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 →

GCSE English Language (WJEC Eduqas)

For much of this year, I spent a significant amount of time wrestling with how to organise my online learning environment for students. In September, I had a class confirmed the day before I taught them. I was excited to be back in the classroom but it cut down my advance preparation time somewhat (and... 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 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 →

#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 →

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 →

Tech Toolbox: Smore Flyers

Every time I Google 'Smore'- this wonderful tasty looking thing appears. Unfortunately, I haven't worked this kind of Smore into my lessons yet- but where there's a will, there's a way! I have been part of setting up a new CPD programme at College recently. If you haven't been following it- take a look at... Continue Reading →

Tech Toolbox: ThoughtBoxes and Videos

I thought it was about time I should be providing an update on my classroom activities and engagement with technology. I love thoughtboxes, and these have been used to record seminars in AS English classes over the last couple of weeks. They're simple and seriously easy to use and set-up. My students were taken out of... Continue Reading →

Tech Toolbox: StudyStack Flashcards

Study Stack is fantastic. The wonderful @gnarcue first introduced me to it. Initially, I wasn't so sure it would become part of my regular technology diet. As soon as I got the hang of it, I realised quite how wonderful it was! Students can make their own flashcards and then play games based on the content of their... Continue Reading →

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