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

at Leicester and UN

February 17, 2017
by Jean
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Graduation 2017!

Last Sunday we were delighted to be able to see our students from the FDLT and BALT courses graduate at the Derngate, Northampton.

 

 

 

For many of these students it was a weekend (or even just a day) off from ongoing study for their BALT course or for their next step into initial teacher training. It was wonderful for us to see them in their gowns celebrating with their families. Graduation is a time to stop and acknowledge how much they have accomplished in their study. We wish them every success in their future.

February 10, 2017
by Jean
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You may be interested in this recent post on the East Midlands HLTA Network blog by my colleague, Wendy Yarnall:

ATL report on the findings of survey into support staff workload and responsibility.

February 9, 2017
by Jean
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Using iPads outdoors

This year the FDLT Year 1 students in both Leicester and Park Campus, Northampton used the university Ipads as part of their learning. In a session focused on using digital technology to enrich the curriculum (art) they were given a key art idea to search for examples of and photograph. They went off to observe, capture and edit around the outdoor environment. It was interesting that because they had been given a very specific focus on what to look for they began see examples everywhere and be quite creative in the way they captured these examples.

When they returned to the classroom the students collected their images together and presented them as photo collages using the PicCollage app. They added borders and text and then airdropped them to the session tutor so they could be shared with the group. All the collages were added to a ThingLink that also contains the relevant subject knowledge information which is enhanced by the visual examples present in the photo collages.

The full collection can seen here.

 

 

February 3, 2017
by Jean
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Thinking about teaching to the test.

You might be interested to here this short radio piece broadcast as part of ‘A Point of View’ on BBC Radio 4.

Teaching to the test

It asks you to consider some important larger issues that come from the current focus on testing in schools.

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