How can Fantastic Learning Systems help ?
Welcome, I’m Dr Josey De Rossi, Director of Fantastic Learning Systems P/L. Feel free to go to my Linkedin CV to get a history of what led me to set up FLS
Fantastic Learning Systems P/L, supports schools to communicate their vision and mission through digital communication strategies. Driving all my work from my pedagogical knowledge, I relate to schools through my many experiences as a teacher, curriculum writer and adviser.
In the last decade, I have expanded my doctoral research into the creative industries by considering pedagogy via the world of work and entrepreneurship. This has occurred at both a philosophical and practical level as I look at the implications of working in a ‘gig economy’ and managing my consultancy through Atlassian and Hubspot team-based digital tools.
I believe that the combination of academic and business outlook assists me in making a substantial case for how a school might look towards producing and managing educational content – in the classroom with regards to assessment and reporting, and administratively, through realising policy initiatives. In fact, the COVID crisis has made patently clear that the management of school community digital communication lies at the heart managing a school in a digital world.
Navigating the complexity of digital ecosystems is not just about dealing with the fact that print materials have been replaced by their online versions. Schools deal with online learning platforms, games and multimedia content…free and commercially available. There are authoring tools, as well as image, film, animation and music editing devices that come in the form of apps and subscription services too. In theory, everyone and anyone can create ebooks, podcasts and online courses which are advancing towards the use of Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and Artificial Intelligence services and tools.
As a writer and researcher in education, I have authored numerous articles and reports in education, including seven textbooks. With more than twenty-years hands-on experience in writing educational resources, I have been focused for the last four years on ways that build and sustain learning communities.
How does any school manage complex yet exciting digital possibilities?
This is the question which I assist individual leaders and leadership teams answer. By designing and managing school-based projects, I ensure that the full story is known about how teaching and learning are operating in practice. This is so much more than ‘marketing’ and ‘public relations’. It is, as one assistant principal I work with describes, helping schools share their pedagogical narrative, a narrative of growth and change.
Our focus is on how school leaders inspire school communities manage educational content – communication with parents, teaching programmes and so much more.
As Eric Sheninger (2017) explains, school leadership is digital leadership for anyone who wants to take advantage of digital communication tools.
Fantastic Learning Systems deals with how school leadership and digital communications come together.
Yes, creating a 3-minute video attachment on a school app might only need a mobile phone and YouTube, right? The truth is somewhat different, as anyone who has tried to communicate the right message to the right school audience knows.
Our school-based service of the Curriculum Writer In Residence is one cost-effective, time-saving process that brings together
- publishing and media knowledge,
- digital communication strategists,
- graphic and media designers and
- agile project management.
Ultimately, we help school leaders inspire their school communities build their school’s capacity for reaching strategic goals and wellbeing.
Inspiring school leaders change the world
Not looking back but dealing with right now!
As I watch my children, now young parents themselves, I reassess the roles I have had in education as a teacher, curriculum advisor and textbook writer. I admire the way my children’s generation is evolving solutions. I like new forms of thinking such as DESIGN THINKING and I enjoy participating in new AGILE project management systems that enhance collaboration. Furthermore, I am impressed by new communication systems which understand the importance of CONTENT STRATEGY to help manage the many platforms and software services that are part of living in a digital age. The metaphor of a DIGITAL ECOSYSTEM is great.
Pedagogically speaking, how do we ensure school community digital engagement?
Clearly, for someone who’s been around educators as long as I have, I have real biases and strong beliefs. So, I freely admit being obsessed with three topics which, I believe, show us evidence on what’s necessary for continuity of learning. Firstly, “Technologies of Writing” shows us the evidence of what it takes to create learning experiences online. Then there are the pedagogical issues around “Blended Learning” which focus us on the detail of online learning experiences and lastly, there are the challenging issues around “School Collaborations” which show us the management of different types of educational interactions
Ultimately, together, I believe that these three facets provide school leaders and teachers with authentically motivating ways of sharing school stories to highlight learning in the 21st century.
TECHNOLOGIES OF WRITING +
School leaders are pedagogical advocates who enhance how their school shares pedagogical school stories within and around the school community. That does not mean ‘marketing’ or ‘PR’ in the usual sense. Rather, they connect the efficacy of teaching and learning to the well-being of the whole school community.
PEDAGOGIES OF BLENDED LEARNING +
Surveys during the pandemic show us that school staff and students are not always confident about using technology. School leaders maximise the technologies of planning, designing, delivering and evaluating curricula within the contexts they treasure in their care.
COLLABORATIVE PROJECT MANAGEMENT.
Collaboration has to be more than a ‘motherhood statement’. It has to really show how the digital age can only be survived through collaborative processes. So, how do school leaders manage the activities, tools, experts and partners that exist in the school’s digital ecosystem?