What 2 tips would you share?

It’s almost 18 months since the regional hub first came together in DCU. There have been some interesting, positive outputs from you all during that time. If you had to cherry pick just 2 things you’d share with others based on your own school context, what would they be?

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7 Responses to What 2 tips would you share?

  1. Nigel says:

    Involve a small group, or team, from the start. This shares the workload and helps get your message out more efficiently.

    Be encouraging and supportive to all staff members. Changes and new technology can often be met with resistance or hesitancy, and you’re the now people will look to.

  2. hublinkie says:

    I agree with Nigel, a team will help you feel supported. Think it’s good idea to call the team an eLearning Team to help put the emphasis on learning rather than ICT. I liked how Gearóid’s school team (in a primary school) was drawn from the whole staff with a member from each class group as well as the principal. This ensures a ‘filter-out’ approach when the team member from a class group returns to class group meetings as she/he can discuss and plan for the needs of their own students and classes.
    In a post-primary school, eLearning Team members could be drawn from each subject department and of course the principal should always be a Team member!

  3. aelsacarroll says:

    I agree with Nigel’s tips, and mine are fairly similar.

    Start small – If you are trying to make school-wide change, it’s important not to alienate students or staff at the very beginning. Small-scale ideas that actively improve teaching and learning will open people up to e-learning. This can be built upon from year to year, as everyone gains confidence.

    Get the word out – Whether it’s getting the Principal to mention e-learning in staff meetings, sharing ideas on a notice-board, or even casually chatting in the staffroom – promotion is your friend! I’ve learned so much from other teachers and discovered that there is wonderful ICT integration happening in classrooms that no-one even knew about.

  4. anualmm says:

    I agree with both Nigel and Aelsa, and at the risk of repeating them, I would say start small.
    A few interested teachers to start with can help get a project embedded in a school. Potential problems can be ironed out before rolling out to the whole school. We found that once a number of teachers were engaged with the project others began to become curious about what was going on and wanted to become involved.
    The second thing I would suggest is setting up an E-Learning team. A small group of like minded individuals, preferably including the Principal, who can plan and drive ICT change and improvement in the school.

  5. sjayc says:

    A bit late but I would agree with all the above, in terms of roll out, spotting potential pitfalls and nearly guaranteeing success- Start Small.
    In terms of ensuring back-up and support and that it doesn’t all fall to you when there are problems- teamwork- an elearning team can even be two people just so long as you have someone else to bounce ideas off.
    Another two that struck me were Look outside your own school- the living schools lab is a great place to get advice and tips from people who have done it before.
    Ask for help- always ask for help and or clarification- sometimes you can assume people are really too busy to help or give advice but you never kbnow- people can only say no and sometimes they are delighted that you thought of them. Also the other member schools can also give great advice even if they seem like they are involved in lots of other projects they can be again delighted to give you a dig out or point you in the right direction.
    Ireland is a small place especially when it comes to technology in the classroom and I know sometimes I feel like I have people on my elearning team who aren’t in my school and some of them I have never met in real life, through PDST contacts, or the twitterchat #edchatie and the CESI( computers in Education Society of Ireland) as well as others from the LSL chat and further afield.

  6. Kieran Carey says:

    I agree with both Nigel and Sarah-Jayne. Starting off with a small scale can help iron out any issues with the new system. If you have a good team to start off with the will help sort out issues before it is rolled out to the whole school. The other tip which I feel is very important is to look outside your school. See if other schools have trying to implement the system you want to go with. Ask questions on different forums about the system or issues you have found. I feel by getting the principal or deputy principal on board at the start is a big plus. If they are on board they will help push the whole school to your goal. I also feel that informing the other teachers on changes speeds up the transition of the new idea. Communication is key to ensure that the idea is successful.

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