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  • Angela Scott 03 Nov 2015 2:49pm () in Sustainable Strategies: Integrating e-learning, leadership inquiry and classroom practice | Kōrero 14 2015

    Hi Judith,
    I too have just been working through the profess of eLPF with our ICT development team. We identified a need to ensure that our parents have an understanding of our thinking about how ICT tools can be used to support their child's learning, so sent a survey out asking about the responses for a parent info night and what areas they would like support in. We then went ahead and organised and presented an evening based on their identified needs. My hope in doing this is that we would get a great attendance hit rate, but unfortunately this did not happen! We got about 40-50 parents in who went to the workshops that interested them. The 'big hitters' were cyber safety, apps in the HBs, our coding club and BYOD for Y4 students (added in especially for our Y3 parents who are moving into BYOD next year). 
    Our children were involved in running many of these sessions which was also a good drawcard for some parents. 
    In regards to your thinking about PD - so true! We are really lucky to have amazing teachers who are super keen to attend PD, however it is being able to then transfer this new learning into the HB programme that makes a real difference to our learners. If you are an 'apple school', I highly recommend seeing if Stuart Hale can come and work with your staff. He is amazing! Not only will he run staff workshops, but he also works in the classes with the students, modelling to the teachers what they can do on devices and how to extend their thinking. If you can work with other schools in your cluster and get him down for a few days, it would be well worth it!  

    As Frances Valentine from MindLab says " These are active learners familiar with inquiry-based practice, who have learnt to pivot seamlessly between devices and across different platforms while they deep dive into subject areas that are delivered online, offline and in immersive learning environments.  This generation of the disruptive learner who will bring their experience of collaboration, openness and digital literacy to the classroom. They are redefining, modifying and augmenting the learning process and bringing a technical confidence to the classroom"

    This makes it even more important for us as teachers and leaders to 'keep up'. This doesn't have to mean being able to do everything the children can, BUT being able to facilitate their exploration into using devices and apps to support their learning... something I am passionate about! Making sure that when children have a device in their hands it is not learning an app they are focusing on, rather it is choosing the best app to use to support their learning, making informed decisions about the best tool for the job. This takes away the need for just one platform too, if schools go down the BYOD route. I love the power and ownership this gives to the learner!

     

  • Angela Scott 14 May 2015 3:02pm () in Resourcing how and why of e-Learning | NAPP Kōrero 6 2015

     

    • Why do New Zealand Schools need to resource “widely and wisely in growing e-learning capacities”?

    • How do principals lead “resourcing widely and wisely in growing e-learning capacities”?

    I really like the use of the term widely and wisely in growing e-learning capacities as I think it is important to have depth of thinking behind what we are doing and why. e-Learning is changing at such a rate that what children are doing today will be vastly different to what the can do in the future, if we lead the learning in a way that best supports this. At our school we are using GAFE from year 4-8 with our students having their own gmail accounts. They are able to collaborate in Google Docs and share their learning at home with their friends and families. We use Hapara Teacher Dashboard to monitor, comment on and feed forward to our students. We also share on blogs and weeblies as another option for parent feedback and interaction with the learning. 

    We have BYOD at Clearview for year 4-8 students and are just in the process of delving deeper to promote higher order use of these as a learning tool through using the SAMR model. Our BYOD / ICT strategic development team are off to a couple of PD opportunities to broaden our understanding of the options available to ensure that we make the best use of these tools to support and transform student learning. As a school it is our job to ensure that no student is disadvantaged, so BYOD is an invitation, not a requirement. We have encouraged families to choose the best tool to send along with their children, and still have a variety of devices available her at school so no child will be disadvantaged. We are in the process of setting up sessions for our parents to help their understanding of how we use BYOD, how to set up iPads (if that is their chosen device) and what they can do at home to monitor and share in their child's learning. We see this as an important part of growing e-learning capacities too. 

    We also have morning tech sessions every couple of weeks for teachers to opt into to meet their emerging needs. Designed to support teachers on a 'just in time' basis, these workshops are offered by staff members from the BYOD / ICT strategy team and teachers opt into those that suit their emerging needs. By offering these workshops we know that they are targeting teacher needs, and that they are getting the support needed to be able to dabble with these tools in their learning spaces. 

    As a principal, it is important to be up to date with what is happening. Reading resources such as Interface, Ed Gazette and Leadership & PD subscriptions gives us a snapshot of what others are using and trialing and an opportunity to delve deeper. Investing in ICT is important, but investing TIME for teachers to be able to play is more important! Having the opportunity to learn alongside the students is valuable, but can be scary for some, so providing some basic '101' skills to enable the tools to be used more frequently and with more confidence is vital. There is no point having the tools if they are sitting in a cupboard not being used.

    I also really liked the 'start with the end in mind'... knowing where you want to be heading and the steps to go to get there makes the pathway and purpose transparent to all. By collaborating in this vision and inviting people to trial new initiatives we get the buy in, then enthusiasm and the sustainability of what is a really exciting time in education.