Playing a bit of catchup – have had this post in draft for the longest time and have now found some time to finally post it!
This was my second opportunity to share my love of ICT with people that continue to inspire me. I was asked to present a seminar on ‘Digital Leaders’ for which I was only too happy to oblige. My presentation was entitled ‘Developing Primary Pupils as innovative leaders of ICT’. I have had the privilege of being part of a fabulous project where the local authority has asked for bids for £5000. I had to create an action plan showing what I was going to spend it on and how it would raise standards. During this project I found there was a distinct buzz on Twitter about the use of pupil led learning or Digital Leaders. I have written more about my journey of enrolling and working alongside them in previous posts but it really excited me how children could expand their pupil voice and impact on teaching their peers and teachers alike. I have had lots of requests for my Prezi which you can see below – I have used the editable format to allow anyone who may find it useful to adapt and change to suit themselves. I hope it inspires others to travel the same journey – definitely worth the time and effort.
Myself and two Year 6 members of the Primary Leadership Team spent an enjoyable time interviewing applicants for the roles of Digital Leaders at our school on Friday. I have to be honest, I didn’t really know what to expect as this was a completely new process for me. With their applications in front of us, we (I say we but the Y6’s did nearly all of the interviewing – I just videoed their responses) proceeded to ask the questions we had agreed upon.
Firstly, I was really surprised at just how serious the applicants took the whole proceedings – it obviously meant a lot to each and every one of them. I’ve uploaded a few videos of the successful applicants – they are all very excited about the prospects that lie ahead. In fact one boy who’s birthday it was the next day said that it was the best birthday present ever!!!
Bethany Pt 1
Bethany Pt 2
Louis Pt 1
Louis Pt 2
Monday’s deadline has arrived and the ever increasing pile of applications needs sorting. I’m looking for many qualities in my Digital Leaders. Over the past few weeks I have looked at many excellent blogs of teachers and educators who have begun their DL journey and very kindly posted examples of the job description, application and interview forms etc. Blogs such as:
The very helpful Chris Mayoh http://mrmayoh.bowlingparkprimary.net/tag/digital-leaders/
And the brilliant Sheli Blackburn http://www.digitalleadernetwork.co.uk/
These and others have given me the guidance and encouragement to set up our own DL’s in school. I have tweaked, merged and added to their documents to make them relevant for my school setting. Kristian Stilll has very kindly allowed me to adapt his fantastic logo to that which has our school colours too – thank you! See below for the selection of documents I am using to get this project of the ground (I’ve left them as word docs to allow editing, should anyone want to use them).
WL Digital leaders poster
WL Digital Leaders Job Sheet (1)
WL Digital leaders interview questions
WL Digital leader spec and JD
WL Digital Leader contract.docx
WL Digital Leader application form
The next stage is to sift through the 52 applications for the interview process. Looking at their answers, I envisage the job not to be an easy one.
I’ve heard about the many virtues of having inspired children as Digital Leaders (DL) from fellow tweeters and teaching blogs over the past 6 months and was really keen to get on board. I wanted to do the research prior to implementing it at my school in order for it to have the maximum impact possible.
On Monday I put up posters around the school advertising vacancies for DL. Qualities required were given, benefits to apllicants were given and brief descriptions of role were given. I planned to take the KS2 assembly to do my best pitch! Ideally I would want 8 children from the current years 3,4 and 5.
Today was the assembly, 240 children sitting agog (not because I was taking an assembly!!) but because they had all seen the posters and were keen to find out more. I did my spiel and talked in full about what I had planned and how excited I was about this project. Reciprocal learning was the message – of course I didn’t use that phrase but ultimately that’s what it is. I explained the role in more detail, talking about commitment, collaboration, teamwork, patience and fun!
My final message was that an application form needed to be completed and returned to me by next Monday. I would be giving out the forms at lunch time, outside my room. Lunch time duly arrived and no 5, not 10 BUT 77 children were gathered outside my classroom. All eagerly awaiting my arrival (I was on PPA) to collect the application forms.
By the end of lunch time, 39 forms had been returned. I’m anticipating that many children wanted a little longer to fully consider their reasons for applying…
I am completely gob-smacked by the level of excitement and keenness to be part of an exciting project that will be the beginning of our journey together. The next step is to shortlist (once the deadline has arrived) and interview the applicants – I can’t wait!
Original DL logo used and adapted with kind permission from http://www.kristianstill.co.uk