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    Job Interview - Presentation

    So, I have an interview this Thursday for an ICT Learning Manager. It seems to be a half technician half planning on teaching and learning and training the staff on the new ICT/Computing curriculum for September 2014. I've been asked to do a presentation on the following:

    How IT (including reference to the new curriculum) could significantly enhance teaching and learning across the school
    This will be followed by a standard formal interview.

    So, does anyone have any hinters on what I can maybe include/focus on in my presentation. Also, it's been a LONG time since I had an interview, what questions would you think I can expect and how should I tackle them?

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    focus on subject quality and training the staff to ensure they are aware of how to run the software they are using properly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nephilim View Post
    focus on subject quality and training the staff to ensure they are aware of how to run the software they are using properly.
    Not really sure how that will impact across the curriculum but each to their own. I would focus on how learning to code will help develop enquiring and analytical minds that can fault find, follow logical sequences and apply themselves better to learning new skills.

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    No help with content but maybe use something like Prezi to wow them and show a full on multimedia presentation. Stand out from the Death from PowerPoint they are expecting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TechMonkey View Post
    No help with content but maybe use something like Prezi to wow them and show a full on multimedia presentation. Stand out from the Death from PowerPoint they are expecting.
    or alternatively use prezi/PPT to reinforce the points you are actually saying, rather than that being the main focus. nothing worse than someone doing a presentation and they say the exact words on the screen and the audience are just listening to you reading out sentences on screen

    i'd sort of go with the link of coding/programming will encourage fault-finding, logical and analytical thinking, and how this could be applied in other areas of the school and other lessons, and also in later life.
    also dont solely focus on IT as in the discrete subject, check if they mean IT in general? spend some time on how ICT as a service can enhance teaching and learning, not just how the IT subject and things learnt in it can if that is what's needed.

    try to tie in things from the job description too, if it mentions you are in charge of training staff, then mention it somehow, if it says you are responsible for purchasing, then how would you research new hardware/software that could improve T&L?

    have you been given a suggested length of time to present for? if so, get a draft up of things you want to say and practice, time yourself, even make a script if you have to so you know what needs to be said when and how long it takes.

    and above all, good luck

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    Something our head of ICT here is something of an evangelist for is not just teaching kids to do something covered by the ECDL.

    We can all learn to 'drive' office and the internet, but how does it all actually work?

    The logic and ability to follow things through, rational and analytical thought processes and the ability to filter information for relevant content are beneficial for almost all learning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zoom7000 View Post
    So, does anyone have any hinters on what I can maybe include/focus on in my presentation. Also, it's been a LONG time since I had an interview, what questions would you think I can expect and how should I tackle them?
    Check the detail from their most recent ofsted inspection - it should give you a clue as to the state of IT use in the school. In terms of the question :

    "How IT (including reference to the new curriculum) could significantly enhance teaching and learning across the school"

    I think the key is the last bit. That can be anything from basic classroom equipment for teachers (projectors, PC/laptop, appropriate software), through students access to IT (classroom laptop/tablet trolleys, dedicated PC suites, individual student devices) right up to collaborative software (VLE/Office 365/Google Apps) and how to get the best from that. Again the Ofsted might tell you a little about where they are now, but you could always give them a call and see if there is any chance for a visit before the interview.

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    Whatever you talk about talk with passion and don't forget it's not all about answering the questions they throw at you, you can impress with the questions you ask them too.

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    Have you checked this website regarding the new Computing Curriculum Computing At School :: Computing for the Next Generation ...

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    Look at this in 3 parts.

    1 - how does tech enhance T&L?
    2 - how does the new curriculum make a difference to T&L within other subjects
    3 - what role does an IT specialist have in the above.

    1 - Use SAMR model as a base on enhancement. SAMR Model Explained for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning has a good video but there are lots of good sites out there about it. The SAMR model can be applied to a wide range of things that create change, but is particularly well suited to tech.
    2 - In the same way we had ICTAC (ICT Across the Curriculum) you can look at any aspect of a school curriculum and engineer integration with other subjects. The hard part is actually making it something that has a real impact and makes a difference. With Computing you can look at a variety of ways it feeds across subjects. Reading anything from Miles Berry is a good start, but here are a few examples.
    Computational thinking is key across Science, Business Studies, Maths but have a read of Computing At School :: Computational Thinking for more info. If you really wanted to be a smart alec, you can suggest that the 2nd language being used from Year 7 (the first seems to be Python for a lot of folk) is English. Then go into a breakdown of how you use a given vocab and syntax is used to convey sequenced instructions, create and define objects, etc, etc ... and if you have geeks in the room who point out that the language needs to be artificial then opt for Klingon, Quenyan or Wookie (I would suggest the choice of language at this level could be saved for A level?) Go on ... give them an ice breaker of one of them laying on the floor and someone else has to give them instructions about how to stand up. There is a cheat ... they get told to stand up and do so ... after all, you can have instructions hardwired into chipsets? ;-)

    And so we get to the fun bit ... where do you fit in?
    So, we have a model that requires planning and change management, and a knowledge set that you have expertise in ... on top of the day to day running of IT services in a manner suitable for an educational institute ... how could they *not* want you?

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    Well folks, just want to thank everyone for their help with this - I got the job! Time for a new chapter after 10 years at the school and 5 years with RM (TUPE).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zoom7000 View Post
    Well folks, just want to thank everyone for their help with this - I got the job! Time for a new chapter after 10 years at the school and 5 years with RM (TUPE).
    Congrats!

    Wish me luck while I try the same thing in 2 weeks time!

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    Condrats. Good luck with your new job and hope things work well in your new role

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