Leading ICT Learning in Technology Enabled Schools
The project Leading ICT Learning in Technology Enabled Schools will enable current and aspiring school
leaders to lead school communities to understand the role and potential of information and
communication technologies to extend and transform the school learning environment. Through the
use of networking online, leaders will develop the necessary skills to plan and create new learning
environments; understand the appropriate and purposeful integration of ICT into learning; and develop
high level management and communication processes.
Through a single sign-on portal they will be supported with relevant information, expert advice and
practical and strategic tools; as well as mentoring, facilitated networking and collegial learning that will
enable critical reflection, discussion and engagement about leading ICT learning.
The tools will provide principals with an online profile, networking and workspaces where members can
share resources, experiences and collaborate to provide collegial support.
It will allow principals to:
Create an online professional profile
Connect with principals who have similar interests
Share links, files, news, photos, ideas, opinions
Blog about their work and professional learning
Aggregate their online activity to show what they are doing online
Join communities of interest to share ideas about educational practice
Run a web discussion or news forum
Create a shared web publishing space
Collaborate on a wiki shared document with multiple authors and contributors
Create a searchable database of team resources
Create a lesson or workflow sequence
Communicate via video conferencing
Together with the online collaboration and mentoring tools, a digital backpack will be incorporated to
further enrich these tools and services. This will provide the opportunity to gather evidence and for
individual and collaborative reflection to be benchmarked against the professional standards for
principals. Research has shown that from a lifelong learning perspective, digital backpacks are
particularly important since, in the presentational sense, they provide evidence of the learner’s progress
over time, and in the development sense, they engage learners in ongoing self-evaluation through:
Reflecting on personal strengths and weaknesses
Recognizing gaps in existing knowledge and competences
Evaluating how to move forward
Entering into dialogue with other
In this program the Digital Backpack will be used by leaders as a performance management tool to
record progress and gather evidence against leadership standards. It could be an ideal opportunity for
trialing the national leadership standards that are due for release in 2011. In this way, leaders will be
modeling to teachers how this tool can make it easier to manage progress and evidence towards teacher
A group of principals skilled and experienced in leadership and the use of ICTs will act as a key advisory
and resource group. As the Leaders in ICT Network this would be an open on-line community supported
by a facilitator with access to the latest thinkers and practitioners from education and business from
around the world. Support from industry eg Telstra, Cisco, Intel and Microsoft will be sought.
The Leaders in ICT Network would publish their experiences, opinions and views in a variety of formats
(blogs, videos, papers) on making full use of ICT in effective learning and teaching and organisational
improvement, and be advocates for change through practice and modeling.
Leaders in the ICT network will publish about best practice in areas such as managing and leading
schools for improved student learning outcomes. They will also publish articles, opinion pieces about
current issues such as the Australian curriculum including specific curriculum areas, school governance
and autonomy, teacher and leadership standards, reporting through Myschool, ICT strategic planning,
Indigenous and special education and other issues that arise as part of national policy.
For further information please go to www.palnet.edu.au or Principals Australia on firstname.lastname@example.org.
The portal is expected to be live in August 2011.
This project is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations through
the ICT Innovation Fund.