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The e-Learning Planning Framework - how and why to use it | NAPP Kōrero 16

Started by Karen Spencer 31 Jul 2012 9:14pm () Replies (309)

NAPP logoHaere mai to all NAPP akonga! Welcome to the Enabling e-Learning: Leadership group, and to this kōrero, exploring how we might use the e-Learning Planning Framework to help our schools develop future-focused learning for a digital world. On behalf of the Blended e-Learning team and our wider community, I hope you'll enjoy rich discussion over the coming weeks.Laughing

 How do you know what your school needs, in terms of using ICTs for effective learning? Where do you start to plan?

The e-Learning Planning Framework (English-medium), developed by Te Toi Tupu on behalf of the Ministry of Education, offers a roadmap to

  • support schools to review where they are, 
  • prioritise where they might go next, and 
  • plan the steps to get there.

The framework is supported by examples and resources for leaders and teachers, not least of which is the Enabling e-Learning hub on TKI and the VLN.  Have a look at this video below that unpacks the key ideas, and browse the links above.

What aspects of the framework look useful for your school - and why? How might you use it for planning?


  • Jim Peters (View all users posts) 06 Nov 2012 9:06am ()

    Todd.... if you like, I can post the e-learning plan on My Portfolio. Just email it to me.

  • peter rowlands (View all users posts) 07 Nov 2012 11:42am ()

    My school is just about to implement a BYOD device policy for next year. It is interesting to see where we are on the journey and where we hope to get to. The eLPF is great for helping the process. Easy to see where we are on the five strands. Its also fascinating how we can be so far advanced in some areas and only starting to emerge in others! I agree with others that its getting some staff to see its relevance and usefulness that is really important for buy in. There will always be some who refuse to come on board initially but there were those who refused to believe the calculator was here for good and stuck with log books!

    We are also hopeful that it will free up computer rooms but i suspect that every student bringing them in is unlikely as we have not gone down the you will bring them in route but have made it accessible/encouraged




  • Keith Scroggins (View all users posts) 07 Nov 2012 7:00pm ()

    Hi Peter

    I think your right in encouraging the bringing of BYOD rather than demanding it happen as there always going to be those that are unable to because of various factors. There would be a limit to what a school could supply if it was expected that every student have a device.

    The possibilities are endless in the digital age and maybe the Ministry need to be more proactive in making funding available for schools to get on board with wireless technology. Our school was quoted some ridiculous amounts to have managed wireless systems which appears to be needed to avoid conflict situations with the technology.

  • Paul Konia (View all users posts) 10 Nov 2012 10:40am ()

    Kia ora Keith - I agree with you (and Peter) about encouraging the BYOD rather than 'demanding' it. (In my experience, you tell students 'not' to bring stuff to school...they bring it?! You tell students 'to bring' stuff to school....they don't?!). However, even in such a low decile school such as ours, I would have to say 90-95% have a cell phone and 95-99% have a facebook page!

    So it is as you put it 'the possibilities are endless in the digital age'. The Ministry will certainly have to help 'fund' such possiblities. We have come to grips with the 'wireless' regime in our school environment but its having the right equipment, broad band speed and enough 'Techies' or 'experts' in the workplace to deal with technical problems and support staff with on-going 'new' technology (like myself of course!?!).

  • Anna Nicholls (View all users posts) 08 Nov 2012 11:49am ()

    I think BYOD is great!  I’ve been thinking about the arrow on the first page of the document where it indicates the shift from technology driving decisions to curriculum learning needs driving decisions.  This resonated in me as over a year ago I received an ipad for personal use and use in the classroom.  As I get to the end of another teaching year I can see how much it has changed how I teach.  The technology allowed me to gather much more data on my students through use of polls and interactive software such as Socrative used with the students own devices, but it also enabled me to monitor their progress much more frequently and effectively particular through the use of google docs.  The students would meet me around school and I would be asked if I had checked their google doc, with ipad in hand I could go to it immediately and give instant feedback.  And in those down times, such as the 10 mins before a meeting started I was able to quickly bring up work, see who had had recent activity on their written tasks and provide feedback.  It was only when I had this technology that I realised how much more effective I could be as a teacher in meeting learning needs.

