Joe Dale and CILT organised a MYLO Ambassadors Day on 8th Feb. The Ambassadors are practicing MFL teachers from across the country. The purpose of the day was two fold, first to provide some teachers with information about MYLO so they can help other teachers when we launch and second to present MYLO and get feedback to help us in the development of the service and content.
The reason we have identified this specialist group of ambassadors is to ensure that teachers across the country have all the support and advice they need to incorporate MYLO into their own teaching and can feel confident using it with their students. Each of our ambassadors will be assigned to a specific region, and teachers in that region will be able to direct any questions to them via email or through their blogs. We will provide these contact details once MYLO is up and running. Ambassadors might hold twilight training sessions in particular areas, and will direct any feedback teachers have to the MYLO team, so that we can continue to develop the resource in line with teachers’ needs.
The Ambassadors group is one of a number of ways of making sure we get teacher feedback whilst we develop the service. CILT also convene an Advisory Group to help steer development and we pilot content and technology in schools. At the Ambassadors Day we were able to show the latest development version of the software with some sample content and listen to the teacher’s reactions. We also asked the Ambassadors to review some manuscripts of content the authoring team are working on. The feedback was invaluable and we’re already working on some of the recommendations that emerged, we’ll post more information about these changes as we develop them.