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About Mal Lee

Mal Lee is an educational consultant and author specializing in the evolution of teaching and schooling from the traditional paper based mode to one that is digital, and in turn networked, and the impact of the technology on that evolution. Mal’s is a macro focus examining all the elements associated with the development, leadership and operation of schools operating within a digital, and increasingly as networked school communities. Most importantly his is a positive approach that envisions how educators and school communities might best use the ever-evolving, ever more pervasive technology in the home, on the move and in the classroom to provide an ever better schooling for the full range of students. Mal is a former director of schools, secondary college principal, technology company director and a member of the Mayer Committee that identified the Key Competencies for Australia’s schools. A Fellow of the Australian Council for Educational Administration (FACEA) Mal has been closely associated with the use of digital technology in schooling, particularly by the school leadership for the last two decades. A historian by training Mal has written extensively, particularly in the Practising Administrator, the Australian Educational Leaders and Access, Educational Technology Guide on the astute use of technology in the development of schoolings. Mal has released four publications with ACER Press. In 2008 Mal and Professor Michael Gaffney edited and had published Leading a Digital School. In 2009 he co-authored with Dr Arthur Winzenried The Use of Instructional Technology in Schools – Lessons to be Learned, and with Chris Betcher, The Interactive Whiteboard Revolution – Teaching with IWBs. In 2010 Mal joined with Associate Professor Glenn Finger (Griffith University) in the writing of his most significant work yet for ACER Press on Developing Networked School Communities: a guide to realizing the vision – on the next phase of schooling. Copies of the books can be obtained from the ACER Press website at - http://shop.acer.edu.au/acer-shop/product/A4032BK

WE’RE MOVING

All the major are are being relocated to the Digital Evolution of Schooling site at – www.digitalevolutionofschooling.net – to provide a more comprehensive picture of the evolving scene.

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ACER Teacher Digital Evolution Series

Mal Lee has written for ACER’s online Teacher magazine in a series of brief research papers on the digital evolution of schooling. They include: School evolution: A common global phenomenon – http://teacher.acer.edu.au/article/school-evolution-a-common-global-phenomenon Digital Normalisation: The Imperative for all Schools – … Continue reading

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The Educational Fallacy of an ICT Continuum

  Mal Lee August 2014 Teachers, schools and curriculum authorities globally have and are continuing to promote the educational importance of all students learning how to use the digital technology by studying a common K-12 ICT continuum. With due deference … Continue reading

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Digital Technology and Student Learning

Mal Lee June 2014 There is no significant linear connection between the use of digital technologies and enhanced student attainment. It is time to appreciate the traditional, simplistic way of looking at the impact of digital technology on student learning … Continue reading

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A Taxonomy of School Evolutionary Stages

Roger Broadie and I have posted on both the http://www.schoolevolutionarystages.net and http://www.BroadieAssociates.co.uk a copy of our Taxonomy of School Evolutionary Stages and the complementary publication Evolution through the Threads. Both publications are free. We’d strongly suggest downloading both publications. The … Continue reading

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NAPLAN online in 2016: Everyone ready?

NAPLAN Online in 2016 – Everyone Ready? Mal Lee The Australian Government is planning to conduct NAPLAN online from 2016 (http://www.nap.edu.au/online-assessment/naplan-online/naplan-online.html). While the Government is to be commended on the move to take advantage of the efficiencies and the opportunities … Continue reading

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Teaching in a Digital School: The Differences and Attributes Needed

Mal Lee Teaching in schools that have normalised the use of digital technology by all teachers, in all the teaching rooms – schools that have gone digital – is dramatically different to teaching in the traditional paper based school and … Continue reading

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Leading a Digital School

Mal Lee It is ever more apparent that principals are central to the successful on-going evolution of schools, particularly when the school moves to a digital operational base. Indeed the indicators increasingly suggest school principals, in both the positive and … Continue reading

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Schools take charge of evolution and technology

Mal Lee   There are pleasing signs globally and across Australia that evermore schools are recognising they have to take charge of their own evolutionary development and the digital technology they employ to achieve that sustained development. Evermore are recognising … Continue reading

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Melbourne presentation – Collaboration in learning

Attached is a presentation given in Melbourne – as part of the Leading a Digital School conference – in August 2013.Collaboration in learning – blog version

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