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Reremoana Reflection - National Goal 2

  • What was important for us?

- To ensure the Principal and school leaders model use of a range of Web 2.0, eLearning tools.

- To use Web 2.0 tools (wikis, blogs, google docs) as part of school administration and organization to promote collaboration, efficiency and make them part of our daily school lives.

Save time.

 What did we do?

- As part of staff professional learning we modeled use of the tools in authentic learning situations.

- Gave staff opportunities to explore a range of Web 2.0 tools.

 - Provided time and professional learning opportunities to learn about a new Web 2.0 tool and share their findings with other staff members.

- Asked teachers to think about and make a small presentation on what school might potentially be like in the future (Outcomes we got here were a variety of presentations including a written story, a keynote presentation, a picture story, a video).

- Paper newsletters were replaced by  blogs

 What happened, as a result?

- Increased use of Web 2.0 tools across the school. Tools including;

- Use of bloggers blogs in every classroom.

- Board Of Trustees Wiki.

- Procedure review by the Board Of Trustees completed in Google Docs .

- Google Docs staff meeting, leadership meeting and team meeting minutes.

- Staff professional development wikis.

- Planning events and classroom programmes on Google Docs.

- When we have used tools in staff meetings we have consequently seen this filtering down into classroom practice – Google Docs for collaborative writing, Wallwisher for brainstorming, Prezi as a presentation tool.

- There has been a mind shift from teachers, management and the Board of Trustees on how these types of tools can help us across the school in many different settings.  A good example of this is the Board of Trustees wiki.  To begin with members were not keen to get using it and there were ‘teething issues’ with problems like ensuring the correct format for files was used.  Now it is a common practice, members know they need to read things that are on their before they have come to a meeting and use this well.  We even have members bringing their laptops into meetings to connect to the school network and work in this new, collaborative and exciting way.

 What have we learned?

- People are quite receptive to learn and use new things once they see the time saving, efficiency and collaboration benefits.

 - When teachers are required to use these types of tools to gain access to information or benefits they will learn how to use things, even if they aren’t particularly keen to do so to begin with.

Eg: An offer of release time was given, teachers needed to put their names in a table on Google Docs for the reliever to follow.  If you’re name was not in the table, you would miss out on release time.

- Teachers are not yet confident enough to trust in cloud computing or only having things in digital form and prefer to print copies out also.

- The use of collaborative tools like Google Docs has meant a lot less back and forth of emails.  For example, the Board of Trustees procedure review used to be many emails back and forth between members, now this is done on a Google Doc everyone is able to see that changes people are making and can collaborate in real time.

 What are our next steps?

- Use of Hapara to build an infrastructure to make Google apps more streamlined.  Hapara creates a teacher dashboard that works like a Learning management system using Google Apps.

- Setting teachers up with ‘Webliographies’ so that information and tools come to them rather than seeking them individually. This will involve teaching teachers how to use RSS feeds with education blogs, signing them up for accounts with tools like twitter, pinterest, scoopit etc.

- Continuing to promote that there are huge benefits to using these tools rather than just using it because you’ve been asked or management think it’s a good idea.

- Continuing to get people to be more confident with only having digital copies of things and not a print out.

- Currently good practices are happening in pockets around the school.  We want to consolidate on this and ensuring the good practice is more widely occurring.

Comments

  • Anne Sturgess

    There are real words of wisdom in here that are worth sharing with a wider audience. I would love to hear comments from BOT members about their e-learning journey - this shows that persistence really does pay dividends.