BLC13 Presentation - Student Digital Leaders

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Presentation given as part of the CUE Tips schedule at BLC13, describing who Student Digital Leaders are and how SSAT working with DigitalMe and Mozilla are designing an accreditation scheme based on Open Badge software.

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  • Good afternoon everyone – I’m GlynBarritt and the Learning Technologies Manager at SSAT … Student leadership and student voice have been at the heart of SSAT’s work for many years. As far back as 2004 in response to the Government’s Five Year Strategy for Children and Learners, the SSAT began work with David Hargreaves on identifying nine gateways to personalising learning and redesigning systems and curriculums. Entry to personalising learning could be made through any one of the gateways as they are all interlinked but perhaps the most powerful of gateways lay in the area of student voice and the opportunities this offers students ultimately to share the leadership and redesign of learning, with their teachers. Indeed, Accreditation schemes that recognise these achievements are attracting huge interest – more about that later.And so Student Digital Leadership fits nicely into the SSAT’s suite of activities and programmes designed to bring student voice once again to the fore. But what is it really?
  • Students with a passion to help their school shape vision and strategy around the use of technologyTheytake on or develop leadership roles which provide advice and guidance as to the effectiveness of technology (which means a certain amount of research, experimentation, evaluation and feedback; and they make sure that fellow students and their teachers have the skills to use those technologies effectively.They will represent the school whenever appropriate, giving presentations or perhaps using social media platforms like Makewaves, for promoting student-driven activities at their school – so uploading images, audio, video and writing blogs.
  • SDL initiatives operate with very different models from school to school and obviously, SDLs in a secondary might differ widely from the roles in a primary school but these are just examples of the sorts of roles that students take on. Or they could take on much more general leadership of technology and share the responsibilities. There are no hard and fast rules!! It’s whatever is suitable for your school. You can start very small and expand the scheme to meet requirements. Roles can be multipurpose or have a specific focusBut it is important to say that this initiative has whole buy-in from across the school and that the technical expertise, advice, training is embraced by all .. teachers and fellow students … But that there are realistic expectations placed upon the student, certainly when they first take on the role!
  • Benefits: SchoolUsing those native skills to ensure that all students and staff gain the skills they need to use technology effectivelySaves the school money in terms of training staff to use specific applications when the students can probably master these in minutes!Saves the school money in terms of buying in or acquiring technical expertise.Saves the school money in terms of designing promotional materials, photographing and video-ing events and children etcSo at the very least, there’s a maximising of the impact of the ICT budget. StudentsIncreases their self-esteem … more about the application process laterHelps develop leadership and specialist skills in students – like being able to listen to colleagues, feedback and justify opinions diplomatically, identify skill sets in others or needs for professional development etcDevelops life skills – skills that will enable students to deal with the unexpected situation … become a competitive employee in the global workspaceBringsfun into learning!NationMany calls by students in international debates for more involvement in educational policy making and decision making, bridging the gap between the politicians and teachers at the coaf face charged with delivering policies and curriculums that often, they are unhappy with. Students wanted more of a voice in co-constructing their own learning … being trusted by teachers to give sound and informed opinions on curriculums to engage all learners … their colleagues who have been hitherto turned off learning.
  • So to get started, you do need to plan, plan, plan … So firstly, why run an SDL initiative in your school? What issues will it help to overcome? What roles might you SDLs fill?Will you operate this across the whole school or will you pilot the initiative with certain classes? How will you choose students for the roles (in a secondary set up, it is perhaps more relevant to hold an application system and interview!) But will you choose the most able student … or those showing disengagement perhaps? But what personal qualities might your would-be SDLs need to demonstrate?How long will your SDLs serve? Will you give them longevity in the role or will you change around?Continuity: how will you ensure that younger students get to learn the roles? Peer mentoring scheme for example?What incentives might you offer?Who in school will champion the SDL activity and ensure that parents and the local community knows of their achievements?
  • Certainly any initial training ought to ensure that the students know what .. How to be a good and sympathetic, active listenerHow to ask for help when they need it or help on another’s behalfHow to communicate effectively with each other, their peers and teachers … then outward in the communityHow they share achievements with each others, so that that the group is continually learning and moving forwardHow to apply their knowledge and their learning .. How to review and feedback to interested partiesSDLs need to identify as a groupSDLs should agree targets & action plansSDLs should decide how they are to communicate with each other & when to hold meetingsWould be good to post SDL meetings/activities where everyone can read them
  • Lots of opportunities to present at conferences and events, locally, nationally etc especially through SSAT’s Primary NetworkThere is a wonderful collaborative blog started by a group of passionate teachers which gives start up guidance and support – www.digitalleadernetwork.co.uk
  • Remember those roles?Badges will recognise achievement for those roles and in partnership with DigitalMe, Makewaves and Mozille, we have already held a highly successful Badgeathon Day with students and teachers … Mozilla scheme available to 13 year olds and above but Makewaves offers under 13s a system of digital badges which can be displayed widely.The consultation is ongoing and that will lead to a design process, a vote on the 5 best designs and a launch finally in July 2013. And an international launch in September 2013!!
  • Remember those roles?Badges will recognise achievement for those roles and in partnership with DigitalMe, Makewaves and Mozille, we have already held a highly successful Badgeathon Day with students and teachers … Mozilla scheme available to 13 year olds and above but Makewaves offers under 13s a system of digital badges which can be displayed widely.The consultation is ongoing and that will lead to a design process, a vote on the 5 best designs and a launch finally in July 2013. And an international launch in September 2013!!
  • Remember those roles?Badges will recognise achievement for those roles and in partnership with DigitalMe, Makewaves and Mozille, we have already held a highly successful Badgeathon Day with students and teachers … Mozilla scheme available to 13 year olds and above but Makewaves offers under 13s a system of digital badges which can be displayed widely.The consultation is ongoing and that will lead to a design process, a vote on the 5 best designs and a launch finally in July 2013. And an international launch in September 2013!!
  • Remember those roles?Badges will recognise achievement for those roles and in partnership with DigitalMe, Makewaves and Mozille, we have already held a highly successful Badgeathon Day with students and teachers … Mozilla scheme available to 13 year olds and above but Makewaves offers under 13s a system of digital badges which can be displayed widely.The consultation is ongoing and that will lead to a design process, a vote on the 5 best designs and a launch finally in July 2013. And an international launch in September 2013!!
  • BLC13 Presentation - Student Digital Leaders

