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  • Jacky Young 06 Oct 2014 2:49pm () in 2014: Principals’ Leadership applied to strategic planning for the integration of technologies across the school community | NAPP Kōrero 14

    The e-learning Planning Framework links were hugely helpful and timely, as we are going through the early planning stages at my school, by firstly upskilling all of our staff. I have shared the links with others back at my school in the hope that it will provide some clarity.

     The associated readings helped me focus my thinking around the importance of changing our thinking around e-learning as a mindset, rather than just developing competency at using a range of technological tools. In other words, focus on the ‘why’ of e-learning, rather than just the ‘how’ or ‘what’ of e-learning.

     In order to lead e-learning do I have to be a competent and confident practitioner? Realistically, I can’t know everything, there just isn’t enough time! Instead, I tend towards being a leader with an awareness of the possibilities that these skills provide, and, more importantly, have a greater level of confidence in the ability of those I work with and lead to be able to provide the best outcomes for my students.

  • Jacky Young 25 May 2014 11:59am () in MLEs: Learning spaces and resourcing | NAPP Kōrero 6

    I liked the quote at the Hui about rolling with change before it rolls over you. However, expecting to be able to keep ahead, or even keep up with the speed of change of technology could easily become a very soul destroying activity. As a leader, you should not expect to be the expert in everything, but you should be able to be the person who develops a team of a range of people (your guiding coalition) that can develop a modern learning environment, what ever that is for your school, for your community, and fits with your culture. Take time to ask those questions of why do we want to do this, what's in it for our learners (staff and students), and how will this ensure their success.

    I agree with the general consensus from these discussion of 'Take your Time' so you take everyone with you.

    CORE's MLE matrix was very interesting reading

  • Jacky Young 18 May 2014 11:12am () in MLEs: Learning spaces and resourcing | NAPP Kōrero 6

    I think that before rushing in to include MLEs as part of a school there needs to be lots of discussion around how does it fit in to our vision and how will it benefit our learners - both staff and the students, and not to forget the school'scommunity as part of these discussions, as technology has the capacity to include whanau as part of the leaning process. MLEs can be a very financially hungry 'beast' and so there has to be a total understanding by all of its benefits, rather than just following the crowd. The term MLE seems to be gaining a negative connotation, as the next fashionable trend, and I have heard the term 'flexible learning environment', which I think better suits this change in pedagogy, and that for me better sums up what this is about.