  • Jim Peters (View all users posts) 07 Nov 2012 3:56pm ()

    You have clearly identified the big challenge for the leaders in your school, Peter. Are you up for it?

  • Shane Morrow (View all users posts) 07 Nov 2012 4:30pm ()

    Kia ora koutou,

    It was great to "attend" the webinar last week and learn how others are using the ELPF and to also read thee posts.

    It's been a great document in our school as a number of ICT infrastructure developments have occured this year (SNUPS and wireless, and an eLearning class ntroduced in Year 9) we have also had e-Learning as a PD focus and many areas of the school have created and developed blended learning experiences for their students as part of their Teaching as Inquiry projects for the year. Moodle has proved a great platform for this.

    The ELPF was a great resource for our ICT committee to look at earlier in the year. I had the task of introducing and explaining it.  We were able to work through it and establish where we were "at" and discuss how diverse our school was in terms of skill levels and access to resources in this area. It also helped clarify for the group that we needed to look first at the learning outcomes we wanted - much time and effort had previously distracted by whizzy "stuff". It was vital we went back to focus on learning and then figure out the pathways we needed to get there. It has been great to hear from the inquiry project presentations that teachers have now clearly identified the learning they want to happen and then the resources and infrastructure they'll need to deliver it.

    I am delighted that our school now has a Strategic Plan for ICT that this team has worked on, we've made links with outside agencies to support us and we've got BOT approval.

    I notice many people say the ELPF was timely - I do agree with a previouse comment that it's timely at any stage of a school's development.

  • denis pyatt (View all users posts) 08 Nov 2012 2:12pm ()

    wow! well done Shane. Your summary of progress at Riccarton would seem to be a "model" of how to meaningfully use ICT in a school. Your comment about not being distracted by the "whizzy stuff" will resonate with many of us. I'm sure mambers of our PLG will be interested in the methods you used to spread an inquiry culture throughout the school

  • Donna-Maree McDonald (View all users posts) 07 Nov 2012 5:27pm ()

    I really enjoyed the webinar last week...nothing like sitting in the sun chilling out and soaking up all the rich chat.  It was interestng to see the diversity in where schools rated themselves for e-learning capabilities.  The school I am currently working in I would rate highly with a sound strategic plan and infrastructure to keep the e-learning moving along - however it made me wonder how things would change if there was a change in staff???, and are we really only as solid as we think because we have a stable group that have a shared vision at the moment??? 

    I also could really see how the planning framework would assist me if and when I am leading my own school...another reason that MyPortfolio is so great - I can load all my thoughts etc for future reference.

  • Keith Scroggins (View all users posts) 07 Nov 2012 6:51pm ()

    I think the ELPF is a valuable tool and can provide valuable insight into exactly how the school is geared for e learning. I am thinking in relationship to my school where we have the usual staff who are capable and knowledgeable down to those who struggle with a mouse. I think it is vital to establish where we are and will be looking at using this tool to ascertain the needs of the school in the near future. I heard a comment last week at an   e-learning workshop where the speaker used the phrase " don't waste your time watering the rocks in the garden water the blooms instead". Those staff who are reluctant to change or put up barriers are the rocks in the garden - they will always be rocks and rocks don't grow. Go with those who are willing to try new technologies but start small. In our case the focus needs to be on going wireless also but making sure the infrastructure is there to accomodate the more users this would encourage. Also if wireless printing is occuring there needs to be a good managed system in place. I like the idea of bring your own devices  but in our case I think purchasing or leasing i pads and trialling with one class over a year/ term is the way to go. I think if you have them on a book out basis (cow) there would not be enough quality usage. We are a low decile school and wonder what issues would arise if we introduced "bring your own" devices. Thinking mainly of those that have and those that haven't.  

