BETT 2012 - LearnLive session Friday 13th January
You know when you have a smart alec idea and you do something, a little tongue in cheek perhaps, to see what would happen ... well, I did ... and ... for some reason the idea of a panel session about communication and planning for IT in schools appealed ... even when it was title as ... well, the title is ... oh, just read below.
"You deal with computers, can you fix this toaster?" Effective Communication between IT Staff and Teaching Staff
13.30-14.15 Friday 13th January at the LearnLive area at BETT, Olympia.
Yes ... I know ... after all the stuff we have said in other threads ... and it was still chosen!
So, the plan is to have a panel led by your humble servant, with 3 other panelists, looking at both sides of the story, what happens when it doesn't go right and examples of when it does ... and the impact that both of these can have on how the school runs, how it affects learners and to try to give some helpful pointers about how to keep all and sundry happy.
I am looking for people who are happy to share some examples of the good and the bad, any examples of documentation (if possible they will be added to the wiki but please make sure your SLT are happy to share) and to show how this sort of planning and communication isn't that much different to other things that go on within the school.
I know that some people have difficulty talking about some of the downside of when things go wrong so if you would prefer to PM me instead then that is fine. Perhaps you might have a scenario that you want to put to the panel to see how they would approach things? Perhaps you want to bring along a teacher with you (or even a member of SLT)? Perhaps you are a lurking teacher (or not so lurking teacher) who wants to drag along someone from tech support? All are welcome.
The Panelists will be looking at this thread and might even throw a few questions in to see what people say. I'll also be putting up a few polls between now and BETT to get some more information, but this is a chance for you to talk about how things can be better and to share how you and your school has made it work.