Defining our beliefs and values of technology in learning underpins any digital learning policy (formerly the ICT policy)
Unboxing a school in August of last year we embarked on a journey to define the role of technology across school and the curriculum. By establishing a team of digital leaders to collaborate on the project we have begun building a shared understanding of how digital literacy and media is shaping the world around us.
I have summarised the process as follows:
1. Introduction the SAMR model, digital learning innovations with iPad and mapping the future. Teachers imagined the end of the school year, envisioning how digital literacy and media would be fully imbedding into their learning environments. These ideas built on the International Baccalaureate defined essential ICT skills of creation, collaboration, communication, organisation, investigation and being a responsible digital citizen (see The Role of ICT in the PYP and ISTE Standards)
2. Establish a Digital Leaders team developing an understanding where we are, where we are going and how we are going to get there.
Digital Leaders Team formation
3. Formation of Digital Hub PLN
4. Defining beliefs and values of digital literacy across school
5. Completion of defined beliefs and values and draft digital learning policy created.
6. Digital Literacy Profiles for each grade level completed by all members of the learning community building on the established ISTE Student standards and IB Learner Profile attributes
7. Speed Geeking Digital Literacy workshop: sharing good practice across the team, highlighting the development of digital literacy across our programmes. Celebrating the culture of digital literacy across school.
As provocations the following five questions are driving our inquiries
3.1 What role does digital learning play in developing the essential elements of the IB programmes and the attributes of the IB Learner Profile?
3.2 What does the integration of digital learning across the curriculum look like?
3.3 What does the school believe is an adequate provision of resources?
3.4 How will ongoing professional learning in the use of digital tools be valued in the school?
3.5 What are the different roles and responsibilities of members of the school community with respect to digital learning provision and use?
To truly embrace a culture of digital learning we must echo the beliefs of language teaching, where we are all considered Language teachers. We should all be teachers of digital literacy acknowledging that our students may also play a part in the teaching and learning of digital skills.
The following article posted by Jennifer Carey on Mar 26, 2014 gives an excellent overview of how digital literacy can be infused across the curriculum.