Briefly introduce the idea that we all have a range of experience with ICT that we bring and we want to spend some time sharing and exchanging these whilst also thinking about how they might be useful to use pedagogically. Also important to stress here that in the brief time we have with them we can’t hope to cover the range of tools, applications, hardware that is out there but that we are trying to encourage them to develop the critical approach to making their own judgments about these tools.
Studentsto edit shared Google doc. Give them about 15-20 minutes for this activity. use the updated Google doc and ask for volunteers to present 4-5 tools that people may or may not be familiar with but would like to know more about. Use the micro-presentations to discuss further how they might use the tools and what some of the issues might be that have to be addressed.
Emphasise the need for self help and taking responsibility for their own professional learning with technologies. Mention that they can use the IWB in the OLC and that it is a good idea to investigate and play in groups to become familiar if this is an area for development. Show ‘The Book’ video if there is time.
Important to focus here on developing a positive/professional online identity rather than just locking down social networks (i.e. through using social media tools to build a positive online presence). Could discuss how students have created their own blogs/websites to showcase their teacher identity.
My Digital Toolbox
• To examine what tools we already carry in our
digital toolkits and discuss their potential
• To examine how we can extend our digital
toolkits in order to support our professional
• To reflect on our digital profiles and consider
how we can develop these to project more
positive professional identities
What’s in your digital toolbox?
Infographic courtesy of Samantha
Sharing digital tools for learning
Add your suggested digital
tools to the Google doc for
Learning to help ourselves
How many Interactive Whiteboard ‘how to’ videos are there on YouTube or Vimeo?
Digital technologies in schools
The DfE provides guidance on the use of digital
technologies in schools:
Developing your professional identity
• Google yourself.
• Does what you find project a positive identity?
• Consider how you could improve your online profile
to project a more positive/professional identity.
• Review your own personal privacy settings on all
the social networks you use to ensure that they
support a positive professional identity.
Social networking dilemmas
• What would you do if you got a friend request
from a pupil or parent?
• What should I do if someone posts
inappropriate photos of me?
• What should I do if I see inappropriate content
of my pupils?
• Can I use sites like Facebook and Twitter in
Guidance for trainee teachers
Read Social Networking: a guide for trainee teachers and NQTs: