Monday, February 20, 2012


People know I am a gadget freak and run a fairly decent school from particularly (not solely) an elearning perspective.
However, I want to help those out there who are not sure where to go with the devices/laptops.
I also want to get a really good grasp of the big picture around where we are headed as schools with learning.

I have this worry that the clamor for devices and BYOD and 1 to 1 everything is lost in the need to keep up with the Joneses and not about sound educational decisions. Many of you know that I like to call a spade a shovel and lots of people will disagree with me that their school's elearning is set up on sound educational decisions. I'm not attacking you guys, I am just saying that if you look around there are the "haves" and "have nots" and the gaps are noticeable and when i see schools trialling iPads and iPods i kind of want to see the pedagogy and the planning and the big picture understanding. (i'm sure there is a big word for that, Ando?)

So I have been lucky enough to get this APPA travelling fellowship. A chance to travel the world over two school terms and capture best practice using devices. I have a great chance to visit those guys out there leading the charge.

I am coming to Australia, USA and lots of good old NZ. I have lined up many schools and districts, however, I need to find good people, My ADE network is hard at work and I'd love to get a few/tips/offers/places to go from the experts.
Comment on the blog or hit me up on twitter @sumich
Possibles on the list thus far in the USA, LA, San D, San F, Portland, Des Moine, Wisc, Florida, NYC, Maine.
Cheers and Im back!
I have had my tail between my legs worried about big brother after last years battle with NS (standardized stuff). So we have a new leaf and new ideas and new beginnings.


Mac Stevenson said...

Good to have you back Luke. Missed your posts and your words of wisdom.

Will see you before you take off.

Mike Anderson said...

The big word/s you were looking for might be 'values & beliefs about learning' All good things flow from the circles of Aunty Julia.


Regan Orr said...

Kia Ora Luke, great post. At our school we are constantly having conversations about the need for IT/BYOD/whatever, to be linked to sound/deep learning, not just a case of the latest App Craze. Our e-learning plan has filled the current need but we know we need to review what we have done and look forward. Look forward to reading about your trip to the US of A and Australia and if you find yourself near Levin, drop in for coffee!

Podgorani said...

cheers makka will catch up- played warkworth too nice course. good walk.

yip ando i knew u had the words for it.

LEVIN seriously! or regan i will visit but only if you can find a dry golf course in august!

Manaiakalani said...

Just checking in to see if you are still in the land of the long white cloud or if you have departed. Look forward to learning heaps from you as I know you will ask hard questions and cut through the latest and greatest shiny stuff and find some real gems to bring back.

Hope you blog as you go in short bursts rather than sit down and write a thesis for us to plow through when you get back :)

Have a great time