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Developing and Evaluating Strategies for Professional Learning. Kathryn Barry Jo Inglis Richard Jones The Southport School Funding by AGQTP and by ISQ [email protected] The Southport School (TSS). 100 Years old, Boys, Private, The Gold Coast Strong Sports, leadersip

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Developing and evaluating strategies for professional learning

Developing and Evaluating Strategies for Professional Learning

Kathryn Barry

Jo Inglis

Richard Jones

The Southport School

Funding by AGQTP and by ISQ

[email protected]


The southport school tss

The Southport School (TSS)

100 Years old, Boys, Private, The Gold Coast

Strong Sports, leadersip

“Raising academic standards*”

EI, HoM, Tech

*“Why would you lower them?” – Sir Ken Robinson


Elearning developments 2010

eLearning Developments 2010

  • CMS (Moodle) set up

  • Moderate/good take up

  • Mostly posting resources

  • Two depts using for course management.

New position: eLearning Coordinator.


Elearning developments 2011

eLearning Developments 2011

  • The “Year of eLearning”

  • Academic courses auto-created from SMS

  • More departments using more features

  • Strong focus on “internal marketing” and PL


The year at prep

The year at Prep

  • Different campus

  • Classroom based mainly

  • Looked at skills of teachers and boys via matrix


Prep teacher skills grid audit

Prep Teacher Skills Grid/Audit

Borrowed from a combination of sources, applied to us:

Covers a full range of hardware and software skills.


Attitudes

Attitudes

  • The audit worked well in raising awareness:

I wonder if they know enough, personally I’m terrified.


Result site audit sept 2011

Result: site audit – Sept 2011

  • Next challenge: from repository to interactivity.


Improving student access

Improving student access

  • Mobile devices

  • iPads and Netbooks trialled in Y12

  • Next year 2 cohorts funded by DER

  • Y9 – iPads, Y12 - netbooks.


At prep

At Prep

  • 50 laptops (existing)

  • 25 ipods (2012)

  • 50 ipads (2012)

  • No 121 – boys choose devices based on activities.


Pl strategies proposed

PL Strategies Proposed

  • One-on-one sessions in-house

  • Small group sessions on CMS/LMS/ePortfolios in-house/external

  • Drop-in sessions or clinics held before school

  • Formal PL sessions built into the school day using relief teachers

  • Formal PL sessions on non-student days

  • Sending staff to appropriate national and international conferences.

  • Local online/f2f meetings with ISQ schools

  • Using media such as eLearning Blog, eLearning News (brochure) and eLearning Podcasts.


Tried so far

Tried so far


Some discussion

Some discussion


Site news is accessed

Site news is accessed


Developing and evaluating strategies for professional learning

Elearning News Vol 2


Some podcasting

Some podcasting


Evaluation

Evaluation

  • Data from surveys and audits.

  • Includes “leadership” and teachers.

  • Feedback and discussions at staff meetings.

  • Informal communications have their uses.


Developing and evaluating strategies for professional learning

Results from Moreton Bay College - also on the ISQ Projects List


Data from our prep staff

Data from our Prep Staff


The required shift

The required shift

Transition  Transformation

Creation – higher confidence Interaction – less so


Maintaining focus interest

Maintaining focus/interest


A little competition helps

A little competition helps

Published to the eLearning Blog

Created a mini-debate about course views and numbers of students

Just gets people talking

Moodle 2.1 has a nice configurable reports block


Chris smith shambles net

Chris Smith (shambles net)

  • Spoke to Prep Staff about Web 2.0

  • Lot’s of hands-on and ideas

  • Late notice last Friday of term – well attended

  • Generated further interest/inspiration


Stephen heppell visit

Stephen Heppell Visit

  • Spoke with curriculum developers

  • The Librarian

  • Talked about strategies

  • Addressed whole staff


What should we do now

What should we do now?

  • In 2012 Encourage

  • more interactivity

  • pedagogical change

  • varied classroom activities

  • Year of ePedagogy?

  • Take more risks – eg “triple the timetable”


And next

And next

2012/2013

  • Improvingstudent learningoutcomes with Moodle and other web 2.0 tools

  • Using the Mahara ePortfolios so that students (and teachers) can have a record of their learning, reflections and achievements to take away.


And how

And how

  • More interesting and varied types of PL (eg speed dating)

  • Encouraging teachers to use mobiledevices in the classroom (taking risks)

  • Asking boys routinely for feedback on classroom practice (eg via a standard Moodle survey)


Specific to prep

Specific to Prep

  • Include eLearning Coordinator in planning scope and sequence including use of ICT’s

  • Will lead directly to involvement/requests for PL

  • Hopefully more mobile hardware provision as well – increased access to tech


What the lms brings

What the LMS brings

  • Extended access for teachers and students

  • Area for debate to take place

  • Opportunity to proceed “stepwise”

  • Provides a “focus” for many activities


Devices

Devices

  • Year 9 with iPads

  • Year 12 with Netbooks

  • Support via LMS – eg apps matrix on wiki.


What has worked

What has worked?

  • Sessions with individuals and small groups over a half-day have transferred skills to staff.

  • The “rationale” type talk has its place.

  • The visit by Professor Heppellhas validated our strategy.

  • Attendance at conferences has given new ideas.

  • School visits have helped identify and confirm optimal pathways for progress.


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