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technology and a set of digital skills that
should be harnessed by educators. As yet
that has barely happened.
What we are advocating is the adoption
of a mode of schooling where that can hap-
pen, and where parents are able to use the
technology to return to playing a signifi-
cant role in the formal educative process.
A networked school community as shown
in Figure 1 is, then, any legally recognised
school that takes advantage of digital and
networked technology, and of a more col-
laborative, networked and inclusive opera-
tional mode to involve its wider com mu-
nity in the provision of a quality education
appropriate for the digital future. T
This is an edited extract from chapte rs
1 and 2 of Developing a Networked
School Com munity: A guide to realising
the vision, edited by Mal Lee and Glenn
Finger, published by ACER Press.
Mal Lee is an educational consultant and
author specialising in the development of
digital schools. He is a former director
of schools, secondary college principal,
technology company director and a mem-
ber of the Maye r Committee that identi-
fied the key compete ncies for Australia's
Associate Professor Gle nn Finger is
Deputy Dean (Learning and Teaching)
in the Faculty of Education at Griffith
University. This portfolio involves
responsibilities that reflect his passion --
learning and teaching. He has extensively
researched and published on the use of
infor mation and communications tech-
nology to e nhance lear ning.
Illinois Institute of Design . (2007).
Schools in the Digital Age. Chicago, IL:
Illinois Institute of Technology. Available
at ww w.id.iit.edu/635/documents/
Lee, M. & Gaffney, M. (2008). Leading a
Digital School. Melbourne: ACER Press.
Lee, M. & Winzenried, A. (2009)
The Use of Instr uctional Technology
in Schools: Lessons to be learned.
Melbourne: ACER Press.
Lipnack, J. & Stamps, J. (1994). The Age
of the Network: Organizing principles for
the 21st century. New York.: John Wiley
Tapscott, D. (1998). Growing up Digital:
The rise of the net ge n eration. New York:
Figure 1: A networked school community
Few today would dispute
that young people from
have an awareness of
and an interest in digital
technology and a set of
digital skills that should be
harnessed by educators.
As yet that has barely
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