Feb 20 2012
Feb 2 2012
Jan 28 2012
Online Diary entries and Competition
Current Projects –
Blogging – Lauren and Hannah
Flash – Isaac and Jem
Autology – Matthew
Paint.net – Hannah / Becky / Daisy / Jordan / Beth / Lauren
Electronic Diaries – Mr S – done – see competition
LLS Digital Leaders Meeting 12, 10th February 2012 (25 attended)
Well done everybody for so much effort and learning this term.
Well done Jack and Hannah for starting online diaries.
Have talked to Will… have a think how we could continue Digital Leaders in Y10…
Check out current things to do at top.
have a good halfterm – Mr S More
Dec 21 2011
The last two weeks have been challenging for the ‘E-C collaboration team’.
The team have had to make sure all the power points were completed and handed in to the hand in folders on Fronter so that the students can be paired up ready for them to exchange their presentations. This had to be done before the Christmas holidays. To begin the process Saskia put a reminder on the Bulletin board to inform the Year 7 students that their ‘About me’ power points would need to be handed in by the 6th of December and produced a blog to go into the school newsletter explaining the project to the parents of both the involved and uninvolved students.
The team also prepared a presentation of the project to a guest working for the local Authority who was interested in Quality and Improvement of ICT. All team members then presented this to the guest discussing each of their main roles in the project so far.
During meeting 11 the team decided that between Monday 5th and Friday 9th of December we needed to see the Year 7 class teachers to inform them of the students who had not yet handed the power points in and to let them know that the deadline was Friday 10th of December. Everyone was asked to attend service to show the year 7 classes the forums and explain that they should be used over Christmas to communicate with the Chinese students.
Dec 9 2011
9Y3 KFL / Tuesday 6th December p.2 / led by Shona
9X2 CJS / Tuesday 6th December p.4 / led by Will and Ollie
9X3 KFL / Wednesday 7th December p.4 / led by Ali
9Y4 CJS / Thursday 8th December p.1 / led by Hannah, Luke …
9Y1 KFL / Thursday 8th December p.1 / led by Joe and Becky
9X4 CJS / Monday 12th December p.1 / led by Matthew
9X1 KFL / Monday 12th December p.1 / led by Lauren
9Y2 CJS / Thursday 15th December p.1 / led by Rosie
Nov 22 2011
Mr S to update list of DLs and ensure that everyone has a DLs lunchtime pass for Wednesdays.
Nov 22 2011
The last few weeks have been a busy one for the ‘E-C collaboration’ team and things have really progressed well.
All the team have been working hard with our three year 7 groups, 7X1, 7X3 and 7Y3 and they have nearly completed their PowerPoint presentations ready for the Chinese students. We had anticipated the year 7 groups to be finished together but we had anticipated that some might be finished before others! However the team have overcame these problems by creating more ways for the year 7s to add to their slides. In addition to this, Mark and Connor have been experimenting with sound, and we not only have a way for them to record English for the Chinese to listen to but they have created a tutorial to teach them how to do it.
We have managed to get new members onto Fronter – our 62 Chinese Pen Pals! April sent Andy a list of names and classes of the Chinese students and the group wasted little time and assigned the Lukes to get them onto Fronter. Thanks to the ICT technicians (and a little help from our Project sponsor, Mr Sharples!) they now all have a log in to Fronter.
The next thing our project manager wanted to do was to pair the Chinese students up with our year 7 groups. With a bit of to-ing and throw-ing we cracked it. The class 7Y3 has 19 students which can be matched with the classes 3 and 7 in China; 7X3 has 21 who match with classes 4, 5 and 6. Leaving 7Y3 with classes 1, 2 and 8 with the 22 students they need.
Ellie and Megan have spent time making the forums for the online collaboration, with a forum for each of the collaborative groups described earlier and a tutorial in simple but brilliant detail. Speaking of tutorials, Jess created one after creating 6 new hand in folders for our year 7s and Chinese to hand in their completed PowerPoints, which as usual from Jess is perfect.
The team have also come up with their key tasks for the project which was derived from our ‘SMART’ objectives: Specific, Measurable, Agreed Upon, Realistic and Time-Bound. This was dependent on us creating our final agreed success criteria. “To allow all LLS Year 7 students to collaborate successfully with year 7 Chinese students using a range of digital tools during the Autumn term 2011”. To help us with our Chinese knowledge and understanding and with thanks to our project sponsor we have new personnel to consider in our project. Mr Josh Wong is a lawyer who regularly visits China and he will be taking part in the Forums with the Year 7s along with Miss Wu and Miss Mark. This will help us a great deal as we have 3 people to help us with language, affairs, rules and other issues we may face in the future. As all projects go it hasn’t been all plain sailing, but we responded quickly to problems. We have seen the rejection of Skype from the idea list as Emma and Becky have found it to not be feasible from LLS school and the Chinese firewalls. We also had to wait a while for our Chinese students to get onto Fronter because of matters which we could not control which we overcame thanks to our project manager. We manage all of our meetings with Andy chairing and the rest of us taking turns with taking the minutes. One of them was even without our Project Sponsor as he was involed with learning walks elsewhere in school. We also found that tasks were not being ticked off on Zoho and so had to make sure that everyone was doing that.
The future is looking good for the ‘E-C Collaboration’ team. With Saskia Liaising with our client, Andy doing a brilliant job as Project Manager, tasks being done on time, effective communication and using suitable project software we hope to continue to do well in the weeks to come and succeed with the Year 7s collaborating successfully with their Chinese counterparts.
