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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 also pleased to announce that we have increasing numbers of Google Certified Educators and Microsoft Innovative Educators in our ranks across the Trust - with more teachers passing their exams this week. Our congratulations to all those who have achieved these external awards.

If you would like more information on DRET's eLearning Awards, you can go to awards.dret.cloud. If you are interested in eLearning training or arranging Core Awards for your team, then please get in touch.

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