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Staff wanted to be more innovative in their use of ICT. They created a school blog to provide information on all aspects of school life and to encourage a regular dialogue between home and school. Staff worked closely with the local authority ICT team to set up the site and then took on responsibilities for maintaining it.
Pupils were given a key role in providing the content. Pupils at the upper stages displayed and gave an account of their achievements and the range of activities that they had taken part in. Across the school, pupils used the site to provide feedback on school events. At P6 and P7, a pilot programme for homework was introduced with homework tasks and links to helpful educational sites posted on the blog.
The blog also helped parents to keep in contact with their children who took part in the P7 residential trip and let them know about the daily activities. Development and use of the blog has helped to promote pupils’ language, ICT and independent learning skills. It has also proved to be a highly effective way of highlighting and celebrating pupils’ achievements.
Law Primary Inspection Report, HMIE, Sep. 2008
How might this help with Glow?
Similar problem situation
Possible transfer of lessons learned
Diagram reproduced from the encyclopaedia of informal education [www.infed.org]
How did edubuzz start?
Research to improve learning in East Lothian
A need to stop re-inventing wheels
The idea of an online learning community
Early research showed we had to…
Avoid “deficit model”
Start from where people are
Avoid the usual “initiative approach”
What lessons have we learned?
Lesson 1: Train colleagues together
Avoid training disparate groups off-site
Train whole schools or departments in school
Provide plenty of informal follow-up support
Lesson 2: Don’t just automate existing tasks
Look for where technology enables new potential benefits
Be aware of the risk of being constrained by existing thinking
Why are newsletters monthly?
Lesson 3: It’s not an initiative
Top-down initiatives generate push-back
Avoid invoking the initiative “frame of reference”
Focus instead on benefits by supporting “bottom-up” ideas
Lesson 4: Reduce barriers to adoption
Train to create simple products
Tailor support to individual teacher’s needs
Consider training the students
Lesson 5: Take time to explain benefits clearly
People will adopt technology when they perceive it to be easy and helpful
Look for problems technology can help individuals to solve
Lesson 6: Focus on benefits
Recognise the risk that benefits can be missed
Don’t “Do Glow” for the sake of it
Stories of real benefits achieved will spread and engage others
Lesson 7: Encourage evolution
Look for organic growth
Nurture new ideas
Learn by doing
Lesson 8: Create a support network
Encourage links between schools
Exploit the network to provide inter-school support
Trust people with the rights they need to be able to help
Lesson 9: Exploit transparency
Make it easy to see what other schools are doing: and steal ideas!