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Milestone 6 National Goal 3 Reflective Summary 2012

The following is a summary of National Goal 3 for 2012 for the Mantar Cluster (Milestone 6).
National Goal: Teachers to integrate e-learning effectively into their practice creating an innovative and exciting learning environment for all students.
Cluster Goal: Teachers will be well informed, confident users of e-learning.
Cluster: Year 3 of Cluster Programme - Primary Cluster Years 0-8
Cluster Type: ICT PD

Context: The Cluster has acknowledged the need for significant up-skilling of teachers in implementing ICTs as part of classroom practice and pedagogy. Given the range of schools in the Cluster, and the varying needs of individual teachers, the structure of development revolves around two Cluster Co-ordinators, a Lead Teacher from each school and the inclusion of external 'experts'. These external experts this year have included Jan Watts (National Library Advisor) and Kath Murdoch (International speaker). Lead teachers from all Cluster schools have attended U-Learn this year.

Aims/Purpose:
Key areas of staff development this year are developing:

  • Understanding of what information literacy skills are and how they can be planned for and used by learners.

  • Understanding of cyber safety and digital citizenship (using the Netsafe model of digital citizenship and a digital citizenship pathway).

  • Understanding of how to integrate e-learning to support the teaching of key competencies.

  • Teachers sharing skills and effective practice within the cluster to professionally develop teacher capability, leadership and sustainability.

  • Teacher goal setting and reflection will guide inquiry into practice and be used as part of the appraisal process.

This year there is an increased focus of all teachers sharing skills and effective practice within the Cluster and networking through the use of the VLN.

Methods, Interventions and Actions:
Since the last milestone the cluster has held two eShare sessions (23 May and 21 August) at Somerset Crescent and Terrace End Schools. E-Shares have provided opportunities for teachers to share skills and effective practice within the Cluster to professionally develop teacher capability and leadership (/blog/view/714405/eshares-term-2-and-3)

Based on a Digital Citizenship Continuum that was shared on the VLN, the coordinators planned PD aimed at supporting lead teachers to run staff meetings and develop a ‘Digital Citizenship Pathway’ for their schools.This was aimed at working towards the following success indicators:

  • Teachers will be developing an understanding of Cyber safety and Digital Citizenship with their students.
  • Students are critically aware of their own cyber safety and their responsibility as digital citizens.


The staff meeting materials were also aimed at revisiting the learning on thinking skills that went on in the cluster last year, this working towards students will continuing to use thinking skills enhanced by the use of e-learning. Also this intervention was aimed at enabling lead teachers to develop new initiatives in their schools and thus was aimed at developing and supporting leadership across the Cluster.
(/blog/view/699816/digital-citizenship)

Co-ordinator school visits have provided opportunities for teachers to work 1:1 with co-ordinators to address personal areas of development with regards to ICT/e-learning.This has supported teachers in: using, planning and modelling a range of meaningful e-learning experiences across the curriculum; goal setting and reflection in their teachers inquiries; integrating e-learning to support the inquiry process; developing their ICT capability (/blog/view/714413/co-ordinator-school-visits).

The VLN has continued to be developed as a forum for teacher reflection on professional reading and their own teaching practice. In Term 2 all teachers reflected on a ‘Digital Citizenship’ reading and this supported them in developing an understanding of digital citizenship and thus in supporting their students to become critically aware of their responsibility as digital citizens. In Term 3 all teachers reflected on ‘ICTs and the Key Competencies’ (/pg/blog/owner/group:266117). Teachers have used success indicators or their own personal e-learning development goal to guide reflection. Guidance for this can be seen here: /pg/blog/read/685003/guidance-for-teachers. These reflections have enabled teachers to share effective practice within the Cluster and develop teacher capability ((/pg/blog/owner/group:266117). This has also allowed other teachers  to experience leadership as they interact with teachers from other schools on the VLN by commenting, sharing ideas and giving advice.

Lead Teacher meetings have been held three times a term and have focused on:

  • Developing and reflecting on the TeKids programme effectiveness
  • Developing our own knowledge around digital citizenship.
  • Developing our own knowledge around using e-learning to develop key competencies.

These meetings have been aimed at growing leadership capability across the Cluster.

Professional readings and PD in these sessions relates to digital citizenship and developing Key Competencies through e-learning and are aimed at working towards the following success indicators:

  • Students are critically aware of their own cyber safety and their responsibility as digital citizens.
  • Teachers will be developing an understanding of Cyber safety and Digital Citizenship with their students.
  • Teachers are integrating e-learning to support the inquiry learning process specifically planning for and using thinking skills and Key Competencies
  • Key Competencies are developed through e-learning opportunities and reflected in learning outcomes.

