SLIDE School Internationalization, Digital Development &
Creativity Embedding

 On-line Training for Teachers and School
Managers

WHAT IS THIS?

SLIDE School Internationalization, Digital Development &
Creativity Embedding

Highly practical e-learning course providing a broader view on how creativity, internationalization and digitalization can be integrated into the strategic development of schools and day by day activities.

  • Developed under the framework of SLIDE Project, to support schools (especially those less experienced in the fields of internationalization and digitalization) to develop strategically in these directions
  • There are 2 related resources available, which can be used to implement the suggested activities, respectively: SLIDE Internationalization Team Toolkit and SLIDE Digitalization & Creativity Toolkit.
  • The materials can be used for online, synchronous or self-paced learning of for face to face activities.
  • No prerequisites. However, basic ICT and educational management knowledge are necessary for making the most of the training.
  • Addressed mainly to school managers and other school staff members involved into the strategical development process of their institutions. 
  • The materials are structured to be used during a 5 days training - however (4 days with activities and one day dedicated to finalizing the homeworks, reflection and evaluation.)
  • The course has been tested and validated in multiple ways, including during an international training event with school managers and staff.

HOW TO USE THIS COURSE

SLIDE's aim is to support less experienced schools develop through digitalization and internationalization

1

Check out the training materials below

Don't forget to access the resources attached 

2

Do Your Homework

Fill-in the workbooks attached to each section

3

Check out the Follow-up

Scroll down after the training materials to find insights of how to embed digitalization and internationalization in your school's strategic development.

4

Chech the Video 

The video on the right shows how to best make use of the materials

Training Materials

Explanations, resources and example, as well as workbooks and templates you can adapt to your own organization's needs.

Day 1 SLIDE

Day 1

Objectives, Expectations, Initial Asessment, School Digitalization Current Situation Assessment/Reflection Grid, 

Day2 Slide

Day 2

Digitalization and Internationalization Complementarity, School Digital Infrastructure, Digital Safety

Days34 Slide

Days 3-4

Encouraging Creativity, Setting up a Highly Interactive Working Environment, Intro to Editing & Google Sites

SLIDE

Day 5 Reflection

Finalize your 'homeworks'
Present and discuss with colleagues
Evaluate the activity

Follow Up

School Digitalization in 6 simple (but not easy) steps for school managers.

Now that you’ve got familiar with some core notions and tools of internationalization and digitalization, let’s see how you can embed this into your organizations’ strategic development.

In some of the following sections we will treat digitalization and internationalization separately to preserve focus – however, there are aspects which are very much intertwined as you will see.
Click on each step title to find out more.
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Team up with your IT specialist (admin/engineer/technician/ICT teacher).

If you don’t have a hired IT specialist and you’re not one yourself, you can try the following options:

1. Look around: is there any member of your school staff who has good IT knowledge, even if he/she is not formally occupying such a position, or has no formal academic background in this direction?
2. ‘Borrow’ someone part-time from another school with experience and visible results.
3. Look among your students: do you have ay IT prodigy among them?
4. Look among the parents: any IT engineer willing to help?
5. ICT Students in your area looking for part-time activities?
6. Of course if have the necessary financial resources, you can hire a specialized company – however, look for a proven track record and recommendations for other schools when choosing your provider.

Please note that if you decide to work with a private person (even from your staff members) which is not employed for this specific activity – you cannot expect him/her to do this on a volunteering basis forever as the amount of work is no joke and can be quite strenuous. Identify resources and ways to reward somehow the respective person/s – financially and through recognition. Get creative: if no budget is available, look for sponsorships, funding campaigns, ask for extra funding from local authorities, or NGOs that might help. 

Together with your IT specialist, assess the existing resources:
-spaces
-connectivity (services, coverage, speed)
-devices (computers, monitors, screes, tablets, interactive boards, headphones, cameras, sound systems, microphones, etc.)
-charging docks, cables
-software
-human resources: what’s the ICT level of your staff/students?
-security/safety?


Define the needs:
What kind of hardware is needed?
What software?
Digital learning resources?
Who needs training, what level, which direction?
Budget
You color code everything according to the urgency level

Tip: don’t do this based on the inventory existing on paper – it might no longer be in line with the reality – go physical. 

