Initial learning has mainly been focused on finding my way around the course site, and its hidden levels. I have to admit I find it difficult to navigate to and from the various portals that we are using – Learn/moodle – blogs – Wiki educator – but as my familiarity grows, and I gather a large amount of bookmarks, I know it will become easier.
Setting up a blog and using it to gather my thoughts, reading summaries etc. has been positive and I am thinking that something along this line would be a great model to use as a personal record of professional development / performance agreement within my school as we create a similar reflection journal on paper. I find it very positive to be able to read what others participating in the course are thinking as it helps to clarify my own understanding of readings and new concepts. It also motivates me to keep on task and find aspects of the course I have missed as they discuss concepts in blog posts or the forums. It is also positive to see some familiar names on this course from others I am doing / have done this year. Knowing the supportive nature of my ‘classmates’ and the seeing the frequent posts of our lecturers reassures me that the struggles of the course will end with a positive learning outcome.
I found the initial articles intriguing. The Arena of Change by Niki Davis, is an interesting concept of how all the different aspects or stake holders in education are interwoven. Often when considering implementing innovations, I have not explicitly considered the influences of these varying levels. They do, however, all impact decisions that are made.
I am still re-reading the articles which outline models of change and trying to get my foggy brain to make sense of them. So far, the main understanding I have gained is the need to plan for change and be prepared for how others will react to the change. In my role as principal I have been able to easily implement and manage change as I have only led small schools. However as my school has grown and I am leading developments within our local area, implementing change needs to be more intentional, thoroughly planned, managed and sustained.
I look forward to clarifying the different change models that apply to working with new technologies, implementing positive change in my own classroom and school and learning with a great group of passionate educators.