Nov 8

Selecting a School Communication / Teaching & Learning Platform

by Joanna Smith
The events surrounding Covid-19 has highlighted the absolute necessity for schools to be prepared to support continuity of teaching and learning. All schools are now required to have a communication and learning platform in place to respond in the event of a partial or full school closure in the future. What does this mean for your school?

Adoption of a whole school platform
• By the end of 2020, all schools must have adopted a whole school communication and learning platform. It must be GDPR compliant and approved by the school’s patron/Board of Management.
Role of the whole school platform
The platform should facilitate:
• Communication between staff, parents and students
• Remote and in-school learning to include assigning, feedback and assessment of work and facilitation of live or recorded lessons
Professional Development to support platform adoption and remote learning
• Whole-school up-skilling on usage of the chosen communication/teaching and learning platform must be in place in all schools to include staff professional development training and support for teachers, parents and students
Planning to support remote learning
• Schools are expected to plan for remote learning, taking a whole school approach to adoption of the most appropriate remote learning model for the school with ongoing effective communication with parents and students built into the school’s plan.
• A review of previous remote learning should be conducted and remote learning plans should be aligned to the school’s digital learning plan, taking into account access to devices, broadband provision and managing school timetabling
• Existing school policies should be reviewed and updated to take account of remote learning
• A blended learning model should be used in all plans to facilitate remote learning, to include multiple means of engagement and response and provision for student choice and flexibility in their learning
• Supports/strategies should be put in place for disadvantaged or SEN students, and parents should be supported to assist students learning at home
Funding for Digital Technology in schools
A further €50m in ICT Grant funding will issue in the current school year to be utilised for provision of:
• Cloud based tools and applications and set up and management of a whole-school learning platform to support teaching and learning

Choosing the right platform for your school

As Microsoft’s only Gold Partner for Education in Ireland, Wriggle’s technology team set up and manage Teams and Office 365 for hundreds of schools around Ireland to ensure they get the full benefit from the platform.

Talk to us today to see how we can help your school get set up with the ideal platform for whole-school communication and teaching and learning. 

Easily Support Staff Professional Development

To support teachers with the demands of professional learning to upskill on Technology for Learning, Wriggle have created a training platform, Wriggle Connect Online Training.

With over 600 short videos demonstrating how to use iPad, Office 365, Seesaw and more, our training content is created by Irish teachers, for Irish teachers, who relate it to real world contexts. Training is fully certified and accessible 24/7 at the click of a button.

Contact us to book a demo or get a FREE sample training course on the platform and learn more about how Wriggle Connect can support your whole school to upskill and be prepared for blended learning this year.

About the Author

Joanna Smith

Joanna is a primary school teacher who taught for 14 years in Tallaght. She is passionate about providing opportunities for educators and school management teams to collaborate, upskill and share best practice in teaching and learning.
Joanna currently works as Events and Marketing Manager at Wriggle where she organises edtech publications and training events in technology for learning for schools and colleges.
To learn more about how Microsoft Teams can be used as a whole-school communication/teaching and learning platform, click on the 'Courses' section and check out our Teams learning pathways if you have a Wriggle Connect account. Or, sign up for a FREE 14 day sample course on the Wriggle Connect platform today!