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

at Leicester and UN

July 30, 2021
by Jean
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Preparing to study at university

As you begin to study in Higher Education you’ll find that there are lots of sources of support. The Skills Hub at the University of Northampton is one of these. When you have enrolled as a student you will be able to access all of the resources but until then you can access the content under Academic Skills, How to Study and How to Research. You can find the Skills Hub here.

You might also wish to buy a study skills book such as The Study Skills Handbook by Stella Cottrell. This is a useful book in your first year, but also has useful sections to use in the second and third years. There is a supporting website here. Having said this there are many useful study skills books so you could have a browse and choose one that you like the look of.

As you begin in the course you will find plenty of study skills support available to you through your tutors in taught sessions and resources and people available to you through the university face to face and online. 

 

 

July 23, 2021
by Jean
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Group, venue and parking details for September 2021

The BALT groups and the FDLT groups start in week beginning 13th September, on your venue day. For each FDLT Y1 and BALT group day 1 will take place at Waterside.

FDLT Year 1

Monday: Waterside Campus, Northampton

Wednesday: Devonshire Place, Leicester (Waterside for Day 1 only)

FDLT Year 2

Tuesday: Devonshire Place, Leicester

Thursday: Waterside Campus, Northampton

BALT

Monday: Devonshire Place, Leicester (Waterside for day 1 only)

Wednesday: Waterside Campus Northampton.

Venue details:

LEICESTER

Devonshire Place, 78 London Road, LEICESTER, LE2 0RA

Parking: the car park is accessed via Prebend Street and is free for you to use on your student day.

NORTHAMPTON

Waterside Campus, University Drive, NORTHAMPTON, NN15PH.

Information about travel and transport for Waterside Campus is available here.

July 21, 2021
by Jean
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Develop your use of technology in learning

There are a number of opportunities to take part in free online training in using apps and tools that are useful when supporting learning in the classroom and in your own study. Listed below are four places to start. You might consider the apps and tools most commonly used in your setting and see what is offered in relation to those or just follow your own interests. 

BookCreator Certified Author

This short online course provides a through overview of all the tools available in BookCreator and is a great starting point for using this excellent tool.

Creating visual learning materials with ThingLink

This is part of the Microsoft Educator Center set of training modules. It is worth browsing these are these are some interesting and useful short online courses of relevance to classroom support. 

Adobe Creative Educator Level 1

This short course introduces you to using Adobe Spark to make visual and interactive  learning resources. It is one of many useful short courses available through Adobe Education Exchange.

Apple Teacher / Portfolio

Completing the six ipad or Mac Apple Teacher units is a thorough introduction to using Apple apps and tools to support learning with pupils. If you have done this the next step is build your Apple teacher Portfolio.

As you complete these courses you can use the digital badges you earn on your email signature and of course, add them to your CV. 

July 15, 2021
by Jean
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Summer Reading Challenge!

This year’s Summer reading Challenge from The Reading Agency is called Wild World Heroes! You can find out more about it here. There are resources to support it available for schools, libraries and for use in the home so everyone can take part wherever they are. Its a really good idea to keep children reading over the summer and this can help enormously.

Summer reading challenge opening screen