Top Tips for Welcoming New Educators
We all know what it’s like to learn something new, a new sport, a new recipe – how about new digital documentation software?
When you have a guide, it can be that much easier! At Storypark we’ve crafted some handy resources to get new educators onboard, but we also know that each service uses our software in unique and dynamic ways.
When a new educator joins your service, how do you familiarise them with the way you use Storypark and get them up to speed?
Here are some things our team recommend, have a read and see if there’s anything you might want to add to your existing practices.
- Does the educator already have a Storypark account? If they do, whether it’s as a parent or an educator, you can invite them using the email address they’ve already been using. If they’ve never logged into Storypark before, sending them an invite will prompt them to create an account. If you like educators to have their role shown on Storypark, let them know they can add it to their name, for example, ‘David Teacher’ or ‘Miss Jamila.’
- Add them to rooms. Once they’ve accepted your invite, add their profile to any rooms they are working in. This gives them the ability to post in the room’s community space.
- Introduce the teacher portfolio. For assessment, appraisal and reflection purposes, each teacher’s portfolio can be a great place to store copies of their work. They can also publish story ideas here and ask others for feedback. Let your new educator know how they can make the most of this space.
- Notification Settings. If you are using Storypark well, a lot is going on! Let the new educator know how they can manage their notification settings from the settings ‘cog’.
- Your ICT Policy and Etiquette. Setting expectations is always easier to do in the beginning. Share your ICT Policies and the way you’d like them to comment and interact on Storypark. Here’s our commitment to cyber safety and some helpful resources.
Planning and Templates
- Add them to key plans. If you’ve ticked ‘All Teachers’ on a plan’s share settings, new educators will automatically be able to see these, no need to do anything. If you haven’t, make sure you add them to any key plans that will help get on board.
- Introduce planning templates. It’s likely that you’ve got some unique planning templates at your service that make planning easier. Introduce your new educator to these and how they work. Feel free to also set expectations around when and/or who creates new templates for your service.
Let everyone know
- Introduce them to your community. You could create a short community post at centre level or in a room, to introduce the new educator to the parents and guardians in your community.
- About Page. Some services have short teacher biographies on their About page, if you do, be sure to add your newest team member.
Remember we are here to help!!
- Some days you might be away, or you’ll be on the floor, let your new educator know that our team is here to help them too.
- Encourage them to check out one of our free professional development online workshops, they can register for a live one or watch a recorded version at any time. ‘An Introduction to Storypark’ is a great one to get started with.
- For those who prefer something to read, our Teacher’s Implementation Plan has step by step instructions for getting started with Storypark. We have a library of help articles here for you to reference and of course, let your new educator know about the ‘Need help?’ link within Storypark where they can get in touch with our friendly team.
We’d love to know – what do you do to help new educators get started with Storypark?