By Luke Kelly / Update 24th November
Oct 31 2011
In response to an email from our Chinese client April, we decided to hold an emergency meeting to discuss the new information that we were presented with. The email from April firstly outlined why there had been no contact from her to our EC-collaboration team. The reason for this was because her computer had broken and this meant that April had not been able to check her e-mails for a few days. During the emergency meeting, Andy the project manager gave the rest of the group feedback on the rest of the email from April. For example it was explained that April currently only had 30 students to participate as pen-pals. From this information we decided to only use three of the Lady Lumley’s School Year 7 ICT classes, meaning that we had a total of 62 students available for pen pals (30 girls and 32 boys). The action that followed this decision was that Andy and Saskia were to email April to ask whether it would be possible to raise the 30 students to 62 from Shengyang so that it could match the amount of students in Lady Lumley’s School. Similarly, we decided that the pairs were to continue their contact with the three Year 7 ICT groups; Luke and Luke with 7X3; Saskia, Emma, Becky, Connor and Jess with 7Y3; Andy, Mark, Ellie and Megan with 7X1. The final action from the emergency meeting was that Luke, Luke and Connor were to brief these chosen Year 7 classes and explain the whole project. They also introduced the preference slide that was created by Emma and Becky in order to highlight each student’s interests which will used later when pairing up the pen pals.
For our next meeting on 17th October – our last lesson of the half-term – our clear outcome for this meeting was to discuss and clarify all pair roles within the team. To start the meeting, Luke and Luke gave the rest of the group feedback on how their briefing with one of the Year 7 classes went. The outcome of this being that they realised that particular Year 7 class knew nothing about the project that has began. However once it was explained all students seemed keen to get involved. The Teacher Mr Lech assured them that the powerpoints from this class would be finished by November. Following this, Connor than also gave feedback on how his briefing with another Year 7 classes. Connor explained that the teacher Mr Wilks had not been briefed yet about what the project was and how it was working etc. Connor explained in detail about it leaving Mr Wilks pleased with his description. This however meant that the Year 7 class were not shown the preference slide made by Emma and Becky, and must be shown it next time Connor is in contact with this particular Year 7 class. For the rest of this meeting, we went through each pair and discussed their roles, and bringing to like any concerns or ideas for improvement. For example, it was noted that the entire team were keen to have a confirmed end date; another concern was whether the Chinese students’ font would show clearly on Fronter or whether it would be presented in Chinese symbols. From these discussions, the actions that followed were that Andy was to email April a copy of the power point presentation preference slide as well as other slide titles, so that April’s students could create similar presentations. After a discussion on each pair’s role, tasks were then reached to be completed by the next meeting after half term for some individuals and for every pair.
Update 31st October – by Jess/Mr Sharples
Oct 23 2011
Assembly yesterday. I outlined why digital leaders are important. What will you talk about at a future Interview? What examples of leadership and teamwork do you have? What other examples of leadership in the school – Duke of Edinborough, World Challenge and Sports Leaders. I picture us as living in a new digital landscape, and concepts of leaders helping others to navigate fits well with DofE, and learning to teach small teams of students fits well with Sports Leaders.
If you volunteer as a Digital Leader you will improve your ICT skills; Leadership skills; Communication skills; Confidence; Teamwork;and Networking.
Possible Activities include – Learn to use a variety of ICTs;Regular opportunities to train ‘colleagues’ in your ICT classes; using new software; Support the use of ICTs in other subjects; Encourage more ‘digital homeworks’ in the school; Present at a conference next summer?
to develop these personal skills… and explain why…
2. An inspiring Digital Leader needs to develop these technical skills… and explain why… (include examples of software as well if you can).
Oct 13 2011
At the end of the summer term we started out on a programme to develop digital leaders at Lady Lumley’s School. For several years I had been aware of the SSAT work building on ideas from Kristian Still www.kristianstill.co.uk/wordpress/category/digital-leaders/.
Meeting Paul Hynes again at the North Yorkshire Education Conference in July gave me the extra impetus, and I used Paul’s ideas on Digital Technologies looking to engage with the wider program www.ssatrust.org.uk/newtechnologies/Pages/Studentdigitalleaders.aspx.
I picture us as living in a new digital landscape, and concepts of leaders helping others to navigate fits well with DofE, and learning to teach small teams of students fits well with Sports Leaders. I have colleagues who ensure both of these programs are a strength at Lady Lumley’s and they have been encouraging with the links between programs. Doing it as a blend of face-to-face amd digitally is the challenge.
I outlined initial ideas on Digital Leaders in an assembly to the Year 8’s (next year’s year 9s… ) and offered them two competitions – using Glogster (multimedia posters) and Wordle (graphical display of words). Having introduced the year 9s to Glogster, our enterprising students immediately saw the potential for their geography homeworks so we agreed a third competition, resulting in:
1. Best use of Wordle for “showing something Interesting
2. Best Glogster Poster – what I did in the holidays
3. Best Glogster Poster – used for a subject at LLS
– with prizes of amazon tokens for the best three in each.
As part of our programme, we have already promised one lesson of every month as a Digital Leaders Lesson. The first was all about ancouraging students to enter the competition and students showed how they had been using Glogster:
We have the award assembly and the first Digital Leaders meeting scheduled just before half-term.
At the meeting we will discuss future activities and the digital-leaders’-way that we do them.
Activities will be a mixture of what needs to be done and what catches the interest of the leaders.
The digital-leaders’-way that we do the tasks will be worked out with them but initial ideas are around:
- an aspirational plan of at least two digital leaders per Y9 class
- leadership skills (with inspiration from Sports Leaders and Duke of Edinborough)
- working with teachers to encourage use of Digital Technologies
- working together collaboratively
- collaboration on all projects using the school VLE