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The strategic thinking roadmap - supporting development of your digital technologies action plan


The Connected Learning Advisory has published an online guide that will help your leadership team implement a strategic direction that ensures technologies are integrated into a school-wide drive for effective teaching and learning.

For more information about the guide, head to The strategic thinking roadmap discussion in the Connected Learning Advisory group.


  • Chris May (View all users posts) 21 May 2016 12:33pm ()

    Thank you for sharing this. Leadership and building capacity is very important, especially when developing e-learning for the future. Having clear strategies and guides promotes clarity to move forward with. It also provides clarity when issues arise as well. There is not a reliance on one person for the knowledge and answers. This knowledge is developed form each of the team which develop actions and progress. With support and help of each other, the collective knowledge is developed and established through the teachers and leadership of the school. A great deal of time and resources are allocated to building the capacity interventions. the external support and professional development is geared towards this. Professional development should be explored to address all the aspects of capacity rather than just the competence of individual teachers. Having a guide, especially one the is easy to be  obtained and viewed, builds such clarity and shared knowledge. I have wondering's on utilizing an externally created document and the potential level of buy in that would come with this. Of something is presented already being thought through and completed is their ownership of the thinking that is to come. Would there be room for movement here within the guide to provide schools the opportunity for thinking and development within individual learning institutes and school.

    Chris May, st Columba's Catholic School - Hamilton

  • Ray Burkhill (View all users posts) 24 May 2016 1:09pm ()

    Kia ora Chris, thanks for posting this question.

    We have developed this guide in response to several queries from schools looking for a place to start and a process to move forward when planning to use digital technologies. I absolutely agree with you that each school's journey should be tailored to suit the needs of its own community.

    For that reason we have set up the guide as a framework, with supporting resources, to help facilitate those discussions at your school.

    In the planning section, we encourage you to think about your own school:

    • your vision and principles for using digital technologies, aligned to wider school thinking

    • an assessment of where your school is currently – consider: components, relationships, strengths, barriers, initiatives, and collaborations

    • a sense of progression from current to an improved future state

    • specific goals and actions, and how these will be achieved

    • provision for monitoring progress and evaluating impact against expectations.

    The answers to questions such as these will depend very much on your own priorities, albeit informed by external influences such as research and what you see happening in other schools.

    The feedback we have had from other school leaders who have used the guide so far has been encouragingly positive, so hopefully you will find something within the guide that suits your own purpose.

    Do feel free to contact the Connected Learning Advisory if you want any further support with using the guide. Ours is a free service to state and state integrated schools and you can contact us as follows:

    • Call the Advisory on 0800 700 400

    Ngā mihi




  • Charles Newton (View all users posts) 24 May 2016 3:52pm ()

    Hi Chris

    Thanks for your thoughts and observations.  You have clearly articulated the very reasons why the guide places so much emphasis on the need for a team approach. The best thinking, planning and decision-making occurs when schools canvass a variety of internal and external views and seek to leverage the range of expertise needed to help understand this increasingly complex environment. As you have noted, the larger the commitment to professional development the more informed the discussions that will underpin your deliberations.

    Having a guide to follow informs the strategic thinking process by ensuring that the scope and focus are appropriate.  This shouldn't be seen as constricting as the guide's resources and templates are for you to use as you wish.  Some schools will find comfort in having a step by step process to steer them while others will use this concept and its resources to fashion an approach tailored to their particular circumstances.  Either way, the CLA advisors can help and support you.


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