Posts tagged ‘mobile tech’

RSA: feedback from LSIS grant interview

As I posted recently I am undertaking a practitioner research project where I hope to create a community of practice (CoP) between a small group of HE tutors and their students and look at the impact of taking part in this CoP has on their professional development.

This week I attended an interview for a research development fellowship grant from LSIS, and despite initial reservations about attending this interview, I’ve found talking about the project with the tutors at SUNCETT has already had an impact on my thoughts on the project.

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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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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

Themes of conference: day 2

ICT for entertainment – ICT for education & learning platforms Facebook
ICT is predominantly used for entertainment so need to consider how to make the jump from this to include the use for education. In Morocco a significant number of (young) people use FB and so suggested that there needs to be activities and research to investigate how to use this platform for learning.
I’m not sure what I think about this. I use FB as a personal and private place & I am reluctant to engage with this as a learning tool for myself so don’t feel comfortable in asking students to do so. Surely we do need to have some space that is free from formal education?SMS
How to use this facility to engage ss in mobile learning. Making the link from personal use to educational use. One study showed how reading skills we’re improved by sending three txt messages: 1. Text
2. Question
3. Answer

Modelling and staff development:
Engage tutors-as-learners with technology so they can experience ICT as a tool for their own learning. As many tutors bring their own learning experience to their attitudes, beliefs and behaviours as a teacher there needs to be a starting point for them to use technology with their own students. History & change
Quotes were used to demonstrate how change has been perceived through history, including Socrates scorn for the introduction of ‘writing’ would lead to the decline in memory, and the worries about the replacement of bark with slate and the cost implications of this.
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Characterists of an Expert Teacher

I recently attended an opening speech for a new room at college where teachers can go specifically to undertake CPD activities. On the whole I thought it was an ok opening speech, a little academic and not enough practical examples to be truly inspiring, but the general themes about teaching and learning and the role of trialling new things and having space to reflect on them were linked well the importance of giving teaching space and time for CPD.

3 characteristics of an expert teacher: ( I can’t remember the name of the researcher from this, but I think it was concluded from statistical data, so as someone who leans more toward qualitative research it was a surprise to hear this.)

  • A high degree of challenge
  • Fast and frequent feedback
  • A deep understanding of teaching and learning

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