Encourage sharing of innovative best practices among teachers across the state

Encourage sharing of innovative best practices among teachers across the state

Tamil Nadu state government in India employs ~290k teachers who are spread across schools in various districts and towns in the state. Collaboration among so many teachers spread so widely was a problem the department wanted to solve.

These teachers use their creative skills and come up with innovative ways of teaching, learning and administering. However, previously it was difficult to spread such innovation widely but now the teachers can just go to the Workplace app on their mobile phone and share their innovation in teaching and administration with their colleagues at the state level. This allows others to learn and replicate and motivate those who innovate and share.

And the language isn’t a barrier. Although most teachers share in their local language ‘Tamil’ but others could use the ‘See Translation’ feature to read it in their chosen language if it was different from Tamil.

Benefits

  • Wider sharing of innovative best practices among teachers
  • Recognition for those who innovate and share
  • Development of a repository of such best practices in rich multi-media format that can be used by anyone anytime using just their mobile device

How to do it in your organisation in three simple steps

  • Create a state or a district level group. Keep the group ‘Open’ privacy type for other interested people to see the contents, allow any member to add more members for enhanced visibility and allow all members to post. Have a relevant cover picture for this group and make a pinned post that conveys the objective of this group
  • Encourage initial champions to share their innovative best practices with others using pictures, videos and text
  • Work with the relevant leadership to get them into the habit of scrolling through this group and reacting/commenting on such posts to motivate the teachers

About the organisation

Tamil Nadu is the 2nd largest state economy in India with a GDP of USD 220 billion (larger than the likes of New Zealand, Greece and Venezuela as on Nov’18). Their public school education department employs ~290k teachers who are spread across various districts and towns in the state.

More about the organisation here.

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