Professional development at Wynberg Girls Junior SchoolWGJS is a very well resourced school in terms of teacher devices and mobile devices for the girls. In her role at school Charmaine teaches the teachers how to use the various Microsoft tools. She finds that the teachers at WGJS are enthusiastic and interested in integrating ICT into the curriculum, so they are keen to attend regular training. “The teachers are required to attend professional development every 3rd or 4th Monday afternoon. I make sure that my development session has a spot at least twice a term. I try to vary further training to suit our teachers. For example I regularly hold a Muffin morning in my room where teachers have conversations about the technology they need to use. Each grade has an IT Champion who ensures that their colleagues keep up to date. WGJS is in the process of implementing O365, which is really exciting as I am aiming to grow 8 MIE’s! We will be implementing BYOD this year – we will not be prescribing which devices they must use, but my previous experience with BYOD clearly indicates that Windows laptops are a choice of device – especially from Gr 6 up.”
Crack the Code ConferenceCharmaine believes strongly in sharing expertise. “I would like to see advantaged schools sharing their expertise more with disadvantaged schools. Education is definitely moving into a digital space where more learners will have access to resources and tools.” To this end she introduced an exciting coding initiative which spread the influence of WGIS beyond the school walls. She arranged a “Crack the Code – Promoting Cerebral Fitness” Conference at the school in March this year..
The aim of the event was to expose the wider school community to coding, robotics and the critical thinking skills it addresses. “The WGIS girls already work in Kodu, Minecraft, Scratch, Alice 3, www.code.org and Code Monkey. This two day conference allowed WGIS teachers and other presenters to introduce coding to the wider school community.” If you would like to hear more about this please listen to the coding webinar that Charmaine presented for SchoolNet in June 2017.
Charmaine's use of Microsoft tools at WGISCharmaine loves using O365! ‘With O365, I am able to organize my very busy life and make my job as a teacher trainer relevant, meaningful and exciting!” At her previous school, which was not a Microsoft school, Charmaine felt that the school would benefit from the powerful O365 tools. Once they were set up, she introduced the teachers and children to the O365 dashboard, Mix and Sway. “I am looking forward to starting this journey at my current school once our O365 has been activated. However in my role at EDU 365, I conduct O365 training. I think I motivate teachers by my sheer passion and enthusiasm about these powerful tools. Because I am an educator and I have worked in IT integration for many years, I know what ‘hooks’ teachers.”
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