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: