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 Assignment 2: Designing a Learning Component

By completing this assignment, you will demonstrate your achievement of the following learning outcomes: Design an online component of your class considering your local context, your curriculum, and the benefits and risks of online technologies. Develop evaluation and engagement strategies to ensure your students are engaged with your online course components and how you plan... Continue Reading →

#LTTO Module 4- Online Learning Activities

Lists of technologies are limitless so drawing on the experiences of other educators (locally or otherwise) can be helpful. This is module four 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... Continue Reading →

#LTTO Learning To Teach Online Q & A

I am currently completing a 'learning To Teach Online' MOOC with Coursera and it's fabulous! Each week, our two course lecturers (Negin and Simon) respond to the top-rated questions of the week in the forums and here are my notes on each of their videos each week. Week 1 Q & A Video Responses 1-... Continue Reading →

#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.... Continue Reading →

A new class website

As the academic year has drawn to a close and we look ahead to next year, most teachers will be evaluating the successes of the year and looking to improve their approaches. This often takes the form of revised materials, handbooks, schemes of learning and assessment plans and for my learners, the online learning environment.... Continue Reading →

Online Presence and Digital Footprint

As the summer draws closer, thoughts of the teaching year ahead are ever-present; the excitement of a fresh start, a new beginning and also a continued journey. Using my new favourite video creation tool, Vidra, I have created a video which introduces my learners to the idea of their digital footprint but also explores the importance... Continue Reading →

Piktochart: Infographics

Recently, I've been dabbling with the use of Google Hangout for my 'Pass It On CPD' sessions at work. The first was on Piktochart. I love this tech tool for the following reasons: It's easy for me and my learners to use It's free (unless you want to pay) It gives you design capabilities with... Continue Reading →

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