This blog is dedicated to improving “Teaching and E-Learning“.  St John’s staff have created a working group to help lead in this particular area and share best practise with the whole school.

It is very exciting to work with a professional and motivated group that are very keen on developing Teaching and Learning through the use of ICT. We have already planned to run a series of inset sessions that will no doubt help support the whole staff and engage with students and enrich their learning.

Through working with the group we are planning to roll out a sustained programme of events with a focus on 6 technologies in each year, 2 * 1hr sessions per technology. This is a change to my previous system which was based on roliing out 12 * 1hr sessions. The main benefit being that there will always be a follow up session for staff to review their learning and adapt or develop how they have implemented the technology. The commitment of these staff is second to none and it looks likethe school will be reaping the benfits in the next academic year.

There is still a lot of work that needs to be completed including reviewing student voice, staff voice and putting the sessions on the calander. In addition, the staff involved want to share their learning journeys with each technology through a blog.

The following staff volunteerd their expertise:
Graeme Rose: I’ve been teaching Science 3 years after joining St John’s in 2008.  Though I teach Science to Key Stage 3 and 4 I specialise in Physics at Key Stage 5.  I’m currently also the More Able and Talented Co-ordinator for the school and Key Stage 4 Co-ordinator within Science. Outside of work I participate in a variety of weird sports, such as underwater hockey.  I do play more mainstream sports such as football and golf too.  I’m a very keen photographer and wish to develop this expensive hobby in the near future!

Andy McHugh:Subject Learning Co-ordinator for Law and Teacher of RE. 5 years experience teaching at St John’s. Particular interest in use of blogging to develop skills of critical analysis.

Richard Morley: Maths teacher, 2 years experience. Using discussion boards to develop interaction between students and Google Doc’s to collect and evaluate data.

Louise Wilkinson: 5 years teaching, English Teacher and Student Learning Coordinator.

Gavin McIntyre: Subject Learning Co-ordinator for ICT, teaching for 8 years at St John’s. Special interest in anything Web 2.0 and using ICT to challenge students and improve Teaching & Learning.


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