December 20, 2021
December 20, 2021
November 25, 2021
This week on the FDLT Y1 course we were fortunate to have some expert and specialist visitors in our PDT1076 session. This was organised for us by Beverly Clarke, the National Community Manager at Computing At School (CAS) and facilitated by Wendy Piccinini.
I recommend you go to this link and download The Big Book of Pedagogy from Hello World, a special edition that focuses on approaches to teaching computing, and also subscribe to the free magazine.
This was followed by an introduction to Barefoot Computing from Dr Jon Chippendall with a focus on introducing the concepts and language of computing to pupils through drawing Crazy Characters and thinking about algorithms and abstraction.
We also were introduced to the Climate Change resources:
Recycling warriors (for KS1 pupils) using the PaintZ app.
Planet Protectors (for Y3 and Y4 pupils) using StopMotionStudio to make an animation
Power Savers (for Y5 and Y6 pupils) using Canva to make a video
Will Franklin then introduced us to some tools to support learners with SEND in the classroom, including the Microsoft Immersive reader; speech to text to support writing; the Easy Dyslexia Aid app and Ridit. He also reminded us that we can use the built in accessibility tools in any of the devices that we use ourselves and with pupils.
Finally Alison Sheldon gave us five top tips for computing in the EYFS. It was great to see how technology can be incorporated into play and to have some recommendations of useful sites and apps such as Poisson Rouge and Efexio.
The second half of the morning was based around physical computing using the Crumble kit and our laptops. In Northampton this was led by Neil Rickus and in Leicester by John Jeffries. This was an opportunity for the students to write code to make things happen in the real world, a powerful learning experience for us and for pupils. This resource can help us connect computing to Design technology and Science as well as other curriculum areas.
This kit can be borrowed by schools from local NCCE hubs – these can be searched for here.
Your local hubs are:
Beauchamp College (Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Rutland)
Denbigh College (Milton Keynes and Northants)
Upton Primary School (Northants) (Satellite school, launched last week)
If you or your school is seeking support and inspiration with the computing curriculum there are some great resources and people available through the organisations you met this week.
Join CAS, Barefoot Computing, Teach Computing and subscribe to Hello World.
Follow the following accounts on twitter to add them to your developing personal learning network: @CompAtSch, @CASInclude, @HelloWorld_Edu, @BArefootComp, @RaspberryPi_org, and search for the people you met this week as well.
Look at the online and face to face events available through your local hub or nationally.
Think about your own subject knowledge and what your school offers in this area and how you might go further as you move through your career.
November 17, 2021
This week the FDLT Year 1 students visited the Van Gogh Immersive Experience in Leicester. It is set in All Saints Church in the centre of Leicester and is based around using Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) digital technology to experience the world and art of Vincent Van Gogh in a new way.
It begins with some background information about Van Gogh’s life using a time line, a short video and a recreation in real life of the bedroom from one of his paintings: “Bedroom at Arles”, painted in 1889.
This allows children to really step inside the painting so introducing them to it before the visit would be a good idea. Here’s some information about the painting from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.
It makes me think of how we might plan and resource imaginative play in the Early Years and beyond with the world of a painting as the focus, where we often would use stories or areas of the curriculum as the focus for the learning environment.
The next section of the experience is the immersive part that uses AR technology to bring the life and world of Van Gogh to life. Projections are made onto the walls and floor accompanied by the words of Van Gogh from his letters and diaries and some music. We were able to sit on the carpet, benches or deck chairs and immerse ourselves in the experience. Some of it was creating a sensory experience around the paintings, with water pouring from the river paintings and some brought the paintings to life by connecting them, such as when all the landscapes were displayed and a train ran through them all the way around the room.
The next section contains some activities for children – drawing on blank walls with crayons and drawing and uploading their sketches into a display using a QR code.
The final section was for the students to put on VR headsets and fully be taken into another world! This started in Van Gogh’s bedroom and then took us outside to explore the landscape that inspired some of his paintings. This really allowed us to see his inspiration and what he created in response to it.
Taken altogether the students experienced the life and art of an artist in a number of different ways: it would be interesting to see how this could be used to support and inspire learning for pupils of a range of ages, as well as some of the challenges that they might need to overcome.
