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2013: Leadership and strategic planning for e-learning | NAPP Kōrero 14

Started by Karen Spencer 22 Aug 2013 3:36pm () Replies (350)

Planning strategically for the integration of technologies across a school community can be complex, challenging and rewarding by turns. A principal will draw on a wide variety of competencies to balance the needs of learners, staff, the community and infrastructure. Increasingly, many schools in New Zealand are turning to the e-Learning Planning Framework to help inform that process.

In this Leadership story from Enabling e-Learning's media gallery, Tony Zaloum and Mark Quigley, school leaders at Orewa College, talk about how they have juggled a number of complex dimensions as part of their e-learning planning [transcipt on the Enabling e-Learning site]:

This kōrero will unpack some of the attributes and competencies that e-learning leaders seem to have, and explore ways in which the framework can be used as a smart tool in your review and planning processes.

There will be two webinars [the second repeats the first] as part of this kōrero, which you can register for below:     Webinar 1: 11 September   |   Webinar 2: 30 October

Our key question: how can principals take an active role in their school’s strategic planning to use technologies as part of effective teaching and learning?


  • Pam Redpath (View all users posts) 29 Nov 2015 3:17pm ()

    I believe that the Principal needs to demonstrate leadership in a range of different ways - either show he / she has some skills to share or work alongside others to learn - I like 'in the space' idea from Julie.  I have developed an ICT committee and we have worked through making the decisions for our LMS - began with Moodle, investigated Google and settled on Microsoft 365.  We are really happy with Microsoft 365 which includes Office and many innovative apps that can be used  They are developing and improving in response to teachers and are ready and willing to come into school and support / teach us.  The team believe it has an expansive functionality which is useful for all curriculum areas in the school.

    Our next step is to move into OneNote and OneDrive which is superb for class interactions and storage.  We are developing a range of different teaching strategies to have ICT support learning.

  • Ragne Maxwell (View all users posts) 13 Nov 2014 11:54am ()

    The really interesting question, once you've got everybody on the same page, is what is the next page? For us, that is now that we're beyond an 'emerging school' in terms of the e-learning framework, how do we become an 'engaging school'?

    We've spent 3 years of ICT PD to upskill staff so all 80+ teachers are confident users of google docs etc and BYOD is fully in our junior school with almost all students having devices. So we have the skills, how do we use them to really change the nature of teaching and learning in our school?

    The PD that worked for us was upskilling each other with expertise from within the school, as others have commented. So we are sticking with that model and integrating it with the inquiry process from the National Curriculum. We want all teachers to become leaders of learning in different aspects of our practice, confident to have fellow staff come into our classrooms to observe good practice.

    We began by identifying priorities for the school under the umbrella of 'Use of ICT to personalise learning'. The staff selected differentiation, ICT, special needs students, Maori students, brain based learning and critical and creative thinking in the junior school as focus strands. We are spending this term inquiring into current practice and deciding on key areas to intervene in over the next year.

    Term 1 next year, we'll break strands down into triads to follow specific inquiries into particular areas of practice, gathering data then planning and beginning to implement changes. Triads will watch each other teaching. Term 2, we'll continue the intervention and observe each other across the strand. Term 3, we'll inquire into the impact of our change and share our results back with the whole staff. We'll then select teachers to observe from other strands, because we were particularly interested in their inquiry and current practice. That will leave us back to a new planning round in Term 4, if we feel the process was successful and something we should repeat.

    It's really exciting to be beyond the 'how to' of ICT and into the 'what for', which is, as others have commented, why we're doing all this.

  • Monica Mercury (View all users posts) 14 Oct 2014 9:48pm ()

    When everyone is on the same page and there is a plan and a core group of experienced and technically-savvy people to lead e-learning in your school then it is sure to be a success.  It does help that we have a leader who is really up with the play in regards to anything to do with computers and applications.  We are making efforts to get our heads around what all of this means and embrace all the new things being offered. I totally agree with you Chris, e-learning is definitely a road that has to be followed.

  • Hamish McLean (View all users posts) 14 Oct 2014 9:58pm ()

    It is essential...  And I can't emphasise that enough...  Essential that the BOT vision,  and principal are on board and want it to succeed.  

  • Nenah Kelemete (View all users posts) 14 Oct 2014 2:23pm ()

    This such an amzing area that is always changing and growing. As a principal you will need to be open and willing to give things a go... Be an optimist and prepared to take charge as well as listen and absorb. Be an inspirer as well as be the inspired. Be a great planner and provider of ideas, as well as be the one who looks for ideas. A very huge role but the kids are very worth it!

  • Glenda Sambrook (View all users posts) 13 Sep 2014 2:12pm ()

    e-Learning Planning Framework

    What a fantastic resource for schools to establish what is currently happening and to plan for future directions. 

    1. It provides a clear and ready use framework
    2. Voice is gathered from staff, students, whanau and the wider community ie it is inclusive of all parties involved.
    3. Provides information on current strengths and needs - what is currently happening and was is needed to be addressed and improved upon. 
    4. Professional development can be planned accordingly.

