Workshop 2 – morning session

Our second workshop on 23rd May was a whole day event at ACER and attracted 20+ participants from a range of providers (nine FE colleges, two ACL services and two independent training providers). The aims of the workshop were to –

  • support providers in sharing their skills and expertise through a carousel of ‘show and tell’ activities
  • explore the use of Google Apps and Google Classroom to offer blended learning
  • evaluate different ways in which Moodle-based resources can be presented to engage learners
  • review ways in which Network members can continue to share ideas, weblinks and resources

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Bob Read, the ETF Regional Specialist Lead for English, began the morning session by reviewing the purpose of the Professional Exchange Network, highlighting how it provides opportunities for members to develop some of the skills, knowledge and attitudes within the ETF Professional Standards. Bob then summarised some of excellent new digital resources practitioners had created and shared since the last workshop –

Sam Butler’s GCSE English learners in an Essex ACL class had created their ownSam's learners Padlet Padlet wall and used it to post videos and resources that they found useful in learning about language devices. Sam also shared a new screencast she had recorded as a video resource to explain different ways of using colons and semi-colons.

Another GCSE tutor Cloe Ansari at Oaklands College had used a graphic design website, Cloe Padlet 1Canva to create some colourful and engaging infographics to revise the different types of question they would encounter in their AQA exams. She also posted the infographics on a Padlet board she had created for her learners as an easy access store of revision resources. She was keen for them to be able to access the resources on their mobiles and so had put a QR code on the ‘Key Facts for GCSE English’ laminated tabletop ‘mat’ she and Bob had created together (click below to enlarge a section of the leaflet)

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Renny's gridRenny Wisdom, at Southend Adult Community College, had begun to draw up a directory of websites and e learning tools that she and colleagues are finding useful when working with her Entry Level learners.  She and a colleague Angela Reed were keen to gather together information so that they could support their colleagues in integrating more digital technology within their teaching in order to make classroom sessions more engaging and to offer more homework opportunities through a blended learning approach.

Bob noted that the Network had been set up precisely to facilitate this exchange of innovative ideas and resources amongst members and he hoped that the final discussion activity of the day would focus on how they could continue to benefit from ongoing collaboration through a virtualised network as well as through the face to face contact at workshop events.

In response to requests at the end of the last workshop members were then given the opportunity to take part in a carousel of fifteen minutes activities which gave members a chance to share their ideas about a range of e learning tools that they had found useful –

The first set of carousel activities focussed on –Carousel 1

Edpuzzle (led by Delon Commissong, Easton and Otley College) – a website that tutors can use to insert quiz questions into videos and use them as formative assessment activities

GoConqr (led by Sarah Holmes, PB Development) – a website offering a range of content creation tools that tutors can use to create quizzes, flashcards, drag and drop tasks, image labelling activities

Google Classroom and Google Apps (led by Michael Smith, Barking and Dagenham College) – a free online platform for delivering and managing online learning.

The second set of carousel activities focussed on –Carousel 2

Screencastomatic (led by Elaine Szpytma, ACER Associate) – free software that tutors can use to record onscreen activity to create their own video tutorials or to give feedback to learners (click here for Elaine’s ‘get started’ guide)

Using WordPress to create a digital resource bank (Naomh Campbell, Cambs Adult Learning and Skills) – click this link to visit the Learnheretoday website that Naomh and colleagues have created to share resources with their tutors and learners


Kahoot (led Jason Last and Hannah Baker, Suffolk New College) – a free student response system that tutors can use to create and offer live quiz activities for use in the classroom.