    1. 1. Student Digital Leaders Glyn Barritt, SSAT
    2. 2. Student Digital Leaders • Passion to help their school shape vision and strategy around the use of technology • Eagerness to promote their school and their SDL activities – expanding network • Eagerness to research new technologies and train their teachers and peers • SDL roles ensure appropriate and engaging technology use
    3. 3. Benefits Sch Embeds most effective technology across school life Sch Maximises the impact of the ICT budget Stu Develops leadership and specialist skills Stu Develops other 21st Century skills … Stu Flexibility & credibility in the jobs market Stu Important! Helps students bring ‘fun’ into learning! Nat Co-construct curriculums to engage all students in relevant and enjoyable learning Nat Work alongside teachers to lessen effects of new demands on their workloads Nat Help narrow the gap between policy makers and those designing/delivering the curriculum
    4. 4. Planning • What issues might SDLs help to address/overcome? • Whole school initiative or piloted by certain classes? • How will you choose students for the roles? • What qualities will your SDLs need to demonstrate? • What year groups might you approach first? • How long will SDLs serve? • How do you ensure continuity? • Who in school will oversee SDLs & champion widely?
    5. 5. Initial training & Group ID • Listening and speaking – Active and sympathetic • Asking for help – For themselves, others • Communication skills – Peers, teachers, community • Sharing and showcasing – SDLs continually moving foward • Using and applying – Getting the most from tech for learning • Reviewing and feedback
    6. 6. Joining a growing network • SSAT promotes at every given opportunity – Importance of student voice/impact in 21C learning where students are encourage to co-construct schemes of work – Redesigning Schooling – encouraging school leaders & classroom practitioners & student to shape education futures • Extended outwards with help of social media – #dlchat on Twitter, every Thursday evening at 9pm • See www.digitalleadernetwork.co.uk
    7. 7. Mozilla Open Badges • Top global brands have come together to support a new way to recognise development of 21C skills • Visual representations of learning, achievements, skills, interests & competencies • They can represent hard and soft skills, peer assessment and stackable lifelong learning “Over 70% of employers want employability skills to become a top education priority.” The CBI
    8. 8. Open badges anatomy! :o  Value of badges is in the rigour of what learners have to do to get them  So the evidence of achievement they point to  And within the metadata in the badge itself. CC Kyle Bowen Doug Belshaw is Badges & Skills Lead at the Mozilla Foundation offers a great explanation of Open Badges http://is.gd/PJMqRp
    9. 9. Open badges working as credentials
    10. 10. Open badges vs digital badges? DISPLAY SIT ES personal web site social networking profiles WordPress / Tumblr job sites  Open badges can be displayed across the web  They are digital images with metadata ‘baked’ into them, metadata which can’t be removed!  Growing number of employers, universities and colleges recognise and endorse badges, providing new opportunities for young people Open Badges backpack is a user management interface where the Earner can delete badges, import badges, set privacy controls, create and publish groups of badges, etc.
    11. 11. What do students think? Video shown with the kind permission of DigitalMe In case this doesn’t play in SlideShare, the video can be watched on YouTube
    12. 12. Badges & SDL roles • Badges will recognise achievement for those roles • Consultation on design, criteria and levels currently • Design process with DigitalMe, Mozilla & Makewaves • Open badges not available for U13s • Makewaves platform offering digital badges for U13s that will convert eventually www.makeswaves.com
    13. 13. Involve students in design
    14. 14. Involve students in design
    15. 15. Glyn Barritt glyn.barritt@ssatuk.co.uk www.ssatuk.co.uk @ssat @ictregister @sdigileaders @glynbarritt

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