Jacqui Kirkman

I am a primary school teacher working in the state system in Queensland. Work, study and being mother to 4 children makes my life very busy. My educational passion is differentiation and my interest in the area of digital culture has been influenced by observations of my children and their learning as much as by my classroom experience. I'm looking forward this semester to discovering more of what's happening in education beyond my own backyard.

Building a culture of trust

Trust has the potential to exist on many levels in a school community – between teachers and students, teachers and parents, teachers and teachers, teachers and administrative staff (i.e. principals and deputy principals), teachers and their employing body, students and parents, parents and administrative staff, parents and parents, students and administrative staff. Its presence or absence can make a world of difference.
The existence of trust in the school community is commonly included as a necessary factor for schools considering major change, including technological change. Many schools are still struggling to integrate digital technologies (or ICTs) into the life of the school. Perhaps no other sector in the world is still working out how to integrate technology into its everyday products and services. As Diana Laurillard writes, “education is on the brink of being transformed through learning technologies; however, it has been on that brink for some decades now” (2008, cited in Selwyn, Potter & Cranmer, 2009, p.3.).
My work for assignment 1 has been around trust in the context of the school community, communication between school and home, trends in technology in the wider world which impact (or will impact) schools, trust in the online world, digital badging systems as it relates to MOOCs), participatory culture and digital literacy and citizenship. My aim is to provide food for thought for school administrators and parents in schools thinking about going down the path of 1:1 technology or BYOT.

For assignment 2, I have created a blog and website called Trust in Education. Its purpose is to use stories to encourage people to think about trust and to provide resources and links to help them understand trust in contemporary education and implement strategies to create a culture of trust.

The target audience is school communities and in particular the decision makers in school communities who are responsible for implementing new technology programs.

The blog posts are usually a recount of a story from my experience which somehow involved trust. For example, students and parents coming to trust the class teacher at the beginning of the school year, a new teacher at the school learning to trust a parent already well-known to other teachers, how teachers can help students to work out what they can trust on the internet, how to react when students break the rules around technology use.

The information pages on the website are Digital Citizenship (some of the frameworks which have been developed around Digital Citizenship and 21st Century Skills), How a Culture of Trust Grows (advice based on research), Research About Trust, Trust in the Digital Age (online trust, participatory culture, MOOCs and badging systems), Your Stories About Trust (an opportunity for others to contribute). It has been created with WordPress using the Bold Life theme. The images which are not my own are sourced from photo-sharing websites and have Creative Commons licensing.

Come and have a look and please leave a comment.

Laurillard, D. (2008). Digital technologies and their role in achieving our ambitions for education. Retrieved from http://eprints.ioe.ac.uk/628/1/Laurillard2008Digital_technologies.pdf

Selwyn, N., Potter, J., & Cranmer, S. (2010). Primary Schools and ICT. Learning from Pupil Perspectives. London: Continuum.