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Resourcing how and why of e-Learning | NAPP Kōrero 6 2015

Kia ora koutou, talofa lava and welcome to this kōrero 6, 2015 on, Resourcing and e-Learning.

 

Just to set the scene, it is important to have a common understanding of what e-learning is as well as the purpose and potential of e-learning before school leaders commit to resourcing decisions.

 

E-Learning is defined by Enabling e-Learning as, “learning and teaching that is facilitated by or supported through the appropriate use of information and communication technologies (ICTs). Whatever the technology, however, learning is the vital element. e-Learning is not simply associated with modes of delivery or the functionality of a particular technology, but forms part of a conscious choice of the best and most appropriate ways of promoting effective learning.

If, best practice e-learning enables accessible, relevant, and high-quality learning opportunities that improve student engagement and achievement”, how might resourcing decisions define processes required to ensure e-learning capacities get the best chance to grow – e.g: establishing priorities across all school resourcing, confirming a process for teacher capacities to grow, confirming processes for inclusion of student voice and community voice and involvement?

 

Smart tools like the e-Learning Planning Framework (available online) can help schools to support self review about how well ICTs and e-learning are currently being used to support learning, as well as next steps to work towards desired goals so that technologies can be used, “....effectively across the curriculum to connect schools and communities and to provide accessible, relevant, and high-quality learning opportunities so that every student is better able to achieve their full potential.”

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Image taken from LIVE webinar | Using the e-Learning Planning Framework online tool and analysing your data, 25 March, 2015, Greg Carroll

 

The key questions for us are:

  • Why do New Zealand Schools need to resource “widely and wisely in growing e-learning capacities”?

  • How do principals lead “resourcing widely and wisely in growing e-learning capacities”?

 

This kōrero is supported by, WEBINAR: Resourcing e-Learning | NAPP Kōrero 6, Wednesday 10 June, 3.45- 4.45pm. Join us as we discuss the implications of effective e-learning with NAPP participants and invited guests (e-Learning Planning Framework, Connected Learning Advisory). Hosted in Adobe Connect with Tessa GrayREGISTER NOW!


 

Some resources to kick start this kōrero…

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  • Sue Perry (View all users posts) 09 Jun 2015 9:36pm ()

    Hi everyone,

    All of this discussion is around effective use of technology and using technology to ensure students reach their potential. e-learning really encourages individualised learning on so many levels and has loads of positive attributes. It is very exciting! Just to throw a spanner in the works... how do we ensure that we are still balancing out our curriculum, having a strong focus on the Arts and Health and PE? What about 'screen time'? Here is a short article about that to get people thinking...

    http://www.educatoronline.com.au/news/screen-time-how-much-is-too-much-201378.aspx 

    I have been out mainstream classes for quite a while. When my own children started school last year I was quite shocked to find out that at the end of the day they were watching Mr Bean cartoons, or in my friend's case her child finished the day with an episode of Charlie and Lola. Back in the day it would have been finishing off with a picture book or a game that required cooperation, or perhaps some play/exploration time ... what are people's thoughts on the possible overuse of ICT and the learning implications for students?

  • Nathaniel Louwrens (View all users posts) 10 Jun 2015 5:23pm ()

    This afternoon we were privileged to take part in the webinar, Resourcing e-Learning with Rick Whalley and Charles Newton.

    You can watch the recording here: Resourcing e-Learning

    The presentation is available here:

    A Storify of the key points tweeted are available below.

  • Vanessa Bourne (View all users posts) 11 Jun 2015 11:33am ()

    I have been lucky enough to be fully involved in our schools e-learning journey.  As staff rep on the board and part of the management team I was really pleased after participating in the webinar last night to know that our school is on the right track.

    Our school used the eLpF framework as a starting point in our journey. It was completed by management, staff, bot and community and then all the results were collated.  It showed that were we just beginning our journey but it gave us a solid platform to begin. 

    Our school vision was reviewed at the beginning of the year and we put a digital focus into that.  This meant that our school vision is also our e-learning vision and we have staff and board buy in because it is something that we all work on and share ideas together. 

    From there we were able to strategically plan to resource and provide educational devices that will enhance learning. 

    The challenge for us is to provide enough technology for all children in the school and we are looking at ways of doing this now.  Developing a technology budget is proving to be challenging when there is no funding for this. 

    Also as teachers we need to prove to the board that these devices are providing student achievement results - ie: the board is getting results for the money they have invested. 

  • Brian Martin1979 (View all users posts) 12 Jun 2015 9:09pm ()

    Hi all I enjoyed the webinar on Wednesday (I watched it today) and the thing that caught my attention was that a lot of schools seem to have not done their homework when purchasing devices to support E-Learning in their school! At my school we have not had this experience as the Principal, E-Learning leader and teachers decided what they would purchase based on the needs of students and the outcomes for learning that our school aims for in our vision. It was reaffirming to hear that what we had done was he message that the speakers were sharing in the webinar!

