When you have your Google account you will be able to use a number of useful tools:
It is useful to have a gmail address to use to sign in and give you access to all the other tools available through Google even if you don’t use it for email.
Google Drive allows you to store documents (files, spreadsheets, slides) in the cloud so that they are available to you online. You can also share them with others so that you can work collaboratively to add and edit your work. We might have a shared document in a taught session that you could be asked to contribute to.
Google+ allows you join Google communities of people with similar interests. We might set up a Google community for a topic or subject that you can join and interact on, sharing ideas and resources. Here is a link to a Google Community set up for FDLT students starting the course in 2015. You can make posts to introduce yourselves and suggest useful resources that you use. You will have to ask to join this community – this is because it is just for you and not for anyone else who happens to find it on Google.
In each of the eight programmes Sarah Montague interviewed a contemporary educator about their ideas. Here is the episode list:
1. Sir Ken Robinson
2. John Hattie
3. Tony Little
4. Daisy Chritodoulou
5. Paul Howard-Jones
6. Sugata Mitra
7. Jo Boaler
8. Salman Khan
You could listen to several of these through iplayer or download the podcasts. As you listen think about how what the educator is saying relates to your setting, your role and your own experience of education. You might like to add a comment below.
If you are starting the FDLT course in September you might like to read some advice from some of the students who have been on the course. You can find this above on the page called ‘Advice from students to applicants’.
You might also like to browse through the diary pages to get a sense of some of the activities students have participated in.
At the interview this book was recommended. Looking at the early chapters about preparing to study would be useful over the next few weeks. There is a companion website here.