In my drive to make everything digital, I've been thinking about how the school makes best use of the all the resources I find online.
The school already has a delicious account, and the RSS feed from this is used to populate a page on the website allowing staff and pupils to click and view websites easily, however the links shown on it tend to appear in an alphabetical order, and so finding resources for a particular topic can be a time consuming task.
I've taken a look at the school wiki account and thought about how to integrate both into a useable solution. My answer is as follows. I've redesigned the wiki, and now there are sections for each area of the curriculum. Within each area I've added resources (from our delicious list initially) that are grouped into topics being covered in the classroom.
Stage2 of my solution is to introduce staff to the process of adding items to the wiki (all staff are already set up to post to the wiki using a login based on their Google Docs accounts), so that it becomes a collaborative resource that everyone contributes to, and makes the wiki into a working, constantly evolving bank of useful links for all topics taught.
I also considered opening up the wiki to other teachers in other schools to create a nationwide resource bank of topic related links, but I'm still undecided about this.
- Would other teachers want to have a central resource bank?
- Would it step on the toes of other resource sites already running?
- Would the topics be relevant for use in a variety of different schools with different planning priorities?
Many questions! So for now, I'm planning it as an intraschool project.