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eBook library by the numbers

Our eBook library at books.dret.cloud is a great tool for staff and students, and one that is growing every day.

Behind the scenes, we regularly study the analytics to understand how the library is being used. We thought that with the library growing in popularity all of the time across the Trust, this would be a good time to share some of the numbers.

Since the start of the school year, the most popular book in terms of total reading time has been the classic 'The Machine Gunners' by Robert Westall - and great to see this being the first book that has been read for a combined time of over 24 hours! Jeff Kinney holds second and third spot respectively with two Wimpy Kid stories - always popular and we have recently added more copies to reflect this.

Most Read Books since 1st September (total reading hours):
1st: The Machine Gunners by Robert Westall. Total time: 24 hrs 17 mins
2nd: The Third Wheel (Diary of a Wimpy Kid book 7) by Jeff Kinney. Total time: 19hrs 17 mins
3rd: Diar…

Edtech UK Global Summit 2017

The Edtech UK Global Summit took place in London on Friday, and what an interesting day it was - full of engaging discussion and insight into the shape of the edtech industry past, present and future. A summit which continued to set the positive agenda for edtech policy and practice.

The summit brought together policy-makers, start-ups, scale-ups and industry, to learn, share and advance the edtech sphere.Whatever the lense that was being looked through - be it the lense of government policy, classroom practice, primary education, HE or FE, school leadership or classroom delivery - the conversations ebbed and flowed and mostly followed the same themes - there will be and have been failures, there will be and have been massive successes, but overwhelmingly the future is bright and the industry is growing at a spectacular rate; there is more and more investment in edtech both in financial and human form, and across all the seminars the message was clear - for edtech to be succesful, we …

New Online Course - Communications

We have another new online course available for you this week called Communications. This course is aimed at new staff that may not be familiar with the communication services we provide at DRET. The key services the course covers are using O365 email on the web, using the calendar and how to use Yammer to enable better communication across teams. This course may also be useful if you are used to using the Outlook desktop app and want to see what the web version also has to offer. Yammer is also a great tool to use across teams, especially if you are working and communicating with people in other schools.

The course will only take approximately 30 minutes to complete and has lots of helpful video guides that you can refer back to at any time. You will also be awarded a certificate after successfully completing the course.

To sign up for this online course fill out this form and select the Communications course. If you are interested in any of the other courses available on the form, you…

Come and get your Memory Stick Withdrawal jabs

With pen drives and external storage on their way out after Christmas, we are doing an increasing number of whole school, team and departmental 'Google Drive Essentials' training sessions.
We are finding that what works well after these sessions is as a follow-up: to offer drop-in 'clinics' whereby anyone with any further questions, problems or issues can drop in and get help from a member of the eLearning team. It's a great combination: initial input en-masse,  then staff get a chance to go away and try it out, then come back to us a week or so later with any individual queries or questions, or for those that really want to take things further, some next steps; it also allows teams to give some thought as to how they want to use Google Drive and come back with questions on how to achieve their goals.

Today we are at Malcolm Arnold Academy, and the walk-in clinic is open. No appointment necessary!



Is your team prepared for life after pen drives? We are here to help…

New Online Course - Working in the Cloud

We now have a new online course called Working in the Cloud, which takes you through all the basic features of using Google Drive to store your files. This course is useful for anyone that is looking to ditch the memory stick and move to a secure cloud-based storage system. Google Drive is a great tool that lets you store and share files and folders with staff and students, it’s completely secure and can be accessed at school and at home - in fact anywhere you have an internet connection!


The course will take approximately 1 hour to complete and has lots of helpful video guides to show you how to setup Google Drive. There is also a practical task at the end of the course so you can get used to using it for storing, organising and sharing. You will also be awarded a certificate after successfully completing the course.

To sign up for this online course fill out this form and select the Working in the Cloud course. If you are interested in any of the other courses available on the form, …

500 not out!

This week has been a brilliantly busy one with plenty of eLearning training going on across the Trust.

Yesterday's session at Malcolm Arnold Academy, for example, involved all staff - over 80 people - taking part in a Google Drive Essentials training session in preparation for life after memory sticks and external hard drives. Likewise, over 50 members of staff at Humberston Academy and Skegness Grammar School earlier on in the week took part in Google training. Wednesday saw a group of staff at Lodge Park Academy taking part in a Star Classroom Essentials workshop which enabled staff with new Star Classrooms to use the equipment effectively.

To date this academic year we have now issued over 500 eLearning awards! There are plenty more in the pipeline too, with two Challenge for eLearning cohorts set to start soon and many more training events planned. Next week we are excited to be working with the Core Team's HR department, exploring Google Forms and its benefits.

We are al…