Fighting the algorithm

August has featured the word 'algorithm' far more than most months in living memory, especially for those of us working in the world of education. Working with and around technology for the last few years has opened my eyes to how easily humans can be dazzled by its 'magic' and the efficient solutions it appears... Continue Reading →

The making of a MOOC

The scenario of being asked to use a virtual learning environment, a set of laptops or devices, or indeed an interactive whiteboard is likely to be a familiar one to teachers. More familiar still might be the expectation that this technology is used in your teaching and the research evidence supporting its effective use is... Continue Reading →

Design for how people learn

In recent months, I’ve become more engaged with the field of cognitive science and what it has to teach us about effective learning. This began with facilitating a mini research project in my previous role alongside Tom Sherrington and Joss Kang (click here to read about the start of it - I really must get... Continue Reading →

Guest Blog – A Day Out at Google HQ

This guest blog comes from Nick Hart, a Lecturer in Engineering at The Sheffield College. He and colleagues have recently made the move to Google Classroom and so we funded his trip to an event that might provide further inspiration. Turns out, it did.   Ok so thoughts on Google... Incredible, mind blowing, inspirational, endless... Continue Reading →

Transforming Teacher Education – Technology

This was one of the online weeks for our 'Transforming Teacher Education' programme and one of the easier weeks for me to engage in. It has made me consider how well our Teacher Education programmes really prepare our future teachers to develop their digital skills though. Through recent engagement with the Jisc's guide to developing... Continue Reading →

My Journey Through Google- Helen Hayes

One of the key attractions to starting at The Sheffield College was that the staff development team had already begun the journey towards Google. Since August 2015, Chris and Helen have made a truly inspiring and incredibly rapid progression to transform processes from paper to the cloud. Here, Helen shares her journey through Google: Even... Continue Reading →

Using Social Media to Support Teaching & Learning

What follows is a set of notes made during this week's AoC free webinar on the subject of social media in teaching & learning. Ian Fordham, The Education Foundation Ty Goddard, The Education Foundation Caroline Millin, Facebook Scott Hayden, Basingstoke College Lou Mycroft, The Northern College Scott is a specialist practitioner of educational technology. He... Continue Reading →

Blended Learning Essentials: Getting Started

In a recent blog, written for @ThinkOutLoudClub on the subject of 'Learning to Teach Online', I stated that the next MOOC I'd be studying would be the 'Blended Learning Essentials: Getting Started'. My motivations for doing this MOOC were the following: Interested in doing learning completely aligned to the vocational sector I felt the content... Continue Reading →

Top Tech Tools

I have long since been a fan of learning technologies. As a creative educator, technology is a magnet for people like me: it has the power to unlock the world of learning for everyone. Beginning my teaching career by being plunged headlong into basic English, maths and ICT classes, technology was a friend- a video... Continue Reading →

#LTTO Module 8- Evaluation Strategies

Just like assessment, it's important to think of evaluation as something you do throughout the learning process. This is module seven of a Learning To Teach Online MOOC with Coursera, you can read about module 1 here and about module 2 here, and about module 3 here and about module 4 here and about module 5 here and... Continue Reading →

#LTTO Module 7- Motivating and Engaging Students

Activities, assessment and resources are important but being able to facilitate and manage technologically inclusive learning- that's the element that really brings it all together and it requires a set of really specific skills. This is module seven of a Learning To Teach Online MOOC with Coursera, (all content featured has been curated by the... Continue Reading →

#LTTO Module 6- Online Resources

When you begin teaching online, you need to free yourself of the idea that you need to make everything yourself. This is module six of a Learning To Teach Online MOOC with Coursera, (all content featured has been curated by the University of South Wales for Coursera) you can read about module 1 here and... Continue Reading →

#LTTO Module 5- Online Assessment Strategies

Think of the learning outcomes first, then the activity, then the assessment, THEN the technology! This is module five of a Learning To Teach Online MOOC with Coursera, (all content featured has been curated by the University of South Wales for Coursera) you can read about module 1 here and about module 2 here, and... Continue Reading →

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