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Training Updates - constant evolution

So just like floppy discs, VHS and Betamax, USB storage is no more within our Trust. Many people had already moved away from memory sticks; but for some, this term was a major shift in the way they stored information such as lesson plans and teaching resources.
As we have already written about, we didn't take the decision to ban USB storage lightly or without thought. We knew that cloud storage such as Google Drive is a far more efficient and safe way of storing our files, and this is reflected in the fact that large amounts of time have been dedicated this term to training staff on how to use Google Drive and Google Drive File Stream effectively. Staff from Edward Heneage Primary Academy, Havelock Academy, Humberston Academy, Malcolm Arnold Preparatory, Barnes Wallace Academy, Eresby School, Fairfield AcademyCedar Road Primary School and Kings Heath Primary Academy to name but a few have had Google Drive sessions and workshops this half term which have been engaging and impactful.

Staff from Malcolm Arnold Academy, Charnwood College, Bobby Moore Academy and Lodge Park Academy have all benefited from our 'drop-in' clinics, which were Google-centric, but they also covered Windows 10 training and all other aspects of our digital tools. Within these schools, we have also started working with individual departments on how to further embed their technology use.

Our Challenge for eLearning (C4e) training continues at a pace, with both our Grimsby and Northampton cohorts of colleagues halfway through their curriculum. We are excited to announce Spring cohorts will be starting soon with colleagues from across the Trust.

iPad training during one of our C4e (Northampton) sessions  


New Star Classrooms at Kings Heath Primary Academy and Cedar Road Primary School were followed by 'Star Classroom Essentials' and 'iPad Essentials' workshops for staff - designed not only as a "how to use the equipment" session, but also aimed at providing ideas and examples of how to use Star Classroom equipment effectively in the classroom. Staff at Malcolm Arnold Preparatory and Briar Hill Primary School also had Star Classroom Essentials training to further reinforce their existing Star Classroom training.

It is not only staff who have received input from the eLearning Team this term - parents from Ingoldsby Academy recently joined us for a demonstration of our eBook library, which now has over 1200 books for rent.

All in all, a very busy term for training, with plenty more to come in the coming weeks and months. There are exciting additional developments planned too so watch this space!

If you would like to arrange training or team teaching for your school, then please get in touch with the eLearning team. See our life after memory sticks FAQ here
It's not too late to enroll in our Spring C4e courses either - please get in touch if you would like to join or nominate a team member.

Don't forget to follow all our updates on Twitter @star_classroom!

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