This post is a continuation of It begins with you – https://www.iwb.net.au/leadership-actions-matter-it-begins-with-you/
Our students inhabit a borderless world offering limitless connection, data and mobility. It is essential that we offer our students an education that capitalises on the opportunities provided by new technologies to equip them with the skillset and mindset to thrive in the digital age. Whilst there is no single approach that will prepare learners or schools for all potential future developments, it is essential that schools are committed to creating a diverse ecology of educational practices.
Use resources wisely
The most innovative school leaders know that investing in professional development is just as important as selecting the right technology to use in a school. Therefore, it is important that school leaders align their physical, organisational and technology resources to the school’s strategic priorities. This requires some creative thought as to how to allocate resources to help to develop, sustain, and drive meaningful innovation. Early investment is crucial in ensuring that teachers are provided with the essential knowledge, skills and support to continuously evaluate and improve teaching and learning programs that advance student learning, creativity and innovation, in and beyond the classroom.
One innovative strategy is to use your students as a resource to help drive innovation and transformational change in your organisation. This could include student leading workshops with your staff or co-presenting with teachers on initiatives or projects. Student voice is an integral part of a learning community. When students believe they are valued for their perspectives on learning and are given opportunities to talk and showcase their experiences, they have a stronger sense of membership and stronger sense of self as a learner (Toshalis and Nakkula, 2012). Student voice also acknowledges students as capable and valuable members of a school community who can help initiate and implement transformational change in 21st Century teaching and learning environments.
At the Leading a Digital School Conference, come and join the Ormiston College students as they lead you through a variety of STEM workshops. Learn how to code Microbits, fly a drone and explore mixed reality on the Hololens! This Spotlight session is scheduled on Friday 17 August 2018 @ 11.00am – see https://www.iwb.net.au/digital/program/ for details.