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Implementing an iCentre approach:
Your destiny, by design
LYN HAY
Director, Leading Learning Institute
Adjunct Lecturer, C...
Building a sustainable future
for school libraries
 examination of issues, concerns
and potentials of school library
futu...
21C project findings
 The school library is an important part of
21C school life
 Pedagogical fusion and digital
citizen...
 Teacher librarians needed to
rethink their role if their core
business was not
based on instruction
 Moving from teache...
It is the
information-
technology-
learning hub of
the school
Introducing the iCentre concept
iCentre
the form it takes reflects the function
 high-end multimedia
production facility
 technology engine of a
network...
WHY build an
iCentre?
 Vision
 Perceptions
 Motivations
 Problems
 Agendas
 Silos
 Territory
 Convergence
iCentre
 technical-admin aspects of technology are secondary to
learning agenda
 information, technology,
curriculum & e...
“I see an iCentre as an opportunity
for collaboration... not only for students,
but for the power-leaders (silo managers)
...
“Imagine an
activity
and we
will make
a space
for it”
High School TL
(Hay & Todd 2010, 2A.5)
http://edu.blogs.com/.a/6a00d...
Do you want
 pedagogy to fuse the work of
information, technology & learning
specialists across the curriculum?
 key inf...
 to build capacity in your
staff to use digital
technologies to
differentiate learning?
 to offer a variety of entry
poi...
Do you want
 to support teachers in effectively leading
learning using 1:1 computing or BYOD?
 to provide timely,
respon...
Do you want to
 assist teachers in
effectively resourcing
new curriculum initiatives
 assist students in
developing thei...
What do you
want your
iCentre to do?
What do you want your
iCentre to look like?
“Chiara iCentre:
more than just
a library”
Maureen Twomey, iCentre Coordinator, Assisi Catholic
College, Upper Coomera, QL...
iCentre is more than a label
form & function determine your brand
 iCentre requires a re-engineering of ‘what we do’ – it...
“The iCentre brand provides powerful vision,
concepts and terminology to take to
stakeholders”
School Library Apple Store
...
iCentre
 includes a qualified team of
information, technology and
learning experts
 strategic and operational
functional...
Flexible access to computers, printers, internet and other
resources, including teaching expertise, before school and at
n...
What does an iCentre
team do?
iCentre team
 resources the curriculum
which reflects multi-format
nature of our world
 supports inquiry learning, immer...
iCentre team
 provides ‘nuts & bolts’
technical support
 provides a program
of informal and formal
instruction on digita...
Excerpts from PLC’s 1 degree bar newsletter
http://mta-icentre.mta.qld.edu.au/
iCentre team
 leads in the development, implementation & evaluation of a
cross-curricula digital citizenship program
 pr...
What does an iCentre
team look like?
No one size fits all model
 Principal, deputy principal, assistant
principal
 Directors of Curriculum, IT, e-Learning,
L...
Lessons
learned
Partnerships,
not buildings
 library staff find ICT staff in
the same facility very
convenient
 library and ICT staff be...
“The great benefit to teachers and students is that the
iCentre has now become a
one-shop shop for all their
information, ...
People, not profiles
 targeted projects bring people & expertise together: digital
textbooks, ebooks/audio books, learnin...
“Having the technical and library teams working
together on these projects
provided really good fuel to bring us together
...
By design vs by accident
“I was in a school that had not developed silos
because it was a new school. I have worked in a
v...
By design versus
by accident
One principal asked for the Curriculum
Coordinator to be accommodated in
the iCentre
due to l...
By design vs by accident
“We are on a learning journey with
regard to pedagogy and technology,
but this building
has given...
Seize opportunities
by keeping one’s eyes wide open
& being proactive
Principal needs to support
the principle of an iCentre
“You used the term ‘brave’, schools need to be brave
to converge of...
“She could see the positives that were coming
out of the blending of staff... So then it was the
principal who began to ex...
iCentre team as leaders
We are seeing the impact on the development
of a professional culture that supports teachers
to ta...
 Digital normalisation is “when the digital technology that is already
used naturally 24/7/365 outside the school walls i...
“You’ll have noted that as schools move along the evolutionary
continuum they become ever more integrated and the silo
fun...
