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St Marys Reflective Summary

North Westland Cluster

3rd Year of Contract

St Marys Primary School Years 0-8

My Personal Journey as a Lead Teacher of ICT:
I have found being part of this project over the three years has allowed me to
grow as a leader. When I first began I thought my role was to pass on
information I was given and to make teachers use ICT in their classroom. I also
believed that this was going to be easy however I was wrong. Through my
research I found that a lead teacher doesn’t just give information but they
empower their peers to be able to find and use what they need when they need
it. A lead teacher’s job is to grow a group of leaders. Once I realised this my
role did come easier and more enjoyable.

When I look back I feel proud of what my colleagues have achieved  in a field that some of them were very afraid and unsure of. All of the teachers have come on board and have allowed
themselves to learn in an area that sometimes their students know more than
they do.

 This brings me to the first  aim I had this year...

Tech Angels: up skilling a group of students to teach their teachers and peers. I run a weekly Tech Angel session for a five week period during lunchtimes. This is a time when students can share with me and each other sites or tools they have found. After practicing with these
programmes they are assigned to a class where they teach the teacher and the students. This has enable teachers and students to develop a toolbox of tools and skills to draw from when using ICT in their class programme.

Digital citizenship and cyber safety:
We don’t want to have to block sites however want children to be safe while on
the internet. With our school going through to Year 8 we are having to address
the issues that social networking and cyber bullying bring. So we have implemented
a procedure that this will be taught in Term 1 each year throughout the school
so that by the time the children get to this age they will have the skills to
deal with these issues.

We looked at several resources online and decided that ‘The Grid’ http://www.thegrid.org.nz/index.html  gives a good coverage of the key themes
of being safe, connected and responsible. It also has a good progression of lessons over the year levels.

Communicating with our community: We continued to have a class blog in each class to communicate with parents however we now want to broaden this to being able to communicate with our parish community as well. We had several requests for a school web site so this has been set in motion and we have purchased a web site that will be easily found  and  with some parents help we are designing the new site.

Sustaining the ICT momentum past the project:
This year I completed my Post Grad Diploma in ICT in Education. As part of this
I had to complete a research project and I chose to research sustaining the
momentum of the ICT project at our school. This required me to research the
literature available on sustainability, professional development and ICT
projects. I think the key theme I found was that to sustain the progress we are
making at St Marys we needed to continue the collaboration we are having with
the other cluster schools. This sharing and discussions is invaluable and needs
to continue beyond the project. I also looked into what types of professional
development teachers preferred and what times were more suitable. This also
showed that cluster shares were well received as well as the ICT blog that I
run at school to keep staff up to date on new tools and sites. On our cluster
wikihttp://nwl.wikispaces.com/St+Mary%27s+Milestone+Links  I have uploaded the survey responses and the research paper itself in draft.