums this up because inherent in this concept is that  the good teacher is also a good learner.  Dr Rata advocates that knowledge experts reside in public universities and then shoots herself in the foot with " knowledge must go through rigorous and ongoing testing" Isn't this what we support our learners to do albeit in a classroom?  Finally, the "motivating disaffected pupils." is a curious term that possibly means that good pupils are affected and disaffected (rebellious) means schools must affect them by telling the truth so I ask "Whose truth?"  

  • MariaR 09 Jun 2013 2:53pm () in Growing leadership of e-learning | NAPP Kōrero 6 - Resourcing

    I have followed the thread of korero with much interest and time to reflect is a daily reality at school..  I watch students engage in e-learning with wonder and discovery of new information.  Last week a Year 4 was in awe as he 'versed' someone overseas in Maths.  At the classroom level I notice teachers engage in e-learning tools with a measure of trepidation yet the same awe as students.  Yes, I agree that principals supprt a collective vision but first we must look at what teachers and students are doing in the school.

    Dr Cheryl Doig noted, "Why use powerful tools to do traditional things..." In our school a number of us do this with a feigned belief that we are doing e-learning.  Our former E Learning leader visited a number of Auckland schools to 'see' what others were doing.  She was amazed that interactive boards were used as replacement whiteboards.  I think we need to look at what is used, how it is used and then have a discussion or number of discussions that lead to a school vision as articulated in korero about this topic.  I am keen to know how others have 'profiled' their e-learning before starting along the pathway to create a school vision.