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April 5, 2017
by Jean
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DLAB Erasmus free online course

Some of us who teach on FDLT, BALT and other education courses along with students and local teachers are part of an Erasmus+ project called Digital learning Across Boundaries – DLAB for short. We are working with educators in Belgium, Denmark and Norway.

In May we are sharing a free online course based around our theme this year; using digital technology to support learning outside. The materials will be based around our themes:

  • art in the environment
  • creating trails
  • science outdoors
  • wild writing

You can read more about the course and sign up here.

If you are working in schools you will be able to access stimulating and creative approaches and activities that you can use with your pupils. Part of the course will be based around online sharing of activities and outcomes through a Google Community.

The project has a twitter account: @DLAB_Erasmus and a website where you can find more details and examples from the project.

January 5, 2016
by Jean
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Teaching with Tablets

Screen-Shot-2015-12-13-at-16.10.15-21mnlzdDuring February and March our online course ‘Teaching with Tablets‘ will be running. This course is free to anyone to sign up for and take part in. Below are some details:

Welcome to our 5-week Teaching with Tablets course. This is an interactive and participatory online course on how to make effective use of iPads and tablets for teaching and learning.  Our course is aimed at educators across all levels, from Primary to Higher Education, from NQTs to experienced practitioners. Anyone with an interest in the field is very welcome.

It is  a flexible online course that you can join in with at a pace and depth that suits you. We will suggest activities and ideas and encourage you to try them within your teaching. We would like you to leave each session with a new idea to try out in practice and then share your experiences on the Google+ community. In turn you can learn from the experiences and gain ideas from fellow professionals.

Weekly overview:
Course opens – 8th February 2016
Week 1 – 29th February – Manipulating Media
Week 2 – 7th March – Visible Learning
Week 3 – 14th March – Technology Outdoors
Week 4 – 21st March – Digital Storytelling
Week 5  – 28th March – Talk and Collaboration

There will be a new theme and suggested activities each week. You’ll be able to earn digital badges for joining in with these and there will be an option to purchase a verified certificate.

We will begin each week by sharing readings and browsing from our book, ‘Teaching with Tablets’. Then we will suggest some activities that help you plan to put some of the ideas into practice with your own learners.

One of the most exciting aspects of the course is the chance to share and reflect upon these co-created resources with our community of fellow practitioners. Real life examples, photos, videos and comments within the community will give the course a truly practical focus.

You can also follow us on Twitter and use the hashtag #TWT16 to see what others are posting. We will be hosting a weekly Tweetchat during the course.

The idea is to take a few risks, try some new things, share our developing practice in teaching with tablets and learn together as we go.

We hope that our course will inspire you to explore strategies to integrate tablets in a meaningful way. It offers guidance on:

how to use tablets to devise authentic and meaningful learning activities
how to embed tablets in genuine curriculum contexts
how to evaluate which educational apps might be appropriate for your learners

Teaching with Tablets - InfographicIn order to get some ideas before the course starts, you might like to take a look at this infographic.

You can sign up for the course here and this is the link if you want to share it with anyone – http://bit.ly/TWT16

If you are a Teaching Assistant and / or an aspiring teacher this course will support your understanding and practical application of digital technology in the classroom – a useful thing to have on your CV for future applications for jobs and courses.

Please note – if you are an existing or past student at the university of Northampton you will need to create a separate account for Open Blackboard as it is not the same the Blackboard NILE that you are / have used.

June 19, 2015
by Jean
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Study Skills for Academic Success

In July the University of Northampton is running a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) called ‘Study Skills for Academic Success’.

mooc

Anyone can enrol on this course – the link is here.

If you are about to start a course in Higher Education this could be useful for you, and if you are moving on to a new stage of university education eg from FDLT Y1 to Y2 or from FDLT Y2 to BALT it could also be of interest.

May 3, 2015
by Jean
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Let’s Teach Computing!

From May the 11th you can sign up to the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) called Let’s Teach Computing.

Here are the details:

Details

Let’s Teach Computing is a Department for Education funded MOOC (Massive Open Online Course).  It is a free online six week course that will help you to deliver the primary computing curriculum with confidence by sharing practical ideas that you can use immediately in your teaching.

The course has been developed by senior lecturers in Initial Teacher Education, classroom practitioners and trainers so it is full of tried and tested activities that use equipment found in most primary classrooms and free to use software.

  • Week 1: Algorithms and Computational Thinking
    Get to grips with the use of the terms like algorithm, abstraction and computational thinking.
    Identify how computational thinking can be embedded in good primary school practice.
  • Week 2: Programming   
    Identify how to engage children in being able to write predict and debug programs
    Apply programming skills using a variety of software
  • Week 3: Programming physical devices    
    Illustrate ways to help children design and write programs that accomplish specific goals including controlling or simulating physical systems
  • Week 4: Understanding the internet and keeping safe online   
    Outline ways in which pupils can be helped to become responsible, discerning and creative users of information and communication technology
  • Weeks 5 & 6: Using technology purposely for learning
    Plan opportunities for children to use technology to produce creative digital artefacts using a range of devices and applications

COMMITMENT:
You can access the course content for each week at any time once it is released. We suggest that in order to get the most out of the course that you spend up to 3 hours a week.

LEGACY:
Throughout the MOOC you will be creating and sharing resources through a Google Community that you will have access to after course. You will have the opportunity to develop networks with other teachers and continue to share and collaborate.

One of the writers of this course is Helen Caldwell, a Senior Lecturer in our School of Education here at the University of Northampton. This is a wonderful opportunity to improve your subject knowledge and confidence in this very new area of the primary curriculum.

Go to the link above to find out more and sign up for the MOOC.

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