eLearning tools to think about…

15 Mar

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In April our College is hosting an eLearning in-service day for the surrounding schools. So this week I thought I would share tools that I have found useful.  Digistore has been created by the NZ Ministry of Education and is a storehouse of digital content to support learning across the curriculum, from early childhood through to senior secondary. You need an Education Sector login to be able to access the resources. The site tells you how to get one if you haven’t already.

How to use digistore: On the digistore wiki (http://digistore.wikispaces.com/) there are examples of how you can use the digital content in your classroom.

http://digistore.wikispaces.com/Science+Snaphot1 – Teachers and students at MRGS have explored how an online learning environment can enhance learning opportunities. Teacher Alison Cook created learning paths to support her Yr 9 science students and shares how she has integrated digital content to support learning. Useful tips for teachers exploring using learning paths with their school’s learning management system.

A Secondary English example: Using a learning path to support the teaching and learning for close reading of a visual text – This learning path is designed to be used to prepare students for the new Level One NCEA English Achievement Standard 1.11 Show understanding of visual and/or oral text(s) through close viewing and/or listening, using supporting evidence.

There are also examples for The Arts, Careers, Health and PE, Languages, Maori, Mathematics and Statistics, Social Sciences and Technology. A great way to share resources. A reminder about the VLN (Virtual Learning Network) that I have found very useful).

 

Professional Readings

I have been reading the rich document Tu Rangatira (2010) this week. It presents a model of leadership that reflects some of the key leadership roles and practices that contribute to high-quality educational outcomes for Māori learners. It focuses on leadership practices, providing insights into how effective professional development programmes can work towards strengthening leaders’ capabilities, growing capacity and sustaining exemplary leadership in the Māori medium education sector. I found it more holistic than the Kiwi Leadership for Principals and Leading from the Middle: educational leadership for middle and senior leaders documents which in my opinion are at times  a little dry. The values and metaphors of the document relate to the special character of Catholic schools. Worth a read if you are involved at education at any level. This is best to be read alongside School Leadership Best Evidence Synthesis which I will discuss in depth in a later blog.

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