One of the major tasks I will have this year implementing our new VLE is to train staff.

To get staff on board I will need as many staff  on my side as possible and one idea I had was to run a separate group of teachers not just learning to use the VLE but learning, playing and sharing other web tools. So I advertised for enthusiasts – didn’t push anyone to come (except offering cake) and we got a very nice turnout. (About 8 staff of 7 specialisms)

We started off playing with voki, next I got staff to have a play setting up blogs on posterous and we finished off with a flurry looking at voicethread, delicious and classtools. Okay this was a lot to fit in a 45 minute session – ideally we would look at a tool, examples of how it has been used in a subject and then work out how to do it. But I think I and the staff enjoyed a fast place and having fun after school rather than planning. I finished off by setting a little homework – to find a blogger of their subject and to report back on what they found. To help them get started I pointed staff towards Doug Belshaw’s list of edubloggers as well as the edubloggers directory

Overall it was a fun evening and we shall certainly have more. I hope by the time we have our next big ICT Inset we will have lots of examples that our staff can demonstrate of their ICT use in the classroom.

I will write a separate post on our plans for VLE training which I’m still working on – I would love to hear feedback and ideas on how to train 100 staff of different subjects with different specialisms and IT skills. I also wonder how my budget of £30 per staff member (which is probably quite generous for a school) compares to the amount that would be spent in industry?

5 Responses to “Staff Training and Staff E-learning Club”

Daniel,

Glad my list was helpful, although it was really people on my blog who put it together! I wouldn’t grumble too much about your budget – you’ve got £500 more than me. Although it all depends what targets you’ve been given, I suppose! 😉

The extra money probably accounts for London fringe weighting 😉

Hi Daniel
Thanks for including the Edublogger Directory. Hope the teachers found it useful! Having regular ‘top up training’, after the initial training, can be very useful especially for those who are not really familiar with ICT.
Good luck with the VLE training.
Patricia

Shanta Mariya

Nice work! I’ll have to do a cross post on this one 😉

Roby

I was searching for an effective E-Learning System and found that http://exponentlogic.com/e-learning-systems seems to be very useful for the trainers. I hope that it will be useful for you.

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