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Network for Learning RFP and School Infrastructure Survey

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Started by Karen Spencer 10 May 2012 9:28am () Replies (5)

Two new announcements related to the Network for Learning and the School ICT Infrastructure survey on Enabling e-Learning this week:

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  • Tim Kong (View all users posts) 10 May 2012 9:57am ()

    Yep.  We're caught in a constant loop.

    A metaphor for the NfL perhaps?  Wink

    Tim

  • Karen Spencer (View all users posts) 10 May 2012 10:44am ()

    Apologies, folks - the cut'n'paste gremlins were at work there.... (and smiles to Tim for his cheeky comment;-). Links now fixed.

  • Tim Kong (View all users posts) 10 May 2012 11:03am ()

    Hey Karen,

    All good.

    I'm still not sure what problem or issue in our education system the NfL is meant to address. The RFP is broad and somewhat nebulous. It appears to be loaded towards hardware providers, infrastructure experts and digital materials publishers.

    It's a lot of money to hand out to folk who have a vested interest in their product, in a process that by and large ignores the folk in schools and learning environments that will be using these products.

    It's not led by curriculum needs or design, so far as I can tell, and it ignores the current reality that 2500-odd schools are entitled to do what's best for their community.  It's a centralised model of provision that's meant to be overlaid onto a de-centralised model of delivery.

    An equivalent would be telling all schools they must use a particular brand of IWB to deliver learning outcomes. And rolling out the IWBs nationwide without PD or considered conversation, and expecting all teachers to learn this software, to ensure their teaching was at a certain level, and then assuming student outcomes would rise accordingly.

    We wouldn't allow that would we?

    What if the NfL's products and provision is below what a school believes is best for their needs?

    Unless this govt is going to tell all schools that they must use the NfL - which is a distinct possibility - I, at this stage, can't see the NfL making any sustainable long term difference to schools practises.

  • Karen Spencer (View all users posts) 14 May 2012 11:51am ()

    If you have a couple of minutes to spare, you might like to listen to this short piece, featured on Radio NZ National today (14 May 2012).

    >>> Ministry seeks unlimited internet access for schools (2' 44")

    "New Zealand school children will have unlimited internet access under a new deal the government is trying to negotiate..." It includes an interview with a member of our community, Charles Newton. [From Morning Report on 14 May, 2012]

    Download: Ogg Vorbis  MP3 | Embed

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