/blog/view/704929/ict-and-the-key-competencies-reflection; /blog/view/699816/digital-citizenship; /blog/view/687775/digital-citizenship-professional-reading-reflection-lts-netsafe

The coordinators planned PD aimed at supporting lead teachers to run staff meetings and develop staff knowledge of Creative Commons and the legal responsibilities of reusing digital content on blogs/wikispaces. This was aimed at working towards the following success indicators:

  • Teachers will be developing an understanding of Cyber safety and Digital Citizenship with their students.
  • Students are critically aware of their own cyber safety and their responsibility as digital citizens.


http://prezi.com/qagswa3qbnz6/reusing-digital-content-on-the-web/
/resources/view/720767/digital-citizenship

Summary of Key Results:
The continued used of eShares has meant that:

* Teachers are participating in regular professional development opportunities throughout the year.
* Teachers are sharing skills and effective practice within the cluster to professionally develop teacher capability, leadership and sustainability.
* eShares are also an option we are considering as using for the sustainability of the cluster in the future. Differences for 2013 will include the school that is hosting the eShares, their teachers are the presenters, rather than teachers from different schools coming in and having to set up etc. Tentative dates have been discussed.

(/blog/view/714405/eshares-term-2-and-3; /blog/view/725620/a-range-of-meaningful-e-learning-experiences-are-used-by-students-across-the-curriculum;
/blog/view/723194/meaningful-e-learning-experiences-are-planned-for-and-used-by-students; /blog/view/719969/digital-photography-with-five-year-olds)

The impact of the Digital Citizenship Pathway and associated professional development will become apparent over time. Initially there has been positive feedback from staff about how they can see themselves implementing this in their classrooms. For the Pathway to have an effective and relevant impact, it needs to be used regularly as a planning tool, particularly when planning inquiries to link in with the information literacy aspects.

(/blog/view/699816/digital-citizenship;
/blog/view/724151/involving-parentswhanau-in-digital-citizenship;
/blog/view/722856/digi-awards-and-citizenship; /blog/view/718016/developing-an-understanding-of-digital-citizenship-with-students
/resources/view/720767/digital-citizenship)

Thinking skills are integrated and continue to have an impact on the planning, teaching and learning throughout the cluster

(/blog/view/723983/claire-audiers-reflection--integrating-e-learning; /blog/view/722561/integrating-e-learning-to-support-the-inquiry-learning-process;
/blog/view/710146/e-learning-inquiry-collaboration-and-the-nature-of-science)

Coordinator visits have been carried out throughout the cluster and have had an impact on the thinking and practice of all teachers concerned.

(/blog/view/714413/co-ordinator-school-visits;
/blog/view/725661/using-digital-photography-and-the-picasa-programme-to-support-inquiry-learning;
/blog/view/723194/meaningful-e-learning-experiences-are-planned-for-and-used-by-students; /blog/view/695163/a-range-of-meaningful-e-learning-activities-are-continuously-planned-for-modelled-and-used-by-new-entrantsyear-1-children

Regular staff contributions to the VLN have impacted on the way teachers reflect on their practice. The use of the VLN has also allowed collaboration with other teachers throughout the Cluster and also with a wider audience. Feedback and feed forward has been given and received to enhance the quality and impact of professional reflections.

/blog/group/266117/all?offset=0

Lead Teacher Meetings have allowed LT’s to share, reflect,discuss and plan Cluster PD and events. The meeting time has also allowed for in depth reflection and planning of the TEKids programme which is a strong feature of the cluster allowing for student leadership and voice to be at the forefront of each school.

/groups/profile/61401/teachers-integrating-e-learning-lead-teachers-blog
/groups/profile/51682/tekids


Creative Commons professional development has had a direct impact on how teachers, and ultimately students, search for and use online content. As with the Digital Citizenship PD, more evidence of the impact of how creative commons is use will become apparent over time. The links to digital citizenship are clear here.
/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)

Kath Murdoch PD has given teachers a wide range of techniques and ideas to add value to their students’ Inquiry Learning and deeper thinking skills and strategies.
/blog/view/699824/kath-murdoch-pdhow-has-this-impacted-schools
/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

ULearn
Having the lead teachers from each Cluster school attend ULearn12 allowed them to be exposed to a wide range of 21st Century thinking around teaching and learning as well as time to collaborate and reflect on the new learning they have been involved in. Each teacher will take back ideas and relay them to their own staff, potentially starting this year and following through to 2013.

/blog/view/739325/ulearn-breakouts
/blog/view/739456/ulearn12-summary
/blog/view/747133/kumeroa-hopelands-ulearn-reflection-notes
/blog/view/747073/lead-teachers-u-learn-keynote-summary


Next Steps:
To continue to focus on developing e-learning theory and pedagogy as teachers shift from teacher directed, technology driven decisions to trialling and integrating technologies into learning opportunities that will aid the delivery and understanding of curriculum content. Two schools have used the eLPF, which focuses on the shifts mentioned above, to guide their strategic planning.
/resources/view/739469/strategic-plan-examples-from-our-cluster
Teachers eLearning knowledge will continue to be developed through the eShares programme in week 5 of each term in 2013.