As part of Leicester City Council's Building Schools for the Future (BSF) Programme ICT strand, framework lead Lucy Atkins (Digital Literacies Research Associate) and Josie Fraser (ICT Strategy Lead, Children's Capital) have been working on the Digilit Leicester project, in partnership with De Montfort University, and supported by Richard Hall (Head of DMU's Centre for Enhancing Learning through Technology (CELT)).
The two-year project will to develop a self-evaluation framework based around secondary school digital literacies skills for staff. Following consultation with school staff and academics in the field of digital literacies, the project is currently in its pilot phase.
The initial roll out of the project will be in the form of an online survey, which will allow individual staff members to capture and reflect on their current use of technology to support learners and teaching. It will help them identify their strengths and plan their next steps. School heads will be able to use the information to increase their understanding of the use of technology in their schools, and to support on-going planning and approaches to the innovative and effective use of technologies.
The project ensures schools and learners are getting the most from the significant investment being made across the City. The Digilit Leicester Project will help schools make sure every learner attending a BSF Programme school benefits from not only from a school with world-class technology provision, but from an education that is supported and enhanced by the schools use of technology to raise achievement and aspiration, connect communities and open opportunities. We will be using the data provided to design and commission CPD opportunities for individual schools or clusters of schools, and to provide schools with funding to support to carry out development work and projects they identify as important from the survey results. The project will help us work together to identify the practical steps that can support schools' visions and strategic aims.
We will also be sharing the framework and resources as Open Educational Resources to support other schools.