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  • Greg Lees 30 Oct 2014 10:04am () in 2014: Principals’ Leadership applied to strategic planning for the integration of technologies across the school community | NAPP Kōrero 14

    A great post Connie and Mike, especially linking the school's strategic plan to all e-learning and digital technology goals. Impulsive purchasing of expensive classroom technology is something I did some research on last year after our school went out and bulk-bought iPads. I observed how quickly they became rewards for children who had completed class tasks, rather than a tool to assist in actually completing that task. The purchase needs to meet the needs of the students in the school (in your case above the practicality of chromebooks seems absurd), and staff need to be well equipped in utilising the device for actual teaching and learning.


    Despite staff having good personal IT skills and knowing their way around an iPad (or macbooks for that matter) they hadn't seen enough of their use in classrooms. The 'go-to' apps that all devices were initially equipped with were based around games. Of course, student engagement increased, but raising student achievement required the digital technology use to be embedded into our everyday practice. This led to a review of the apps, and some staff professional development around meaningful use of the iPads and examples of children using apps for research, presentation or time management.

    Consideration of student achievement with IT expenditure and implementation is critical. It is easy to fulfil a common misconception among some parent groups in the community that simply having the devices is a sign of quality teaching and learning in digital technology. 

    Schools are increasingly aware of this issue and the e-Learning Framework is a wonderful resource. Having a mapped out pathway makes school/board decision-making around IT easier with a 'next step' for a future focus. I too, love the links to research and enjoy embracing a range of devices as we open up to a BYOD culture in our school.

  • Greg Lees 09 Oct 2014 4:35pm () in 2014: Principals’ Leadership applied to strategic planning for the integration of technologies across the school community | NAPP Kōrero 14

    Some interesting and supportive posts on this korero. I think we all agree this is a wonderful resource and a great tool for self-review of use of modern technology in the classroom. I love how there is a consistent theme of 'weaving' the use of technology to support curriculum for both teachers and learners. Like everything new, there is some reluctance about change and we are currently experienceing this with our staff as we establish a google domain for our school. I think I have the required material for next week's staff meeting! Having a tool to evaluate where we are at currently and where we are headed is great.

    However, perhaps most importantly for some of the nay-sayers or those resistant to changing from the traditional teaching methods to future-focused pedagogy are the links to 'research and readings'.

    'The potential of new technologies to transform teaching and learning is heavily dependent on educators’ abilities to see the affordances and capacities of ICT in relation to the underpinning themes for learning for the 21st century.' (Supporting future-oriented learning and teaching – a New Zealand perspective)