Three hours of an INSET day. Simple training morning to raise awareness of those who have not yet got to grips with the interactive VLE tool set.
09:00 – meet in hall for quick intro, see some teachers present their Moodle tools and break out into departments and ICT rooms across the school.
09:30 – sign into Moodle and access the staff training course built for the day with sample glossary, online assignments and hot potatoes quizzes for them to do as pupils. Content is general knowledge, favourite foods etc.
10:30 – break for coffee
10:50 – reconvene to choose and build one of the tools they tried out earlier. Paper guides will be provided but staff will be encouraged to use them online (Google presentation slides) and toggle between screens. [Guides: quizzes; glossaries; assignments]
12:00 – end
In the afternoon, teachers are being provided with 90 minutes to formally make the transition from ActivStudio to ActivInspire IWB software. The former stops being supported by Promethean in April and so will be uninstalled from our network. A good proportion of teachers have had a go already but I think it is important to give them some directed time to make this transition. This will hopefully be the case when we migrate to Windows 7 and MS Office 2010 over the summer. Transition resources are provided of course.
In the afternoon, teachers will be able to opt for a Moodle intermediates session whilst others are on the IWBs in their classrooms.
In the morning session, I will encourage teachers to try the quiz. USP is that it takes 30 minutes to create a self-marking quiz but an hour to mark a class set of the same quiz on paper (well after you’ve done it a couple of times anyway).
I am a big believer in allowing teachers to choose when they use technology in their teaching and learning. This session aims to secure their understanding of how simple it can be to use three tools. They are under no pressure to use them in the classroom. At the very least, everyone should be in a more informed position as to what technology can help them achieve.
If you have any thoughts on how to improve this model for the day please let me know. One thing I am concerned about is I have not included any HTML editor training and mastering the editor plays a significant part in loving online learning (images, videos, embeds). What do you think?