Friday, September 13, 2013

Reflection 3:EDEM630

Learning over the weeks was not confined to LEARN. We have explored Blogs extending to SP4Ed mOOC. Over the last week, the changing theories of change and organization with the eLPF was very interesting.

The best reading that really engaged me was Davis, Eickelmann& Zaka (2013). This reading talks the reality of integrating technology in education system.  It is far away from the abstract imagination and assumptions. Reading this, puts one in the real world of coping with change in technology in education.

The slides (  illustrates the disparities between schools that adopt technology and their own beliefs on technology in classrooms. It was interesting to note the various opinions of schools leaders on technology in classrooms.

Another interesting part was critical review of ePLF and evaluation of the school. This activity was quite engaging to me as being a part of the school which very closely incorporates e-learning.

ON whole, EDEM630 has taken me out of the LEARN site to use various ways of interacting with
students and also on a global scale.  Apart from interaction, the study of change in various arenas has moved me out of the classroom (personal) perspective to the ecological perspective to understand what changes happen/needs to happen and how it happens before teachers and students enjoy technology aided education in the classroom. The interacting factors and their effects on the change is much known now and understood than before.

Scenario planning was another part of EDEM630. Frankly speaking, I did not understand anything about it. I ended up making massive error in my scenario planning.  However, after Speakinng to Wayne about this, something came up!!!! At least the second attempt had some positives in it. Firstly, as I looked at the quadrants, I only thought in mathematical terms about increasing and decreasing quadrants and my thoughts were fixed on it.

The last part of the course was theories of change which has already been discussed at the beginning.

However, the big question that lies for me is the: How can the community be involved in the whole process of implementing technology in education and how are the parents going to cope with the digital changes in the technology in their kids education?

I would really like to be a part of a team in implementing a new technology in my field of work and I think this what I still have to learn.


  1. I believe getting parent buy-in will be a challenge too. Although with the blended units I have been trying out, the children who are able to go online at home have enjoyed showing their parents what they can do and the parents have told me they are surprised at what their kids can achieve. So that might be the way to go - engage the kids and the parents will follow.

  2. The link to the slides was really interesting - I think people are brave to put their comments out there, especially as they may adapt those ideas over time. Not everyone saw that the students were capable of making decisions around their own learning, did they? And if teachers cannot see that, then you are right, many parents will have difficulty there too. Thanks for a thought-provoking read...

  3. Working in Te Kura, The Correspondence School, will give you lots of opportunity to continue to expand your nationwide school's use of technology Saleshni because the curriculum teams are increasing their support for students with the Learning Management System called Desire to Learn as well as other tools. Having been on the Board for a few months, I suggest that you ask your team leader for some more information on what is happening and guidance on where you could look.

    Te Kura is a fascinating organisation that probably could not have evolved in any other country than New Zealand. Sometimes I think it might be more than one organisation given the different modes that and varieties of students of all ages. An early version of our JCAL article just published included an analysis but it became to complex and so we dropped it in favour of Pinelopi Zaka's case study research for her MEd.

    We are pleased to have you studying with us Saleshni