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School vision

To provide the e-learning direction for your school, it must be part of your school vision. The vision should:

  • describe how ICT enables improvement in teaching and learning to raise student achievement
  • be integrated across the school at all levels
  • reflect the school community’s needs
  • be part of an on-going cycle of action, reflection, and review.

Dr Cheryl Doig, director of Think Beyond Limited, talks about the importance of having a shared language and understanding of what e-learning is before integrating it into the school vision.

Use these discussion starters in conjunction with the e-Learning Planning Framework  to plan how the use of technologies will improve student learning outcomes as part of your school vision.

Teacher and student working

Principals and school leaders

  • How is your vision for e-learning integrated with your school’s whole vision?
  • How does your vision explain how technologies will impact on student learning outcomes?
  • In what ways, and to what extent, does the vision include developments for the learning environment, such as flexible learning and accessibility to technologies? 

Teachers

  • What characteristics and attributes do we want for our learners when they leave school, and how does technology play a part in this?
  • How can the school vision incorporate e-learning to support the way the school works towards these characteristics and attributes?
  • Are you able to describe how your school’s vision supports effective use of technologies?

It's about improving student achievement.

The challenge lies in shifting from teaching and learning about ICT to teaching and learning with, and through, ICT with the aim of improving student achievement. Rather than using technology to do old things in new ways, it is about doing new things in new ways.

Principals and school leaders

  • Set aside time (workshops, meetings) to develop/review a concise statement that describes the way e-learning will be integrated into your school’s vision.
  • Involve the whole school community (including students and parents) – organise opportunities to deliberately inform, engage, and discuss the vision with all stakeholders. Ensure your Māori community has a voice in this process.
  • Check that the vision, including the direction for e-learning, is understood by everyone – can you see it filtering through school-wide documentation and classroom practice?
  • Regularly evaluate how well the vision is being shared throughout the school and community.
Questions to consider when creating your school vision
  • How will learning and teaching change, and how will ICT support this change?
  • What type of learning environments will you see?
  • How will learning take place?
  • What will your students’ expectations of learning be?
  • What will your students know, value, and be able to do when they leave your school?
  • Does your e-learning vision stem from the school strategic plan, and does it create a picture of what ICT can enable in your school?
  • Is the e-learning vision a strong and succinct statement that is easily understood by all members of the school community?
  • How will your e-learning vision support a whole school approach to the use of ICT?

Suggestions from Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn Education Office, accessed July 2011 from eLearning ICT Showcases

Key resource

Use these 10 questions to consider what is required when embedding e-learning into your school curriculum.

Supporting the integration of ICT

In the EDtalk Australian educators, Colin Warner and Lyn Davie share the critical elements to consider when preparing an e-learning plan for your school. Colin and Lyn briefly explain these elements including: having a shared vision, a strong leadership team, and the power of the learning community.

Teachers

  • Become actively involved in discussing and developing your school’s vision.
  • Review your practice – reflect your school’s vision in your use of technologies in the classroom and wider school.
  • Talk with your students so they are involved in the school’s vision.

Hereora leaders share cluster development

Hereora – Becoming a truly collaborative cluster

Hereora cluster leaders share how a collaborative and future-focused inquiry has supported new cluster goals and a shared vision.

Orewa College - A vision for e-learning

Orewa College – A vision for e-learning

Mark Quigley, Deputy Principal, and Tony Zaloum, Director ICT Projects, explain their vision for e-learning as they embark on implementing BYOD for Year 9 students at Orewa College.

Creating a vision to lead e-learning in your school

Creating a vision to lead e-learning in your school

Dr Cheryl Doig, director of Think Beyond Limited, talks about the importance of having a shared language and understanding of what e-learning is before integrating it into the school vision.

Developing confident, skilled thinkers, and communicators

Developing confident, skilled thinkers, and communicators

Principal, James Petronelli explains Clearview School's collaborative learning approach operates links back to their school vision.

Planning for change

Planning for change

Graeme Barber, Principal at Woodend School, discusses the importance of having a shared vision as your prepare for change. When planning their new build, the community was involved.

Developing e-learning capability using the eLPF and teacher inquiry

Developing e-learning capability using the eLPF and teacher inquiry

e-Learning facilitator, Ross Alexander explains the importance of having a clear vision for introducing new technologies.

Planning the new build, a school and community partnership

Planning the new build, a school and community partnership

Halswell School principal, Bruce Topham explains key steps in planning and building an innovative learning environment that is part of the community.

Using iPads to support the school vision and purpose for learning

Using iPads to support the school vision and purpose for learning

Principal Chris McKinlay shares how using iPads supports their school vision.

Starting a makerspace

Starting a makerspace

The principal and staff from Taupaki School explain why and how they developed a makerspace in their school.

Making horizontal connections through a Make Club

Making horizontal connections through a Make Club

Teachers and students from Taupaki School talk about how their Make Club helped to connect their school with whānau and technology experts.

Incorporating maker culture into your school vision

Incorporating maker culture into your school vision

Taupaki School principal, Stephen Lethbridge explains how they implemented maker culture in their school and why it’s important to have involvement and support from the board and teachers.

Technology supporting the school vision

Technology supporting the school vision

Principal Melissa Bell describes St Hilda's school vision and how it is supported and enabled by technology.

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Web links

Education Leaders Screen

Educational Leaders

The strategic leadership section on the Educational Leaders website provides links to articles, school stories, and resources that support planning and developing a school vision.

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Vision, values, and principles

NZC Online resources to support schools in developing their vision.

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eLearning ICT Showcases l eLearning vision

This link, from the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Victoria, Australia, provides some helpful insights into developing a school vision incorporating e-learning for your school.

Research and readings

This section of Enabling e-Learning provides links to up-to-date research, which supports the development of e-learning capability.

 

Video resources

A personal vision for education

In this EDtalks video, Turei Thompson shares his personal view on the importance of providing an education that incorporates strong values, and strong relationships with whānau, iwi, and the wider community.

Enacting the vision – Teacher beliefs

In this EDtalks video, David Anderson (Co-director of Hands on Educational Consultancy) discusses the importance of having a vision for our young people, so that they will thrive in a rapidly changing world.

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Stanley Avenue School vision

Stuart Armistead, principal Stanley Avenue School, discusses how the collaborative forming of the Stanley Avenue learner guides all learning and teaching at his school. He explains how the use of technology is integral to the vision and in moving students from being passive to active learners who engage with others.

Red Beach School vision

Staff, students, and a parent from Red Beach School discuss how their school vision underpins the use of e-portfolios as a teaching and learning tool.

e-Learning community discussions

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