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Whangamarino School Reflective Statement

Whangmarino School              Reflective Summary   ICT PD MILESTONES 5

CLUSTER GOAL 3 – Teachers to integrate e-Learning effectively into their practice creating an innovative and exciting learning environment for all students.

  • Teachers effectively model inquiry and associated values and practices

All teaching staff at Whangamarino School have attended PD in SOLO Taxonomy and Inquiry Learning.  They have also gained PD for this at U-Learn Conferences.

Teachers have actively modelled and implemented SOLO Taxonomy and Inquiry Learning within their learning / teaching programmes.  Students at all levels have, to varying extents, self-assessed their own progress in learning across the curriculum using this practice.

Students are offered a range of ICT tools and software to conduct their inquiry.  Some of these are recent purchases which the BOT and Management have deemed necessary to support ICT PD Cluster goals and subsequent student achievement.

  •       Staff actively and collaboratively engage in professional development opportunities designed to support improvement in pedagogy

      Staff have, since the establishment of our ICT PD Cluster, made consistent effort to      attend all organised ICT PD events: U-Learn Conference 2010 and 2011, all cluster PD and professional development within our school and within the cluster.  We all started at various levels of ICT proficiency but can now say we have made pleasing progress in our capabilities when planning, implementing, assessing, analysing, evaluating and presenting teaching & learning programmes. 

Our Principal has timetabled every second weekly staff meeting solely for ICT PD.  All staff are expected to attend and were involved in the planning of these sessions.  This has proved particularly successful for all staff members.

  • Teachers purposefully plan to integrate ICTs in teaching and learning programmes

It has become an expectation in our school that all teaching staff include ICT into their teaching & learning programmes.  Students have more access to more computers with more reliable internet and intranet access. 

  • Teachers support and constructively challenge each other.

On-going reflection and dialogue between teachers.  Training of new teachers for all ICT systems and structures in our school.  New ICT specialist teacher (Whaea Rose Henry) communicates regularly with all teaching staff, informing them of what the children are  teaching / learning programmes.  Teachers feel comfortable seeking PD from each other.  Teachers willingly share their ICT strengths (skills & knowledge) with each other.  All teachers are challenged on a regular basis, stepping out of their comfort zones to try something new.

  • Teachers integrate elearning to engage students and effect better learning outcomes.

All students have a timetabled session (one block per week) of ICT with a specialist teacher.  Lesson focuses are made with consultation and consideration to school strategic plan, school wide topics, planning, senior management and teacher input.  Lessons are made meaningful and purposely support classroom teaching / learning programmes.   

Children have access to computers in classrooms and the school ICT suite.  They have more reliable internet access to locate, retrieve, print, save, publish, edit and present their work using multi media.  Processes used are based on the principles of SOLO Taxonomy and Inquiry Learning.  Children self and peer assess their outcomes throughout the different stages of their projects.

Interactive Whiteboard used to support teaching / learning programmes across the curriculum.  Owhata Primary School teachers proficient in using this equipment have professionally developed our teachers to use them more effectively.  

Junior (Year 0-3) teachers are receiving PD to use Storyphones (digital listening post) in their guided instructional reading programmes.  Beginning to use this equipment.  Will use a lot more effectively as we become more skilled and confident in their use.

All students and teachers have access to digital cameras to support learning.

Students, especially seniors (Year 6-8) are allowed access to the school resource room with teacher guidance to print, photocopy, laminate, fax, email, research, etc. 

SUMMARY STATEMENT

The Principal and teachers of Whangamarino School have willingly participated in all professional development initiatives both within our school and our ICT PD cluster.  We have attended U-Learn Conferences.  Consequently, we have made astounding progress in our efforts to integrate ICT across the curriculum to help support teaching and learning appropriate to primary level. 

Principal and teachers alike are well aware of the importance of keeping up with the progressively ICT rich world we and our students live in, therefore committing to professional development where deemed necessary and where available.  Our students are always at the centre of our planning and are our first consideration when deciding next step learning. 

We look forward to implementing all that we are currently doing, with progressively more teacher skills, knowledge, capabilities, confidence and enthusiasm within ICT.

Kia ora.