(The response I hope not to get come September…)
I’ve mentioned this in passing in a couple of blog posts previous to this one: from next academic year I shall be E-Learning Tutor at my school. This new post (solicited by me, it has to be said) involves me spending 50% of my time (15 periods of 50 mins) per week teaching History and a bit of ICT. The other 50% will count towards the E-Learning Tutor role.
I’ve a meeting next week with my Head to flesh out my actual role. He mentioned today that I’ll have to do some “mundane” stuff, but that I will be free to push a few aspects of my choosing and accelerate perhaps one thing I’m really interested in. As you can imagine, with my Ed.D. thesis exploring the ‘Digital Literacy’, that’s the latter taken care of.
I’m expecting the mudane activities I shall have to undertake to be things like:
- Interactive Whiteboard training (the really basic aspects)
- How to use the new VLE (Virtual Learning Environment)
- Using the internal Microsoft Outlook web-based email system
- Ways to use Powerpoint and other presentation tools in the classroom
- How to transfer digital video from digital cameras/camcorders to staff laptops
Whereas what I really want to be pushing are things such as:
- Creating a blog to make resources available outside the classroom (I’ve already run a couple of staff workshops on this, with some success)
- Basic podcasting and digital storytelling for non-written assessment, leading to e-portfolios for students.
- Communicating with other educators worldwide (i.e. getting staff initiated in the edublogosphere – perhaps through the K12 Online Conference?)
- Giving staff the confidence to take students into the ICT suites more often to use the Internet as a publishing tool.
- Transferring schemes of work and programmes of study into an electronic format (perhaps in a wiki-like format using Google Sites within Google Apps Team Edition or the new VLE?)
Some context to help you understand where we’re at: my school has a plethora of RM One machines, Interactive Whiteboards in almost every classroom, and relatively unrestricted access (we can access Twitter, del.icio.us, Google Video, etc. but not YouTube, Facebook or games websites, for example). There’s a real mix of what I would call ‘digital literacy’ amongst staff. We range from those, like me, who use educational technology in some way in every lesson, to those who only use their laptop to help them write reports, and who certainly haven’t turned on their Interactive Whiteboard yet…
What else should I be looking to include in my responsibilities? How should my success and impact be measured, given that it’s a 1-year trial role? Suggestions in the comments section please! :-p
Image credits: Hugh McLeod @ gapingvoid.com (top one censored by me…)