Leading a Digital School: Principles and Practice

Leading a Digital School: Principles and Practice


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This important new book informs educational leaders about current developments in the use of digital technologies and presents a number of case studies demonstrating their value and complexity. It encourages leaders to engage in the process of successful change for their own school community by providing guidelines and advice drawn from emerging research. Leading a Digital School is a rich source of information and advice about joining the new 'education revolution.' It shows clearly and concisely how schools can integrate digital technologies creatively and wisely in order to enliven teaching and support student learning.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780864318961
Publisher: Australian Council for Educational Research
Publication date: 07/21/2008
Pages: 221
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Figures and tables vii

Preface ix

The contributors xiv

1 Leading schools in a digital era 1

Leading a digital school 3

'The school is flat' 4

Teachers using new technologies 7

Principals as responsible leaders in technology 9

The purpose and possibilities of digital schooling 12

2 Successful learning and school design for the knowledge age 14

Reviewing the global context-challenges for schools 15

Planning schooling for the knowledge age 21

Conclusion 29

3 Planning in a digital school 30

Focus on people not machines: planning elements for a digital school 30

Planning pragmatically in changing times 33

From planning to implementation 35

Conclusion 36

4 Engagement with digital technology: new challenges for school and system leaders 38

Shaping and selecting digital technologies 40

Managing enthusiasm: from early adoption to sustained widespread use 41

Achieving digital integration 42

Balancing internal and external control 43

Managing risk 44

Securing school information assets 45

Managing information 45

Overseeing the technology and education direction 46

Networking with the home technology 47

Financing the technology 48

Conclusion 49

5 Fostering digitally based teaching and learning: strategic considerations 51

New technologies, new expectations of teachers in a digital world 52

e-Learning applications: new tools for teaching and learning 56

New learning through digital technologies: connectivism 57

Strategic planning: roadmaps, signposts and intents 58

Strategic principles for the ICT journey 64

Making IT happen 67

6 Creating a nexus between homes and schools 68

The digital dividebetween homes and schools 69

The digital divide among homes 72

Student learning outside the classroom 73

Developing a home-school nexus 76

Conclusion 79

7 Leading a digital school: a case study-St Leonard's College 80

The context 80

What works for us, and what have we abandoned? 83

The future 91

8 The 'Good Video Game Guide' to successful integration of digital technology: a case study of Ingle Farm Primary School with interactive whiteboards 93

School context and approach to change 94

'Good video games' as guides for teaching and learning with digital technology 95

Outcomes from our journey with IWBs 102

Reflections and conclusions 103

9 Staffing the digital school: in search of ground rules 105

Teaching practice in an industrial age 106

A post-industrial age 107

Teaching in the knowledge age 108

Themes and ground rules for staffing of twenty-first century schools 110

Conclusion 117

10 ICT infrastructure: the core components 118

The changing nature and expectations of ICT infrastructure 118

Core components of ICT infrastructure 120

Conclusion 123

11 ICT support 125

'24/7/365' demands 125

Technical support-internal or outsourced? 126

Attracting and retaining quality IT staff 127

ICT technical staff certification and re-skilling 128

TCO-total cost of ownership 129

Budget allocation 129

Documentation, disaster recovery and business continuity planning 130

'Technical versus academic' support 130

Conclusion 131

12 Managing and servicing the information needs of a digital school 132

Challenges 133

Rising to meet the challenges 134

Bringing it together-designing quality virtual learning environments 142

Conclusion 144

13 Developing and sustaining the digital education ecosystem: the value and possibilities of online environments for student learning 146

The emerging electronic learning environment 147

Technology as tools for teaching and learning 152

What to look for in a learning platform 157

Successful ICT in schools 163

Guidelines for school and education system leaders 165

What's next? 166

14 Preparing your teachers and yourself for a digital school 168

No 'silver bullets' 169

Your role as a 'role model' 173

Successful change through professional learning 175

Conclusion 176

15 Principles and guidelines for creating a digital school 178

Operate holistically 178

Digital integration 183

Digital administration and communications systems 191

Budget 192

Evaluation and reflection 194

Appendix Precursors to planning: templates for discussion groups 196

Bibliography 203

Index 219

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