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Considering ICTs as a School Leader

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Welcome to the 'Considering ICTS as a School Leader' page!


A presentation by Claire Amos




1) Why e-learning is important?


From the NZC:

E-learning and pedagogy

Information and communication technology (ICT) has a major impact on the world in which young people live. Similarly, e-learning (that is, learning supported by or facilitated by ICT) has considerable potential to support the teaching approaches outlined in the above section.

For instance, e-learning may:

  • assist the making of connections by enabling students to enter and explore new learning environments, overcoming barriers of distance and time
  • facilitate shared learning by enabling students to join or create communities of learners that extend well beyond the classroom
  • assist in the creation of supportive learning environments by offering resources that take account of individual, cultural, or developmental differences
  • enhance opportunities to learn by offering students virtual experiences and tools that save them time, allowing them to take their learning further.


Schools should explore not only how ICT can supplement traditional ways of teaching but also how it can open up new and different ways of learning.


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Discussion Questions: How well is your present classroom providing for your students' future? With limited resources, how might we address this?


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Considering the evidence


e-Learning and implications for New Zealand schools: a literature review
Noeline Wright
Published: July 2010 


Think, pair, share reading activity: Each of you have been given a copy of the conclusion to read and then will extract what you see to be the most important key messages. Discuss your finding with the person next to you and then share with the group what you see as being the most important points.


Also worth a read!

Literacy Teaching and Learning in e –Learning Contexts
Author: Sue McDowall for CORE Education and New Zealand Council for Educational Research
Published: June 2010


2) Using online communities such as Blogs and Wikis


Blog and Wiki Ulearn presentation PowerPoint


Beyond the virtual classroom – Developing literacy through the use of online communities in English - Check out my project here 


Discussion Questions: How would you like teachers to use online communities in your school? How could you support them?


3) Using TKI and the technology in your (and their) pockets


Software for Learning


Using the “technology in your pocket”

  • Strategies for using mobile phones to support the gathering of evidence.


To complete in your own time

Activity: In pairs, you will have 5 minutes to complete the following: 

Using your phone's voice recorder you will record your partner talking.

Using your mobile phone you will then take still shot of your partner and a short video (if you have a video recorder on your phone).


Extension Activity - Uploading your files to your laptop - One you have completed the task you will have another 10 minutes to attempt to upload your files to your and your partner's laptop using bluetooth. First turn on bluetooth on your phone and your laptop. Then locate your file on your phone, when you choose to send your file, an option should come up to send via bluetooth (not available on iphone). If your laptop doesn't have bluetooth you will need a bluetooth USB device.

Need more advice? Check out a handy tutorial here


Bright idea - You can also use bluetooth to transfer files to your teacher or students' mobiles - imagine the possibilities!


Discussion questions: How could you use the technology in your pocket as a school leader? What would your policy be for mobile phone use in a high school?


4) Google Docs and computing the cloud


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How you could use Google forms

  • Gather information about staff
  • Gather feedback
  • Gather student voice
  • Other ideas?


Cloud-computing articles from eschoolnews


5) Working with Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites


Principals and Social Networking Report (US Report)


Facebook in education - Facebook's own education page


Activity - Read this article about how Facebook was used to support teaching and learning in a history class. How do you think this could transfer to other teaching areas? Discuss.


A 100 ways to teach with Twitter - an interesting article!


Considering Twitter as a PLN!

Who you could follow on Twitter:


Edscapes PPTA Professional

edconnectnz Edconnect

tedtalks TEDTalks Updates

TKINewZealand Te Kete Ipurangi

TEDxAkl TedxAkl

educationweek Education Week

TeachersTV Teachers TV

netsafeNZ NetSafe NZ

SirKenRobinson Sir Ken Robinson | Los Angeles
eschoolnews eSchool News

DigistoreNZ Digistore


Interfacemag Interface Magazine | Auckland, New Zealand

shiftingthinkng Shifting Thinking


CoreEducation Core Education



Check out a recent internet debate aired  on TVNZ7 here.


Discussion Questions: How could you use Facebook and/or Twitter? What is your position about using social networking sites in a high school setting?


Other great sites and software:


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