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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


  • Jane Armstrong Bos (View all users posts) 04 Sep 2012 1:00pm ()

    I totally agree with your comment here Moana - there are many families still that don't have Internet access so using the school's resources and inviting parents in is a great way to make connections, upskill parents/whānau, and make school seem a place that they can be involved and have a voice.

    Finlayson Park school are doing just that!! The school have setup a computer lab and fund a teacher aide to provide free lunchtime teaching sessions for parents on how to use computers and access the Internet. Benefits include improved engagement for students and the development of a strong partnership with parents. Check this story and also find out about their after school study centre in Enabling e-Learning on the Home-school partnerships page.

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Beyond the Classroom

Beyond the Classroom

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