Archive for the ‘random musings’ category

A new academic year, a new course & new skills

I’m teaching on the year one Cert Ed/PGCE for the first time this year, & very excited I am. While parts of the curriculum are fairly new to me having delivered the level 4 PTLLS & undertaken observations before what I am really excited about how I can enthuse new teachers into the benefits of technology & demonstrate how they can embed technology into their own practice – both as teachers and as teacher-as-learner.

Today there have been many firsts. First observation of the year. First time using the new paperwork. First time using Notability to write the observation report. First time to receive the lesson plan from the trainee via Yammer. Read more ►

Student Voices #TDReflex14

I may be a week late with this (how much does that matter in an un0course?) but once again, the topic of the week has been timely for me.

For some reason this year I’m coming to feel that the ‘student voice’ has been really missing in my practice this year, especially around the iPad project. . I don’t really know why this has happened.

In my ESOL class I feel I have been so fixated with getting my head around teaching teenagers and two curriculums that are new to me, as well as figuring out how to effectively use 8 iPads with them, there has been almost no space for the students! How nuts does that sound. Read more ►

A Day of Planning

I’ve had A Day today.

I’ve considered different possible assessment tasks. I’ve ditched all of those and decided to use some already designed tasks. I had a Small Panic that this was ‘cheating’. I had a timely call from a fabulous colleague who Set Me Straight.

I’ve thought about a lot of different possible tasks to support those assessment tasks. I just about discarded most of the ideas and reduced the activities down into something more realistic that fits into the time scale & the assessment brief.

I’ve printed stuff. I stuck post-its on these print outs with notes reminding me what I want to do this them. There is a lot of copy & cut instructions. I like matching activities! Read more ►

Journals: week in the life of ……

I’ve had two journals drop through my post in the past two weeks.

InTuition: the journal for professional teachers and trainers in the further education and skills section. (what a title!!) and
Language Issues: the journal of NATECLA.

InTuition has visited a few table tops in my house. It sat for a while by the front door. Then it lounged lazily on the kitchen table. It had a brief trip to coffee table before heading back to the kitchen table. Read more ►

A rough and ready post on #learnpod13

I am on a complete high from attending my second unconference today. Thoughts on the day:

Things that I knew already:

  • I like to go first. I was the first to pitch and thankfully in the first slot of the day.
  • The world is made of amazing people and I have the pleasure of having these amazing people in my PLN.
  • Meeting face to face is invaluable. Technology can enhance these relationships but face to face rules.
  • Socrative, Educreations and Show Me are good apps to have on a class set of iPads Read more ►

Memorable Moments 2013 #1: Tech for Learning EV Visit

The academic year 12/13 has been a roller coaster ride. It’s good to get to the end of the year and still get high on that End Of Term Buzz. It’s a potent reminder about what I love about my job.

Memorable Moment #1

Watching the City & Guilds EV watching the video from the Technology and Beyond learning fair and seeing her recognise the hard work and enthusiasm from the tutors on the course. Read more ►

Conferences, expectations & ponderings #rscinspire13

attrition: CC Roland Tanglao

I think the way that I attend conferences is changing. Tutors on my Tech for Learning Delivery course were laughing last week at just how many conferences I’ve attended – and I suppose as an FE tutor, it probably is quite rare to have such opportunities.

Recently, I attended the RSC-YH e-learning conference in Leeds. I’ve been a fairly regular attender and presenter at this event over the years, and although I had the usual pre-conference nerves as I approached the venue, it was really lovely to walk in and recognise, and be recognised, by friendly faces.

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IATEFL Associates Day: first thoughts

i have been fortunate to have been able to attend Associates Day at IATEFL as a member of NATECLA. I had absolutely no idea what to expect from the day, there was no programme available – all I knew was that there was a ‘poster presentation’ activity in the afternoon where we could talk about NATECLA, and find about about other organisations.

My initial reflections on the day is – wow! So many committed, motivated and inspiring individuals, who have given up their valuable time (& sometimes own money) to come to Liverpool IATEFL. They are there as members of, and representatives of, Teacher Associations so very similar to NATECLA.

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Evidenced-based practice: the theory and practice divide

Quote from Geoff Petty

Quote from Geoff Petty

The term ‘evidenced-based practice’ is something that I’ve been coming across more and more recently. Of course, I’m aware of Geoff Petty’s work in this area, although I can’t admit to have read his whole book. I reflected on the opening speech last year, where the guest speaker talked about Hattie’s research (this was the first time I became aware of this research) The IFL have also drawn on Hattie’s research and encourage the application of evidence based learning.  My organisation has subscribed to the how2teach resources, classroom ideas based on evidence-based practice.  At the last LSIS residential, one thing that (the amazing) Frank Coffield said the value of the programme was about giving tutors the opportunity to move beyond the ‘evidence of one’. Chatting with the ‘very quoteable’ @iltman last week, he said ‘many anecdotes don’t equate to evidence’ (or something much more quotable!!) Read more ►

I have an MA paper to write ….

I have an MA paper to write as part of the Research Development Fellowship grant I have from LSIS.  It’s kind of praying on my mind.  The term ‘Literature Review’ is sending shivers down my spine.

Yet I like writing. I like writing this blog. I really liked what Julie Hugues said at a recent HuddCETT event that blogging is ‘thinking through your fingers’. Yet here I am blogging instead of getting down to MA business.

Lots of the tutors on my Technology for Learning Delivery course have started blogging, and it is interesting how many of their first posts are questioning what their blog is to be about and do they have anything to say that someone would be interested in. And reviewing my old Posterous blog, my initial musings followed similar lines – yet these were the posts that got deleted as I transferred my posts over to this blog.

I’ve been wondering if I write this blog for a specific audience. I certainly don’t get a lot of comments, if that is very evidence of audience. But I do feel a little disgruntled that at the last residential we spent a considerable amount of time discussing the MA paper, structuring this, bringing our research ‘to life’, yet despite all the talk of the need to disseminate our research, I have to write 4000 words that one, possible two, people will read.

Honestly, what’s the point?