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Strategic planning for online learning
Strategic planning for online learning

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1 Developing digital capabilities

You are now going to carry out a review of digital capacity (digital skills, expertise and know-how) within your school. Use this as a checklist so you can begin formulating a strategy to plan for building digital competencies in your school. You may wish to carry out something similar to poll staff about their development needs.

Activity 1

Timing: 20 minutes

Have a think about the following statements, and score your thoughts, with 1 being ‘not at all true’, to 5 being ‘true for all’.

  • Our pupils’ digital access and know-how are treated as an asset e.g. through peer mentoring.
  • We have in-house expertise in content management including open content.
  • Pupil-facing staff have regular professional development in using digital technologies.
  • We have in-house expertise in multimedia learning design.
  • Innovative teaching staff are rewarded, recognised and celebrated.
  • There are people with digital expertise at all levels of the organisation.
  • Our pupils can use their own devices in the classroom and pick up digital skills from each other.
  • We have in-house expertise in learner analytics.
  • Teaching staff have support to embed digital activities and resources into their subject teaching.
  • Our pupils' digital capabilities are progressed throughout their curriculum.
  • Teaching staff regularly see examples of innovative and excellent practice, inside and beyond the school.
  • Our pupils know how to stay safe and how to behave appropriately online.
  • Pupils use up-to-date digital tools and undertake authentic digital practices relevant to their subject area.
  • Digital skills and practices are included in routine observations and appraisals of teaching staff.
  • Our pupils have their IT skills assessed on entry and are signposted to any support they need.
  • Parents and carers have their IT skills assessed and are signposted to any support they need.
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After completing the review, note down some actions to follow up on.