E-Activity 2.1: Arena of change mindmap

I found this activity to be quite challenging, as my mind kept wandering (as shown in the post image). I record my notes in the more traditional form criticised by Tony Buzan in the video shown below.

After a quick google search I settled on Bubbl.us (www.bubbl.us) as the mind mapping tool that suited me, as it had had a fairly intuitive interface. With very limited thought I dove right in and attempted to recreate my existing notes in mind map form. This had less than spectacular results. Defeated, I returned to Tony Buzan’s Video and the Task description and tried to structure my map into the Arena of Change model (Davis N. 2012). First through each of the different strata: Classroom, School, Area, Nation, World. Then through four branches for the four different types of influence: Professional, Commercial, Political and Bureaucratic. I found the second approach to be more successful.

New-Mind-Map_4bhhl

My Research Topic: What are the pedagogical and device selection implications for the implementation of a 1 to 1 BYOD programme in Years 7-10? 

 

(Note: Focus changed post activity to “Leadership” in lieu of Device Selection)

Having divided the concept of BYOD into the four influence types (and some of them are slightly misinterpreted from their original form). The concept of BYOD gets very busy very quickly, and some of the key considerations are left at the fringes. The two key foci for my research topic Device Selection Criteria and Pedagogy (shown in Red) are both four ‘hops’ from the centre of the mind map, as part of my research I will be looking at mind mapping again with each of these bubbles as their own separate central focus.

Overall I found this activity to be a productive one, forcing me to restructure my thinking on the topic has shown me that I need to draw my attention further towards the central ideas of my research and not get bogged down in the bigger picture.

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Resonating Thoughts.

As part of eActivity 2.1 I watched the following video:

I found a number of points, shared in the video, were relevant to my research.

The last point from the video but the first for me, the importance of a shared vision. I have worked with a number of schools who focus on “What” they are attempting to accomplish without regard for “Why” the establishment of a shared vision allows individuals within a larger institution to take initiative and to advance their own skills and pedagogical understanding without having to wait for the next step, next instruction or next PD day. The concept of a shared vision is vital to any school wishing to implement change.

Secondly the importance of support, both “direct support” from within the school and beyond. It is the nature of e-Learning development within Schools that the Professional Development has to be “Just in time, just enough and Just for me”. Teachers need to be able to seek out and receive timely support. If this is only located from an external source then it will become a struggle to gain traction.

Finally the comment that teachers “Will implement a range of online tools based on their skills and confidence, and of course their pedagogical approaches”. This is a key understanding for the leaders of learning within a school to have the idea that teachers will require an understanding of not just the skills but the underlying pedagogies as well.

Video retrieved from: http://vimeo.com/55835716

Annotated Bibliography 1

Robinson, L.(2009). A summary of diffusion of innovations. Retrieved July 15, 2013.

Description: This article summarizes how innovations are adopted. The author identifies three insights offered by Diffusion of Innovation into the process of social change:

–       The Qualities which make an innovation spread successfully

–       The importance of peer-to-peer conversations and peer networks.

–       An understanding of the needs of different user segments

Each of these insights is then elaborated on the five qualities of successful innovation are identifies as:

–       Relative Advantage

–       Compatibility with existing values and practices

–       Simplicity and ease of use

–       Trialability

–       Observable results

The importance of peer-to-peer conversations is highlighted as a medium to spread adoption, as this can allow users to manage risk and uncertainty.

Finally the characteristics of the five different user segments from Rogers’ Diffusion of Innovations model are clarified, their needs and wants discussed, and techniques for working with them offered.

Evaluation: This article offered a clear description of the “Diffusion of Innovation Model”, of particular use are the five qualities of successful innovation spread and the methods or strategies for working with the different groups.

This article was useful for my research, I was particularly interested in the idea of “trialability” defined as “the degree to which an innovation can be experimented with on a limited basis.” In my experience “extensibility” in an innovation seems to be desirable. The ability to work with a limited feature set, or limited functionality until comfortable then extend or augment the capabilities of the product or innovation as needed.