Dede et al. (2017, p.4) define this kind of digital experience as “Immersion in a mediated, simulated experience (VR, MUVE, or AR) involves the willing suspension of disbelief.” This is an approach that we often use with pupils in the classroom in stories and drama and so exploring how digital techniques might develop this further is an interesting idea. You can explore some other classroom approaches to AR using mobile devices in this digital book.
Dede C.J., Jacobson J. and Richards J. (2017) Introduction: Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Realities in Education. In: Liu D., Dede C., Huang R. and Richards J. (eds) Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Realities in Education. Singapore: Springer. pp.1-19.
September 6, 2021
We are looking forward to welcoming students to the FDLT course next week (week beginning September 13th). You will have been receiving emails from us and from the university about starting the course.
What should I do before I come to the first day?
Make sure that you have completed pre-enrolment. You can find out more about this here.
Make sure you have introduced yourself to the group on your group’s getting to know you padlet. The information about this was in a blog post made last week and emailed to you last week. Go back to this padlet a few times to read new posts and comment on some to start getting to know each other. You will meet each other face to face next week.
You should contact ASSIST if you have any additional needs relating to disability, medical condition, autism, specific learning differences (like dyslexia) or a mental health difficulty including if you will need assistance during arrival.
What should I bring on the first day?
When you come please make sure that you have everything you need to complete your enrolment. There is information about this here.
Bring a bag as we will be giving you things and you are likely to collect your laptop if you are enrolling as a full time student (ie with no exemptions from modules).
Information about our Covid19 precautions can be read here. Whilst the wearing of face coverings is no longer a legal requirement, we strongly urge students and staff to continue to wear face coverings inside University buildings, with the exception of University Halls of Residence, sports facilities and catering areas.
You should also bring a pen and something to make notes in.
You might like to bring a drink and snacks although there are refreshments available to buy on campus.
Where should I come to on the first day?
Both groups will be coming to the Waterside campus for the first day. The Leicester group will be based at Devonshire Place thereafter. You can find out more about the location and parking at Waterside here.
We will be meeting in the large open space on the ground floor of the Learning Hub. Look out for Abbie and Jean and email Jean if you get lost or need help.
Look out for students whose posts you have read on the getting to know you padlet as well.
There is a map of the Waterside Campus here.
What will happen on the first day?
On your first day you will meet the course leader, Abbie Deeming and another of the course tutors, Jean Edwards. You might already have met or talked with us at an open day or interview. We will guide you through the day.
We will first take you to enrol and you will also collect your welcome package laptop at some point in the day.
After that we will have an induction session in one of the large classrooms so we can be together as a group and still appropriately socially distanced. Abbie and I will talk you through key information about the FDLT course and you will have a chance to ask us questions.
What if I have any worries or questions?
It is natural to feel nervous when you are embarking on a new part of your life. Starting at university is a big step but you have all applied for and been offered a place on the course because it is the appropriate next step for you right now. There will be lots of people supporting you at home and at school and you will find that there are lots of people here at university to help you too, both as part of the course and in the wider organisation.
If you have any immediate concerns or questions email the Admissions Tutor, Jean Edwards, firstname.lastname@example.org
We are looking forward to meeting you next week.
September 1, 2021
Before you start the FDLT course we’d like you to introduce yourself to the group on these Padlets.
Leicester group Padlet https://uon1.padlet.org/jean_edwards/LEICY1intro21
UoN group Padlet https://uon1.padlet.org/jean_edwards/UoNY1intro21
There is no need to have a Padlet account of your own to post onto the Padlet. All you need to do is click on the link above to open the Padlet and click on the pink plus sign to open a box to type into.
You will be asked for a password and this was emailed to you earlier today.
You can also upload a photo by clicking on the upload arrow at the bottom left below the text box.
If you want to comment or ask a question you can do this below the posts.
Please make sure that you have done this by September 10th.
If you need any help with this you can email email@example.com
Below is a short video demonstration of how to make a post.
August 27, 2021
You might wish to create a image of yourself that you can use instead of your photo in profile pictures on NILE and other tools that we use.
Here are many ways of doing this. Here are two suggestions:
You can construct a simple face and save it as a .PNG to upload as a profile picture. In this tool you cannot save and edit your image.
