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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

School Websites as Indicators of School’s Evolutionary Position

Mal Lee Every school’s website provides a telling insight into where it sits on the international school evolutionary continuum. Within minutes those conversant with the school evolutionary stage indicators – as discussed in the last edition – can obtain an … Continue reading

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Digital Normalisation: Key Variables

Key Variables Evidenced in the Pathfinders Allied to the post on the evolutionary stages of schooling is this that lists the near 50 key variables addressed by all the schools studied that have or nearly have normalised the use of … Continue reading

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The Evolutionary Stages of Schooling

The Evolutionary Stages of Schooling Key Indicators  A Discussion Paper Mal Lee June 14, 2013 version This paper emerged out of an analysis of that as yet rare cadre of schools in the UK, US, NZ and Australia that have … Continue reading

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Review of Bring Your Own Technology

  Today’s School a new series on Channel 31 in Melbourne Australia has done the below review of Bring Your Own Technology by Martin Levin’s and myself. It is well worth checking out not only because it is highly laudatory, … Continue reading

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The Principal and the Digital School

  Leader or Dead Hand? Mal Lee Australia has principals on par with the best in the world, showing the way internationally on what is required to lead a successful, ever-evolving digital school. Sadly Australia also has too many ‘dead … Continue reading

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Digital Normalisation and School Transformation

  Search for Apt Folk to Interview I’ve embarked on the writing a major work on the impact of the normalised use of the digital, in and out of the school, on the nature of schooling in the developed world. … Continue reading

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Where to After the Digital Education Revolution

Included under Articles is a copy of the lead article of the first edition of Educational Technology Solutions for 2013, that on ‘Where to After the Digital Education Revolution’. Highly critical of the Australian Government’s Digital Education Revolution the article draws … Continue reading

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Identifying the Benefits of School Technological Change

Mal Lee and Lorrae Ward One of the great shortcomings in schools today is the absence of appropriate approaches or methods school leaders and teachers can readily use to adjudge the various benefits flowing from the introduction and use of … Continue reading

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Now Available – Bring Your Own Technology

Bring Your Own Technology: The BYOT guide for schools and families, that I’ve written with Martin Levins is now available through ACER Press.

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Normalised Use of the Digital & School Websites

Debbie Northway from Ipswich in Queensland asked after the last post if I could point her in the direction of some exemplary sites. In response I wrote: Thanks for the question. Had the chance to reflect upon it last night Tis … Continue reading

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