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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?

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  • Ben Laybourn (View all users posts) 14 Nov 2012 6:50pm ()

    Current at school we have developed a plan and a process for e-learning. We have used this tool to help shape the plan and aim for a clear result in terms of e-learning . What we need to do is use this tool with the whole staff.  A lot of our planning and prep has been done by SMT and committee and that means we don’t have buy in from all the staff.  This framework is fantastic for helping whole staff to see the vision of e-learning.  At the moment our staff see our e-learning platform as unreliable.  This is a simple fact that we need to get out infrastructure right. 

    We are not approaching this as an inquiry; we are simply approaching this as something we need to do to keep up.   This may be the wrong approach but in reality to be competitive and aligned with current educational practises and to keep students engaged with learning we need to use the tools available.  This tool and the resources around it are very useful to help make the frame  of reference very clear to teachers and students. 

    The greatest obstacle to this change is the barriers in my own and other teachers’ heads, not the students!!  The greatest challenge to school leaders is the aging population of teachers who are not technologically savy or connected. 

    This Whole NAPP programme has challenged many of us with the use of e-environments, and we are the shape shifted and educational change agents for our schools.  Tools like this will be very useful to shape our thinking and shift the thinking of others.

  • BecPower (View all users posts) 14 Nov 2012 2:33pm ()

    Our school is already using an effective school developed Strategic Plan for e-Learning, however we plan to review it, using the e-Learning Planning Framework in 2013.  When I looked through the enabling elearning website on TKI, I was excited to see two resources from the teachers at our school on there! Under 'Teaching' there is a link to Kellie McRoberts work with the e-Competencies, and under 'Professional Learning' there is a link to our schools learning on the Learning Without Limits series run by the Ministry of Education.  

    I look forward to the review next year, as I believe it will be an excellent learning opportunity for the entire staff, and will certainly begin paving our next way forward as a team.  

  • Caryn Preston (View all users posts) 14 Nov 2012 12:58pm ()

    The last few comments are so fresh as I had the same conversation with our Principal just the other day regarding BYO devices and the inequity factor this creates . We also talked about how this would look within a primary school setting and how parents would react to having to supply a device like a piece of stationery especially where many students barely have lunch let alone stationery...It could quite easily become Dickensian where society is segregated and education becomes only for the rich who can afford it and poor miss out? We also talked about the issue of insurance and who covers the legality of lost or stolen devices when they are on school grounds?

  • Annemarie Hyde (View all users posts) 14 Nov 2012 11:56am ()

    Absolutely agree with this one.  I'm  and very much engaged. Had first computer in second half of the eighties as did our school.  We were putting banda through the printer and thinking ourselves very smart.  The days of dos and pak man! The technology is NOT new. That's one point.

    I also see that the new teachers - same age as my own children - have always had computers and similar devices.  I have to listen and watch them.  I used to believe that teachers had to have the basic teaching skills to manage a reading, writing and maths programme before they could be let loose with a digital class.  I now realise that is a nonsense - the tools are there and the pedagogy that they need to develop is different from a three or more decades ago!

    Ignorance and gatekeeping by those in management (and I choose that word over leadership) are I believe, two of the biggest problems in schools.

    Let's hope we NAPP folk go out and change things!

  • Simon Kenny (View all users posts) 14 Nov 2012 11:43am ()

    My worry with some of the e-learning initiatives and technology opportunities for kids is that they suck all of the fun out of technology. I-pads, interactive boards, smartphones, video games and PC's all draw our students and staff in because they are fun and engaging. I think there is a real danger out there with some e-education that the boundaries and constrants teachers and leaders put on tech actually stifle the kind of thinking and learning we are trying to promote. A little knowledge is a dangerous thing and at times we use technology in ways that are actually counter productive to collaboration. I have been to many learning opportunities were a "Google Doc" is set up and shared. The actual need to actively contribute is gone. I know I will get quaility notes - very thorough with hyperlinks, pictures etc. And I can just sit back and relax Surprised Kids will do this if given the opportunity to. Again it comes down to purpose. We need to use these tools in a way that promote an intended outcome. Just because Google Docs (which I love BTW) is a tool that allows collaboration does not mean it will simply happen. In fact the can also provide the exact opposite - One writer - 5 daydreamers who may or may not check the notes at a further stage. E - Learning = Fantastic, all for it, but it needs to be well thought out, and purposeful for those undertaking it. Accountability needs to be addressed. Oh....and did I mention it should be fun??!!!Innocent

  • Marcia Ferguson (View all users posts) 14 Nov 2012 10:46am ()

    Some interesting reading on here - I always enjoy hearing about other people's journeys and steps they have taken/will be taking.

