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.

The work will focus on the fundamental transformation of schooling that has occurred in those pathfinding schools which have gone digital in the last decade and moved away from the traditional paper based operational mode, the impact of the normalised use of the digital in those schools today and from that analysis identify the likely major trends and issues all schools will have to address.

The study will make use of the research undertaken in writing seven previous works in this general area, but conscious very little has as yet been written on the impact of digital normalisation, particularly on schools I’ve embarked on interviewing a cross section of some 50 -60 folk in the UK, US, Canada, HK, NZ and Australia who have played a leading role in those schools or who have observed the impact of digital normalisation on schooling, particularly over the last decade.

I particularly want to talk with the leaders of that as yet rare group of schools that have normalised, or near normalised the whole school, indeed whole school community, use of the digital.

I’m talking about schools not simply with the digital technology in every teaching room but where the digital is being used naturally in the everyday teaching by all the teachers.

I’m not looking for anything written.

I’d simply like the chance to garner the observations in a Skype interview.

To guide the thinking I’ll provide an overview of the areas I’d like to cover, as the desire is to address all facets of the school’s operations, thinking and relationships, not simply the teaching and learning.

If yours is a school that has either normalised the use of the digital or you know well the work and thinking of such schools and are happy to give of your time and thoughts I’d like to hear from you and then arrange a time in the coming months when we can talk.

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Mal Lee

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 -
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