Would you like your pupils/students to be even more involved in the development of ICT at your school? Well, we think we have an answer…
In this blog post Andy Knill, Leader for Cross-curricular Learning at Bower Park School outlines his plan to develop a Digital Leaders’ Network in Havering in association with the Havering School Improvement Services’ ICT Team and Havering schools.
It was my privilege to recently address both sessions of the Havering School Improvement Primary ICT Leaders’ Network meeting in June 2012. My topic was ‘The Development of Digital Leaders’. Digital Leaders are pupils utilising their technological skills to support other pupils and even staff in their school. In February 2012, a number of teachers on Twitter got together to chat about establishing a free network for primary and secondary schools to share the concept of Digital Leaders. That chat #DLChat continues most Thursdays at 9 pm (UK Time).
The network developed a site: www.digitalleadernetwork.co.uk
As a Leader of Cross-curricular ICT at Bower Park School I was keen to see more Havering schools involved. I started with a group at Bower Park who have met four times and are establishing a sense of purpose. Engayne Primary have used Digital Leaders to train pupils and staff. Other pupil developments along these lines have included updating learning platform/Managed Learning Environment (MLE) content at Towers Juniors.
Other ideas include:-
- Involving Digital Leaders in searching for additional web-based resources and Apps to support teaching and learning
- Developing and updating an Entrance Hall PowerPoint presentation
- Creating content for school websites to further promote the work of the school and enhance home:school learning
- Surveys of pupils to ascertain levels of pupil home ICT use and views on ways to improve in-school ICT provision
My proposal at the Primary meetings was that we establish the idea in Havering schools. I have volunteered to co-ordinate and ensure good practice is shared both within the Havering LA and with the national network, with the support of the Havering School Improvement Services’ ICT Team.
The intention is to provide the following:-
- Regular blog posts (half-termly) on the ICT in Havering blog and through email updates (if schools wish to subscribe) and Twitter
- Updates within the Termly Primary ICT Newsletters and Termly Primary ICT Leader Network Meetings
- Suggestions of ideas for activities to link Digital Leaders across schools
Links between primary, secondary and other sectors will hopefully be enhanced.
Since the idea was promoted Elm Park Primary have already made an international link with Elm Park School, New Zealand whose leaders are called ‘Digikids’. A great start to widening our involvement as a borough.
Please contact me to get involved…
I can be contacted at @aknill (Twitter) or firstname.lastname@example.org
I look forward to hearing from Havering schools.
Leader of Cross-curricular ICT at Bower Park School, Havering
Listen to Andy presenting at the Essex TeachMeet 2012 by clicking here