     

  • Judy Richards (View all users posts) 13 Jun 2015 5:04pm ()

    Thank you for all the excellent resources available to support this Korero.  The digital presentations have been easy to access and informative.

    I personally feel much more confident in our schools vision and strategic plan development.  If as a school leader; I value these 4 aspects then I am making progress towards embedding an e learning culture and developing learners to have success in our ever changing digital world.

    1.Clear shared Vision and learning

    What are the needs of our students? It needs to be focused on student achievement and an expectation is that it is a commitment to increase engagement that it is bedded into their learning.

    It’s not about throwing the baby out with the bath water- but perhaps we need to look at eLearning as ‘change needs to be building on the new’- Socrates

    As a leader, staff must be involved in the process- the vision and the decision making and the strategic plan and time given to share practices that are working well.  A decision making team- rather than just one person making the decisions or feeding to staff.

    I enjoyed the clarity of the 7 principals of learning and how I need to show in my strategic planning that it will it benefit the student and teachers

    2.Appropriate Device

    We need to enable learning to take place supported by the appropriate use of technology.  The use can be on line- or off line- but it has to be appropriate and increase engagement and decision.  What do we actually want to use these things for.  What is the target we want?

    In terms of the device- tools – what is the most appropriate, relevant and allow for a high level of learning and engagement.  We need to know what we want the device to do and what we want the students to gain from them.  We need skilled thinkers, to process and synthesise information.

    What can our kids access/afford- survey to community- what access they have and already have.  

    Decision making: Not cheap so need to be done well and be able to be sustained and maintained. All maintenance is driven by learning needs.  What will it look like- feel like- in the classroom.

    3.Learning as learners- we are not the experts

    Cyber safety- Jon Parsens has visited us, our parents and our school community- once we are up and running- we need to get him back!

    What are we going to do now? - What is our action plan in terms of PD.  Let’s find out what others have been using and if that will fit the needs of our learners and our visions.

    Think of everyone as a learner.  What are the needs of my teachers- what are their next steps- same as for our students.  The part in the webinar when it was stated ‘Let’s start where you are- not where we are going to start’ is essential.  E learning is so vast it is important to be efficient with PD and not to teach people to suck eggs!

    4.Stakeholders

    How do we prove to the BOT that it is really working? A lot of people can’t visualise it. We need to inform the key stakeholders- as to what it looks like in real terms.

    It will be a fabulous tool to Increase the home school partnerships.

    I think it is essential to Streamline our goals so that we know what we really want- how eLearning supports that.  We need the board to appreciate and support that It is integral to positive achievement- not just an add on. 

  • Michael Cunliffe (View all users posts) 13 Jun 2015 6:14pm ()

    A hot topic this is. E-learning is obviously in many different stages and forms across the many schools of New Zealand

     

    I have particularly enjoyed reading the many thoughts and resources shared, including Claire’s insightful beginning to this discussion and the recent webinar that was held this week. It has brought some thoughts to mind...

     

    E-learning, like MLE, is about a pedagogical shift. It seems like an obvious thing to say when we say that technology and e-learning visions’ must first of all encompass the student needs of our schools because all decisions should be morally made with the student needs at the heart.

    It is with reservation, that I wonder if direction around the resourcing of digital devices may need to be made with the teacher’s needs in mind as much as the student’s needs. Having devices that meet students needs in a class with a teacher that finds that device nothing more than a glorified ‘engagement’ tool rather than the desired ‘learning’ tool is not going to have the impact that e-learning should. Should it be that schools must first address the pedagogical shift of learning well before devices are even discussed?  Throwing another complication (digital technology) in the mix may in fact disempower the learning of the teacher and consequently, the learner.

    The device in question must be used to empower learning, encourage collaboration and develop problem solving through an inquiry type approach. It should not take away current strategies and learning, such as people-to-people participation, the Arts and Physical Education and Health; it should benefit these areas. If a teacher’s philosophy, skill-set or pedagogy ‘toolbox’ does not align with the use of digital devices then the desired learning is not likely to occur. Hence, as teachers are all at different stages in their own learning, could it be that digital tools need to be catered differently for different teachers at different times?(based on their own TAIs) For example, different tools, learning programmes and possibly different ratios of learning devices in their classrooms. The hope is that at some point, all teachers will be able to use digital devices, no matter what the device or learning network, to empower students’ learning. Maybe we need caution, before many $$$ have been spent for little gain… Should teacher’s needs, at this stage, be at the front with how we resource e-learning to ensure that when they are implemented, they have impact! We can’t merely rely on teachers being apart of a shared vision and having School PD as I am not sure this is enough.

