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SMART CLASSROOMS: Program plugs principals into eLearning

19 February 2009

Program plugs principals into eLearning

State school principals are being encouraged to boost their knowledge of contemporary learning by getting involved in the 2010 eLearning Principal Program.

Fortitude Valley State School principal Matt Taylor said the program helped principals to understand the true potential of eLearning for today's students.

'It provides us with the opportunity to move students away from being passive recipients of knowledge, to independent critical learners,' Mr Taylor said.

'I'm also hoping that the use of eLearning will mean my administration tasks will halve, and I'll stop doubling up on planning and curriculum documents that I can access through The Learning Place and OnePortal.'

Held at the Sunshine Coast's ICT Learning Innovation Centre, the three-day program is open to Band 5 to 6 teaching and Band 7 to 11 non-teaching principals.

This year's series of eLearning Principal Programs begins in May, with five scheduled throughout the school year.

Participants are nominated by their regional director or regional technology manager.

Croydon State School principal Fiona Connor said the program was ideal for cultivating eLearning ideas.

'The program provided me with information on how to access learning resources through the Electronic Teaching Collection (eTc), curriculum resources on The Learning Place and other tools that I previously had little knowledge of,' Ms Connor said.

'This is particularly beneficial for remote and small schools such as ours. Many of the resources available that we were told about are free and easy to use.'

Bauple State School principal Susan Booth said eLearning was an important part of students' lives and as facilitators it was important to meet students' expectations to learn digitally.

'The program gives principals a better understanding of online learning environments and the opportunity to think about the future of their school and its vision for eLearning,' she said.

For more information about the eLearning Principal Program visit the Smart Classrooms website.