“What one can safely say is that the way forward in
ever more integrated school ecologies, that are
virtually daily underg...
http://studentslearn.wordpress.com/about/about-icentres/
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Your destiny, by design
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  1. 1. Implementing an iCentre approach: Your destiny, by design LYN HAY Director, Leading Learning Institute Adjunct Lecturer, Charles Sturt University Head of Professional Learning Syba Academy #BCTLA #psaday
  2. 2. Building a sustainable future for school libraries  examination of issues, concerns and potentials of school library futures  need to build capacity for a sustainable future where school libraries become key learning centres of information, inquiry, innovation, immersion and instructional excellence (Hay, 2010a; 2010b; Hay & Todd, 2010)
  3. 3. 21C project findings  The school library is an important part of 21C school life  Pedagogical fusion and digital citizenship  Repositioning the school library as a flexible and dynamic learning space  The challenge: articulating how school libraries impact on student learning http://www.curriculumsupport.education.nsw.gov.au/schoollibraries/assets/pdf/21c_report.pdf
  4. 4.  Teacher librarians needed to rethink their role if their core business was not based on instruction  Moving from teacher librarian ‘actions’ to student outcomes  Lack of ‘hard’ evidence provided by TLs  Enablers and barriers to collecting and documenting evidence of learning outcomes  Overall, school libraries are a valuable part of school life Australian Government inquiry into status of school libraries
  5. 5. It is the information- technology- learning hub of the school Introducing the iCentre concept
  6. 6. iCentre the form it takes reflects the function  high-end multimedia production facility  technology engine of a networked school + learning innovation engine  large, flexible learning space based on fluid design principles  layout will look different on a daily basis
  7. 7. WHY build an iCentre?  Vision  Perceptions  Motivations  Problems  Agendas  Silos  Territory  Convergence
  8. 8. iCentre  technical-admin aspects of technology are secondary to learning agenda  information, technology, curriculum & e-learning staff are ‘blended’  convergence allows strategic conversations
  9. 9. “I see an iCentre as an opportunity for collaboration... not only for students, but for the power-leaders (silo managers) to work together.”
  10. 10. “Imagine an activity and we will make a space for it” High School TL (Hay & Todd 2010, 2A.5) http://edu.blogs.com/.a/6a00d83451f00f69e20133f4d06221970b-popup
  11. 11. Do you want  pedagogy to fuse the work of information, technology & learning specialists across the curriculum?  key information, technology & learning leaders within a school to combine to consolidate their efforts?  to strengthen the connection between home and school, and harness mobile connectivity?
  12. 12.  to build capacity in your staff to use digital technologies to differentiate learning?  to offer a variety of entry points for students who differ in abilities, knowledge & skills  to offer different approaches to what students learn (content), how students learn (process) & how students demonstrate what they have learned (product) http://www.curriculumsupport.education.nsw.gov.au/ policies/gats/programs/differentiate/index.htm Do you want
  13. 13. Do you want  to support teachers in effectively leading learning using 1:1 computing or BYOD?  to provide timely, responsive information, technological & technical support to staff & students?  to support the development of a personalised learning approach?
  14. 14. Do you want to  assist teachers in effectively resourcing new curriculum initiatives  assist students in developing their personal technology toolkit  open classrooms to inquiry  design learning for making critical & creative inquiry curiosity & imagination initiative & entrepreneurship connectedness & networking agility & adaptability inventing & making
  15. 15. What do you want your iCentre to do? What do you want your iCentre to look like?
  16. 16. “Chiara iCentre: more than just a library” Maureen Twomey, iCentre Coordinator, Assisi Catholic College, Upper Coomera, QLD PLC’s 1 degree bar. Permission to use photo by Gary Green Form Function Brand
  17. 17. iCentre is more than a label form & function determine your brand  iCentre requires a re-engineering of ‘what we do’ – it’s more than libraries & computer labs  iCentre brand = a dynamic, responsive, fluid ‘instructional zone’ within & beyond the school  a learning centre of information, inquiry, innovation, immersion & instructional intervention  supports connectivity & collaboration, critical engagement & creativity, construction & consolidation
  18. 18. “The iCentre brand provides powerful vision, concepts and terminology to take to stakeholders” School Library Apple Store Photo: ‘School Library, circa 1978’, April 10, 2007. Permission by Johnjron1 http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnron1/453419769/ IT Support
  19. 19. iCentre  includes a qualified team of information, technology and learning experts  strategic and operational functionality driven by an integrated team approach  provides programs and services to support 21st century learners  relevant, flexible, 24/7, customised services in school, at home, mobile access for ‘learning on the run’  pedagogy is central to all decision-making, policy and practice
  20. 20. Flexible access to computers, printers, internet and other resources, including teaching expertise, before school and at non class times is valued highly by students, and they link their academic success to such support. (Replication of the Ohio Study by Hay 2006)
  21. 21. What does an iCentre team do?
  22. 22. iCentre team  resources the curriculum which reflects multi-format nature of our world  supports inquiry learning, immersive learning experiences, and knowledge construction  works with teachers to design curriculum units that reconcile multiple literacies  supports transfer and consolidation of literacies across the curriculum
  23. 23. iCentre team  provides ‘nuts & bolts’ technical support  provides a program of informal and formal instruction on digital tools  supports teachers to take risks as learning and technology innovators  provides learning design support to encourage a shift in pedagogical practice  provides customised support for students, teachers, administrators, parents
  24. 24. Excerpts from PLC’s 1 degree bar newsletter
  25. 25. http://mta-icentre.mta.qld.edu.au/
  26. 26. iCentre team  leads in the development, implementation & evaluation of a cross-curricula digital citizenship program  provides information leadership in terms of informed policy development that supports technology access and instruction, rather than a ‘banning before thinking’ approach  manages the school’s research program through evidence- based practice, action research, data-driven policy, and sustainability initiatives
  27. 27. What does an iCentre team look like?
