Using Digital Leaders in school
So what is the idea?
Digital leaders are, at the basic idea, pupil monitors for the tech that is used in schools. They are children who are interested, enthusiastic and thanks to training, knowledgeable! They spread good behaviour with technology, support teachers and are able to showcase what is possible. And, importantly, they develop their own skills and become a showcase for what is achievable!
Why Digital Leaders?
Giving the children, a title and official roles will benefit all involved. Digital Leaders are trained to carry out specific jobs regularly (such as emptying the photo roll on iPads weekly…) and can support teachers when needed. They will also support pupils when logging on, can have access to some passwords and get to try new technology. Promoting their role means that teachers and parents will take them seriously, and the experience they get from this will be very valuable!
What have digital leaders done?
Digital leaders take part in ICT meetings and are on ‘duty’ daily – using a rota they are encouraged to take responsibility for what they are doing each day. They are also advocates and ‘champions’ of technology: demonstrating its use to the rest of the school.