Bitmoji is a more sophisticated tool that the one above. You will need to open an account and there are many choices that you can make when generating your image. Once you have decided on your design you can generate it as a face or full figure and choose it in many poses, with or without text.
You will have seen Bitmoji images used widely on social media lately.
August 24, 2021
When you begin to take part in discussion about your setting and begin to write assignments you will need some basic information about your school to provide contextual background. It would be useful if you could collect this information and have it to hand over the opening weeks of the course.
Type of School (LA / Academy etc)
Location of school (rural, suburban, urban)
Age of pupils
Number of pupils on roll
Number and type of staff
% of pupils with SEND
% of pupils learning EAL
% of pupils with Pupil Premium
Any unusual or distinctive features of the school
Details about your own role
August 17, 2021
You were sent this FDLT course reading list in July:
Here are some further suggestions for pre-course reading:
Bates, B. (2016). Learning theories simplified : … and how to apply them to teaching. London: Sage.
Have a look in particular at the sections on Vygotsky, Bruner, Dewey, Piaget, Engelman, Bandura and Skinner. This book is easy to read and each section is relatively short. You will find it useful in a number of the modules that you study.
Also familiarise yourselves with the findings and recommendations of these two research projects:
Blatchford, P., Bassett, P., Brown, P., Martin, C., Russell, and Webster, R. (2009) Deployment and Impact of Support Staff Project, Research Brief. [online] Available from: http://maximisingtas.co.uk/assets/content/dissressum.pdf [Accessed: 15/07/2020]
Sharples, J., Webster, and Blatchford, P. (2015) Making Best Use of Teaching Assistants Guidance Report. [online] Available from: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ioe/sites/ioe/files/TA_Guidance_Report_MakingBestUseOfTeachingAssisstants.pdf [Accessed: 15/07/2020]
You can click on the links in the references above to access these reports. We will be discussing these in one of the first modules that you will study.
August 13, 2021
Throughout the FDLT and BALT courses you will often need to read and refer to curriculum documents.
These are some of the key documents:
For Early Years:
This is a link to the page where you can access and download the Statutory framework for the early years.
This is the reference that you will use in assignments:
DfE (2021) Statutory framework for the early years. GOV.UK [online] Available from: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/596629/EYFS_STATUTORY_FRAMEWORK_2017.pdf [Accessed 12/07/21].
For primary and secondary:
This is the link to the full national curriculum for all key stages and subjects. It is this document that you should use in assignments.
This is the reference that you will use in assignments:
DfE (2014) National Curriculum in England: framework for key stages 1 to 4. GOV.UK [online[ Available from: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/381344/Master_final_national_curriculum_28_Nov.pdf [Accessed: 15/07/2020].
It would be useful for you to save the relevant links, download the documents and read through the pages relevant to your age group.
You should also all read pages 1 to 13 of the national curriculum as this underlies the subject programmes of study.
August 10, 2021
As you begin university you will need to consider where you are going to study at home and begin to prepare this space so that you are ready to use it from the beginning of September.
There are some hints and tips here that you might find useful.
When you begin in year 1 you will be studying these modules:
PDT1065 Pupil Engagement and Assessment
PDT1066 Introduction to SEND, Diversity and Inclusion
PDT1068 English and Mathematics: Core Subjects
PDT1076 Using Digital Technology to Inspire and Support Learning
PDT1077 Work Based Reflection*
PDT1078 The Practitioner’s Role*
* (If you have chosen to take exemption from the work-based modules because you have HLTA you won’t study these modules)
If you are coming directly into year 2 you will be studying these modules:
PDT2016 Using experiences outside school to inspire and support learning
PDT2017 Planning and professional development
PDT2018 SEND, diversity and inclusion: school-based project
PDT2019 Work-based practice: reflective practices
PDT2020 English and mathematics: cross curricular approaches
If you are starting in the BALT year you will be studying these modules:
PDT3007 Personal perspectives in professional practice
PDT3008 Interdisciplinary perspectives in professional practice
PDT3009 Education beyond boundaries
PDT3010 Culture and identity in education
PDT4002 Research methods and dissertation