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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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  • Glenda Earle (View all users posts) 12 May 2015 12:38pm ()

    Hi Everyone

    Interesting reading the journeys that different schools have been on and some of the issues around resourcing e-learning.

    Our e-learning strategic plan was formulated while involved in an ICT Cluster several years ago.   It was formed at a similar time to our school-wide vision for learning so was very much formulated with student need at the centre.

    Obviously, e-learning has changed dramatically since then, and so too, our strategic plan has had to evolve.  We started with KnowledgeNet as our LMS but have since moved to GAFE  All of our students have their own gmail accounts, they collaborate in Google Docs and share their learning on their individual and class blogs.  We have been careful in terms of hardware not to put "all our eggs into one basket" as we want to ensure that spending was going to be on the devices/tools that met the learning need - not the other way round.  Our school now has a range of devices in each room - tablet, chromebooks, laptops, desktops and ipads.  Replacement of these over time has always been of consideration and something that we have kept in mind with new technologies coming on board all the time.

    At this stage we have not gone down the BYOD path.  We are currently spending time on digital citizenship and what that looks like for safe and responsible use of devices that support/enhance learning and the protocols around internet use both in our school environment and at home, given the 24/7 access our students now have.

    Our staff have continued to meet weekly for techie sessions since our ICT cluster several years ago.  This can take the form of troubleshooting, or sharing some good tools/tricks that a teacher is using successfully, but a large part of our time now is deliberately focussing on teachers using the same tools as their students in order to provide a greater level of support (and student helping teacher) back in the classroom (eg staff blog to showcase evidence of best practice as part of our school-wide teacher inquiry).

    Our strategic goals are largely about collaborative learning anytime learning, and home-school partnership.  Our school review process allow for those goals to be reviewed each year and new goals / spending are determined from data and information in these reviews - which also contributes to developing budget requirements.

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