Hi there, I have read through the posts on this page and wondered how are people deciding on what technologies to introduce into their classrooms or schools? I have been looking at developing an e-learning pathway in my school including coding, robotics etc. Just not sure where to start. Are you able to offer some ideas? Thank you
I'm wondering what you mean by an "e-learning pathway". Can you please explain this further?
The key thing for me in determining what technologies to integrate into learning is considering the purpose.
The Connected Learning Advisory recently published an Education Gazette article that looks a little bit at this with some useful links: Weighing up devices by type
- What educational and functional purposes are the devices expected to support?
- How will the expected use of the devices meet the school’s goals and vision?
- What do your teachers and students think they need?
- What professional learning requirements will there be with the introduction of the new devices?
Hi there Shannon, golly when you look at a question like this, it can seem quite daunting, huge even! Where to start?
Nathaniel has shared some great thoughts/links to consider and probably most importantly the idea that the learning intentions come first. Some ideas around what that could look like can be found in, Literacy, numeracy, e-Learning and YOU. For example, often when mobile apps are recommended, they are categorized in terms of learning processes/outcomes. What do you want your students to learn and how can technologies support/enhance this?
There's some great comments from community members about ways to consider digital technologies in teaching and learning in this thread, Enabling e-Learning FORUM: Mobile digital devices: What's working, what's not?
NZ educators have often wondered what a scaffolded/progressive e-learning curriculum or pathway might look like. Because technologies are purely tools to support learning, some alternative considerations to ICT skills frameworks can be found in this resource, Alternatives to ICT skills checklists.
You might also like these similar community conversations in Enabling e-Learning and the VLN:
Thank you so much Nathaniel and Tessa for the links and suggestions. These have lead me to think on a deeper level about what I am really after in my forming of an e-learning pathway and a great place to start. Such rich information. Thank you for taking the time to respond to my queries.