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FORUM: The power of networked organisations, June 17 - July 17

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Started by Nathaniel Louwrens 17 Jun 2016 9:04am () Replies (3)

As we start to focus more on the the pathway of learners from Early Childhood Education, through Primary and Secondary School and into Tertiary education, we need to be able to function, across schools and the sectors, as a collaborative networked organisation.

“The value of networks lie in the potential for spreading opportunity and challenge and for joint creation and innovation by enabling the competencies, knowledge and expertise of the group.”

CORE Education: Trend 5 - Networked organisations

The networked community could include schools, teachers, leaders, experts in the community as well as students. All would be focused on the support of students throughout their educational journey. Limitations in educational experiences could be minimised by calling on the various expertise in the network to help in the education of the students.

Hear about how the Katote cluster has worked together to enable seamless transitions for students.

Tessa Gray has recently written a blog post about Digital tools for connected schools. You might like to consider what digital tools you could use to support the development of the network across your community.

  1. How can we develop a strong network throughout our communities to support the education and wellbeing of our students?
  2. How are you already extending into your community to increase the opportunities for your community?
  3. In what way are digital technologies helping (or could they help) to support the network?
  4. What would you like to see as your community builds its network that you aren’t currently seeing? How might this happen?

Also see: FORUM: New technologies and collaborative processes | An Enabling e-Learning event

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  • Rebbecca Sweeney (View all users posts) 22 Jun 2016 6:07pm ()

    Kia ora!

    Can't help but engage with this kaupapa so here are a few thoughts from me:

    How can we develop a strong network throughout our communities to support the education and wellbeing of our students?

    A strong network needs a strong purpose or Vision (their WHY) and that requires all participants to engage in conversations to identify their common beliefs and values about the education and wellbeing of our learners. This takes time and must be participatory - not just created by leaders. 

    How are you already extending into your community to increase the opportunities for your community?

    This might include going the extra mile to connect with parents and whānau and also with iwi to co-construct your community vision. It takes time but it is worth it. Julia Atkin talks about the fact that if we aren't involved in the development of a vision, we will just do what we're told to "get the monkey off our back" - do we want that, or do we want genuine involvement and participation in our networks?

    In what way are digital technologies helping (or could they help) to support the network?

    It's not easy to collaborate across schools. We need to make room for it and I think that digital technologies can help us to create asynchronous spaces for collaboration when it is hard to coordinate everyone on some things. I bet others will have a whole lot of more specific ideas to add in response to this question!! Looking at clusters who've been doing this for a long time, such as Manaiakalani is a great idea!!

     

  • Tania (View all users posts) 27 Jun 2016 1:37pm ()

    Kia ora koutou,

    I am lucky enough to be working across the 5 Manaiakalani Outreach clusters throughout New Zealand this year and am continually seeing huge shifts for both teachers and learners as they network across their outreach community.  What is being achieved in these clusters fits perfectly within the framework of the questions you have posted above Nathaniel.  When thinking about the digital tools that are having an impact on supporting our networks there are definitely some stand outs.

    How can we develop a strong network throughout our communities to support the education and wellbeing of our students?

    Besides the face to face connections as clusters take on professional learning opportunities as a cluster, each cluster also has a Google + community set up.  This provides an online space that is accessible and visible anytime for where discussions can continue.  It is also becoming a space where teachers can share their stories of success and/or seek support for issues and questions.  Teachers may choose to share a particular student's blogpost, gaining an authentic audience and feedback on their work from other teachers/learners throughout New Zealand.

    How are you already extending into your community to increase the opportunities for your community?

    Connecting with whānau and the wider community is happening through both class blogs and individual learners blogs.  Through teachers and students postings, whānau and community are aware of the why and how of learning for students.   Students are creating digital learning objects sharing strategies for their learning and the processes they are following.  Feedback from whānau has shown that they appreciate blogs as an accessible way to view their child's learning as well as a way to view strategies to support their learners.  An example of this is Lavina's blogpost (Tautoro School - Kaikohekohe cluster) on her strategy for using tidy numbers in math.

    In what way are digital technologies helping (or could they help) to support the network?

    Digital technologies provide the perfect tool to create digital learning objects that are able to be shared in an online visible and accessible space.  Students and teachers are using a variety of tools to support their learning.  Some examples of this can be viewed on the Sharing the Hook blog.  Many of the clusters are sharing links to the students learning through social media sites such as Twitter and Google +, again, another tool for hooking both whānau and the wider community in.

    eg Kaikohekohe Twitter Feed, Grey High PE Department Google

    Our clusters continue to grow in our understanding of the Manaiakalani pedagogy - Learn, Create, Share - and our networks continue to provide us with new opportunities for connecting.  Exciting times for teachers, learners, whānau and the community as we embrace a culture of visible and accessible learning.

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