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National Goal 1 Reflective Summary 2012

The following is a summary of National Goal 1 for 2012 for the Mantar Cluster (Milestone 5).

National Goal: Students to become successful digital citizens.

Cluster Goal: Students empower with the skills to learn in a way that enables them to become life-long, 21st Century learners.

Cluster: Year 3 of Cluster Programme - Primary Cluster Years 0-8

Cluster Type: ICT PD

Context: The Cluster has developed five key areas of development that fit within the National Goal 1. It is the Cluster's intention to enhance student learning through the integration of ICTs into the Inquiry  process through developing their information literacy skills. Clearly, ICTs will also become widely used across other areas of the curriculum as students become more confident and competent in their skills and knowledge. However, the Cluster has chosen Inquiry and Information Literacy as the vessel in which to use ICTs to develop digital citizenship amongst the students.

Aims/Purpose: The Cluster has had a two-pronged approach to this goal, the first of which has been covered by our TeKids programme. However, the broader Cluster wide goals have also involved the integration of information literacy skills as part of the Inquiry process in each school and the use of ICTs to support this. All four schools have undergone considerable internal and Cluster wide PD around Inquiry including workshops by Jan Watts and Debbie Roxborough from the National Library and Kath Murdoch. This has lead to each school's development of their own Inquiry model and process These have been developed this year to include appropriate information literacy skills at the different stages of the Inquiry process. In relation to the students, this has meant the up-skilling of teachers in this area has allowed the introduction of information literacy into the Inquiry process in the classroom. This programme's outcomes were aligned to National Goal 1 and consequently to our Cluster goals concerning:

* Developing high levels of information literacy skills as a foundation for learning

* Students are able toconfidently use the inquiry process applying and articulating their thinking.

* Students are confident to transfer their ICT capability to new situations.

* Students are making choices about the most appropriate e-learning tools to use.

* Students share their leadership within their schools by developing expertise across and beyond the cluster.

* TeKids are developing understanding and applying a range of information literacy skills using a variety of ICT tools.

Methods, Interventions and Actions:  Last year one of the Cluster co-ordinators attended a National Library Workshop to assess whether it would be beneficial for the whole cluster to help work towards a range of success indicators of our cluster goals around information literacy and inquiry learning (see reflection: 

/pg/blog/read/175158/national-library-workshop-supporting-inquiry-creating-21st-centruy-learners-as-skilled-users-of-information). Following this, our Cluster professional development kicked off this year with all Principals, teachers and librarians attending this workshop entitled 'Supporting Inquiry: Creating 21st Century Learners as Skilled Users of Information.' 

Just prior to this Milestone, all teachers will have attended a Teacher Only Day session with Kath Murdoch. The reasons behind this session were to work towards a number of Cluster success indicators surrounding inquiry learning planning and process, including the use of student voice.

The TeKids programme has continued this year (/pg/groups/51682/tekids/). This is a group of children who are chosen to be extended in their knowledge of e-learning and use of ICT tools. TeKids sessions are run three times a term when all Cluster schools meet and a session is run. The aims of this year's sessions are:

  • Students are developing high levels of information literacy skills as a foundation for learning using a variety of ICT tools.
  • Use thinking skills enhanced by the use of e-learning.
  • Students are confident to transfer their ICT capability to new situations.
  • Students sharing leadership within their schools by developing expertise across and beyond the cluster.
  • Community involvement and celebrations.
We have also introduced a new initiative this year in place of Quality Learning Circles, called E-shares. These are workshops run on one afternoon by teachers within the cluster, with the remaining teachers attending chosen sessions. The topic of these sessions is typically based around implementing e-learning in the classroom to support teaching and learning programmes (/pg/blog/read/684903/eshare).
 

Last year the VLN was used by Lead Teachers and Principals for Milestone reporting and reflection. This year we have extended this as a means for professional reflection to all Cluster teachers. They have used this to reflect on professional reading and to reflect on their own practice against Goal 3 success indicators or their own personal e-learning goals 

(/pg/blog/read/685003/guidance-for-teachers

/pg/groups/266117/teachers-integrating-elearning-mantar-cluster-teachers/).

This year rather than having a Cluster Facilitator, two of the Lead Teachers from previous years have taken over as Cluster Co-ordinators. This has allowed for more effective collaboration between schools as well as enabling the ability to foster a more coherent shared vision between schools.

Summary of Key Results: Following Cluster-wide PD with Jan Watts and professional reading by teachers, all schools have worked/or are working towards, incorporating information literacy skills into their inquiry planning. Clearly this is a focus for teachers, but the trickle down effect means that their is more targeted learning opportunities for students in this area and this is beginnning to enable students to develop information literacy skills as a foundation for learning.  (see reflections: /pg/blog/read/684928/information-literacy-skills). This new learning surrounding information literacy compliments last year's Cluster development around ensuring our inquiry units involve rich tasks that incorporate the use of ICTs with graphic organisers and thinking tools (see:

/pg/blog/read/201319/national-goal-1-reflective-summary-2011,

/pg/blog/read/324787/inquiry-and-elearning-tod )

 

The TeKids programme (as described above) has enabled students to develop high levels of information literacy as a foundation for learning using a variety of ICT tools, use thinking skills enhanced by the use of e-learning, confidently to transfer their ICT capability to new situations and share leadership within and beyond their schools (see: /pg/groups/51682/tekids/).

Student voice has been sought in some schools to influence teaching and learning directions for inquiry units (see:

/pg/blog/owner/group:61402).

Next Steps: Further staff training and learning needs to be developed around cyber safety and digital citizenship. This will be a focus later this year and the Cluster Co-ordinators have begun to look at planning staff PD around this using the Netsafe model and digital citizenship and planning resources. Other areas for development include staff professional development around how key competencies can be developed through e-learning and how e-learning can be used to support formative assessment practices. As mentioned above last year's Cluster development concerned ensuring our inquiry units involve rich tasks that incorporate the use of ICTs with graphic organisers and thinking tools. This is something that will be revisited this year and all staff will have attended a Kath Murdoch PD on 3rd May.