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.
We are midway through your first term as ICT co-ordinator, or possibly as the E-learning coordinator and the team structure that was arranged in September will be very important with regard to the self-review audit that we will be discussing this month. If you are not clear about specific roles, now might be a good time to hold that conversation within the team. During November we shall build upon October's audits as follows:
- Complete the BECTA self-review framework and in so doing enlist the commitment of all staff towards the school's E-learning strategy
- Undertake a software audit to confirm the status of existing licences, the capacity and suitability of your curriculum software and capacity to sustain E-Learning once the direct funding of E-learning ...