Voice of teachers transcript

Sharing digital resources

STACY

For me, what I see with the digital strategy is looking at what people do and the tools that they're using and how they can actually really operate with those tools and leverage student

learning and improve those student outcomes because it's all about those

end users which are the kids.

CHRIS

What the digital strategy does it, is allows schools and teachers as well as students to have a voice in the decisions that are going to be made within the school, to find the best fit for them with digital. So, the most important part for the schools digital strategy for me is, it's not the department telling the schools what to do, it's the department listening to schools and then providing them the support that they need.

The digital strategy and teaching

STACY

You've got a lot of busy teachers in our system and if they can actually look at a digital resource that's being developed and it's a quality resource by another teacher in another school somewhere that could be shared and all of a sudden that teacher might share a resource back with that other teacher or someone else and all of a sudden you've got this huge community of practice and it's going to save time. It's also going to save time not only with that preparation but with the delivery too. You can flip your classes so students can have a lot of the content beforehand and then you can come in and you can really analyze and get a deeper understanding of the content.

CHRIS

Digital resources are very important for lesson planning. They give you the opportunity to reuse and modify digital resources so that you're not constantly reinventing the wheel. It can be a really collaborative process where you're working with other teachers and sharing resources and seeing the curriculum being taught in a new way. Particularly with new curriculums coming through and in the curriculum review there's a lot of changes around and it really cuts down on the amount of time for lesson planning if you can find resources that you can modify to best suit your students to differentiate within the classroom or work with other staff members to make sure that the students are getting the best possible resource for their learning.

Creating life-long learners

STACY

There's not going to be the mistakes of the past, we'll be able to say here's the syllabus here's some resources and here's the correct content and let's make sure that the kids are completely prepared for every single stage of their learning and we're not just looking at a K to 12 solution we should be looking at a K to 20 solution with the digital strategy which is what we are, we're creating lifelong learners, so we're not only going to help teachers with their consistency of practice with those syllabuses but we're also going to be able to train the students and get them to a level that we've never been able to get before.

CHRIS

If a student has multiple different ways in which they're getting their learning and have

to manage multiple passwords and multiple you know they've got Edmodo and Canvas and you know God knows how many different platforms. It can be a bit overwhelming, so having a consistent approach within a school to say these are the systems that we're going to use to communicate with you, with your parents, these are the these are work that the places that you can find your resources that best suit you. It really helps cut down a lot of the wasted time when it comes to logging in and trying to find the resources and really makes that teaching learning experience a lot more user-friendly.

The future of teaching and learning

CHRIS

My vision for the future, if we're looking seven years in the future at the end of the schools digital strategy, would be staff and students really having a lot of agency and a lot of involvement in their own learning. To say how they best learn, not every student learns the same not every teacher teaches the same. It's really important to give them, empower them to have, to make the right choices in their classroom to make sure that they're learning in the best possible way to get the best possible outcomes for students.

STACY

So, 2026 the end of the SDS I think what we'll hopefully have is a very consistent system. We'll be able to track a lot of data not that the data is the be-all and end-all because we've got to look at the humans that are in front of us. But we'll be able to assist them with that data. We'll be able to know where they sit and where we can move them to. So, I think that will be probably the most important part is looking at that continuum of learning and ensuring our students are following that and if they do, if they are a little, having a few difficulties we'll be able to prop them up and support them with that and that will be through digital means because it will be accessible to all. We can have all this accessible 24/7 for staff, students, parents, caregivers, leaders anyone really that will need that sort of level of data and level of understanding as well so i think i think that's where we'll be heading is hopefully not letting any more people fall through the cracks, whether it's staff or students.

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