Assessment of digital resources and staff readiness are followed by the establishment of systems for interaction and collaboration, and professional development to use these resources to support school objectives.
Google Workspace for Media Literacy & Digital Architecture
For staff coherence, accountability, access to transparent curricula and school information TMS recommends using an intranet and learning management system such as Google Workspace.
Google Workspace has been the foundation for the systems we have developed with 20+ public schools for over ten years prior to the NYCDOE adopting the platform system-wide. These tools (Google Drive, Classroom, Gmail, Calendar, Sites, etc.) can enable the building of a culture of efficient and empowering use of media to expand teaching and learning goals and dovetail with building a culture of strategic school-wide media literacy.
As with website development, we also empower designated staff to administer Google accounts, email groups, etc. behind the scenes.
Google Drive, Sites and Classroom for blended learning and ‘Living’ Curricula
Most TMS schools have worked with us to set up a network of Shared Drives within Google Drive as a key element of staff cohesion around their curricula. Those folders become the hub for grade teams to collaborate on building their curriculum resources, with which they design interactive spaces for their students using in Google (web)Sites, and Google Classrooms.