Make the most of what you have:

- Are there devices which can be repaired at no cost or at a very low cost?
- Is all the software up to date?
- Do all devices have an antivirus installed?
- Are all the networks properly and securely set?
- Do you have human resources with knowledge which might help (e.g. not IT specialists, but they can be good at social media or a specific software)
- Centralize digital learning resources created by your staff over time (of course if they are willing to share them) and make them available to everybody. 

Define your priorities, strategic goals, long term and short-term objectives, targets and actions.
To integrate those into the strategic development of your organizations, you need to think at least mid-term (5 years minimum).
There are multiple options on how to formally integrate digitalization in your school’s development:
- drawing up a stand alone 5 years digitalization strategy
- drawing up a stand-alone 5 years digitalization and internationalization strategy (as they are complementary)
- integrating digitalization into the schools’ formal strategic plan, according to your national regulations (School Development Plan/School Action Plan).  

- create a proper website for your school if you don’t have one already, in national language and English (the EN version can be less complex, but helps a lot with internationalization);
- create professional emails for all staff members and students
- look for resources and funding
Update: during the COVID19 pandemic context, a lot of digitalization/infrastructure related calls were opened – stay informed and don’t miss the opportunity to apply;
- ask for donations and sponsorships – if your schools’ needs are clearly defined and well presented, in other words ‘you know what you want’ – there are more people willing to help than you think.
- Get active on at least one or two major social media networks and EU Networks (this is also helping internationalization – see IO2 Digitalization Toolkit).
- Identify free or affordable ICT training opportunities for your staff – make sure it is relevant and in line with their training needs and level (don’t send a novice to an advanced programming course or viceversa). The Digitalization Kit can be a good starting point.
- Update your policies: what tools/software/platforms are to be used for official communication, online learning activities, safety policy, device status (maintenance, custody – in the current pandemic context students and teachers might need to take home devices, what happens with broken/lost ones? Can you get insurance for those devices at a reasonable cost?)
- Ensure equal access: communicate with your Inclusion Responsible form your Internationalization Team (IO1) and find out which students need extra support. Also, although we only think at the students as disadvantaged – we can also have disadvantaged staff members – even if they are employees. They might be confronted with geographical obstacles (living at a great distance from school), not have access to internet in their living area, being single parents, chronically ill, etc. Make sure their access to digitalization is not impaired either. 

Set a monitoring and evaluation strategy for your digitalization process; when do you expect to see the first results? What indicators will you use?

Follow Up

School Internationalization in 5 simple (but not easy) steps for school managers.

Now that you’ve got familiar with some core notions and tools of internationalization and digitalization, let’s see how you can embed this into your organizations’ strategic development.

In some of the following sections we will treat digitalization and internationalization separately to preserve focus – however, there are aspects which are very much intertwined as you will see.
Click on each step title to find out more.
.

Set up your Internationalization Team – use the resources here to get them trained.
Formally recognize their role within your organization. 

What’s your experience level? Have you been involved in any EU projects? Are you active on eTwinning?
What of your school’s problems can you solve through internationalization?
What skills are available and which are missing (language, inter-cultural, project management, networking?) 

Integrate Internationalization in your organization’s strategic development either as a stand-alone strategy or by updating your Schools’ Development Plan/Schools’ Action Plan/Management Plan.

Make sure you involve your team and all the relevant stakeholders (staff, students, parents, partners) when defining your priorities, strategic goals, operational goals, indicators of achievment. 

Some of the actions are complementary with DIGITALIZATION:

- Create an English version of your school’s website, with a section dedicated to internationalization
- Create accounts and start using eTwinning, School Education Gateway and Erasmus+ Project Results;
- Get active on at least two major social media networks.
- Get an OID Code.
- Make a list of potential partners.
- Follow your Erasmus NA’s website for open calls.
- Have a good promotional material and a description of your school in English prepared – in case you are invited to join a project.
- Identify training opportunities for your staff.
- Apply for projects. 

Monitor your activities, track and assess results at the end of each year. 

ABOUT US

WHY CHOOSE US?

We aim to support schools develop through internationalization and digitalization.

Here are SLIDE's achievments by the end of November 2020.

30 

Schools Supported

600

Teachers

60

School Managers 

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