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Leading Digital Technologies

You might already be leading digital change in your school or have been newly appointed to help your staff become ready to implement the new digital technologies content from the revised Technology Learning area. As we know,

Vision. Strategy. Implementation. Effective leadership is critical in implementing effective e-learning practices throughout your school. Enabling e-Learning Leadership (TKI)

Digital technologiesWith the introduction of digital technologies (Designing and Developing Digital Outcomes and Computational Thinking), leaders need to manage the operation of e-learning and ICTs in an authentic, safe and inclusive manner.

All staff need resourcing (including infrastructure, digital systems), time and opportunity to become familiar with and more informed about the new digital content. They in-turn, can become confident and capable to design authentic learning experiences; that enable students to be discerning users and creators of digital technologies.

Where to start?


1. Having an understanding of ICTs and e-learning capabilities as well as creating solutions while learning about Digital Technologies is a useful start. This PDF file, Differences between digital technologies and e-learning/ICT capabilities infographic from Kia Takatū ā Matihiko goes a long way to understanding the purpose and potential of digital technologies in our young people’s lives.

2. Having a strategic approach to help plan for, manage and monitor this change is invaluable. The strategic thinking roadmap (downloadable PDF developed by CLA) is a very useful guide to supporting the development of your digital technologies action plan with five phases to work through: Strategic roadmap

  • Getting a team onboard
  • Understanding digital content
  • Beginning strategic discussions
  • Collating and prioritising key findings
  • Initiating goals and an action/implementation plan

3. Having access to useful resources to help up-skill teachers and leaders with the new content, as well as facilitation strategies to mohiotanga (support) colleagues through this change, is also important. There are useful multimedia modules or Pīkau in Kia Katakatū ā-Matihiko (National Digital Readiness Programme) and there is also dedicated programme to support Pouahi | Digital leaders who have a passion for digital technologies and a desire to support and grow the digital readiness of their colleagues with resources to confidently lead others and stoke the fires of their colleague’s curiosity by supporting their learning communities to explore and implement the new digital content.

4. Networking with fellow educators can help shed light on shared experiences, which can in-turn help to lead these developments – after all, we’re not alone. This Enabling e-Learning community, Facebook, Twitter, as well Ngā Kiriahi (Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko online network) can also help you grow and share your knowledge and advocacy of the new digital technologies content - as well as support leading e-learning in your school.

You might be experienced in this area, or perhaps not leading this at all, either way, these networks and resources will go a long way to support others leading this this change in your school or kura.

You may have already started leading this change to implement digital technologies, do you have any early observations about this process so far? What’s on top for you? We'd love to kick start this conversation and see how people are getting on.

Also see e-Learning leadership: what does it take in a digital age?

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e-Learning: Leadership

e-Learning: Leadership

Exploring leadership for change, vision, policy and strategy that integrates ICTs into learning.