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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?


  • Cleonie Whyte (View all users posts) 12 Nov 2012 9:47pm ()

    We are also a low decile school and we most of our parents can not afford the internet or computers in their homes.  We are a apple school and we don't have a lot of money to spend on ICT.  However over the past few years we have managed to put data projectors into all the classes and we have purchased all the exlease teacher laptops.  We also have at least four apple mac computers in each classroom.  We have just recently purchased two Ipads for the children to share.  We have 140 children in our school and we cope quite well.  We have been on the ICT contract and we have tried setting up wiki pages for our own classes - we also have had some classes start their own blogs.  Also last year we spent quite a bit of money on setting up a parent portal through Etap - our SMS system, to enable parents to view their children's assessment and behaviour notes as well as notices for the school.  This didn't work - after a lot of advertising and meeting with parents to show them how it all worked - it never got off the ground.  We put it down to no computers in the homes. Then we decided to set up a facebook page - and that really took off.  Makes you think doesn't it.

    We would love to engage in E-learning to enable our tamariki to become more lifetime learners - however we would have to first up skill our staff through PD.  I believe that you don't need all the bells and whistles to teach children ICt - just the passion and belief.

  • Grant Dick (View all users posts) 12 Nov 2012 9:47pm ()

    Hi Craig, think there are number of frustrations like this in schools, problems are going to come with security (by passing protection) and also the 'who pays' situation. It is very costly getting ourselves set up properly for BYOD.

  • Grant Dick (View all users posts) 12 Nov 2012 9:41pm ()

    thanks for the links Karen, I am attempting to expose a number of staff to elearning, mainly through our teaching and learning committee, I think true exposure comes when there is a 'have to' aspect to the process, and at this satge we are just at the 'here give this a go' and really only the early adopters are buying in. I have set up a group and asked for people to leave posts. Have also left important info on a google doc, with the committee members having access, but still have limited response.

  • Mario (View all users posts) 12 Nov 2012 9:29pm ()

    Alastair, I agree that upskilling can be very daunting for some staff. take me for example. Im surely a dinosaur when it comes to technology. I realise that i have to stay up with the times. But this will become such an important part of all classrooms in the 21 century. 

  • Mario (View all users posts) 12 Nov 2012 9:24pm ()

    E-learning is a “new learning” area for me. I can see it slowly taking shape at our school. It is met with mixed responses. A number of staff are of the opinion that they want to use technology more in their classes. There are always the issues around this. The availability of the technology is a huge issue. Then there are the staff who do not really see the importance of it or are resistant to the change.


    I would like to see our school implement some form of strategy based on the E-Learning Framework. But this will be dependent on the hardware and the network capabilities of a school. If the ICT Dept struggles with resourcing. Then all the plans and visions are hard to reach.


  • Mario (View all users posts) 12 Nov 2012 4:29pm ()

    Our school is decile 7. Our ICT teams have just changed over. All new staff in this department this year. It seems like we have a long way to go to get up to date with our technology. We have a number of bookable spaces. But is seems in a school of 1800 you are always struggling to find an opening in any computer lab. Or the internet is down? the students also seemed so more advanced in this day and age. Funding is definitely an issue.

  • Megan Gallagher (View all users posts) 12 Nov 2012 1:52pm ()

    Thanks for the quick response Louise... really interesting concerns that were raised- especially the human rights consideration around access, hadn't entered my mind at all. It was also interesting to read that you are dealing with more internet misuse issues in your role as AP. This seems to be an area of growing need for our children.

    I had a wee chat with my 13 year old niece about her facebook page when it said she was in a relationship, was interested in men and had her cell phone number all open access as I wasn't a friend of hers at the time... she was just naive and had set it up with a friend and they were having a laugh! Just lack of knowledge really. I think as individuals we need to be mindful of our digital footprint and so that bit about modelling appropriate behaviour and being explicit about how we are using social media appropriately can only help our learners develop understandings.

    A simple place to start perhaps... just asking if we were face to face with a person would we do or say the same things we do online as a discussion starter??? It's about appealing to a sense of citizenship perhaps, and some of those key values.

    Just thoughts... off the topic I know!  

