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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) Learning

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 Learning

  • 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 Learning2011

  • 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 Learning

  • Different campus

  • Classroom based mainly

  • Looked at skills of teachers and boys via matrix

Prep teacher skills grid audit
Prep Teacher Skills Grid/Audit Learning

Borrowed from a combination of sources, applied to us:

Covers a full range of hardware and software skills.

Attitudes Learning

  • 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 Learning

  • Next challenge: from repository to interactivity.

Improving student access
Improving student access Learning

  • Mobile devices

  • iPads and Netbooks trialled in Y12

  • Next year 2 cohorts funded by DER

  • Y9 – iPads, Y12 - netbooks.

At prep
At Prep Learning

  • 50 laptops (existing)

  • 25 ipods (2012)

  • 50 ipads (2012)

  • No 121 – boys choose devices based on activities.

Pl strategies proposed
PL Strategies Proposed Learning

  • 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 Learning

Some discussion
Some discussion Learning

Elearning Learning News Vol 2

Some podcasting
Some podcasting Learning

Evaluation Learning

  • Data from surveys and audits.

  • Includes “leadership” and teachers.

  • Feedback and discussions at staff meetings.

  • Informal communications have their uses.

The required shift
The required shift List

Transition  Transformation

Creation – higher confidence Interaction – less so

A little competition helps
A little competition helps List

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) List

  • 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 ListHeppell Visit

  • Spoke with curriculum developers

  • The Librarian

  • Talked about strategies

  • Addressed whole staff

What should we do now
What should we do now? List

  • In 2012 Encourage

  • more interactivity

  • pedagogical change

  • varied classroom activities

  • Year of ePedagogy?

  • Take more risks – eg “triple the timetable”

And next
And next List


  • 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 List

  • 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 List

  • 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 List

  • Extended access for teachers and students

  • Area for debate to take place

  • Opportunity to proceed “stepwise”

  • Provides a “focus” for many activities

Devices List

  • Year 9 with iPads

  • Year 12 with Netbooks

  • Support via LMS – eg apps matrix on wiki.

What has worked
What has worked? List

  • 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.