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  • Wrong Account 20 May 2015 6:28pm () in Deleting my profile

    How do I delete my profile from the VLN? I have another account and was just using this user to try things,but now because I used my email to set up this account,I can't change my other account to use this email address.

  • Wrong Account 20 May 2015 4:57pm () in Resourcing how and why of e-Learning | NAPP Kōrero 6 2015

    Kia ora All,

    I find the korero around eLearning quite fascinating as it is so multi-facted. I just thought I'd share some of my own whakaaro.

    Cheryl Doig spoke, (not in these words), in a video post I watched  defining eLearning being about using ICT as a TOOL to enhance teaching and learning programmes and subsequently student outcomes. The word TOOL is the key component for me. Too often do I see teachers using ICT's as a babysitting service to allow the them to focus on other aspects of what is a very busy and challenging profession. While we are living in the digital era and our students are digital natives, I believe that it is essential to acknowledge that there is most definitely a place for high quality teaching to occur on a regular and continued basis. This does not mean that the teacher is the bearer of all knowledge and needs to stand an impart content, but high quality instructional Literacy and Numeracy programmes will ALWAYS have a place in modern classrooms. Does this mean that the teacher becomes more of a facilitator of learning (maybe) but never underestimate the power of a good narrative and the strong impact of a good story. We need to ask ourselves, what is the purpose/vision for introducing eLearning into our organisation? Where is the evidence that eLearning is the best approach for our context? How do we know that this approach will raise achievement for our students (in our context?) What actions will be put in place as we infuse eLearning? How are the students and parents involved in the process? What are the strategic intentions? Where do we start? How do we measure success? etc etc - I suppose what I am inferring, is that it is easy as a school (particularly if finances are available) to try and keep up with the 'jones', but if eLearning is not approached in a pragmatic and measured way, then are we just setting ourselves and and students up to fail? There isn't really any debate that school's need to move with the times and more accurately catch-up and get ahead, but it does takes a village to raise a child, so ensuring that this is approached as a team and is not reliant on the skills or expertise of a couple of key staff is an important aspect of setting up sustainable success. So how do we resource eLaerning most effectively? Start small, do it well and build on that - "Hurry up and slow down" sort of sums it up!

  • Wrong Account 05 May 2015 2:18pm () in MLEs: That’s just a classroom with a beanbag isn’t it?

    I think that one of the most important factors to take into consideration when exploring resourcing of MLEs is to remember that buildings are still buildings and people and still people. What is required in order for MLE's to be established and run effectively to help ensure learning outcomes for students and teachers is a shift in teacher paradigm. I am currently employed at a school built in 2011 with a strong vision for maximising what MLEs have to offer as well as a focus on teaching and learning as inquiry. I have seen first hand these spaces work both exceptionally well and extremely poorly. The number one key aspect for success was the collaboration of the staff working within each space. Collective ownership of all aspects. The buildings are just enablers to help enhance learning. If teachers are not prepared for their practice to be on 'show' and not be precious about their areas for development, then they need to start thinking about whether or not working in future focussed school settings is for them. They don't have to have it sorted right now, but it is essential that they are open to their practice and thinking being challenged in a constructive way. In an MLE, that is enriched with IT, it is also essential to educate our parents as well as our students. Parents expect school to be the way it was, with a focus on Reading, Writing and Maths. Parents need to be part of the journey, so they too can see the value in why we are aiming to educate the way we do....getting parents in to see these spaces functioning  during the school day helps them develop a concrete understanding of how catering for individual learning styles and developing personalised learning programmes should and in most cases does lead to better outcomes for their children. As for the students, they are the most flexible of all. They adapt to change fast and as long as teachers are genuinely open to hearing student voice and developing a model of shared ownership of both the learning and the space, in my experience the shift from a traditional setting to an MLE is quite an east transition for most.