Our last network event of the 2016 was held on 8th December and we were again made very welcome at Cambridge Regional College. 20 participants attended and the morning included a guest presentation by Vic Dejean, from the Education and Training Foundation who are funding the Network.
After an introduction from Bob Read, Vic gave an interesting overview of the activities of other Professional Exchange Networks that have been set up across the country and the links with the earlier ‘Outstanding Teaching, Learning and Assessment’ programme which now has its own exhibition site.
Vic’s presentation was then followed by a review of some tools and websites that members are using in their teaching. Bob highlighted a selection of tools that had been featured in posts to the Edmodo group in recent months –
Members then worked in small groups and used a Padlet board to share details of other digital tools that they could recommend. It was especially interesting to hear about the range of digital tools that Matt Freeman has been using to develop his provider’s moodle (Kent Adult Education) to offer a blended learning model for English support. Matt is a new member of the network and is very happy to have e mail contact with any colleagues,especially those in Adult Community Learning who are interested in learning more about his Moodle-based approach to a blended learning delivery of English programmes – email@example.com
After the morning interval Hannah Baker delivered an inspiring presentation about her use of digital technology to engage her learners and enliven her teaching sessions at Suffolk New College. Hannah first modelled her use of Powtoon as a colourful and engaging alternative to Powerpoint as a way to present learning objectives and session content.
She then demonstrated how she uses a wide range of tools from the Triptico website to create interactive tasks that develop SPAG skills. The particular Triptico tools she uses include Find Ten, Task Generator, Image Spinner, Swipe, Word Magnets, and Task Timer. Hannah also explained how she and colleagues at Suffolk New College use the ‘share’ option on Triptico to build a bank of tasks that they can all access. Hannah very kindly set up a separate Triptico folder for us entitled ‘ACER’ which contains all the resources she used in the session. If you register with the website and want to access the ACER folder of resources, e mail Bob Read in the first instance (firstname.lastname@example.org)