Welcome, I’m Dr Josey De Rossi, Director of Fantastic Learning Systems P/L. Feel free to go to my Linkedin CV to see what led me to set up FLS.
The impact of COVID-19 on schools shows us that communication lies at the heart of maintaining a school community. As Eric Sheninger (2017) explains, school leadership is digital leadership for anyone taking advantage of digital communication tools.
Furthermore, navigating complex digital ecosystems is not just about replacing print with its online versions. Schools must deal with online learning platforms, games and multimedia content…free and commercially available. There are authoring tools, as well as photographic, film, animation and music editing suites. These come in the form of apps and subscription services too. In theory, everyone and anyone can create ebooks, podcasts and online courses. And all these technologies are advancing towards Augmented & Virtual Reality and Artificial Intelligence.
How should school leaders best manage such complexity?
This is the question which FLS assists individual leaders and teams answer.
In the last decade, I have expanded my doctoral research into the creative industries towards linking pedagogy to the world of work and entrepreneurship. I have worked in schools to prepare students to work in a ‘gig economy’. Our internal project-based services use team-based digital tools, such as those by Atlassian and Hubspot, to blend our pedagogical and business outlook.
By bringing school leadership and digital communications together we address
- communication with parents,
- teaching programmes,
- assessment and reporting,
- student voice more.
We design and manage school-based projects so that the full story of teaching and learning is revealed. Most importantly, it is, as described by an assistant principal we work with, sharing pedagogical narratives, narratives of growth and change. For that reason, we claim to do more than ‘market’ a school. Instead, our work combines professional development and public relations to optimise the school’s capacity to control its own story.
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The FLS Knowledge Base
FLS employs design thinking and Agile project management systems and many more techniques to enhance collaboration. We opt for communication systems which understand the importance of content strategy to help get the right message to the right person at the right time for school community digital engagement.
To make our work as transparent as possible we bring together a knowledge base of techniques, concepts and processes which we utilise. This is our own wiki around six themes which underscore the fundamentals of school digital communications
Access to the wiki will give school leaders and their staff the latest information on school community digital communications.
BEING MORE STRATEGIC
The issues raised by bringing together pedagogical efficacy, educational technology and student wellbeing in order to meet the strategic goals of schools for the good of every student.
Understanding and applying the findings of neuroscience and the cognitive sciences in order to ensure that students have the knowledge and skills to be successful lifelong learners.
COLLABORATIVE PROJECT MANAGEMENT.
Developing the knowledge and application of learning design, education technology and student wellbeing in order to collaborate with colleagues, students and your community.
Using coherent learning principles in order to relate the way pedagogical theories and practices are revealed via educational technologies for the holistic and efficacious benefit of every student.
Using the research and findings of human-computer interface and interactions in order to shape the application of the learning design and educational technology to the relationships formed with students.
TECHNOLOGIES OF WRITING
Understanding, critiquing and measuring the application technologies of writing in order to develop students’ confidence that they can communicate the learning principles we will make them successful lifelong learning.