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Google Apps Is Making Our 1-1 Trial Easy

Posted by Tim

At the moment we have a pretty large number of students helping us to answer some questions we have about 1-1 deployments. More of that to come as the data starts to appear.

What I have seen now we're a couple of weeks in to loaning devices to students is just how easy our life has been because we are a Google Apps school. A couple of scenarios for you:

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Broadcasting Literacy Hour

Posted by Tim

This time last year I wrote a post documenting our first high profile attempt at webcasting. We've taken that idea and moved on to look at CPD. Last week we used part of our CPD day to deliver 'The Literacy Hour' as a live, online training session. I wanted to document the project as others might be interested in trying similar- particularly those of you with high staff numbers, or are spread across multiple sites. All credit for the training itself and the content goes to @matthljones - we just pressed the buttons...

Literacy hour was a combination of video, conversation and tasks that our entire staff took part in, working in their department areas. We wanted to achieve the following:

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Blogging our CPD

Posted by Tim

We've just had another round of meetings with our school improvement groups at Wildern. The SIGs are voluntary groups that run as half-termly after school meetings for groups of staff to work together to develop their practice. This year we're running: Creative classroom, Gifted and talented, International classroom, Language for learning, Media literacy, New technologies, Themed days, Wildern TV & radio.

Each group has a focus, and each member undertakes an action research project during the year. The research is fed back in to their performance management, their departments, and through our SDP is influencing policy. It's an opportunity for staff to try out new ideas and measure their impact, and I think a great model for collaborative school improvement.

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Interviewing IT Technicians

Posted by Tim

We've been learning about the best way to interview edu IT staff in various guises for almost 10 years now. In the last couple of weeks we've been advising a couple of other organisations on how to approach technician style interviews as well as doing our own hires, and I wanted to share a few quick thoughts.

1) Don't just ask for CVs. You'll get more applications than you think and won't be able to easily filter.

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