Well you can’t have missed the fact that Google has finally unleashed Google Wave to 100,000 lucky testers, and with it a tsunami of hype. I was lucky enough to be one of the 100,000 first wave. Enough of the puns, if you want a bytesize explanation of what Wave is then this video is the best start:
I have been in post at my new school as Director of E-Learning for 4 weeks now, and it’s been a heck of a ride! A completely new IT Support team for the school has meant that it has been a trying start to the year for all concerned. The new team has pulled together well though and I am really pleased with their dedication and good humour in the face of a few near disasters.
I have been beavering away in what little free time I have had, developing something of a strategy for the coming years. This job is made a little harder as there is a strong, but unconfirmed possibility that our school may merge with another in the next year or two and become an Academy.
Well, first off, Doug beat me to it with his 3 year Director of E-Learning Development plan! If mine looks similar, it’s mainly because I stole his layout. The content was already prepared and I’m really pleased to see that there are a number of similarities. I hope this means we are both headed in the right direction, I think it also shows the shared wisdom of the blogging community that we draw from. The Digital Leaders / E-Learning Champions ideas coming from Kristian Still’s work and reflections for example.
When I compared the two, I worried that I was being a little optimistic in the amount I plan to get done, however I have 100 staff & 750 pupils to work with, Doug has 3000+ students! We have a lot of hardware in school, but it is not used as effectively as it could be, that’s one of my first aims.
I’ve not actually shared this with senior staff at school yet, so any feedback would be appreciated.
DownloadSquad reports that Google has finally released it’s new version of Jotspot as the rebranded and updated Google Sites, all part of the Google Apps suite. More to come when I’ve had a play around with it. could be a real contender for the educational wiki crown which currently sits with the excellent Wikispaces in my humble opinion.