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A Principal’s perspective after one year of e-learning

Written by David on December 19th, 2010.      0 comments

Carolyn Marino, Principal of Westmere School, reflects here on the impact of e-learning upon the school and students as a whole in 2010.  In this discussion she raises some interesting points that will need to be un-packed in the weeks and terms to come.



Westmere teachers reflect on e-learning in 2010

Written by David on December 19th, 2010.      0 comments

These two videos represent the final two interviews of 2010.  Jenny and Vashti have been integrating e-learning into their classrooms in 2010 and you an see and hear their reflections in these two videos.  Vashti has also recorded student reflections and once she has posted that video I will link to it here.





Final day reflections from Wakaaranga

Written by David on December 10th, 2010.      0 comments

Today was my last day at Wakaaranga for 2010.  This school has come so far in one year.  When I started working there at the start of the year there was an overt climate of cynicism about the potential for e-learning.  The staff had been fed a diet of unreliability with the network and had no real clear vision for the power of e-learning.  When I made my presentation to the staff back in early December 2009, the climax was a tangible Tui moment of “Yeah Right!” But a year later, the staff, the school and now the parents all want in to the e-learning programme.  So although this is my last day, I can not wait to get back in there next year to work with a new crop of now willing and not cynical teachers who also want to integrate e-learning into their class programme and witness the increased student engagement, attainment and enthusiasm to learn that other teachers have experienced this year.

Working with Shumba today, she wanted to share her progress this year, unbidden.   Her one condition was not to be videoed, so I recorded her using Audacity.  Listen to what she has to say here:


End of year reflections from Maureen

Written by David on December 2nd, 2010.      0 comments

This week has seen a flurry of videoing activity from me as I tour round all of the schools that I have been working with in 2010. At the start of the year I recorded the aspirations of each of these teachers for the year ahead and now they are reflecting on that year. I am asking them all the same questions, I give them no time to prepare and what I hope you see is the impact that the integration of some simple tools and a pedagogical sea change on behalf of the teacher and the effect is dramatic. Here is Maureen from Pukekohe Valley School reflecting on her pedagogical change, classroom management and student attainment.




Melissa from Westmere School on e-learning in 2010

Written by David on December 2nd, 2010.      0 comments

I have been working with staff from Westmere School since late 2009. Melissa is a Year 1/2 teacher and is in charge of e-learning integration at Westmere. In this video she shares how e-learning has impacted upon her pedagogy, classroom management and student attainment this year.



Rick from Pukekohe reflects on e-learning

Written by David on December 1st, 2010.      0 comments

With the second milestone written, submitted and accepted and the year two variation being considered by the MoE, another teacher from Pukekohe Cluster reflects on one year of e-learning.




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