     

    On another note, digital tools are being used in some way to bridge the equality gap to ensure that access is available for all. Maybe this in itself is a positive step forward regardless of the ways that the tools are currently being implemented.


    Certainly a juicy topic...

  • Jocelyn Hale (View all users posts) 14 Jun 2015 3:46pm ()

    Disappointingly just lost the post I had created...

    Anyway it was something like this.  After skim reading the posts to date - it does come back to the first quote - "Begin with the end in mind".

    What do Principals want for their students, staff and communities.  What do the staff want, parents want and students want.  What does the graduate profile from your school look like.  eLearning does not stand alone and must fit into the larger school vision and goals.  How should money and time be allocated towards e-Learning?  What benefits are you looking for?  Should devices be compulsory?  There are a thousand questions.  

    The solution that is required is one that is personalised to your community and your school.  My son is currently in a Year 9 cohort with a compulsory computer on the stationery list.  Has this improved his learning?  I'm not sure of this but it was more costly to us.  Would we have felt more confident as parents in the school requesting this if we knew they had the end in mind for our son and his future in mind when they created this rule - yes!  are there equity issues? - Yes.  Does this make me uneasy - Yes!  Has this caused unnecessary stress to parents sending their students to college for the first time - Yes!  Has it been worth it - I'm not sure.

    I have seen Principals come in to schools and bring the solution they had in their previous school to the new school where there was no fit for the students or the community.  This has been lots of work for those involved and a hotch potch decision.  I think regardless of what you decide to do in a school with eLearning - the clear link to the benefits students will gain (as compared to what things would have been like without them) need to always be out there for everyone to contribute to. Communication is super important.

  • Judith Ford (View all users posts) 14 Jun 2015 4:03pm ()

    I have just finished watching the e-Learning webinar. Some of the main points for me was making sure the vision and strategic plan are shared with the staff and school community to ensure a shared understanding and therefore a shared vision. We have a strategic plan for e-learning but need to ensure this is shared with the new staff we have and also with our community, and that our plan accurately reflects the vision!  

    We are a small school, but within our school there is a large spread of use of ICT, largely down to the experience of the teachers. We have done a lot of shared PD within our staff to encourage use of one app at a time until teachers have the confidence to use a range of apps to extend students learning. I like this quote from the webinar: "Teachers need to be respected as learners." - Ardis Cochrane

    Our community at this stage, does not understand how useful ICT can be for their child's learning. This is something that I plan to resolve next term by having parent meetings to show them the capabilities of e-learning. Does anyone have any tips/suggestions - what has worked well in educating parents?? 

     

     

  • Aaron Vercoe (View all users posts) 14 Jun 2015 5:23pm ()

    Thanks to all involved with the webinar, Some really thought provoking discussion especially with the stage different schools are at with their journey through resourcing. Jocelyn, I think your point of personalised resourcing is exceptionally valid.

    No two devices or two ways of learning with those devices are the same, so when resourcing for schools individuality is the key. The same framework for any resourcing within the school must also apply to e learning. What is your vision? What are your strategic goals? How do you implement this learning with your students? Thus watching what works for one school does not imply it will work for another. The students, community and staff play a direct role in why, how and what you will be doing.

    Lastly of interest to me is with increasing amounts of school owned technology available to staff and students, who maintains this infrastructure? Especially within primary schools, having networks, hardware and software working to its full potential is imperative to a functioning programme. What are schools doing to resource this expertise? Is it the role of a suitably qualified teacher, support staff member, or an external provider. Once the technology is in place this maintenance can be time consuming and costly. 

  • Stu Devenport (View all users posts) 14 Jun 2015 9:20pm ()

    I too really enjoyed the webinar last Wednesday - thanks for the opportunity to be involved. Good to hear for others who have recently developed a plan and made purchases. We have recently purchased a large amount of new IT gear to be distributed throughout the whole school (full primary). It was an incredibly long (and for me slightly painful) process in making the right decision on purchasing. It started with the possibly of BYOD concept but our community are still rather resistant to it (as am I). A lot of feedback from parents was similar to your thoughts Sue on the amount of screen time our children have already, at home and school (Sue, couldn't find the article on your link but would love to have a read:-)). We did not want to create an environment where there was always a 'screen' available to students and we are very conscious on providing a balanced curriculum.

    Anyway, back to our purchases... we ended up getting different devices for the different levels within the school that hopefully best meet the needs of the children. Using the idea that generally children in the junior school would be more consumers of information where our seniors are more producers of information. Thus more ipads for juniors and chromebooks for seniors - because they are now working more in the cloud with internet improvements and are far cheaper then macbooks. Our focus was also on enhancing collaboration and communication through the Google Classroom platform.

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