Transcript of the Voice of principals video

My name's Clint White. I'm the principal of Sylvania Heights Public School and also the chairperson for the NSW primary principals association technology reference group.

Hi, I'm Katherine Horner principal at Jannali East Public School, a school in the Sutherland Shire with 365 students.

My name is Neil Lavitt and I'm a teaching principal at St Peters Public School, which is a lovely little school of about 123 children at this moment in time, in the inner west of Sydney.

My name is Craig Snudden and I'm the principal at Bangor Public School here in Sydney's south. A reasonably large school of 550 students across 22 classes.

The school digital strategy for me is about making schools more effective by reducing the administrative burden on principals and on school teachers.

Narration:

Admin staff, teachers and principals just want simple platforms across schools that work. There seems to be so much happening from a technological point of view. New information, new programs, new expectations new ways of doing things.

The biggest problem with technology is it's the preparation time. It's getting everything working, it's the problems with the passwords. It's the problems with individuals not being able to access what they need to access.

It's about having technology that is reliable, cost-effective, enhances teaching and learning without the teacher having the challenges of trying to get the technology to work.

The technology is in schools, it's there. It assists in our core business of teaching and learning. Teachers would love to be able to collaborate together, learn from each other in all aspects of that teaching and learning cycle.

Whether it's planning, whether it's implementing the lessons, whether it's assessing or reporting wouldn't it be fantastic to see the department's support all aspects of that cycle.

If we had a system that was all interlinked with a common language that would be beneficial to everyone
and be much more time-efficient and wouldn't be putting more stress on us and our staff.

One area that I'm particularly keen to see is the way in which schools now and teachers are able to collaborate on
digital data, which is secure without the need to use USB keys, hard drives which are very very insecure in the sense that they can get lost or broken and data is duplicated and repeated.

We need to look at different settings, different systems where technology is playing the greatest role within the school to be reflective of contemporary workplaces, of contemporary society.

When talking about schools digital strategy it would be wonderful to see support for our core business in the classroom which is the teaching and learning cycle.

The most important thing with any use of any technology is that it doesn't get in the way of the learning.

The cost of the ever-changing technology is a real burden. I see teachers that now come into the school that are highly digitally literate and they know and are able to use tools very effectively in learning. They plan and program through technology.

I think it's great that the department is consulting principals on this new strategy. It's great that we have input now and can make sure that whatever is rolled out works in schools.

If you have something that's simple and makes sense and has a common language that's school language, I think that would be very very helpful for everyone.

The SDS will be able to provide principals and schools with more time for principals to be working with students and teachers. That's what we want.

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