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 …

#LearningFirst How can we develop a shared understanding of assessment, with children?

Mary Myatt @MaryMyatt Behind every letter and number attributed to a child's work sits a child and that letter or number tells us something, but not everything, about what they can do. All our children love doing difficult things- we are a challenge seeking species if we have a vested interest in what we're doing- …

#LearningFirst How can teachers become informed, expert and confident in all aspects of assessment?

Sarah Earle @PriSciEarle After Dan Williams's @FurtherEdagogy post earlier this week about the pyramids of doom, he may have had something to say about the one we were presented with; especially as the whole room began taking pictures. The contents of the pyramid were fairly obvious to any educator when it comes to assessment but it helped …

#LTTO- Assignment 1: Selecting Technology

Learning Outcomes By completing this assignment, you will demonstrate your achievement of the following learning outcomes: Describe and understand the importance and use of a range of online technologies in learning, teaching, and course design in contemporary education Develop an evidence-supported argument for selecting particular technologies to support an online component of your own course. …

Student wellbeing and revision survival bags

I was recently inspired by this post: http://www.pedagoo.org/teacher-well-being-bags/ I'd heard of people giving wellbeing bags to staff but I'd never really considered it for learners before. I was beginning to get concerned about my learners' stress levels as the exam season looms heavily ahead of us. So I hit the shops at the weekend and this is …

Revision

This year, I'll be lucky enough to be away for the WHOLE of the Easter break: Sydney, here I come! I promise I'll be back...probably! This means that my usual offer of revision sessions and drop-ins for learners will not be possible so a plan B was required. Tomorrow, all learners will be given a …

iPad Apps

I've been using my iPad for more than two years now but it took me most of that time to get beyond using it as a glorified piece of paper. In this blog, I've listed the key apps I've been using and the ones I can recommend to you (this post is regularly updated). I'd be …