  • Aloma Williams (View all users posts) 12 Nov 2012 12:45pm ()

    I think this an awesome tool for schools, particularly those with limited experience in e-learning. I think it is also a step in the right direction in terms of bringing schools together in the development of an e-learning environment and culture. My first involvement with e-learning was about 5 years ago when I was the syndicate leader of a "digital" syndicate. It was a steep learning curve, we were setting up the syndicate from scratch, we had a healthy but lets be honest not ideal budget and but we managed to set up each of the three classes with interactive whiteboards, a bank of 10 lap tops and 5 desk tops.  To be honest at the start we were very much making it up as we went along!!

    We had other issues also, students applied to be in the digital classes (there was no cost) and we found ourselves with a 1:3 ratio of girls to boys. That brought it's own challenges and a whole shift in pedogogical thinking. 

    We were very successful, so much so that the whole school adopted our philosophies and approaches the following year. 

    Since then, my involvement in ICT has grown and grown. I believe that the framework sensibly encompases all aspects a school needs to take into account when embarking on change and in particualt change around encompassing ICTs. I like the 4 phases, it enables self reflection and gives a clear framework within which to move forward.

    The message i am currently trying to give in my new school is that e-learning is about more than "using computers to do work". It is about giving students choices, about communicating and collaborating on a wealth of ideas. About problem solving and developing intuition. Looking at this frameowrk, i can see how i have jumped the gun , my vision of empowering being too far ahead and too confusing for staff who are "emerging".  

    After giving myself a bit of a slap on the wrist will certainly be taking the framework to school and looking carefully at the where to with our school. I can see much more clearly how we can move forward, and the mountain does not seem so big.

  • Joan Hart (View all users posts) 12 Nov 2012 12:45pm ()

    Korero 16

    It’s a great tool to identify existing strengths and needs which enables these needs to be matched with outcomes, professional development and funding/resources required to meet the school’s vision and ensures the school measures the ongoing impact of planned actions.

    It's important for staff to have a buy in by not just identifying areas of strengths & weaknesses, needs, professional development required, but identifying the difference this learning could make to their teaching, management, planning and/or support of student’s learning. It is not the tool that is the important factor but the value it can bring to our core business.

    The supporting documents provide ideas and resources to help make a start.

    The most effect ICT training that has occurred in our school has been when it was in contexts that directly related to specific learning outcomes in the particular classroom or to the teachers specific needs (very individualised, small steps but ones that were being used from the beginning in an essential operation for that particular teacher, making that task easier, more effective, better targeted to the learning needs of the students…). Like all learning, the skill of the facilitator in enabling the student to gain independence, and the students engagement so they are an active learner is a crucial part otherwise the initiative dies when the facilitators focus is channeled in another direction.

    It does need to be said that highly sophisticated ICT systems require expert maintenance and schools and the ministry need to be prepared to fund this otherwise frustration with system failures becomes a big issue for teachers and learners. Large schools are in a better position to have this service on tap. Smaller isolated schools are more challenged in being able to have high caliber technical support readily available when hiccups occur.

  • Steve Te Whaiti (View all users posts) 12 Nov 2012 12:13pm ()

    Like many others in this korero, I have founnd the e-learning framework very helpful. I particularly like the view it takes- an expansive one, which allows any school to quickly assess where they are in relation to- Leadership and strategic planning, Professional learning, Teaching and learning, Technologies and infra structure and beyond the classroom. The detail of what each of these areas looks like is also very helpful. Our school are in the engaging phase where we are trialling and using technologies appropriately to support higher-order (deep), collaborative teaching and learning. The strategic map developed by the community includes a few perspectives which are directly affected by the strategic heartbeat, like ripples in a pond- enabling, operating and student perspectives. Within the operating perspective is an area titled personalised learning and blended delivery. The destination statements and initiatives which sit in this, target e-learning. One of the challenges, which many have echoed already, is the avoidance of a disparity in access. Equity issues pop up early. Plenty of open communication, vision casting and research is being carried out.

    Another issue high on the parent concern list was digital responsibility. So as a school we are working away at a digital citizenship course every student undertakes, which tackles the moral and ethical responsibilities.

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