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VLN reflection Milestone 5

Fairfield College is a single cluster, decile 4 school with 950 students and 80+ staff (of teachers, teacher aides and support staff). We are in the 3rd year of the contract.

After a slow start in 2011 where we had to rebuild momentum and shift from a cynical view, 2012 took off to an early start with a strong focus on ICT at the beginning of the year.

We have strived to focus on the national goal ‘Teachers to integrate e-learning effectively into their practice creating an innovative and exciting learning environment for all students’.

We wanted teachers to start leading this integration from within faculties, to do this 13 teachers including head of faculties and ICT enthusiasts went to the Learning @ schools conference in Hamilton at the end of January. These teachers became key stakeholders in driving and role modelling ICT PD and e-learning within the school. Each teacher was required to provide a reflection and notes on how the conference influenced their pedagogy and what they are doing the classroom, you can view these reflections at the school wiki http://fairfieldictpd.wikispaces.com/.

These teachers then went back to their faculties and we started to see several new things happening. Within the Science faculty 2 teachers began working together creating online units of work and getting students to create e-portfolios on www.myportfolio.school.nz www.flickr.com/photos/78778374@N05/7218178076/ these showed that students were developing skills in creating dynamic and interactive bits of work and communicating through forums within the classes. In senior Chemistry a teacher was communicating and engaging students outside the classroom with use of Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Chemrox/227638780618570?ref=tn_tnmn and a wikispaces containing links, information and resources http://chemrox.wikispaces.com/.

The Physical Education department have been carrying out senior courses through their Wikispaces, all found from http://ffcpe.wikispaces.com/ this included links to information, notes and videos for students to access and a space for them to upload their journal entries needed for NCEA assessments. Students all had positive feedback about their journal entries being online and commented on how it was effective for them to go home and put their entries in on the computer in their own time, at their leisure, as well as it being easier for them to type them and not losing bits of paper.

To continue working at this goal we are looking at sustainability of this e-learning beyond the contract and so are developing a Bring your own Devices (BYOD) plan to implement within the school. Our system and infrastructure have been upgraded and made more stable and we are implementing ultr fast broadband and wireless in the school to support this. To prepare teachers have been looking at mobile learning in and out of the classroom. One teacher is coconstructing mobile and iPod use with students to supplement taking notes, microscope use, pictures and video www.flickr.com/photos/78778374@N05/7218234122  www.flickr.com/photos/78778374@N05/7218234244  www.flickr.com/photos/78778374@N05/7218234374

We are now looking at extending this work even further and are looking at, texting in work so it is available online, and from computers to then edit, develop and publish/print. As well as students creating YouTube channels with their work from mobiles and flip videos/devices. This is all part of work being planned and developed to extend this goal.