  • Kim Blackwood (View all users posts) 08 Nov 2012 12:40pm ()

    Hi Keith, i too understand your point about knowing your staff capabilities, as it's just as important to keep your knowledgeable ones motivated, as well as working with the 'strugglers'.  Using your knowledgeable ones as 'Champions ' has been successful for us.  I like your phase about 'watering the garden', however i wonder if long term your rocks will need to shift with the times and become 21st Century learners themselves.

    Cheers & Good luck with your wireless journey Cool

  • robyn grover (View all users posts) 07 Nov 2012 8:49pm ()

    What a fantastic resource! I will be following Karen's advice and using the e-learning plan as apart of an inquiry cycle, beginning with th all important evidence...how is the technology actually used around the school. I am particulary interested in how the tools we have are used collaboratively. We have IWBs that would be fantastic to use in this way, however at this stage our knowledge of how the students could work on the IWB is limited-still at the early stage of teachers predominately using the IWBs.

    As already mentioned by many the e-learning plan provides a great platform for actually moving our strategic goals for e-learning forward.  Thanks!

  • Betty Andersen (View all users posts) 08 Nov 2012 9:07am ()
    Yes I agree with many that have posted that the eLPF has been timely!
    I was encouraged at the NAPP Hui when it was presented to us by Derek W and have used it in our school's ICT Strategic plan.
    We have an ICT specialist teacher and a curriculum team and our specialist has been working on the strategy implementation.
    The framework has allowed us to analyse where we are as an organisation and what parts of our school need assistance with PD and procurement of tools.
    We decided this year to release him from teaching specifically graphics and see how he can assist the classroom teachers with integrating the technologies so they can be empowered and prof developed in their environments. 
    We also did a stock take of what we have and what we need to add to the fleet.
    We definitely agree that infrastructure and school wide and individual professional development is a major area of attention and we can add all the bells and whistles in terms of devices but if we dont have infrastructure and PD plan sorted, their will be resistent staff and white elephant resources.
    Since the implementation of the framework we have an idea of who needs what training and where we need to resource next or find the funding.
    Our specialist teacher is so invaluable as he sees the need and offers afterschool seminars that are not compulsory and staff select in to the topics he offers. These sessions count towards their PD and we have seen a marked up take on the usage of gear, less problems reported about skills based attainment and suggeston from teachers for more tools to resource.
    We are working closely with our eLPF plan and it is now considered and integrated with the other parts of our annual school professional development plan.
    A grateful recipient!

  • Michelle Morriss (View all users posts) 08 Nov 2012 11:49am ()

    The eLPF has been an excellent tool to help us measure our elearning capability.We have worked our way through the five different dimensions to work out our next steps on our journey. We realise we have a mixture of capabilities at our school so planning ahead, we realise we need differentiation.Some of our leaders have been trialling elearning initatives and these people will be our mentors for 2013. Elearning has been part of our strategic plan and this will continue to be.

    This year there has been an emphasis on elearning being a way to collaborate with others. e.g year 8 's at our school are in a group to design their perfect house using google sketch-up. Once the houses are finshes they will be put on a virtual street, embedded into the class blogg and parents will be able to vote which one is the best ( just like 'The Block' on TV)


  • Geoff Childs (View all users posts) 08 Nov 2012 1:58pm ()

    I like the analogy Michelle. It is great to see so many schools taking advantage of the resource and I guess this is another example of how e-resources can save time and money for schools. Imagine if each school had to try and develop their own set of matrices in isolation.

    I also think the shared discussions can help individuals and schools come to better decisions about where they are at, where they would like to be and strategies for closing the gap that have fewer unintended negative outcomes than if they had just gone ahead without the collaboration reflected here.

  • Jonathan Hughes (View all users posts) 08 Nov 2012 12:04pm ()

    We are just reflecting on where we are heading with ICT. I feel it is really important that the pedagogy that underpins the use of ICT is sound and is embedded  into your curriculum. In terms of use of ICT we have trialled 1 to1 devices over the past term so we are ready to hit the ground running in 2013.

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