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Milestone 6 National Goal 1 Reflective Summary 2012

The following is a summary of National Goal 1 for 2012 for the Mantar Cluster (Milestone 6).
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: Since the last milestone, 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 development of critical digital citizenship knowledge. In relation to the students, this has meant the up-skilling of teachers in this area has allowed the introduction of the concept of digital citizenship. This programme's outcomes were aligned to National Goal 1 and consequently to our Cluster goals concerning:

* Students will continue to use thinking skills enhanced by the use of e-learning.
* 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 are critically aware of their own cyber safety and their responsibility as digital citizens.
* Students share their leadership within their schools by developing expertise across and beyond the cluster
* Te Kids are developing understanding and applying a range of information literacy skills using a variety of ICT tools.

The impact professional development given at the beginning of the year, previous to the last milestone has continued to be embedded and implement and aligns with the following Cluster goals:

* Developing high levels of information literacy skills as a foundation for learning
* Students are able to confidently use the inquiry process applying and articulating their thinking.
* Student voice is sought and has an influence on the teaching and learning directions
in each school

All four schools have undergone internal PD around Creative Commons and Digital Citizenship. This has lead to each school's development of their own ‘Digital Citizenship Pathway’ which provide a framework for progression in the following areas throughout schools; digital footprint, online relationships, surfing the web, digital media, digital responsibility, involving parents/whanau. Key competencies and each school’s values have also been incorporated.

Methods, Interventions and Actions:  
All teachers 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.
/blog/view/699824/kath-murdoch-pdhow-has-this-impacted-schools
Since the last Milestone each school has held staff meetings on Creative Commons/Reusing Digital Content and ‘Developing a Digital Citizenship Pathway’. The first of these was aimed at developing staff knowledge of Creative Commons and the legal responsibilities of reusing digital content on blogs/wikispaces (/blog/view/714905/creative-commons-and-reusing-digital-content). The second of these was aimed for staff to:

  • žTo learn more about the different areas of digital citizenship
  • žTo gain some practical classroom ideas for teaching digital citizenship
  • žTo develop a school-wide digital citizenship pathway

(/blog/view/699816/digital-citizenship)


Although these sessions were aimed at developing the teachers understanding of digital citizenship and creative commons; the filter down effect of the expectations set at these staff meetings will mean that students will become critically aware of  their responsibility as digital citizens. The ‘Developing a Digital Citizenship Pathway’ PD session also revisited the learning on thinking skills that went on in the cluster last year, thus ensuring that teachers are still supporting students to  continue to use thinking skills enhanced by the use of e-learning.

The TeKids programme has continued since the last milestone (/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.

In the final term of the Cluster the focus is on community involvement as the TeKids plan and run a sharing evening (/blog/view/713458/tekids-session-9--planning-for-tekids-celebration-evening).


The E-shares initiative has continued since the last milestone. 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 (/blog/view/714405/eshares-term-2-and-3).

This year we have extended the use of the VLN to all Cluster teachers and this has continued since the last milestone. They have used this to reflect on professional readings (in this milestone period on ‘Digital Citizenship’ and ‘E-learning and the Key Competencies’ and to reflect on their own practice against Goal 3 success indicators or their own personal e-learning goals
(/groups/profile/266117/teachers-integrating-e-learning-mantar-cluster-teachers).

Summary of Key Results:

Within the last year of the class there has been a big focus on developing information literacy skills. Children are now developing high levels of information literacy skills as a foundation for learning.

/blog/view/710146/e-learning-inquiry-collaboration-and-the-nature-of-science
/blog/view/702696/developing-understanding-around-what-information-literacy-skills-are-and-how-they-can-be-planned-for-and-used-by-learners
/blog/view/696550/using-info-literacy-skills-with-a-new-entrant-year-one-class
/blog/view/696085/developing-understanding-around-what-information-literacy-skills-are-and-how-they-can-be-planned-for-and-used-by-learners

Within the last two years of the Cluster there has been a big focus on developing inquiry within schools. Students are now able to confidently use the inquiry process applying and articulating
their thinking.
/blog/view/721695/digital-photography-and-citizenship
/blog/view/720505/e-learning--inquiry-learning-process
/blog/view/716660/integrating-e-learning-to-support-the-inquiry-learning
/blog/view/702696/developing-understanding-around-what-information-literacy-skills-are-and-how-they-can-be-planned-for-and-used-by-learners


Over the last two years, the Cluster has focused on developing thinking skills among its students. Students are continuing to use thinking skills enhanced by the use of e-learning and Key Competencies have been developed through e-learning opportunities and reflected in
learning outcomes.
/blog/view/731338/integrating-e-learning-to-support-the-inquiry-learning-process-and-using-thinking-skills-and-key-competencies
/blog/view/730566/teachers-are-integrating-e-learning-to-support-inquiry-learning-specially-planning-for-and-using-thinking-skills-and-key-competencies
/blog/view/719952/middle-team-key-competency-reflection
/blog/view/719155/junior-team-key-competency-reflection
/blog/view/715604/key-competencies-and-e-learning
/blog/view/715543/somerset-inquirye-learning-and-the-kcs-reflections
/blog/view/732946/professional-reading-and-reflection-term-3

Students throughout the cluster are developing a better understanding of Digital Citizenship and Creative Commons and are beginning to become critically aware of their own cyber safety and responsibility as digital citizens. They have also demonstrated leadership in sharing their knowledge with a wider audience.
http://mantartekids2012.blogspot.co.nz/
/resources/view/720767/digital-citizenship
http://mantartekids2012.blogspot.co.nz/2012/07/creative-commons-green-screen.html
/blog/view/714905/creative-commons-and-reusing-digital-content; /blog/view/718016/developing-an-understanding-of-digital-citizenship-with-students
/blog/view/721695/digital-photography-and-citizenship
/blog/view/716574/e-learning-for-digi-awards-comeptition-entry (see comments)

TEKids Programme has continued to enable 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/). Since the last milestone, they have particularly developed their knowledge of digital citizenship, creative commons, and green screening.
http://mantartekids2012.blogspot.co.nz/
The Tekids Celebration Evening was the final opportunity for our extension children to share their knowledge and demonstrate their leadership skills with other students, teachers and Cluster schools’ wider communities.  
/blog/view/754074/tekids-celebration-evening


Next Steps:

  • Schools will continue to revise and develop their already created 21st Century teaching and learning resources such as thinking toolboxes, digital citizenship pathways and inquiry planning frameworks with incorporated information literacy/fluency components to empower students with the skills to learn in a way that enables them to become life-long, 21st Century learners.The 
  • TEKids programme will continue into 2013 with tekids operating in weeks 4 and 8 on a Thursday each term. The tekids will be integrated into the also continuing eShares with tekids working towards presenting at the eShares in week 5.