First Six Months

6th February 2019 - Behind the Scenes, Classroom IT, Getting the Balance Right, Moodle
First Six Months

In order to build a solid foundation in a school you have to work quickly, and effectively. As I have been working within a multi-skilled role I have had to implement what I refer to as the essentials to learning before focusing on the more technical side of the network.

Here is a brief overview of what I aim to configure in one way or another at any school that I am lucky enough to work at.

Moodle – Virtual Learning Platform

The installation of a Moodle System has allowed staff to place resources online for students to access removing the need for the ad-hoc approach that staff tend to adopt.

The learning platform has been well received by the staff as has not been pushed upon them.  The staff have been actively seeking out training and requesting courses be created for them to allow them to use it as part of their teaching.

There are many different ways of delivering learning using Moodle, and there is no one size fits all, every teacher, student, and lesson is different and because of this there has been a flexible approach to course creation.

Where classes are based in an IT room the entire course can be delivered using Moodle with all classroom resources being accessed in lessons, including worksheets, classroom powerpoints, and assignment hand in.

Where classes are not IT based such as BTEC Sport, Moodle is being used as a document store where the students can obtain copies of worksheets, access resources to help with their learning and also submitting assignments back to the teacher for marking.  The BTEC Sport students all use their personal laptops for their course to allow them to access materials and work efficiently throughout their course.

Booking System

Implementing a booking system for booking out IT classrooms and resources in place of an e-mail request or asking around other teachers helps to see how the resources are being used around the school.

It can also be used to run basic reports to see how many times a resource is being booked and help to structure future purchases.