E strategy framework assignment 1

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  • This framework will be a useful tool in evaluating where my school currently sits in relation to ITC. Our vision statement doesn't include any references to ITC but the separate plan/vision should connect, inform and support the overall statements.
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  • An intriguing model, and one that is certainly well resourced and clearly laid out in a relatively accessible format. I think this tool had some great points in exposing schools and communities to language and focuses that may not have been considered. However, like all rubrics, there is an element of interpretation here around the use of adjectives and 'measurable' items. I think this model is a great starting point for exposure, and even an effective conversation starter, however I would be wary of too much dependence being placed on the tool from a strict evaluative stand point.
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  • having a framework to assess the current situation of schools in terms of ICT use is useful because it gives a concrete baseline as where to start and design a realistic and achievable plan to promoting ICT and leading schools in the digital age
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  • It was great that you realised the dilemma of using this as a transferable tool. I think it is always important to remember that 'one size' never fits all. However this tool provides a fantastic framework for anyone to consider when evaluating the effectiveness of a school's ICT implementation.
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  • I think it would be more useful if this framework can be use to all organisations, not just educational institutions. I still struggling how to applying this framework to my organisation.
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E strategy framework assignment 1

  1. 1. eStrategy Framework SCHOOLS & PRESCHOOLS ICT STRATEGY DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND CHILDREN’S SERVICES, (2008). DECS E-STRATEGY FRAMEWORK. RETRIEVED FROMHTTP://WWW.DECD.SA.GOV.AU/ICTSTRATEGY/PAGES/LEADERS/ESTRATEGY/
  2. 2. About the framework The framework enables the identification, implementation and evaluation of strategies to ensure effective use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in teaching and learning programs to improve outcomes for learners.
  3. 3. Why to use this framework (1) Technologies play an important role in improving learning outcomes for children, and in making school management more efficient and effective. The eStrategy Framework is designed to assist schools review, plan and advance their use of technologies, in a way that is strategic and manageable. The framework helps schools to map themselves against a series of statements that describe a range of practices, from Undeveloped to Embedded. This mapping generates a profile that schools can use to prioritise areas for development.
  4. 4. How to use this framework (2) The framework allows schools to identify: • where their current practices are in the continuum • priorities for realistic short and longer term improvement goals • processes for achieving their goals • evaluation strategies to refine goals and actions.
  5. 5. It is important to involve as many of the school community as possible; staff, students, families, and the wider community. This will enable them to gain a common understanding of what is working well, what areas need improvement and how to focus on those.
  6. 6. Overview
  7. 7. Vision and Leadership Aspect OVERVIEW  The Vision and Leadership Aspect reflects the importance of having a comprehensive vision for ICT that is not static and needs to be reviewed and updated. It stresses the importance of careful financial planning which takes into account all related costs and the impact on implementation and learning outcomes. STRANDS The Strands in the Vision and Leadership Aspect help leaders to consider the following questions: ■ Vision: Is there an innovative and inclusive vision for ICT that is regularly reviewed and updated in light of developments in technology and knowledge of effective practices? ■ Strategy: Are there strategies in place that support the vision? ■ Evaluation: Is the effectiveness of the vision monitored and its impact across the site evaluated?
  8. 8. Teaching and Learning Aspect OVERVIEW The Teaching and Learning Aspect is concerned with the way that leaders at different levels promote a strong culture of teaching and learning with ICT. It is important for several reasons: effective planning and use of ICT by teachers, explored from the learners’ perspective, looks at learners’ expectations, informs and influences future decision making, and improves learners’ attitudes towards learning in general, as well as motivation and behaviour. STRANDS The Strands in the Teaching and Learning Aspect help leaders to consider the following questions: ■ Leadership and planning: Does the leadership team support a culture of innovative curriculum practice that leads to quality planning and use of ICT? ■ Capabilities and experiences: Are children and students supported to develop skills and aptitudes for 21st century learning? ■ Assessment and evaluation: How is ICT impacting on learners and their achievement? Is data collected and used in a range of ways to inform both assessment and future planning?
  9. 9. Professional Learning Aspect OVERVIEW The Professional Learning Aspect is concerned with the processes used to identify and plan for individual and whole professional learning with ICT. This aspect is concerned with the overall management and evaluation of professional learning with ICT, and how outcomes are used for future planning. STRANDS The Strands in the Professional Learning Aspect help leaders to consider the following questions: ■ Planning: Are individual staff capabilities and whole site ICT professional learning needs identified? ■ Implementation: Is a range of quality ICT professional learning opportunities that lead to innovative teaching and learning practices provided? ■ Evaluation: Is the impact of professional learning with ICT monitored and evaluated?
  10. 10. Administration Aspect OVERVIEW The Administration Aspect is concerned with the effective use of management information systems, performance data and ICT to improve communications. It focuses on the secure, safe and legal use of ICT, and how ICT are used to improve work practices. STRANDS The Strands in the Administration Aspect help leaders to consider the following questions: ■ Connections: Do the administrative systems support all members of the community to implement the site’s vision, policies and practices? Are they easily accessible, secure, integrated and flexible to meet changing needs? ■ Systems: Are there strategies and systems in place to enable long-term sustainability of resources, security and safety, effective and optimal communication, teacher planning, assessment and reporting, and effective storage of learners’ work? ■ Data: Are ICT used effectively to record and analyse performance data? Does the site regularly review and update its procedures relating to data protection?
  11. 11. Resources Aspect OVERVIEW The Resources Aspect is concerned with the provision, management and support of ICT resources used within and beyond the policy. It concerns with Learning Culture, physical environment, environment underpins a positive teaching and learning experience, flexible access , monitoring the use and evaluation of the effectiveness of ICT resources, community. STRANDS The Strands in the Resources Aspect help leaders to consider the following questions: ■ Environments: Are teaching and learning spaces, both physical and virtual, meeting the site’s vision for 21st century education? ■ Provision: Are decisions about the procurement and management of ICT resources well planned? Do these resources provide reliable, integrated, personalised access for all users across the site? ■ Support: Is technical support provided that allows for minimal disruption to teaching and learning programs? Are ICT resources and technical support monitored and evaluated to inform ongoing procurement?
  12. 12. Assessment and Evaluation • On the pages 26 and 27, there are charts that can be removed for display, or to map and track school progress based on the DECD Improvement & Accountability Framework (DIAf) principles • eStrategy Framework Charts for Vision and Leadership, Professional Learning, Administration and Resources • eStrategy Framework Charts for Teaching and Learning Chart
  13. 13. Discussion Questions:  1- Where do you think is your school in “vision and mission” aspect? What you should it do to make more progress?  2- Where do you think is your school in “teaching and learning” aspect? What you should it do to make more progress?  3- Where do you think is your school in “administration” aspect? What you should it do to make more progress?  Or/ Where do you think is your school in (free choice) aspect? What you should it do to make more progress?
  14. 14. Conclusion  This reading is a valuable tool for evaluating and measuring the effectiveness of any ICT program policy in any educational organization. It provide important actions that are required by teachers, school leaders and policy makers to support the development of digital age learning. The stakeholders’ actions are needed to insure students are prepared for life-long learning beyond their schools. “If we teach today as we taught yesterday, we rob our children of tomorrow” John Dewey.

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