Hi to everyone embarking on SP4Ed. My name is Chris Murphy and i am a married father of 3 boys (7, 4 & 2). I live in the picturesque, if not a little chilly, town of Mt Somers in Mid Canterbury. I am also the principal of Methven Primary School, which is a State run school of approx. 250 children aged from 5 to 11 years.
Methven Primary School is part of a fibre connected loop which connects our school, along with all of the other 22 schools in Mid Canterbury, to the main fibre trunk line (including the KAREN network). The Ministry of Education is using our district as a test case and have invested a considerable amount of money into the professional development side of things.
But what has changed? The wheels of change do move slowly... but they do move. I think part of me that lives in the the here and now gets frustrated that things are changing fast enough, and the more reflective part of me that looks back can see how far we have come in a relatively short amount of time.
Embarking on SP4Ed with its differing and diverse means of delivery and discussion will prove both a challenge and an opportunity for me. In the past i have used all the differing applications, but never in conjunction with each other. This in itself is interesting. As educators we bleat on about how integration of curriculum is a key tenet of the New Zealand education system however we don't stop to think about the positive effect of integrating digital tools to improve educational outcomes. Interesting times!