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Teaching and eLearning

National Goal 3

Teachers to integrate elearning effectively into their practice creating an innovative and exciting learning environment for all

The focus

Cluster Goal 3

Teachers and students use ICTs capably, creatively and considerately within authentic learning experiences resulting in higher levels of student achievement

The rationale

  • To increase teachers' ICT confidence, teaching practice and their ability to develop student creativity through eLearning
  • To develop students key competencies through eLearning

What did we do?

Teaching as Inquiry

All the schools on our cluster have continued to research, reflect on and refine their ‘teaching as inquiry' frame work.  Each school has their own approach to this - Roslyn and Riverdale teaching teams develop their own action plans and Russell Street School is using an appreciative inquiry approach this year.   Planning includes the framework and a planning template with reflective question.

Russell Street School uses Google Sites as a Teaching as Inquiry environment.  Teachers use a framework to post reflections.  Further scaffolding is provided through team meetings and mentoring by team leaders.  The screen capture shows two examples of Russell Street's 2011 Teaching as Inquiry.

Teaching as Inquiry is scaffolded through school-based initiatives (team meetings, mentoring, discussions with leaders.)  Cluster eShare sessions throughout the year will provide teachers with opportunities to discuss reflective questions with colleagues from other schools:

  • Why am I focusing on this?
  • What level are my students presently at? How do I know?
  • What barriers to learning need to be overcome? What resources will I need?
  • What new teaching strategies & tools will I use?
  • What are the key steps for implementing my inquiry in the classroom?
  • What methods & ICTs will I use to track & record student change/achievement and how often?
  • How am I infusing my ideas into classroom practice?
  • What am I learning from monitoring student outcomes?
  • What are the next steps I need to take? (Research, resources, activities)
  • What methods will I use to collect ‘end' data?
  • What conclusions can I draw from data analysis?
  • What are my main points?
  • Specifically how will I share my Inquiry with my colleagues?

Listen to Debra Peck (Principal, Riverdale School) talks about Inquiry implementation and scaffolding

 

 

 

eShare

The six eShare sessions during 2011 will provide opportunities for teachers to meet with colleagues from other cluster schools who teach the same year level to discuss ICT skills, eLearning integration and their teaching as inquiry reflections.   Teachers at the host school facilitate groups and discussion is recorded on the appropriate eShare blog.  On completion of the round a summary of the main and common points of each session is also posted.
These sessions are valued for the leadership, collaboration and learning opportunities they provide. 

Just in time Workshops

During 2010 we held regular 'eSkills' workshops.  It was decided that each school would hold their own Just in Time sessions during 2011 based on the needs of their teachers and students.  Ashhurst School has 'Techie Breckies', Roslyn School holds regular 'eSnaps' and North Street School 'ICT Just in Time'.  Halcombe School has sharing session as part of staff meetings and has held a workshop on blogging.   Russell Street has eTips session and staff meetings where sharing ICT skills is the focus.  The purchase of 15 iPads is being launch with a breakfast app-fest. 

Manawatu Digi Awards

These are providing a catalyst for new learning and rediscovering creativity.  They provide a focus for ‘Just in Time' workshops, goal setting and in-class support (e.g. Riverdale School ‘In-class Support'. ) The Manawatu Digi Awards wiki provides information about categories, entry and judging criteria. Teachers can view student examples or register for 'how to' workshops (e.g. 'How to animate' - 23 June 2011)

Russell Street School's City Class

During 2011 a class of Year 5 & 6 Russell Street School students will spend every Friday using mlearning technologies in the Palmerston North City Centre.  Their base is the city library, but they spend the day out and about using mobile technologies for learning and communicating.  The focus is an Inquiry into 'identity' - 'What does it mean to belong to Palmerston North?'  Students are further developing their digital citizenship and key competencies during their learning.  Russell Street School is located in Palmerston North, New Zealand. 

Listen to James Rea (Russell Street School Deputy Principal) talk about City Class

A news article about ‘City Class' has been published in the Manawatu Standard newspaper 

ICT at Roslyn School