Predicting the future? Building a foundation for our ICT Strategy

In my last post I explored the challenge and needs around developing a  ‘strategy’ for ICT. Across the summer I eagerly dived into drafting initiatives and structures. I looked at projects of all sizes, programs and priorities. What immediately became...

Designing a strategy for school ICT

Back in 2011 we embarked on an ambitious vision for ICT at Newington. It was dramatic, but in many ways it was ‘easy’. Although it would herald a long, hard slog from a talented and committed team, the easy part was that we were working from a standing...

Student Publishing Part 2: End of Year Reflection

Ugh. I’ve asked my Year 10s to blog all year, publish on WordPress, and submit their posts as assignments in Canvas. So I’m only writing this cause the boys made a good point when they asked me to. I am just as horrified by the idea of anyone reading mine as...
Refining and developing our team culture

Refining and developing our team culture

Working in an ICT team is never easy. The environment is tough: constantly changing needs and context, new skills to acquire, different perspectives, life stages, priorities, and professional aspirations. The following outlines our shared understanding of what drives...

Student Publishing: The Adventure Begins

We started the adventure of student publishing a couple of weeks ago. The idea of having students publish blogs as a way to reflect on their work and evaluate their progress in classes has been niggling at me for quite some time now. My work with the Newington College...

Our cloud journey part 2: getting into Amazon

Launched in 2006, Amazon Web Services (AWS) ‘owns’ the global market for cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). In my last post I described some of the steps we began with SaaS: Google Apps, Instructure Canvas, etc. In 2012-2013 we began the fun process...
Our cloud journey part 1: baby steps

Our cloud journey part 1: baby steps

The team at Newington is now three years into our cloud journey. We had a fairly simple start. As with most other stories of our e-learning journey, the story starts in late 2011. At that time the server infrastructure at the College was in a fairly sorry state. Some...
STEM Festivities

STEM Festivities

As part of the “STEM festival” at school this week our Year 7 classes all had a session in their maths classes where they created “Mathematiclips” (stay tuned with that concept!!) An example: Equations with Angus Webster Creating...
QR codes for learning

QR codes for learning

QR is an abbreviation for  “Quick Response”. QR codes take you through to content when scanned. QR codes can be used effectively for many learning exercises. A QR Codes page has just been added to the blog and it explores: great things QR codes can point...