I’d been toying with the idea of Digital Leaders for a while. I read lots of information about how different schools were using them before deciding to take the plunge.
So far it’s been a fascinating journey.
The children filled in application forms and then were interviewed for the position.
Some of their replies were astoundingly mature.
These are some of my favourites.
Q: What would you do if you were asked to help someone use an app or programme because they were having problems?
A: I’d ask them to show me what they were doing first, so I could see what the problem was. Then I’d show them where they were going wrong, but I wouldn’t make them feel bad – I’d talk about all the things they were doing right so they didn’t get upset.
A: I’d show them how to use the app and then ask them to have a go themselves then if they weren’t confident I’d be there to support them
Q: How will you help raise ICT standards in our school?
A: First of all I know I need to work really hard so I have a good set of skills – that way I’ll be able to share my knowledge with other pupils.
Q: Why do you think we need Digital Leaders in our school?
A: Technology is important – we need to be able to use it independently
(my favourite)Because you must get fed up of all the teachers asking you to help them
Q: What would you do if you were asked for help but you weren’t able to solve the problem
A: I’d ask the other digital leaders for their ideas, then if we were still stuck we’d come and talk to you.
A: I would ask for time to think about the problem. If it was a hardware problem I’d look at all the connections and wires again incase I’d missed something obvious.
I love the last answer because at least 60% of the ‘problems’ I encounter can be easily solved by looking at the setup.