Every primary school has the daunting task of embedding ICT and E- Learning into their curriculum. This practical manual is the first part of a 2-volume set that together makes up a detailed 2-year training programme for primary ICT and E-learning co-ordinators. The books combine key strategies and information with a weblog discussion from a group of 'virtual' co-ordinators who share their problems, fears and successes over the two-year programme, based on the author's wide experience of working with new co-ordinators and experienced staff on training programmes and in general support. Book 1 is designed specifically for co-ordinators new to the role who need starting points and broad support. It presents a structured training programme split over three terms, guiding co-ordinators through the key stages of developing and implementing ICT policy and practice, including: o auditing existing school systems o reviewing and revising the school policy for ICT o reviewing the ways in which ICT is used as a teaching and learning tool across the curriculum o examining methods for the management of technical support services o establishing a clear overview of standards in ICT, including a review of assessment procedures, moderating work, monitoring teaching and learning and creating E Portfolios. The books have a companion website, which will offer downloadable versions of the photocopiable sheets from the book, as well as links to other sources of help and advice.
The Road Goes Ever on and on
Having completed this year's programme any co-ordinator will have a very strong strategic view of their subject area. Next year I want to take a number of core issues forward at an even deeper level and particularly address concerns I have had expressed by senior school managers regarding the long-term consequences of supporting a modern IT network.
In the first term we will undertake a complete review of E-safety procedures in the light of the Every Child Matters agenda. We will also consider their funding model in order to plan for ICT developments with due regard to the true total cost of ownership. This will be supported by a broader ICT action planning review to embed a revised ...