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Planning and resourcing for technologies to support learning and teaching

Use the discussion starters, practical steps, and school stories in conjunction with the e-Learning Planning Framework  to identify your current school-wide systems, and to support your planning to resource the successful use of digital technologies in learning and teaching. This includes considering:

  • responsibility and management
  • access for all to devices
  • the environment
  • reliability of devices
  • safety and risk management 

The Principal of Mahurangi Christian School talks about the shift from a teacher centred approach to a student centred approach supported by 1:1 iPads.

Discussion starters

Students and teacher doing group work in the classroom
  • How does your school environment and the physical layout of learning spaces reflect your vision for e-learning?
  • How does your school-wide planning for infrastructure (budgeting, resourcing) align with your strategic direction?
  • Does everyone in your school community have equitable and reliable access to e-learning tools and resources?
  • How do you use technologies to collect data, plan, assess, administrate, and report?
  • Students and teacher doing group work in the classroom
    What do you think effective management and use of technologies looks like?
  • How familiar are you with your school's systems for the appropriate use of resources?
  • To what extent can you model appropriate use of technologies for learning?
  • How might the physical layout and access to technologies in learning spaces reflect a collaborative, student-centred learning environment?

ICT leader, Fraser Malin describes how staff at Halswell School planned the infrastructure and incorporated technologies into their design for an innovative learning environment to support learning and teaching.

  • Review your physical and virtual learning spaces – how can they reflect your shared vision and pedagogy for e-learning?
  • Ensure a robust, maintained network is available to all stakeholders within the school. Use Ministry of Education initiatives such as the N4L Managed NetworkConnected Learning Advisory serviceSchool Network Upgrade Project (SNUP)  to provide fast and reliable access within the school.
  • Administration
    • Explore ways in which tools can be used to make administrative processes and systems more efficient and easier to locate/use, for example sharing resources, information, and cloud-based data exchange.
    • Review how you manage and guarantee the security of your data, for example web filtering, caching, and cloud technology.
    • Explore ways to synchronise your Student Management System with a Learning Management System to promote learning within and beyond the school.
  • Make communication and collaboration tools available within and beyond school to promote connectivity between school and home.
  • Hardware and digital devices – ensure reliable and equitable access to hardware and digital devices. Consider which are the best tools for your students, for example laptops, mobile devices, tablets, desktop computers, interactive whiteboards, cameras, sound recorders, robotics.
  • Software and apps – are they:
    • distributed and managed effectively
    • age-appropriate
    • available across the curriculum. 
  • Investigate the tools that will work best for teaching, student learning, and collaboration with parents, the school community, and wider experts. Consider: online resources (websites, interactives, movies, images, Digistore), email, school website, intranet, apps, social media sites, video, online conferencing, Google apps for education, Hapara teacher dashboard, e-portfolios, presentation tools (graphics, slideshow, animation, movie making, flowcharts, mindmaps).
  • Set up systems in your classroom so that all students can easily access technologies to support a range of abilities and learning needs. Consider: safe storage, maintenance of equipment, batteries, booking systems, and student e-mentors.
  • Identify appropriate tools and technologies that support and enable learning and collaboration. Inquire into how these tools are making a difference to learning outcomes, rather than just engaging students.
  • Model and support students to use technologies authentically and appropriately during learning opportunities – such as sharing work, collaborating cybersafe practices, copyright.
  • Be proactive about sharing effective practices with your colleagues.
Developing the infrastructure for 1–1 devices

Developing the infrastructure for 1-1 devices

Systems manager, Alistair Montgomerie, describes the infrastructure set up at St Hildas to enable all students and staff to use the Internet as part of their 1-1 laptops programme.

Managing battery life

Managing battery life

Systems manager, Alistair Montgomery describes St Hilda's management to ensure students can keep working on their laptops all day, relying on the battery.

Selecting a 1-1 device

Selecting a 1-1 device

St Hilda's College staff explain the process they went through to select MacBook Pros as the 1-1 device they are currently using.

Benefits of ultra-fast broadband

Benefits of ultra-fast broadband

Staff at St Hilda's talk about the difference that ultra-fast broadband has made to teaching and learning. It has made a significant change to teaching and learning approaches, and the ability to use internet based tools for both sourcing and storing information, and processing and delivering it.

Developing the infrastructure for new technologies

Developing the infrastructure for new technologies

Hingaia Penninsula School principal, Jane Danielson shares planning their technological infrastructure.

Setting up BYOD in the classroom at Wairakei School

Setting up BYOD in the classroom at Wairakei School

Kate Friedwald describes step-by-step the process she went through from researching BYOD to setting up a classroom learning programme using BYOD at Wairakei School.

BYOD – Technical systems and setup

BYOD – Technical systems and setup

Principal, Shane Buckner and e-learning leader, Kate Friedwald, talk about the systems and setup they have at Wairakei School to successfully use 1-1 devices.

Fraser Malin

Planning infrastructure to support learning

ICT leader, Fraser Malin describes how staff at Halswell School planned the infrastructure and incorporated technologies into their design for an innovative learning environment to support learning and teaching.

Fraser Malin using sound fields

Using sound fields

ICT leader, Fraser Malin explains how sound fields enable teachers to talk to students across a large and distant spaces at Halswell School.  

Digital citizenship, systems, and infrastructure for BYOD and GAFE

Digital citizenship, systems, and infrastructure for BYOD and GAFE

ICT leader, Fraser Malins explains some key considerations for setting up a safe network that parents and students can access easily at Halswell School. 

BYOD – Setting up a robust infrastructure

BYOD – Setting up a robust infrastructure

Dominic Killalea, Deputy Principal at Wellington High School, discusses some key infrastructure considerations to ensure good connectivity across your school.

Building a reliable infrastructure

Building a reliable infrastructure

John O’Regan, e-Learning lead teacher, describes the important considerations for Hampden Street School to create reliable systems that meet the needs of their BYOD programme.

Effective technical support systems

Effective technical support systems

John O’Regan, e-Learning lead teacher Hampden Street School, describes their system for providing technical support to staff.

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On enabling e-learning

Learning with 1-1 digital devices
Information on 1-1 digital devices and their pedagogical implications for schools. 

Planning for and managing 1-1 digital devices in your school
This guide offers schools starting points and a brief roadmap to support planning for, and managing, a 1:1 digital programme.

Software for learning
Snapshots of learning (classroom examples) demonstrating the effective integration of digital technologies in learning and teaching to raise student learning outcomes. Snapshots are organised by software type.

Mobile technologies
Information, school stories, resources, and research on using mobile devices, including BYOD in schools.

Assistive technologies
Information, school stories, resources, and research on using assistive technologies to provide an inclusive environment enabling the success of all students.

Administration
Information, stories, and resources on technologies that enable effective management and organisational systems across your school network.

Infrastructure
School stories provide examples of developing and maintaining a robust, adaptable infrastructure.

Hardware
Information about Ministry of Education funded hardware for New Zealand schools.

Software
Find out more about the software packages the Ministry of Education currently offers for state and state-integrated schools. 

Innovative learning environments
Information, school stories, resources, and research on developing a innovative learning environment that supports learning and collaboration using digital technologies.

External resources

Edorigami
A resource looking at possibilities for 21st Century learning spaces.

Digistore
A storehouse of digital content to support learning across the curriculum from early childhood through to senior secondary.

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