  28. 28. No one size fits all model  Principal, deputy principal, assistant principal  Directors of Curriculum, IT, e-Learning, Library/Information Services, Pedagogy, Research  Head Teachers/Teaching Coordinators of curriculum, learning technologies, & Teacher Librarians  Interested, leading teachers & early edutech adopters  Technical support staff – technology, library, administration  Students – in-school, university
  29. 29. Lessons learned
  30. 30. Partnerships, not buildings  library staff find ICT staff in the same facility very convenient  library and ICT staff begin to upskill each other in their respective areas  this has empowered both roles to work more efficiently and effectively  conversations and partnerships develop to the point where ICT and library services start to blend – synergistic teaming
  31. 31. “The great benefit to teachers and students is that the iCentre has now become a one-shop shop for all their information, technology and learning needs” http://www.ideastore.co.uk/
  32. 32. People, not profiles  targeted projects bring people & expertise together: digital textbooks, ebooks/audio books, learning management system, iDevices, BYOD, BYOB (browser – teaching/learning in the cloud)  professional learning programs for teachers, e.g., Techie Brekky, Quick Shot, Coaching Clinics  students as digital learning mentors for students and teachers  everyone on the team is an expert in something!
  33. 33. “Having the technical and library teams working together on these projects provided really good fuel to bring us together and quite happily accept the concept of becoming an iCentre team” “I observed a comfortable blending of roles”
  34. 34. By design vs by accident “I was in a school that had not developed silos because it was a new school. I have worked in a very traditional school ... where to change something is like turning the Titanic. But here I was in this magic place where there were no established traditions, no established culture. Watching something happen with IT and library, and then reading an article that confirmed what I was observing and gave me the ability to articulate that in a very professional way to my principal. Wow!”
  35. 35. By design versus by accident One principal asked for the Curriculum Coordinator to be accommodated in the iCentre due to lack of staffroom accommodation. The TL’s reaction? “And it was like. This is an interesting accident!”
  36. 36. By design vs by accident “We are on a learning journey with regard to pedagogy and technology, but this building has given us many more options to explore…”
  37. 37. Seize opportunities by keeping one’s eyes wide open & being proactive
  38. 38. Principal needs to support the principle of an iCentre “You used the term ‘brave’, schools need to be brave to converge of facilities, technologies, people and resources, to develop an iCentre. Our principal was brave!” A fortnightly formal meeting with all library, ICT and curriculum leadership was held with this school principal.
  39. 39. “She could see the positives that were coming out of the blending of staff... So then it was the principal who began to expect and demand that we work as a team, and set up the culture in the school that the iCentre was where it was all going to happen.”
  40. 40. iCentre team as leaders We are seeing the impact on the development of a professional culture that supports teachers to take risks as learning and technology innovators
  41. 41.  Digital normalisation is “when the digital technology that is already used naturally 24/7/365 outside the school walls is also used in all facets of the school’s operations” (Lee, 2013)  The Taxonomy identifies 24 areas within the schools where there is clear evidence of ongoing evolution, covering the likes of the school’s educational vision, the operational mindset, the leadership of the principal, the empowerment of staff and students, pedagogy, home–school collaboration, technology support and school resourcing. Go to http://www.schoolevolutionarystages.net
  42. 42. “You’ll have noted that as schools move along the evolutionary continuum they become ever more integrated and the silo functions disappear. Tellingly, a number of the pathfinder schools interviewed had adopted the iCentre approach advocated by Hay (2012), and in all those situations, that iCentre was playing both a lead and integral role in the school’s evolution. That model clearly fitted those schools’ situation.” (Lee, 2013) iCentre as a sign of digital normalisation
  43. 43. “What one can safely say is that the way forward in ever more integrated school ecologies, that are virtually daily undergoing some kind of transformation, is to ensure the ‘libraries’ evolution is integral to the school’s holistic development.” Lee, M. (2013). Digital normalisation, school evolution and BYOT: Positioning the school library. Access, 27(4). Retrieved http://www.asla.org.au/publications/access/access- commentaries/digital-normalisation.aspx iCentre as a sign of digital normalisation
  44. 44. http://studentslearn.wordpress.com/about/about-icentres/
  45. 45. Implementing an iCentre approach: Your destiny, by design #BCTLA Contact me Head of Professional Learning Twitter/Instagram: lyn_hay Email: lyn_hay@sybaacademy.com Facebook/LinkedIn: lynhay Director, Leading Learning Institute Email: lyn_hay@live.com

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