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Connect with our communities with - and about - ICTs

How does your school talk with and involve its community of families and whānau? There will, no doubt, be a range of ways that you inform, discuss and share the learning in your school, from newsletters to parents' evenings.

  • To what extent are you able to extend these conversations using technologies? Why would you?
  • And to what extent do you also need to deliberately involve your community when you talk about how we can use ICTs for learning?

This forum aims to explore ways to make connections with your community using different technologies, and the benefits provided by these connections. Commentators include: Moana Timoko, Janelle Riki and Togi Lemanu (National Blended e-Learning facilitators for Māori and Pasifika).

Until then, check out this snapshot from Enabling e-Learning, in which Principal Dave McShane, teacher Susan Lee, and kaumatua from Te Kura o Kutarere discuss how technologies have helped to engage the local community to support and share students' learning.

Source: Enabling e-Learning: Leadership - Beyond the Classroom


  • Togi Lemanu (View all users posts) 05 Sep 2012 11:22am ()

    Talofa lava and warm Pasifika greetings, malo lava le soifua ma le lagi e mama.  My name is Togi Lemanu and I a Pasifika BeL facilitator for Te Toi Tupu.  I have been working with several schools to support them with connecting and strengthening relationships with Pasifika families and their communities.  Having a Pasifika Fanau Fono (meeting) is a great start to get the ball rolling and especially to get Pasifika parents on board.  A face-2-face fono to my knowledge is the best way of connecting with Pasifika parents.  Once you have that connection with your Pasfika community embrace it and make the most of it.  Questions/thoughts/ideas I am more than happy to help and support.  

  • Togi Lemanu (View all users posts) 12 Sep 2012 1:37pm ()

    There are some really good ideas with engaging our community from time to time, but with our Pasifika parents - my question is - How can Pasifika parents engage in the different social medias?  Do our Pasifika parents have a good understanding and knowledge around the different social medias out there?  Learning for our Pasifika parents/communities to raise social media awareness would be awesome. Smile

  • Togi Lemanu (View all users posts) 14 Sep 2012 10:37am ()

    Talofa lava Amy,

    This is awesome work on your behalf.  I would really like to know more about 'educating' our parents and for me I really want to push our Pasifika parents to get them onto these spaces and the use of it.  Our Pasifika parents tend to see issues about the use of Facebook and they tend to shy away from it but then there are also benefit going onto other useful sites.  It is actually reminding our Pasifika parents that it is 'ok' to use such tools for communication and exploration and also part of the learning of their children as well as themselves.  I would like to hear more about your work with parents Amy.  Well done....Smile

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Beyond the Classroom

Beyond the Classroom

Beyond the classroom - Connecting school to the wider community with and about technologies.