A blog for students on the FDLT and BALT courses at the University of Northampton

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May 27, 2016
by Jean
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Playdate and TeachMeet – June 8th

Announcing the University of Northampton and IntoFilm Playdate and TeachMeet.

This event, for educators across primary and secondary education, combines an interactive Digital Playdate with an informative TeachMeet to provide an inspiring opportunity to tinker with new tools and technologies and explore media and digital literacy.

A Digital Playdate is a chance to find out about some technologies you are curious to try through hands on play alongside others. It is based on the acronym ‘People Learning and Asking Y’.

We’ll have a choice of workshops and demos for you to join in with, including greenscreening, making photospheres, iPads full of apps, virtual reality headsets, robots, filmmaking and animation, lightboxes and dark dens.

There will be digital leaders at hand to support your playful exploration.

There will also be short presentations on media and digital literacy so that you can hear about some of the great practice happening around the country.

You’ll go away with some fresh skills that you are confident to try out with your learners.

At the end of the event we will have time for participants to share what they’ve learnt and we’ll be encouraging everyone to take part in the conversation on Twitter throughout the event.

If you are interested in providing a presentation for the TeachMeet section please indicate this when booking your ticket and we will be in touch to confirm details. Slots of 3 or 5 minutes will be available. Spaces are limited so please get in touch as soon as you can if you’d like to present. 

When Wednesday, 8 June 2016 from 17:30 to 20:00 (BST)

Where Newton Grand Hall, Avenue Campus, The University of Northampton, St George’s Avenue, Northampton, Nn2 6JD.

Book your free ticket here.

May 24, 2016
by Jean

Study Skills for Academic Success

If you are planning to start a university course or if you are currently working on your degree you might consider this online course.

Study Skills for Academic Success

It runs throughout June, July and August for about eight weeks and you can dip in and out of it according to your needs and commitments.

If you would like to join you can enrol here


May 17, 2016
by Jean

Technology in education

Radio 4 Start the week
Monday 9th May 9am
Technology in education
Listen to it here

In this programme several academics explored the impact and implications of technology on education – an interesting listen if you are working in education and developing your career.

From the website: In Start the Week Andrew Marr explores the use of technology in education. Professor Sugata Mitra has installed an internet-connected PC in a slum in India and watched how curiosity leads children to learn together. Digital technology is increasingly used in schools but the educationalist Neil Selwyn questions whether this is a positive step. The writer Lynsey Hanley looks at how class is embedded in the education system and the former Headmaster at Eton, Tony Little, on his vision for the future of schooling.
Producer: Katy Hickman.