DHS needs to plan creatively and carefully in order to position the school effectively to reap the benefits of the Federal Governments funding of the ‘digital revolution’ for 2009 and beyond. The challenges are many but the opportunities afforded our school community are great.
The following outlines a course of action designed to:
- introduce laptops in a structured and sustainable manner
- develop support materials and more importantly structures that allow faculties to access and create resources that can be shared
- professionally develop staff in the use of technology in their classroom
- establish systems for managing laptops and learning at DHS
- facilitate the development of published positions and policies
The detail of the proposal is as follows. DHS should plan to:
- introduce laptops into Year 9 in 2009 or as soon as possible
- develop the online content management system Moodle to support T&L in Year 9 classes
- purchase a subscription to Clickview
- create a timeline for TPL that extends from semester 2 2008 into 2010
- establish a team of ‘Pioneer’ teachers to facilitate professional learning
- publish policies in the diary for laptop and internet use for 2009; especially for Year 9 students
A Brief Overview and Rationale
1. introduce laptops into Year 9 in 2009
Years 10, 11 and 12 are cohorts that have the pressure of external exams. Year 9 has NAPLAN but there is more flexibility in the delivery of courses. Year 9 is more likely to be disengaged from school and learning than 10-12; this would reinvigorate T&L for this cohort. It is suggested that Year 9 are not required to purchase exercise books but use their laptops.
2. develop the online content management system Moodle to support T&L in Year 9 classes
Reading about Moodle will make it obvious why this system would be a sound base from which to develop resources:
Training is available in Sydney in mid-August.
3. purchase a subscription to Clickview
Teachers have responded positively to the recent presentation and this resource can integrate into the Moodle management system: http://www.clickview.com.au/home.php
DHS needs to invest in supporting staff with quality resources.
4. create a timeline for TPL that extends from semester 2 2008 into 2010
Systematic planning for TPL can take place as whole school systems are developed strategically eg focus on Year 9, using laptops, Moodle and the philosophy of constructivist pedagogy using ICT (see http://docs.moodle.org/en/Philosophy)
5. establish a team of ‘Pioneer’ teachers to facilitate professional learning
A cross-faculty team that can be used to pioneer best practice in the classroom and facilitate PD with colleagues.
6. publish policies in the diary for laptop and internet use for 2009
It will be fundamental that we articulate – in diaries – to the school community our expectations and goals. The Technology committee may wish to consider (co)drafting a range of policies with the T&L committee
It is not clear how DET intends to support state schools implement the ‘revolution’ and this is, obviously, of great concern. It is clear that many other issues exist for the T&L, TPL, Technology Committees, faculties as well as the executive to address but this proposal charts a clear course of action that will enable the school to build on solid foundations. It is an ambitious yet achievable plan. It is about TPL, pedagogy and school planning not infrastructure. The plan is flexible and can be started now but full implementation delayed ie. If we do not have the laptops as soon as expected.