A day in the life of an ICT Coordinator
7th November 2018
Have you ever thought what an ICT Coordinator gets up to day to day? Well you’re in luck! We’ve been speaking to Vivienne Lupoli from All Saints Benhilton Primary School about Chromebooks, integrating technology into learning, and controlling a classroom full of students on computers.
The daily routine of an ICT coordinator
07:00 – Reminiscing about last night’s episode of Killing Eve, I’m ready to hop into the car for a quick 5 minute drive to work.
07:30 – As soon as I’m in the door, my first priority is technology. I log onto Impero and power on any computer not in use across our network and I’ll check out any messages for staff regarding Worship and have a look for any other last minute news and use the “send message” functionality in Impero to push this out to everyone.
08:00 – Now it’s time to get everything ready for the class. I sit down with my teaching assistant, source all the resources and print any documents needed for the day, taking into account any pupils who need extra support. I’ll take another quick look through my slides for each lesson and arrange my classroom accordingly.
08:30 – Is all the technology working properly? I have a quick walk around the school to make sure all machines are working for the teachers who need them and troubleshoot as and when necessary. In this time I’ll usually look for an appropriate meme related to PSHE/RE and display that in the resources area so staff and pupils can easily read and hopefully, be inspired for the day.
08:50 – Time to head back to class in time to let the students in!
09:00 – I’m with my Year 3 class! Computing lessons are one of their favourites and they enjoy learning using Chromebooks; they’re always so focused and hard-working. As a London Grid for Learning (LGFL) and a Google Champion school, we’ve got a huge array of online learning resources at our fingertips, which are used proactively across all subjects to support learning. Throughout the day we also aim to reinforce our digital literacy programme.
10:00 – To get the students up a running quickly, I utilise the “send file” and “send web link” functionality in Impero to get students quickly onto the task at hand. I then teach them about the basic elements of their project and demonstrate more complex tasks by broadcasting my screen directly to students.
11:00 – Now the students are focused on their tasks, I use the live thumbnail views in Impero to identify any misuse, but also to identify those doing great work. To praise this good work, I’ll broadcast this individual’s screen to the rest of the class or highlight it on my interactive whiteboard.
12:00 – All class teachers are very conscious about discussing how to be digitally literate, from seeing something upsetting online to spotting fake news. We use an array of resources including Think U Know and CyberPass which tests knowledge and provides checklists, videos and games to help build learning around areas of uncertainty so as to help ensure our students are safe online.
12:45 – Time to squeeze in a quick bite at my desk while the students are outside enjoying the fresh air!
13:00 – I may also take the opportunity to actively retweet up to date online safety resources on our dedicated Twitter page and also post these on our online safety section of the school website, so no parent misses out. This page also provides advice and support for our students in regards to online safety.
15:00 – I’ll quickly set the students their homework using their Study Ladder accounts and set tasks to practice their spelling and times tables on Just2easy.com through Spell Blast and Times Tables Blast.
15:15 – It’s home time for the students and time to crack on with some after-school tasks!
15:30 – I check round with the other subject leaders to see if they need any support subscribing to any online learning platforms or whether they require any technical assistance, as well as any other software queries teachers have had throughout the day.
16:30 – If there’s anything above my expertise that I can’t sort, I’ll set some time aside to liaise with our IT engineers to get it all sorted.
17:00 – I’ll attend any meetings and deliver Computing and Digital Literacy CPD for the rest of the staff. I love to encourage the use of technology in the classroom, so I work with other class teachers to support learning with software to provide a rich and varied computer education.
From the start of Year 1, pupils have their own Google accounts to access Google for Education apps. At a young age, our students are given simple instructions in the classroom and are encouraged to collaborate, all while leaving positive comments and constructive feedback on each other’s work.
No matter what year, students will be accessing some form of online resource, based on the lesson, topic and learning needs. Today we had got Year 1 exploring Busy Things; Year 2 creating Google slide presentations, Year 3 making animation projects within Scratch; Year 4 are creating input and output simulations; Year 5 are exploring ciphers, and Year 6 will create apps about the history of computers using LGFL App Maker.
17:30 – On Tuesdays I plan my PPA time. I like to mark on the go to provide immediate feedback to the students, but that’s not always possible, so I get on with this after the students have gone home.
18:30 – Home time! I use the power-off function in Impero to shut down any computers not in use and head home, all in time to go to the stables with my daughter to muck-out and feed our beloved pony, Ben.
more about Impero
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