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Charnwood eLearning Day - and our 1000th Yammer User


It was a real pleasure to work with colleagues from Charnwood College today to build on their use of IT to support learning. Many staff are already familiar with many of the tools in the Star Classroom programme because of the heavy use of Chromebooks by Sixth Form Students but it is always useful to step back and look at practice.

While Ben worked with the Star Classroom team to look in greater depth at the use of Google Forms, Yasmin and I were able to run workshops for everyone else including:

  • How to access and use Yammer. We created a Yammer Community for the day to allow people to find useful links and post questions and over the morning a good number of people signed up, in fact we went over the 1000 user mark.
  • A good look at Google Drive as a replacement for the staff shared drive, that portable hard disc or pen drive... how to upload files, manage them and share them.
  • A review of the eLibrary - how to access it and how to use eBooks in lessons.
  • An introduction to Google Classroom.
For me a key moment was seeing colleagues take a folder of revision resources from their staff shared area, upload them to Google Drive, get a shareable link and post it to their class via Show My Homework. All simple things but connected together in the right order, suddenly access to that material on any device for the student (and any new material added in the future) becomes simplicity itself.

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