iRipple making waves at Cleve school

SUCCESS: People HQ managing director Shelley Wilde was impressed how the Cleve participants took to the iRipple pilot program. Picture: Kathrine Catanzariti
SUCCESS: People HQ managing director Shelley Wilde was impressed how the Cleve participants took to the iRipple pilot program. Picture: Kathrine Catanzariti

Pilot program, iRipple, is wrapping up, with program facilitators, PeopleHQ, starting to take feedback from the teachers, parents and support staff taking part.

People HQ managing director Shelley Wilde said the program aimed to get teachers “to fall back in love with their role”.

In its first year running, Ms Wilde said the program had been working well in Cleve.

“We have 180 people across the country taking part, with 70 of those in Cleve and they’ve been taking it on board,” Ms Wilde said.

The participants were split in ‘cafe groups’ to discuss how they found the new technology.

“As part of the program, we have our own website, similar to Facebook, that the participants could use as a forum,” he said.

“In Cleve, they started doing Vlogs and sharing their feelings, all on their own accord.”

The program made complex science more understandable by turning it into short animated info-bites.

“We were looking into when the participants were learning and we noticed that they were mostly learning late at night,” Ms Wilde said.

Ms Wilde said the program included parents working with the teachers to “change how the staff-parent culture works”.

“The main aim of the program is to teach teachers resilience but also to get them thriving and not surviving,” she said.

“We’ve noticed that when the relationship between teachers and parents, and the quality of their conversations, are improved then there is an increase in innovation and collaboration.”

The iRipple program finishes on October 15.