As tools and pedagogical practises evolve and change who do we rely on as Christian Educators to inform us on Best Practise? Do iPods and iPads make a difference to student achievement.
This Professional Learning Group proposes to use the passion and knowledge of people within our collective of schools to commit to meeting together, participate and provide readings and to reflect through the use of blogs about eTools and eLearning practises which we consider noteworthy. ie those which we consider will contribute to student achievement.
The group would meet together once a term, participating in and providing professional reading in eLearning and contributing to an eLearning blog in response to each reading. The objective for the professional group would be to put together a paper/presentation about effective eLearning tools and practises for Christian Schools in New Zealand. People from outside the group would be able to keep abreast of the readings and reflections through the participants blogs.
In order to participate in the group candidates would FIRSTLY, and very importantly be teachers who are recognised by their school leadership as a very good classroom practitioner, and secondly (not to be confused as the most important) someone who is passionate and knowledgeable about ICT. Our meetings will be spread around participant's schools and schools with a strong reputation in this area. The expectation is to see good practise where possible.
Requirements for participating schools would be that the teachers involved will be released for two days per term – one for meeting, discussion and debate, and one for professional reading and reflection. Schools would also need to cover some travel and actual expenses.