Stop the decommissioning of EDNA

16 06 2011

NEWSFLASH:  The edna review document summary is now available online here

 

As the result of a year long review, Education Network Australia is to be decommissioned from 30th June, 2011.

This review did not include major states/territories using edna, WA, NT, SA and Tasmania.

The National Digital Learning Resources Network is to replace one edna service by providing links to copyright free digital resources. So far they have approximately 10,000 resources. Yet  Edna has a collection of evaluated online curriculum and professional resources of over 40,000 for all education sectors and around 23,000 for schools. In regards to other edna services, we have no indication of any plans to replace them. The review has not been made public.

Edna provides us with an unique Australian focus on new learning initiatives and assists the networking between educational institutions and sectors. Being non commercial it provides a neutral source for access to information and expertise. Teachers and teacher librarians and especially library officers, in the many primary schools with no teacher librarians, will be struggling even further without the many services which have been supplied by edna.

We don’t have time to wait for the federal government to realize that a portal, as Erica Jolley says in our last Hub blog, is not the one stop answer to real learning.

Ring and email your local federal member now.  Say NO to Edna’s decommissioning and closure, especially if no one asked YOU! Ask for a moratorium, at least, until the government responds to the Report of the Inquiry into School Libraries and Teacher Librarians, which highlights the issue of supporting the National Curriculum.

WHAT DOES EDNA DO FOR YOU?

Here are some of the many valuable ways edna has supported learning and teaching in Australian schools.

Professional development

I have used Edna mostly to gain further knowledge myself, not just on what resources are available but how to use and in what sort of ways. I deliver online, I have done since 2000 and exclusively since start of 2008 but am based in a face-to-face school and want to remain there, I like the mix of seeing what is happening, pressures etc in face-to-face classrooms and value adding ideas where I can. Both in my face-to-face teaching and now online delivering to students in classrooms across Tasmania in either full year courses (secondary) or 6-8 week projects (primary) Edna’s resources are of significance.

I rely on services such as Edna for keeping me up to date on trends, opportunities, professional development (conferences) etc. It is reliable and up to date. I also know that resources found there are more liable to be reliable than just searching ad hoc on the net.

If I am up to date and have reliable and useful resources on call for my curriculum delivery plus opportunities to stay professionally at the top of my field then my students gain. Tasmanian e-school teacher

Teacher IT Learning

Through OzProjects we have moved a lot of teachers and students into an e-learning environment. Our teachers have learnt how to use Moodles across most curriculum areas and for many it has reinvigorated their teaching and enthused their students. This would not have been possible for our school without the wonderful support and advice from the edna staff and the free access through OzProjects. South Australian teacher librarian

Collaborative projects and quality content. Student search engine.

EdNa delivers on all of its strategic objectives through its learner focused website.  It has

– a comprehensive directory of local, state, national and international resources which were reviewed for their curriculum role and relevance

– easy access to quality digital content

– online technologies to facilitate sharing and communication between students

– unparalleled support in particular areas eg ‘myfuture’

All students know about EdNa – it is the search engine of choice in classrooms for managing the information explosion, getting access to collaborative projects in a global community of learning and teaching. Tasmanian TL

Celebrations Calendar. TL resource lists

Edna’s calendar is invaluable – may not directly influence learning but use it to organise our displays and events that we celebrate across the year – which add to more immersion and learning across the board. There is so much else on Edna that I use often but also I know where it is – so do not need to save on my own computer – esp the list compiled through OZTL… An Australian TL working in Hong Kong

Collaboration Tools. Peer Support.

In the two schools I have been in it has been used as a colloboration tool. Oz projects and moodles such as the one that allowed us to access the world of Roald Dahl have been a great success with students. To be able to access all of the resources useful in our daily teaching role without having to sort and filter through the vastness of open web searching has saved countless hours – someone else has done the hard yards for us. Teachers have bookmarked the site for support etc from a network of peers in professional groups such as Accelerated Literacy, AST1 and 2 and Teacher Librarian groups. SA primary TL

21st Centruy Learning activities and support.

I use Edna activities for my Stage 4 HSIE program. The activities are set out according to an information literacy scaffold, they involve real-life problem-solving, in which the students investigate and evaluate alternative views or competing interests and then must arrive at a workable solution between the members of the investigation team. The web pages contain links to reliable, up-to-date information, hints for presentation and evaluation material. In other words, twenty-first century learning planned and ready to go. 

I,  for one, will be extremely disappointed of access to this material is lost. I shall be trying to convert what I can to hard copy over the next dew days, just in case. A NSW TL in training

Themes and Searching.

We mostly used the search capability and the theme pages which were fantastic. Victorian Information Literacy Specialist Teacher

Student search engine. Professional networking.

I regularly use EdNA with year 7s in preference to google or other search engines as I kinow that the students will get useful websites on the first page of hits and that they have been vetted and are appropriate for age and topic.  I sometimes get them to do the same search on google to compare sites and usefulness/relevance.  I know teachers prefer Edna at this level so that students do not waste time trying to find a relevant site.  It also means that I don’t have to do a search before the class comes into the library do assignment work and place appropriate websites into the school’s delicious site.  Students can also access edna from home which helps.

I also joined Edna groups and the discussions on these were useful and topical.  They will be missed.  I regualrly referred to the TL page with all the documents and lists of books etc. Guess I better download those that I regularly used.  Victorian secondary TL

Professionally Vetted Resources

EDNA and CMIS are invaluable to us. I view them as truly Australian, professionally-vetted and well-informed resources without the vested interests that subscription and ‘publisher-based’ resources tend to provide. They KNOW what schools need and resource us from that perspective. I use them regularly, especially for resource selection and references.

I can’t imagine Australia without EDNA. I have learned skills from them (during their roadshows and via their website) that I couldn’t learn elsewhere. They helped bring me into the digital age.

Our school does not have a fully-functioning one-stop-shop for resource management so EDNA becomes my substitute where I can find resources, information and professional learning from an educator’s viewpoint. I am a small, one-person library who NEEDS this assistance.

If it closes, where will I find material I trust? It is organised clearly and professionally.

Is it about whether it has been marketed well enough? Do enough people know about it?

We are an independent school. The argument that perhaps something like FUSE is a substitute doesn’t ring true as we can’t join a lot of their online world. EDNA and CMIS give us equitable access to creditable resources. A Victorian TL

Another user also mentioned the loss of CMIS.

WA’s CMIS Resource Review Bank

I am dependent on the WA’ CMIS for selection and checking the age appropriateness of a title as I work in a through school – putting the wrong book within reach of primary students could result in dire consequences. No other system works as well.  An Australian TL working in Hong Kong

 

See also Kerrie Smith’s excellent blog on the

decommissioning of edna – the loss of a vision

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5 responses

16 06 2011
Elli Klajn

Here, here!

16 06 2011
hubinfo

Please do ring or write your local federal member and let them know you want a moratorium now.

16 06 2011
sue Ward

Goldstein done. I hope that many others follow. Unbelievable decision.

16 06 2011
hubinfo

My local member has forwarded my email to Peter Garrett. We will see.

17 06 2011
hubinfo

From another Hubber: Whatever happened to multiple intelligences, equity of access to education and catering for the individual learner? Learning can not take place entirely online!

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