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  • Howard Pinder 24 Oct 2014 12:48pm () in korero 14 principals taking an active role in their school's strategic planning

    Senior Leaders tend to be less inclined to be at the forefront of PD. They can be too busy running the school. However if as a school we are serious about implementing change, the Senior Leaders must roll model and at least be a part of the change rather than an observer.

    Less experienced staff need guidance and having Senior Leaders take a leadership role in the planning and vision for PD sends a clear message that this particular strategy is important and valued.

  • Howard Pinder 21 Sep 2014 12:38pm () in 2014: Principals’ Leadership applied to strategic planning for the integration of technologies across the school community | NAPP Kōrero 14

    I like the previous post and can only reiterate some of the points made. Over the last few years teachers have been bombarded with new initiatives and school leaders are aware of this. I think in light of this, there is a feeling that any change has to be carefully thought out and well planned or else it will not be adopted. Not everyone will jump on board with e-learning but if teachers are shown how e-learning can have a positive impact on student achievement rather than just student engagement, then it has a much better chance of succeeding.

    I do not know many principals that would claim to be the school expert on e-learning but there are plenty of staff who have expertise in this area and would be happy to be part of the e-learning leadership group and to be ‘early adopters’. I suspect that they have been doing this in their classes for a while already.

    Observing best practice is vital so visiting ‘like’ schools and asking the difficult questions, such as where is your data that proves e-learning enhances student outcomes?, would be a good place to start. PLD is another important factor. To me I need to know what direction my school is heading in when a new initiative is put in place so linking e-learning in with the strategic plan and school vision is important.

    The big picture stuff is important but listening to what other schools have done, the devil is in the detail.   

  • Howard Pinder 10 Jun 2014 8:59am () in MLEs: Learning spaces and resourcing | NAPP Kōrero 6

    I have enjoyed reading this thread so far. As someone from a very traditional school, I was interested to see if schools were getting into the latest fad or genuinely implementing MLE’s because they believed MLE’s have a positive effect on student achievement. I have read lots of posts and tried to summarise these to get my head around MLE’s….

    As was previously stated “Students appear to be more engaged in MLE's especially when devices are being used, however what I am interested in is knowing if this type of learning raises student achievement?”  

    But it is pleasing to see that the Who, How and What are being investigated and it is also good to see what preparation is being put in place;  Research, visiting existing MLE's, educating the community, listening to student voice and trialing are all essential before delving into MLE’s.


    I liked the idea of “starting with BYOD and creating networked learners by prioritising those areas of the school that show good practise and are keen to champion the new direction. These early adopters could then lead PLGs and share their good practise to the rest of the staff while the building catches up.” Also it was interesting to note that there is the potential, as we all rush to convert our corridors into 'learning streets' and our libraries into 'MLEs', that the teaching in these wonderful spaces will continue to be 'single cell'. The message is clear “change their pedagogy before you change their furniture.” What we won't do is rush in spending money to "look" like we have a modern learning environment, before the thinking is there.