ICT reflective summary

It’s that time of the year to evaluate our outcomes and learning and look to 2012. It’s all about reflection. 

Here’s our reflective summary for ICT 2011. For our cluster milestones please refer to the Link Learning VLN group.

Ngatimoti School – ICT Reflective Summary

Background

Ngatimoti School is a rural, full primary school with a roll of 116 students. We are located 15 minutes from Motueka and are part of the Link Learning Regional Cluster, which is a group of 35 schools throughout the greater Nelson region.
Two years ago there were no student laptops at Ngatimoti School, now there are 20 and we have a handful of iPod Touches on the way. Consequently, our resource development is greatly impacting our ICT learning and direction.Aims and Purpose* Cluster goal: Support Lead Teachers in building schools’ and teachers’ capability to use eLearning to engage children and involve families.

* Schoolwide goal: Enhance eLearning opportunities to engage students and develop home-school partnerships.

* Intentions – Unpacking our goal
1) Support teachers to effectively integrate ICT into their classroom programmes
2) Using ICT to collaborate and share ideas within and across classes
3) Explore ICT assessment options
4) Develop our home-school connections and learning opportunities
5) Develop ICT to further assist administration processes between home and school

Interventions and Actions

1) Support teachers to effectively integrate ICT into their classroom programmes
– Reintroduced class blogs as learning hubs Room2 Blog
– Registered and trained teachers to navigate and use DigiStore resources
– Introduced techie time that was specific to the needs and goals of teachers
– Created a wiki to document and support our ICT learning path Ngatimoti ICT Wiki
– Assisted planning learning with a variety of media options

2) Using ICT to collaborate and share ideas within and across classes
– Created and used class gmail accounts
– Used Google docs for idea gathering, sharing and reflecting
– Used a variety of media to explore and share ideas – Garageband, iPhoto, iMovie, Voicethread, QR codes & Prezi
– Facilitated student-directed blogging for class or personal blogs
– Linked blogs to other classes and commented on others’ blogs regularly
– Some classes commented on blogs, emailed or Skyped contacts in other countries

3) Explore ICT assessment options
– Set up a new SMS: eTap and use data for improving student achievement
– Used E-asTTle for maths to assist in grouping, individual learning pathways and next steps

4) Develop our home-school partnership and learning opportunities
– Provided opportunities for students to learn at home through Cluster ICT – Photography Competition
– Encouraged parents to comment on class blogs
– Parents reflected on student-led conferences through ICT

5) Develop ICT to further assist administration processes between home and school
– Emailing newsletter
– Online banking options
– Texting for absences

Impact on students, teachers and whanau

– Teachers have been able to provide their students with a range of learning opportunities through ICT.
– Teachers’ confidence in their own abilities has increased and some see a different ‘ICT potential’.
– Teachers initiate ICT discussions and share new learning without prompting.
– Student engagement, interest in learning and self-direction has improved across the school.
– Student confidence in using programmes and technologies has improved.
– Student independence and research skills have increased.
– Parents enjoy knowing what is being learnt to assist at home (even though they don’t comment every time!!!)
– There is a significant increase in the number of parents using email, online banking and texting for day-to-day communication and administration.

Challenges

– It took time to for the teachers and students to master programmes
– Finite digital hardware resources – so we shared and booked ICT resources in advance of needing them
– Server and wireless problems – overcame with work from our school technician who knows our system
– Diverse needs and range of abilities of staff and students
– Wanting to align technical and learning components of eLearning
– Not all families with internet and only a few with broadband at home

Next steps

As a staff of lifelong learners we are going to now turn our ICT professional development focus in a variety of ways including:

– Continuing to collaborate on the wiki to document our journey
– Deciding on an ICT medium that interests us personally, become an expert in and share with the rest of the staff
– Using EduBlogs as part of appraisal in 2012. See here for a few ideas behind this.
– Continuing to reflect through Ngatimoti Lead Teacher reflective blog.
– Continuing to look for ways to develop home-school partnerships through ICT. Looking for opportunities to develop home school partnership by gaining ideas from the summary of ideas offered from discussion in the Home School Partnership Group on the VLN recorded on this Google Doc.
– Developing connections across the regional, national and global eLearning communities.

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