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  • hilaryspedding 05 Nov 2014 12:50pm () in 2014: Principals’ Leadership applied to strategic planning for the integration of technologies across the school community | NAPP Kōrero 14

    I have found looking at the e-learning planning framework and the leading e-learning information and videos totally amazing and suggest that this is where Principals, staff and BOT start.  The practical advice from schools is a valuable place to start as they have experience of the good and the bad involved.  

    The most important thing that I have learnt is that ICT devices are not just a gimmick that schools need to have as part of the kit, ICT is an evolving, exciting enrichment to education that needs to be embraced, nurtured and carefully planned and weaved through our teaching and learning in order to improve student achievement.  ICT is evolving at such a rate that teachers need immediate PD support to feel comfortable using and integrating the devices into their programmes and I believe that this is not going to be achieved by set PD courses but through discussion and observation of best practice.  This is also were Principals can come in and lead the planning that integrates the e-learning planning framework with a schools' strategic plan taking particular care to plan, do and review.

  • hilaryspedding 05 Nov 2014 12:16pm () in 2014: Principals’ Leadership applied to strategic planning for the integration of technologies across the school community | NAPP Kōrero 14

    Hi Karen, I think the key to e-learnng IS having a direction and vision using the four points you mentioned.  From experience it is very difficult knowing how ICT can be used to improve achievement and be built upon across all levels without a plan.

  • hilaryspedding 12 Jun 2014 12:32pm () in MLEs: Learning spaces and resourcing | NAPP Kōrero 6

    I agree with others - this is an exciting time.  I love the idea of MLE and want to get going my big concern is that it is easy to build a new school with all the space and technology specifically designed around it but it is not so easy in a 150 year old building in rural NZ, are we going to be left behind? 

  • hilaryspedding 27 May 2014 6:21pm () in Leadership questions to reflect on......

    The role of Principal is to 'run the school' you are the CEO, you know everything that is happening, you are amoungst other things: the spokesperson, the listener, the visionary, the collaborator and influencer, the teacher and sometimes the nurse or the plumber!  

    The word 'leader' is derived from the Anglo-Saxon 'laedere' which means 'to take people on a journey'