Posts tagged ‘digital literacy’

Digital Literacy Skills Put to the Test

Apple GadgetsAttribution: Image: ‘The Setup

Who would have thought getting videos of an iPad and audio of an iPhone would be so challenging!

In the PTLLS class this week five groups gave presentations summarising legislation and codes of practice and making reference to the relevance to their vocational area and their role as a teacher.

There were three students missing from the group, so as the presentations started the group agreed it would be a good idea to record them. As this was a last minute decision I grabbed what was handy, which was the iPad, and the trainees took it in turns in recording each other. I must have had a Small Inkling that it wouldn’t be that straightforward so I also set the voice memo recording on my iPhone as well.

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Literacy Practices: travelling with tech


I am heading to Coventry for an interview for the LSIS Research Development Fellowship. I am really excited about this opportunity to undertake supported research and I view the £2000 grant that is attached to it as a kind of personal CPD fund. If successful I will need to use some of this money to fund travel to the three day residentials that are planned, as well as the planned dissemination event. I will need to ask what the rest of the money can be spent on, but I assume I would be able to use it to attend other events or pay for cover for my teaching.

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My first unconference reflection #1: managing your online presence




I was thrilled to see @kevupnorth leading a session on this, as I’d seen his prezi from the Learning and Teaching Olympics two weeks ago & was sad to have missed his session.


I was initially surprised at the beginning of the session to find the same prezi being used and to realise it this was going to be a more traditional ‘talk from the front’ session, as opposed to the more discussion based sessions I’d attended earlier in the day.

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Tutor planned learning – student planned learning #fslt12

Talking with an old friend this weekend he expressed his strong dislike of blogging, based purely on his experience on an ITT course in a college, where he needed to use a blog as a reflective journal. In this very brief exchange on this topic he made his dislike of the course felt very strongly.

His reaction to the course didn’t surprise me too much, not long after finishing the course he had a complete change of career & life style, as he and his wife home educate their three children while they both work part time.

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#fslt12 Yikes!

Yikes. Feeling a little over awed by the whole mooc thing. When I first stumbled across it on my twitter feed on Tuesday morning, my interest was certainly peeked. Although I wouldn’t quite use the word ‘confidently’ I did sign up, request to take part in the assessment (although noted that this could be changed later & currently feeling that getting to grips with a mooc maybe challenge enough!)) and was really excited to find a whole new blogosphere world existing outside by curent ESOL-sphere. Read more ►

DTELLS session on Digital Literacy – a reflection on planning a session



When planning this session I started as ever looking at the session delivered last year. Overall, I felt that the session had gone well and there were only some minor tweeks needed – especially around the fact that I felt that the first and final activities were repetitive. The best activities of the session were the digital histories, (an idea adapted from maths histories on the excellence gateway) and I’m particularly keen to keep this activity as we have such a range of ages and cultures this year, which should provide some interesting discussion points on digital natives vs digital immigrants.  Comparing the print newspaper with the digital newspaper was also really interesting, and my first thought in updating this activity was to include newspaper apps in this comparison as all the trainees have some kind of mobile device.

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Themes of the conference. Day one:

Themes of the conference. Day one: 

I picked out five themes during the presentations on the first morning of the conference. 

Attitude: Being online is seen to be about personal and private engagement. Not something with educational benefit #attitude 

Teacher #attitude and engagement with change in pedagogy is vital in integrating ICT & education. Practical solutions lie in innovative practice and engaging teachers-as-learners 

How are digital literacy skills linked to attitudes to engagement with ICT? Analogies:
Analogy 1: being on twitter is like going to town. There is something you need and you might bump into someone you know 

Analogy 2: digital swarming. All moving in the same direction without crashing into each other. Who sets the direction? Shared leadership/followship practical applications:
Can CELTA trainees make good and bad practice videos: for giving instructions, giving feedback, monitoring, how can I link this into feedback? Where is the evidence that there are effective, practical applications to integrating ICT into education? 

How assessment impacts on what is taught and what students ‘want’ to learn 

Social constructivism: the role of social interaction in learning. Asking qus and problem solving using ICT 

Classroom management role of the teacher very important to ensure the ss are guided and directed in their learning. More planning time needed 

Role model:
Technology is unreliable. Model this fact in the classroom to trainee teachers so this can become accepted. 

What is our role as a teacher? The importance of being a role model in attitude and use of ICT for own learning Impact of tutor engaging in the online community of practice on the students engagement with an online community of practice


I am delivering the final session for the DTE(E)LLS course next Friday
and the topic is Professional Development – what next? I have a rough
outline of the session ready, which includes asking the trainees to
create a visual representation of their CPD journey over the duration of
the course. I was going to give a couple of examples they could use, but
leave it open as to how they may want to represent this. The idea to do
this visually came from a couple of places, one was from a journal
article I read a while ago which reminded me of the importance of using
visuals in the classroom and the other is from the Reflect Approach and the use of visuals to
generate language. Then this evening, I followed a Tweet link which took to this Blog.

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