    We have been on a journey for the past couple of years, looking at using a tool for e-oprtfolios, blogging etc.  One of the most interesting things for me to see as a member of the lead team for this has been watching some people leap on board and running with it and also seeing the tail end charlie's who simply see things as extra work.   One error that I think we made at the start was having the leadership team running with it when it would have been good to bring on at least one person that we knew would be reluctant.  For some staff it is the fear of what they don't know.  It has also been interesting to see how things spread - the teachers that are passionate about this have their students accessing class pages and extending their learning outside the walls of the classroom; whereas students from the classes with relunctant teachers don't access their class page or e-portfolio.

    For me this has really emphasised the importance of having everyone on board  - or at least supporting the change.  For our next steps, we need to look at how we can simplify the process we are using to ensure that it is more user friendly; probably get the buddy system up and running again and make sure that everyone has remembered what they expectations are.  I think there is a fine line between supporting people with change and molly coddling them.  

  • Anne-Marie Bullock (View all users posts) 14 Nov 2012 10:42am ()

    I have listened to a recording of the the e-learning webinar. It was a stimulating and thought provoking seminar. Another resource to share with colleagues. My ICT capability is growing the second webinar in 48 hours Kiss.

  • David Barry PIck (View all users posts) 14 Nov 2012 10:00am ()

    I don't think it is a new area for every one. There are innumerable examples of mature digital natives in the working community (sorry to appear trite, but my middle son is a thirty year old software engineer who conducts most of his learning on line, and resorts to other learning media infrequently, despite having gone through his formative learning years in a mainly non digital age...we acquired our first personal computer when he was in form one...yr7 now) Having disagreed initially however, I do agree that in terms of educational leaders, your statement is true Tim. These leaders tend to be "older" than many in schools and elsewhere (especially in secondary schools) Consequently I think it is important to develop a manageable strategy of power sharing in this setting so that (younger?) staff who have a firm grasp on the changing possibilities of digital devices and media have an input into the schools direction. A leader of any kind who neglects or disregards the skills and expertise of staff that surpasses their own, and doesn't utilise these, does so at their own and the schools expense. Empowerment of these staff frees the leader from errors of ignorance, and provides better outcomes for learners (including staff)

  • Zac Anderson (View all users posts) 14 Nov 2012 7:40am ()

    Agreed - the term digital citizenship is one we're trying to develop for our students, yet as has been stated, we grew up in an educational system that didn't teach us the meaning of this. I feel some good old traditional PD is required... what is digital citizenship?  How does it already look, feel and sound like at our College?  Is that enough?

  • Megan Gallagher (View all users posts) 13 Nov 2012 10:53pm ()

    Thanks for the stats and challenges posed... the big questions... what does this exploration meant for you as a leader? 

    -there is a framework to help us with dialogue- that there are many of us on the pathway and exploring so we are not alone, there are great places like here to get resources, ask questions and share practice- that e-learning is focussed on learning not tools and making sure all who are working along this with us remember that... making sure we don't get carried away with the toys :) 

    I love the reminders about the importance of working with people as they develop competence and confidence... I have already shared some thoughts with my colleagues who occasionally get frustrated with some members of our team that are struggling with a new online system we are using... reminding them of the learning process and that our educators are learners too... 

    What might I do differently? 
    - stay positive - get involved in our digital strategy discussions - keep playing and be patient for those who are not ready to play yet - have more learning conversations where I talk MUCH less and listen MUCH more - keep my sense of humour and keep championing the need to respect all learners and the processes they need to go through. We are reviewing our training programme and as I am leading this I am keen to look at online tools that may help us communicate and learn and connect to improve our ongoign training processes, then start with our newest employees. Working with a smaller group of interested educators to develop this strategy will be important and shared leadership is an area that I know I really need to do better with. 

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