E-Activity 1.2: Selecting a Research Topic

Post Two: In this post I will attempt to clarify my research topic and reasons for choosing it. I have chosen to follow the activity description to the letter so as to not miss anything out.

  • STATE your research topic and identify the specific digital technology (or technologies).

My current area of interest is the process and procedures schools are following with the implementation of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) 1 to 1 device programmes within their institutions. However “investigate BYOD” seems very broad. As such I have narrowed my focus to:

What are the pedagogical and leadership implications for the implementation of a 1 to 1 BYOD programme in Years 7-10?

I felt that the focus on the middle years will enable the research to inform the years below or above.

  • WHY did you choose the topic? What interests you about it? Do you have an opinion about the issues involved?

I chose this topic as I am working with a number of schools who are currently implementing BYOD, and have observed that a number of them are not able to clearly articulate their goals for this change. How will their staff be supported? What are the curriculum learning outcomes for this change? How will students be supported with the change to their learning model?

I find the entire realm of BYOD to be fascinating it seems to be a foregone conclusion that “this is the future” and I look forward to discovering if the research backs this hypothesis.

  • WHO are the information providers on this topic? Who might publish information about it? Who is affected by the topic? Do you know of organizations or institutions affiliated with the topic?

The information providers on this topic will be predominantly schools or institutions who have made the change and discovered the pitfalls and challenges. I know of several institutions who have done this and look forward to working with them on this research. Those affected by this topic will be any school looking towards BYOD in the next 5 years.

  • WHAT are the major questions for this topic? Is there a debate about the topic? Are there a range of issues and viewpoints to consider?

Major Questions:

  1.  What are the considerations for the device, how can we select a device that will best function in our institution?
  2. How can we support our staff to develop both the technical skill required and the pedagogical approaches to ensure best practice?
  3. What infrastructural considerations need to be made?
  4. How will the Students and their Parents or Whānau need to be supported, who is the “first port of call”?
  5. Why are we making this change, how does it meet the vision of our school or institution?

I believe this is a topic that will need serious debate in the near future, particularly when socio-economic factors are taken into account, I will not be investigating the equity of these schemes.

The different viewpoints for this issue are those of the different stakeholders: School, Senior Leadership, Teachers, Students, Parents/Whānau.

  • WHERE is your topic important: at the local, national or international level? Are there specific places affected by the topic?a

The topic is particularly relevant in New Zealand at the moment, I am also aware of international schools who are making the change to a 1-2 or 1-3 (1 student multiple devices) who will inform some of the debate.

  • WHEN is/was your topic important? Is it a current event or an historical issue? Do you want to compare your topic by time periods?

I believe this to be a completely current issue, as the SNUP and UFB infrastructural upgrades are completed schools have the infrastructure to make this change to their learning environment and with the pending release of the N4L as a fantastic tool for New Zealand Schools the issue is at the forefront of current thinking. I will be looking at the issue in the current time period.

So thats my topic, I welcome any feedback or questions people may have on this topic, particularly as it will help me to firm my own thinking on the topic.

Cheers,
Tim

Image retrieved from: http://www.icomm.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Byod.jpg

E-Activity 1.1: Introduction

Hello and welcome to my blog.

This is the blog I have created for E-Activity 1.1 for EDEM 630.

My name is Tim and I work as an e-Learning Facilitator for a New Zealand company. I am taking this course as an interest paper as I would like to understand more about how Change with Digital Technologies can best be managed in New Zealand Schools.

I work with a number of New Zealand Schools throughout the country, however I am based in Dunedin. I throughly enjoy working with Schools as they begin, or continue their e-Learning journey.

My previous blog use has been limited, usually for a specific purpose and over a short timeframe. This is the first one that is public and created using WordPress overall, I found the most difficult part of creating this blog was the choice of username as the common names had all been taken.

I look forward to interacting with you all during the course.

Cheers,

Tim

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