Since choosing the leave behind any Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) and facilitate learning via Google Apps for Education I have been writing about some of the challenges and initiatives to embed technology in the learning of our students.
Here are the posts
Going Google at my school posts September 2013 – July 2014
- Part 1 – Promotion
- Part 2 – Digital Leaders 1
- Part 3 – Organising My Drive (Bring on Classroom!)
- Part 4 – Sharing the Vision
- Part 5 – Presenting to Governors
- Part 6 – Digital Leaders 2
- Part 7 – Student Portfolios
- Student digital leaders are very motivated
- Technical team have got behind the Google Apps for Education and supported change to Gmail for students
- Usage statistics are consistent at around 60-70% of users every week.
- Google Documents overtook Uploads to Google Drive by February
Areas for improvement:
- Focus on Google Drive and collaboration more exclusively
- Discourage staff from starting with Google Sites
- Demand more time to train staff and publish a schedule
- Create a core team of staff to support me and the digital leaders
- Move perception away from technology being separate to pedagogy
- Building capacity for staff to support me with
- Digital Leaders
- Learning Portfolios
- Schedule of Training with badges to earn from each session
- Focus on
- Learning Portfolios for Year 7
- Classroom/Google Drive pedagogy
- Embedding technology for learning throughout learning and teaching strategy
The other challenge will be to secure investment in infrastructure and look at potential models for introducing devices to support learning. This ultimately needs to be accompanied by a review of how we teach and how we want to develop our students. In relation to this have a read of this post about technology and learning.
There are a lot of “top tips” posts and posters knocking about. Kasey Bell produces the best ones and here is one for anyone nurturing teachers to the power of technology in learning.