Briefing Materials: palnet


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Briefing Materials: palnet

  1. 1. Principals Australia Briefing Materials June 2011 2011
  2. 2. What is palnet?- An online professional learning environment built by principals, for principals and informed by current market research.- A space for cross sector, cross state and territory and cross level-of-schooling dialogue around the trending issues in relation of education.- A suite of easy-to-use online tools and spaces to connect, collaborate, contribute and engage in outstanding professional learning.- A space to think, reference and moderate around issues for Principals and aspiringleaders nationally. Project Update June 2011 2011
  3. 3. Whats Different?While there are many online learning communities in existence - many are restricted by state, territory or sector - may be a service endorsed or provided by a business with interests in the education market - may not be specifically targeted to the unique needs Principals and aspiring Principals have - may provide functionality not required and therefore distracting palnet delivers what Australian Principals and Aspiring Principals have said they want in an online professional learning network. 2011
  4. 4. BackgroundThe Australian Government has committed a total of $2.4 billion to the implementation of theDigital Education Revolution (DER).The Department operates the Information and Communication Technology Innovation Fund(ICTIF) under the Digital Strategy for Teachers and School Leaders element of the DER.palnet ( is one of four projects funded through the ICT Innovation Fund(ICTIF) to support pre-service teachers, in-service teachers and school leader to develop theskills, knowledge and experience to become confident in embedding ICT into teaching andencouraging students to use ICT productively for their learning.Other projects include• Plane (• TTF (Teaching Teachers for the Future)• ICT in Everyday Learning: Teacher Online Toolkit 2011
  5. 5. Plane ( will be a professional learning world for educators where they can: develop their skills; connect with others;and take part in formal structured learning that is accredited or informal learning. It will provide in-time anywhereanytime professional learning opportunities through two integrated environments; a rich multi-media environmentand a 21st century immersive learning environment – a “digital virtual world” - for experiential game-basedlearning, problem based simulation learning, collaboration and communication across educational sectors.TTF (Teaching Teachers for the Future)The TTF Project involves all 39 teacher education institutions in Australia. There are three components 1. To developand trial explicit ICT dimensions for 60% of the descriptors in the Graduate Teacher Standards of the NationalProfessional Standards for Teachers. 2. To develop a national collection of digital resources that provide pre-service,teacher educators and teachers with rich professional learning and digital resources exemplar packages 3. To secondhighly accomplished ICTE educators to Australian universities to work with teacher educators and pre-serviceteachers.ICT in Everyday Learning: Teacher Online ToolkitIn partnership with curriculum associations and universities, this project will enhance the capacity of in-serviceteachers to effectively incorporate varied technologies in classrooms while assisting the implementation of theAustralian Curriculum. The project will develop, trial and disseminate online professional learning resourcesdesigned to support the Digital Education Revolution. 2011
  6. 6. Project ObjectivesAudience: For principals, school leaders and aspiring school leaders:Provides:• Personal professional assessment and development• A personal online profile like “facebook”• An environment to buildrelationships and professional support• Resources for leadership, school management and increased ICT capability• An opportunity to build collaboration and resources around key educational and leadership objectives It is Principal and school leader driven and will be delivered through an online portal to all schools sectors, across Australia 2011
  7. 7. Overview of functions Mentoring opportunities groupsBuild relationships and professionalsupport through groups Events- national and international expertise Portfolio, cv and engagement with professional Personal professional profile standard 2011
  8. 8. Where is it up to?• Project Update June 2011• Portal development to date has been informed by a national users group of over 60 principals.• Currently a project reference group is being established to ensure functions and resources target the needs of the users.• Market research, conducted by Principals Australia, clearly demonstrates a commitment by Australian Principals and aspiring Principals to engage in online networks for professional growth.• Currently a holding page is being hosted at A live twitter feed provides a continuous stream of updates towards the launch date and Principals and Aspiring Principals are encouraged to follow the link to the registration page.• A link to palnet also exists from the Principals Australia site• The build of the portal ( by Education Services Australia is on schedule for a late August delivery. 2011
  9. 9. Sample Slides• The following images are intended to provide a general idea of the functions and navigation of the site and don’t represent all the functionality.• The final design and features will be shaped by the Project Reference Team 2011
  10. 10. Public Page The ‘public’ page that users will see when they visit The casual visitor can - See current activity and ‘trending issues’ - Register - Find out more information - View promotional 2011
  11. 11. Profile The registered users ‘profile’ page. The user has control over what information is shared. You can see common social network features- this is on purpose to ensure ease of 2011
  12. 12. GroupsThis section will be populatedwith moderated and facilitatedgroups as required by thecontract including1) Australian Curriculum2) School Governance andAutonomy3) Teacher and LeadershipStandards4) Data and Reporting5) ICT Strategic Planning6) Remote Schools7) Change Management8) Special Education Custom Groups9) Indigenous Education10) Social Inclusion Registered users will be able to create custom closed or open groups eg. An existing professional network could utilise palnet groups for their collaboration and engagement. 2011