Posts tagged ‘RSA’

The fog lifts

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I may actually be starting to get my head around my new 16-18 ESOL group. I definitely spent the first two weeks in a kind of fog where I felt every thought I had led down the dark alley  of cluelessness.

The first week was a pretty traditional ESOL-y first lesson, with getting to know you activities and a college induction and class rules. So far so predictable. Except it wasn’t predictable. I wasn’t at all sure how the lesson would go at all – as it turns out the much over planned college tour using QR Codes and iPods was a Big Flop while the ‘draw a good student/a bad students/a good teacher’ went fairly well. Read more ►

Class iPads – a new challenge

As if I don’t have enough on my hands with a new age group (yes, this year I am teaching 16-18 ESOL. Gulp), and two new curriculum (it’s no ordinary ESOL- if such a thing exists – I’m teaching PSD and IT. Double Gulp) I am going for broke and want to trial using iPads in the classroom.

Being a bit of an iPad fan (s0 much of my professional development revolves around the ease of acccess to my fabulous PLN through my device) I very much see iPads as personal devices. So I have been very reluctant to consider using them in the classroom. Read more ►

Setting up Class iPads: a challenge

Having the support from the fabulous people at Sunderland University last year, through the (now defunct) LSIS Research Development Fellowship, was amazing on many levels. But I had one particular Light Bulb Moment: I became conscious that the reason I was possibly slightly derogatory about class sets of iPads was because I didn’t have any experience of this. All my experience with them was around how they could be used by individuals  – firstly through my project with the tutors on the ESOL subject specialism and then through last year’s project with the HE tutors and students. 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?

 

Adventures on a sofa with an iPad: CPD in action

Flipboard forms my usual morning reading material, but today I felt a little more like video stimulation, so with Small Wint in school and Big Wint in the office I sat down with coffee and the TED app on my iPad. The first talk to catch my attention was Markham Nolan: How to separate fact and fiction online , and although he talks predominantly about journalism I thought some of the themes had connections to discussions we’ve been having in my Technology for Learning Delivery class on online identity and authenticating sources.I shared this link via my Twitter feed.

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British Educational Research Association

As part of the LSIS funded Research Development Fellowship I have a year’s BERA membership which dropped through the post this week.

 

Membership benefits include discount at the annual conference, over 30 special interest groups (SIG) free access to major educational research journals and the opportunity to be part of a vibrant, forward-looking community of educational researchers.

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RSA: developments in my project

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Title: How do mobile technologies effect collaboration between tutors and students in Higher Education?

I hadn’t realised just hard important, or how difficult it is to find a title for a project. After working alone on various versions I shared one idea that popped into my head over lunch with my peers. This was met with positive nods and it seemed like I’d done it.

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Multi-gadget experience

I am having an evening of multi-gadget-ness, sitting on the couch in the kitchen listening to Jo Whiley, drinking peppermint tea and eating small chunks of whole nut, with iPad and iPhone in arms reach while typing away on the netbook. Seems like a very long time since I’ve done this.

I’ve spent a good chunk of today reading through the latest and last posts from the gadgetry group in preparation for my presentation at the RSC-YH next week.  This is culmination of a Research and Scholarly Activity (RSA) project that has run for the last 6 months. The group was estabished with what seemed at the time a purposefully vague outline:

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