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A successful 1:1 program has been shown in many schools to have an impact on the quality of teaching and the outcomes of the learners in that environment. Staff and students can work together to integrate technologies so there is choice, collaboration, and opportunities to connect in ways that support learning outcomes.

Learning outcomes are unlikely to improve by simply allowing students to use digital devices. Before implementing a digital device programme, teachers need to understand why and how classrooms will change, and what their role will be. One way to help build this understanding is to review examples of how students learn differently, and how teachers can teach differently, with digital devices.

Michelle Macintyre from Hillcrest Normal School explains how using technologies has changed the way she plans and teaches. iPads are the main tool used and learning using with technology is blended throughout the classroom learning programme. The results have a included deeper knowledge of all students' learning in the classroom.

Consider how:

  • curriculum, content, and assessment will need to evolve to effectively include digital devices into the school
  • digital devices and internet connectivity will provide students with access to a broader range of content, supporting more research-based learning and personalised learning pathways
  • online collaboration and assessment tools can support immediate peer and teacher feedback, helping to improve learning outcomes
  • digital resources can be used as dynamic, transformative tools to enhance learning – students and teachers can create timely, targeted, engaging, and cost-effective content
  • initial and on-going PLD can be used to support evolving technology use and inclusive curriculum planning
  • a school culture of inquiry/reflection will be supported.

 

Nayland Primary School staff describe how e-learning is part of everyday learning across the curriculum in every classroom.

Professional learning and development

A key to successful digital device programmes is to provide teachers with training in using devices and software applications, both in advance of the rollout to students and on an ongoing basis.

Training in advance is important to build teacher confidence and support for the digital device programme. Teacher training needs to be ongoing, to respond to the rapid pace of technological change and ever-developing range of online resources and software applications. You could use a mix of training sources: self-paced online learning, demonstrations at staff meetings, offsite workshops, in-class shadowing/mentoring, blogs, question and answer sessions, and peer support.

Develop a community of inquiry to help teachers share learnings, problem solve, and monitor the effect of their teaching practice. Consider using lead teachers or technology mentors in this community. Ensure that time is available for teachers to collaborate on an ongoing basis. You may also want to consider engaging students in your community of inquiry.

The purpose of the Teaching as inquiry cycle  is to achieve improved outcomes for all students. The cycle is an organising framework that teachers can use to help them learn from their practice and build greater knowledge. Since any teaching strategy works differently in different contexts for different students, effective pedagogy requires that teachers inquire into the impact of their teaching on their students. For more information, go to the Professional inquiry into e-learning  section.

Deputy Principal, Vicki Trainor explains why teacher inquiry was used as a method of professional development at Holy Cross School following the development of their e-learning strategic plan. Through the teacher inquiry process they developed a better understanding learning pedagogy. iPads are a device used to enhance teacher practice and student learning. Teachers select apps specifically for their students' needs.

Virtual Learning Network

The Virtual Learning Network (VLN) is an online professional learning community for New Zealand teachers and school leaders to discuss and share their practice. The Enabling e-Learning community has several sub-groups we recommend you join for support with using digital devices to enhance learning. Other useful groups include:

Takaro School DP, Josie Woon talks about how she is both a learner and a contributor to the discussion groups in the VLN.

For more information, resources, and examples go to the Teaching and learning  section and Professional learning  section of Enabling e-Learning.

School stories

A 1-1 netbook programme makes a difference for all learners
Implementing 1-1 netbooks with the senior classes at Parkvale school is providing opportunities for success. The netbooks have enabled personalised learning to meet the needs of all students. The digital classrooms with bring your own devices have led to an improvement in writing, especially for boys. Students are experimenting with vocabulary and using the tool to communicate their learning to an audience. Parents are able to comment on students' work, assist them with it, and celebrate their successes. Using the netbooks means students are able to be creative, connected, and work collaboratively.

Technology transforming education
Dr. David Parsons, Associate Professor, Information Technology at Massey University, investigated the BYOD initiative at Orewa College to integrate one-to-one ICTs into the learning process. He explains the digital divide is not only about access but about how devices are used.

Read his paper on the initiative Bridging digital divides in the learning process: Challenges and implications of integrating ICTs .

Teaching for 21st century learners
Dr David Parsons, Associate Professor Massey University, explains the need to teach higher level thinking skills and develop key competencies using technology to prepare students for the 21st century.

Visit the Media gallery  for more stories.

Snapshots of learning

Enhancing inquiry learning using iOS – iPod Touches and iPads
Students at Kaipara Flats School used mobile devices to help develop their information-processing and analysis skills.

Enhancing teaching and learning through the use of iPads
Students at Tauranga Primary School used iPads to consolidate their knowledge base, and reinforce learning intentions.

Community discussions

Join the group to participate in the VLN community discussions

Enabling e-Learning: Leadership  
- BYOD pedagogy

BYOD in schools   
-Excellent resources on BYOD for teachers

-Other schools BYOD resources  – school resources shared freely on Google drive.

Professional development

Microsoft Educator Community: Professional development for educators
Self-paced learning using Microsoft products.

Apple Distinguished Educator Resources on iTunesU
Watch Apple Distinguished Educators’ creative teaching ideas in action and see their students’ results on iTunesU.


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