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What are the plans for e-learning in your school in 2012?

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Started by Tessa Gray 01 Feb 2012 10:40am () Replies (9)

Welcome back to a new school year. Just wondering how everyone is launching the new year with e-learning in mind? 

For example, anyone:

• adding flashkeys to stationary orders?

• setting up one-to-one devices or purchasing apps?

• accessing ultrafast broadband or setting up new network systems across the school?

• setting up a digital class?

• changing classroom layout and design? 

• presenting digital displays or screens in the school foyer?

• setting up management systems for organising student work eg, folders?

• setting up systems for managing digital work? For example, Teacher Dashboard for Google Apps (Hapara)?

• using digital means to collect/collate student data?

• starting e-portfolios for students? For example using MyPortfolio or blogs?

• starting digital learning journals for teachers? 

What are the plans for e-learning in your school and what decisions are driving this? We'd love to hear from you.


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  • Tessa Gray (View all users posts) 03 Feb 2012 10:48am ()

    Dave Winter has posted a useful digital resource called, XtraMath on their Connected Cluster's blog @


    There is potential here to personalise students' learning in maths at school and at home.

  • Fiona Robertson (View all users posts) 03 Feb 2012 8:07pm ()

    We have set up 3 digital classes at our school with 1-1 computers with my class being one. I have 5 year olds so having 1-1 is rather interesting and challenging. We are also looking at e-portfolios as well as finding reading and maths programs that track students achievemnet. So we have a busy challenging year ahead of us. 

  • Tessa Gray (View all users posts) 07 Feb 2012 10:19am ()

    Hi Fiona, thanks for sharing. That sounds both exciting and challenging at the same time. I have a couple of questions for you. I'm just wondering if you have had help to set these classrooms up (systems, e-portfolios)? I'm also wondering if you have had experience with 1-1 or visited other digital classrooms to gain some ideas? Also, are there any specific influences (research, theory) that's driving the way this works for you?

  • Fiona Robertson (View all users posts) 08 Feb 2012 5:42pm ()

    Hi Tessa. 

    I have to say we have not really had anyone help set up these classrooms. Over the past 3 years we have slowly added more computers to each class. We have visited some schools in our area to see what they have been doing in relation to E-learning. We have also looked at numerous class blogs and websites to see what others are doing. We are looking in to schools that have digital classes and 1-1 that we can visit. We have a lot of learning to do.

  • Tessa Gray (View all users posts) 10 Feb 2012 11:36am ()

    Hi again Fiona, visiting other people's classrooms, finding out about what decisions they've made and why, really helps to shape your own thinking. Sometimes when you can’t get 'out and about', the web has some great sources for ideas.

    I’ve found the following videos really useful when thinking about pedagogy-driven ideas for personalised, ‘user centred’ learning spaces. The idea that we can take our teaching beyond the traditional methods and focus on effective teaching and learning, through the use of e-learning tools - sometimes needs further unpacking.

    In the following video, Harvard University Professor Chris Dede talks about customising education to meet individual learning needs, some of which is echoed in CORE Education blog posts by Chrissie Butler and Warren Hall, who talk about mobile technologies (iPad and iPod touches) and their practical applications in the classroom.

    Chris Dede: Disrupting the Traditional Classroom from Education Week on Vimeo.


    After visiting different classrooms around New Zealand, Anne Keneally from St Mary's School, Mosgiel talks about student designed learning spaces and her plans for 2012.


    In this Edtalks video, Simon Breakspear (Keynote speaker at Ulearn11) talks about increased personalisation of learning enabled by smart technologies.


    Last year ICT PD Online published a newsletter which profiled a video from Derek Wenmoth talking about the personalisation of learning and how digital technologies play a big role in new ways of teaching and learning. The same newsletter has a link to a website called IMAGINATION: Creating the Future of Education and Work which encourages educators to think of new and innovative ways of teaching and learning. http://centre4.core-ed.net/382/85742

    Chrissy Butler has uploaded a great video in Video resources for PD group which looks at personalizing learning through technologies in School of one @ /pg/blog/read/187500/school-of-one-what-do-you-think

    For more conversations about 1-to-1 devices, Barbara Reid has started a group in the VLN that unpacks some thinking around BYOD = Bring your own device. This may also be a useful place to have discussions about 1-1 devices in a digital classroom.

    Tess Smile

  • Fiona Robertson (View all users posts) 10 Feb 2012 5:51pm ()

    thanks Tessa for the ideas, suggestions and help. It is very much apprecitaed.

  • Tessa Gray (View all users posts) 10 Feb 2012 12:45pm ()

    I just about forgot to mention the great discussion about Personalised Learning and Flexible Learning Spaces in the Enabling e-Learning Teaching community too Smile. Similar threads of conversation there.

  • Tessa Gray (View all users posts) 22 Feb 2012 11:19am ()

    Just happened upon an eSchool News post on, One-to-one computing programs only as effective as their teachers where studies show contributing factors in the success of one-to-one instruction through computers include:

    • adequate planning
    • stakeholder buy-in
    • strong leadership
    • effective teaching

    The last bullet point carrying the most weight as, "school laptop programs are only as effective as the teachers who apply them."

    It’s “impossible to overstate the power of individual teachers in the success or failure of 1-to-1 computing,” Bebell and Kay write. “Teachers nearly always control how and when students access and use [the] technology during the school day. In addition, teachers must make massive investments in time and effort to adapt their teaching materials and practices to make the 1-to-1 environment effective and relevant.”


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