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    Newsletters

    Having had one argument too many with prima donna teachers I've decided to create a monthly newsletter that explains in laymans terms what it is we actually do for them. I think I've got the first issue fleshed out - nearly 3 pages and half a days work. Just wondering if anyone else does this, and if you do what kind of content you put in there?

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    In a word, no, you are mad for even starting it!

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    No. Got too much to do without explaining to everyone else what it is we're doing.

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    @Danp, care to expand on that?

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    We don't... But I doubt a newsletter will help.

    You need SMT to tell certain teachers to STFU.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tmcd35 View Post
    @Danp, care to expand on that?
    Yes, basically, I would not have the time or know how to explain to teachers exactly what we do during the day. Also, I don't need to justify my time to teachers, that sounds harsher than it's meant to but I would only explain my day to my line manager or another member of SLT

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    @X-13, but is half the battle them not understanding what we are paid to do? If we told them what important changes are coming up and how it might effect them. If we gave them some (highly simplified) insight into the complexities of our work maybe the SMT needn't get involved in these petty squabbles?

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    When I first started here I setup a monthly email IT newsletter - basically outlining what we had coming up, new innovations, notification of work, what we do, how to book stuff, a "Dont forget" section for common issues etc. Trying to push the whole communication thing, break down barriers and have the whole open and transparent vibe.

    I ditched it after 6 editions as it was clear hardly anyone was reading it - the final straw was a teacher saying "oh we're getting that - you should really tell people about stuff like that before doing it" in a patronising way. It. Had. been. in. 3. newsletters.

    Its a shame as there was one teacher who always thanked me for it - its just a shame the other 115 ignored it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tmcd35 View Post
    @X-13, but is half the battle them not understanding what we are paid to do?
    Nope. It's people thinking they're better than everyone else. [Oh, but I'm a TEACHER!]

    They don't need to know what I do, they just need to know that I'm here when things go wrong or they need help. [Help != "do it for me"]


    Quote Originally Posted by CamelMan View Post
    I ditched it after 6 editions as it was clear hardly anyone was reading it - the final straw was a teacher saying "oh we're getting that - you should really tell people about stuff like that before doing it" in a patronising way.
    ^ My point.

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    Actually I already kinda do this. As I manage several sites (and getting them to use the helpdesk properly is a losing battle), I sum up a quick review of the days tasks and drop in any advice and comments.

    This is then emailed to the office, the head and the it co-ordinator. In some sites this is even explained to the staff during briefing, in others - put up for staff to read.

    You may want to reduce the size of the newsletter from 3 pages though. If it's over a page then staff aren't going to read it.

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    We do one a term..Newsletters-imageuploadedbyedugeek1360065622.787160.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by korifugi View Post
    You may want to reduce the size of the newsletter from 3 pages though. If it's over a page then staff aren't going to read it.
    I was aiming for 1 page, but turns out there's a lot going on in the world of IT!

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    I like! Maybe I'm trying to give too much info?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tmcd35 View Post
    I was aiming for 1 page, but turns out there's a lot going on in the world of IT!


    I like! Maybe I'm trying to give too much info?
    If your going to do it - concise and clear is probably best - if its aimed at teaching staff any technical term is "techno babble" so simple would be the way to go.

    If you were to be sent a 5 page, text heavy document about the goings on of the history department (no offence to history)- would you read it?

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    We always keep to one page and reflect on what has changed or impacted on the staff and students and make it as easy to read as possible. We use as a change management, telling staff what we have done or going to do..

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    Quote Originally Posted by naysweb View Post
    We do one a term..Click image for larger version. 

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    What software do you use to create that? It looks really smart.

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