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Future Focus Inquiries

Future Focused Inquiries

Professional learning and development

The Future Focus Inquiries programme provides facilitated support to a number of regional schools and clusters who are developing their effective use of digital technologies. Through an action research approach, and based on teaching as inquiry, the programme supports teachers, schools and their communities to explore learning opportunities afforded by modern learning environments and future focused practices that lead to transformative change in teaching and learning. The inquiries are school/teacher generated where particular contexts and needs can be directly addressed. Each facilitated programme includes the following:

A blend of face-to-face and online facilitation which is provided through the 2 - 3 terms of the programme support. 

Teachers are mentored to lead professional learning in their own setting and in clusters, particularly through engagement in online groups and networks. 

Teachers' digital stories of change are collaboratively developed with the facilitator through the teaching as inquiry process, and finally published online as examples of effective practice to share with the wider profession. 

Future Focused Inquries

This PLD provision is aimed at:

  • Supporting Te Toi Tupu PLD provision across Learning with Digital Technologies programmes 
  • Primary and secondary school:
    • Principals
    • School leaders
    • Teachers
    • Provisionally registered teachers
    • Student whānau, fanau, iwi, aiga, and local school community

Participating schools will be supported to: 

  • Raise e-learning awareness through a range of virtual and blended professional learning and development (PLD) support to explore how pedagogically appropriate digital content can accelerate outcomes for all learners through modelling and exploration of selected technologies, and through facilitated research and inquiry.
  • Develop their teaching and learning inquiry using the e-Learning Planning Framework, the NZ Curriculum, and relevant, culturally inclusive digital content through teacher focus groups and clusters (synchronous and asynchronous). 
  • Enhance student and community engagement in learning, while developing digital citizenship and cultural responsiveness. 

Length of programme

  • Focus groups work with Future Focus Inquiries facilitators for Terms 2 and 3 on their learning inquiry involving selected digital content and technologies.

Methods of delivery

Blended PLD support includes:

  • Online workshops and groups, webinars, face-to-face workshops, and on-site facilitation
  • Staff PLD meetings
  • Community hui
  • Targeted priority areas
Read the Future Focused Inquiries Impact (2014) story here >>>
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