On Wednesday 21st January eight students from the E-Hub developers and I-Learners attended the BETT conference in London, shortly after this we attended a digital leader’s workshop in the Ramada hotel conference room. We met with a lady called Iggy Rhodes – who lead the workshop – and a school from Brighton, as well as their teachers.
We spoke about different digital schemes that we could install into our routines and how we could share our knowledge of various technologies. Some of our ideas on how we could branch out from our respective locations were; supporting the elderly, having sessions with primary school students and staff, having skype sessions with other schools, and not only those in the UK. We think these are good ideas because not only are we supporting yesterday’s generation but tomorrow’s one too.
As a group we then discussed how we could train a selection of digital leaders and what skills they would they need to have or to learn/practice. We said that there should be different workshops and events were lots of people could go so you can get to know new people and learn from each other. We also thought that there should be smaller sessions per school or group so that there is a more focused process that allows for a determined and positive experience. In relation to the skills that they should or would need to have we all agreed that; management and leadership, confidence and determination, compatibility and adaption, creativity and motivation, optimism and patience, communication and teamwork and a positive attitude were all necessary for the success of this new scheme.
As a final discussion we looked at how we could share our knowledge of the digital world with others, some of our strategies were; mixed age groups, a variety of events involving forums, lectures and workshops, peer teaching, initial or advanced training for different audiences or social media sites, twitter, Instagram, Facebook, or Edmodo- the educational Facebook, these would allow us to reach people from outside the UK.
We also came to an agreement that digital leaders should always coach and not teach, this allows us to demonstrate an idea or thought and gives others the freedom to run with it and make it their own.
The power point we created at the event with even more of our ideas on is available here;
- Laura Jephcott
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