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.
Chapter 2: October
Throughout October you are going to commence three major audits:
- A full network infrastructure review incorporating both hardware and software.
- A strategic self-review to analyse where the school is developmentally in terms of E-learning.
- A technical support audit to determine your network requirements in terms of time and costs and to assess the extent to which present provision is meeting these needs.
The three audits may be conducted concurrently as the findings from one will help to inform the other. They will take time and need to be completed thoroughly. In fact the strategic self-review will last until the end of term. Therefore, during October we shall tour the school to identify and register all hardware components; become familiar with the self-review ...