Moodle Training Day

Our first In-Service of the 07/08 Academic Year takes place here in St. Aidan's on Thursday 25th of October in conjunction with project partners the Dublin West Education Centre. We're continuing with our Peer-to-Peer learning approach and the Core Group are conducting ten Workshops throughout the day covering areas such as a Moodle Crash Course for new staff, Moodle Revision, PC Maintenance, Hot Potatoes Quizzes, Smartboards and School Administration.
We arrived at a concensus on what Training to deliver by starting a Forum on Moodle and asking for the Teachers' input on the Training they require. The School Administration Workshop promises to be very interesting as we will be working with the School's Principal, Deputy Principal and Admin staff to examine how we can best use the Virtual Learning Environment to enhance and streamline the admin function of the School. It is often the most obvious and simple things that can have a big impact, for example loading up all Student photos onto the user profiles in Moodle. This makes it easy for everyone to identify new students at this time of year.
We just got word today from the National Centre for Technology in Education that our broadband connection has just been upgraded to 4Mbps, as I type up this blog I can see the difference already, we are very grateful to the NCTE for this. This upgrade is timely and should make a marked difference when all Staff are busy developing and uploading their Curriculum Content onto Moodle.

Peer to Peer Learning ,.......and Logistics

We had our first Core Group Meeting of the year last week and tackled such issues as the Review Report of Yr 1, Training Program, Moodle Administration, Developing an Action Plan and recruiting 2 new members.
We decided to open a Forum on Moodle to find out what Training our Teachers would like. The response has been decent and a pattern is beginning to emerge. Armed with this information we will develop a Training Program over the next few days.

Two new Teachers have been recruited to the Core Group bringing the members to 10. With 58 Teachers in the School this leaves us with 2 Trainers to every 10 Teachers on Training Day. We intend to build on the success of the Peer Learning Approach of last year.

The Roll-Out Logistics Team had their inaugural meeting last week too. This Team numbers 8 and will oversee the distribution and collection of Laptops from now on. They took the Roll-Out Procedure document as their starting point and refined it to ensure the smooth running of the Roll-Out. The system will be further tweaked as we go along. It was recognised that the most important aspect, to begin with, is for all Teachers to have a full understanding of the Roll-Out and a place to discuss how it could be improved. A course has been set up on Moodle for this purpose. The Procedure will be posted there, emailed to all staff and a Forum set up for discussion on how the Roll-Out can be improved.