    In the past our school wide focus has been centred on core curriculum areas integrating ICT and digital literacy - it would be great to facilitate a definite targeted school wide focus on effective use of ICT with enhanced student engagement and learning outcomes.

  • Chris Linders (View all users posts) 10 Sep 2014 1:39pm ()

    Our key question: how can principals take an active role in their school’s strategic planning to use technologies as part of effective teaching and learning?

    I think that it is important to note that the principal needs to develop a sound understanding of e-learning in a context that is relevant to the learning needs to the aokonga, staff and community of their school. Some principals have been away from the "chalk face" for quite some time and have become somewhat distanced from the learning needs of the pupils and also the ability of what todays technology offers today. The e-Learning Planning Framework (eLPF) seems like a great place to start, not forgetting to have a close working relationship with the BoT (funding and accountability), Senior Management (modelling the talk), and the IT specialists (Lead teacher and those interested teachers in IT) in the school. 

    The principal will need to have a close working relationship with these people and also include knowledge gained from neighbouring and leading schools. Any decisions will need to be based on evidence, best practice, and the needs of the school community which will vary across our schools so remember to plant the seeds not replant a tree. Strategic planning will be critical to allow for upskilling of staff and teachers (and the principal who will be learning alongside the staff). It may involve a whole paradigm shift within the school. It is said that the equivalent of $4 for PD for every $1 of hardware purchased/leased will be required to be effective. 

    Technology is everchanging and offers us the opportunity to walk into the unknown so how do we do this? By walking backwards and looking into our past! 

    I find it interesting to note that primary teachers are aghast at proposed use of the extra funding from the powers that be. The overwhelming majority of teachers have expressed the need to take this funding and target it more effectively. I think this has a parallel with e-learning and technology. In the past we have seen an absurd amount of money spent on e learning without effective and strategic implementation. Would some schools be better off spending this money on breakfasts and lunch? Lower class numbers? PD? 

    e learning is a road we need to travel and communication, learning, listening, consultation, and finally common sense might give us the insight to what road we should follow.

  • Glenda Sambrook (View all users posts) 12 Sep 2014 8:56pm ()

    Effective Leadership of e-learning

    One of the significant things I have come to understand with implementing any form of change is how it is implemented.  This will significantly have an impact on the success of the change. I found Dr Cheryl Doigs framework for effecting change to be very relevant to the implementation of any change.

    Effective leadership of e-learning.

    e-learning is about using ICT and digital tools to connect to the wider world – a very powerful tool.

    • There needs to be a common understanding of what e-learning might look like, what is the purpose of e-learning in your school and what difference will it make to student outcomes.
    • For teachers to be responsive to use technologies they will want to be assured that there will be a difference to student outcomes. Teachers want to know that what they are doing is going to make a difference to students learning.
    • A good place to start is to do a bit of research in what is happening in other schools – how is it being used and how it is making a difference.
    • To gain commitment from staff it is important that they have ownership and are part of the implementation process. It is important that they see the real benefits of what there might be for their students.
    • When implementing change it is important that you realize that things will probably become more difficult before they become easier. It is important to be prepared for this.
    • It becomes powerful when the change is made alongside the students and when the teachers see the students excitement is when the teachers become excited as they see the difference that it is making for the students.
    • It is important that e-learning becomes an integral part of the schoolwide professional development programme – that it is an expectation that all staff are involved.
    • It is important that it links back to the school vision – about the future focus of the school.


    Dr Cherly Doig - http://elearning.tki.org.nz/Leadership/School-vision/Creating-a-vision-to-lead-e-learning-in-your-school

  • Sandra Parry (View all users posts) 24 May 2014 4:54pm ()

    Every school is different and every Principal is different. One key thing is that Principal's are seen to be getting along side staff and learning with them. Everyone needs to be in the same waka together and having the shared vision of improving outcomes for students. Making sure staff are consulted and engaged with the decision making process will make the inevitable change easier, but Principals need to be aware of their more reluctant staff and have ways of helping them move forward in their learning. ToD are great ways for staff to explore differnet things that they can incorporate into their teaching and everyone should be able to start small and take it at a pace that is comfortable for them. Once they can see the benfits, then they are far more likely to try bigger things.

  • Karen Spencer (View all users posts) 18 Dec 2013 1:55pm ()

    Kia ora koutou,

    Just sharing a new school video story on Enabling e-Learning which might be of interest to this group:

    Irene Cooper, principal of Hillcrest Normal School in Hamilton, talks about the opportunities provided through e-learning to engage differently with students. Using the e-Learning Planning Framework, the school has completed a review and used this as a basis for their strategic planning. One particular focus is on multicultural aspects of the school for learning.


  • Sean Wansbrough (View all users posts) 05 Dec 2013 5:02pm ()

    Principals need to become learners alongside their staff and students. They can learn as effectively from the youngest member of their school community as they can with the most skilled technical adult they work with.

  • Sean Wansbrough (View all users posts) 05 Dec 2013 5:02pm ()

    Principals need to become learners alongside their staff and students. They can learn as effectively from the youngest member of their school community as they can with the most skilled technical adult they work with.

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