This information is intended to support schools and kura to enhance learning with digital technologies initiatives such as BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) by forming and maintaining positive relationships with their whānau, iwi, and community.
It suggests ideas to include when communicating with whānau about learning with digital technologies, specifically in a community meeting setting.
As part of an ongoing dialogue, a community meeting is one way to communicate with whānau and the community. Learning involves a three-way partnership with the learner, their whānau, and the school or kura. Starting with the aspirations of the learner and their whānau, each partner has a part to play to ensure that learning with digital technologies is effective.
Engagement with your community about learning with digital technologies should be underpinned by the following principles:
Community engagement about learning with digital technologies through meetings may require multiple events. Two such occasions are suggested here, but more and/or repeated events may be needed. Consider holding events at different times of day and in different locations such as your local marae or church hall, depending on the context of your community.
One of the key purposes of this meeting will be to help whānau to understand the "why" of learning with digital technologies so that there is continued positive partnerships for the benefit of all learners.
An initial meeting may comprise:
Gathering feedback and gauging community feelings. Explain or negotiate what the channels for communication are, and how queries will be responded to, for example via an FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page on your school or kura’s website; through follow up events; directly through an email or face-to-face conversation. There could be an invitation to join a whānau focus group, or build from an existing group, to provide ongoing engagement.
Covering practicalities, for example how: issues of equity will be addressed; devices will be funded; devices will be kept secure, and learners will be supported in their learning online; and what the expectations will be for day-to-day learning.
Focusing on the learning rather than the tools. It may be useful to refer to research, case-studies, or examples that support the use of digital technologies to enhance learning, or to show how research can be accessed, for example from an e-Learning page on the school or kura’s website.
Developing and reinforcing a shared understanding of digital citizenship practices for kaiako, teachers, whānau, and students.
It may be worth providing various means to gather questions and feedback, for example through a digital tool such as Padlet, on sticky notes or via email. An open forum for questions could potentially lead to a few voices or themes dominating so may not be as helpful. Gathering questions and recording them for a later response might be an alternative, but draw on your knowledge of your community and its context.
One of the purposes of this meeting may be to showcase how learning at your school or kura has been transformed through access to digital technologies.
A follow-up meeting may comprise:
Community meetings, such as those suggested here, should not be one-off events, but build upon a strategy of ongoing engagement through a variety of formats and channels, such as those suggested above. When thinking particularly about learning with digital technologies and the need to build and maintain support from your community, consider these opportunities for ongoing communication:
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