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

at Leicester and UN

February 6, 2015
by Jean
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A recommendation from Dom…

Dom Murphy has recommended this blog as a useful and inspiring one to follow and read:

timrylands

You can access it at this link.

Tim Rylands is an experienced primary school teacher who uses digital technology to support and inspire learning. He now works with teachers, schools and children to help them enhance learning. As you scroll through his site you can see how enthusiastically adults and children join in and you can also see some of the ideas, apps and other resources he uses.

I like this post where there are lots of links to explore – did you sir? did you miss?

trThere are lots more and you can click on each one to a brief write up then if it catches your interest you find it and explore it more fully.

 

 

 

I was interested in this one by the Children’s University of Manchester.

Its part of a bigger site based around learning at Key Stage 2, focusing on History, Languages, Art and Design and Science. In the languages section you can choose ‘words’ or ‘French’. In the words section you can explore a variety of areas such as a world languages map, a timeline of the English language, some specific activities based on adjectives, eponyms, idioms, word classes and play some games.

 

adjdetHere you can see the opening screen for ‘adjective detective’.

If you have a recommnendation of a site, blog or other online resource do add it to the comments below.

November 7, 2014
by Jean
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What makes great teaching?

You might have noticed some headlines in the media last week about the use of ‘lavish praise’ in learning and teaching.

This has come from the report published by The Sutton Trust called ‘What makes great teaching?’

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You can read the main findings and download the entire report here – What makes great teaching?

You can read a blog post by one of the researchers (Lee Elliot Major) here –blog post

October 28, 2014
by Jean
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Introducing Lisa Shepherd

Hello! I’m Lisa Shepherd and I am one of the tutors on the FDLT course.

Lisa-Activities Co-ordinator.webI will be working with year 2 groups in Oadby and at the University on completing the small scale school based research projects. I have already met with both of the groups and heard some of their great ideas and am very much looking forward to supporting them on their research journeys. I also teach on the SEN and Inclusion course and am very pleased to be a BALT dissertation supervisor for the first time this year. It is such a privilege to support students completing their important and inspiring research projects in education.

I am a Creative Practitioner and Dramatherapist who works with children, young people and adults in a variety of educational and community settings. I devise and deliver projects in schools and specialised educational settings, day centres and residential homes, prisons, libraries, community organisations and charities. I enjoy the process of research and write up my own work regularly. I was very pleased to get my article on the use of comedy as a creative vehicle for expression with young people for whom English is an additional language published in the Support for Learning Journal recently.

My passion is theatre, drama and the creative arts and I enjoy writing for performance, directing, puppeteering and on occasion performing myself without a puppet friend to hide behind! I also enjoy travelling and have worked with children and young people with SEN in the USA and Romania. In my spare time I enjoy making just about anything…sewing clothes and furnishings, up-cycling furniture, making puppets and puppet films and making a variety of strange props for performances by local youth theatre and amateur dramatics groups.

You can follow me on twitter @TheatreTherapy and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Imaginary-Ordinary/403267633048038 where I post about what I am up to and all things creatively and socially minded which interest me.

October 14, 2014
by Jean
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The Educators – Salman Khan

sal khanThe last radio programme  in the series The Educators featured Salman Khan, who set up The Khan Academy. It uses online video lessons with a mission statement that reads: ‘For free. For everyone. Forever.’

You can read more about The Khan Academy here:

The Khan Academy

You can read an article about Salman Khan here:

Guardian article

The first videos that Salman Khan posted were focused on secondary mathematics. If you are studying for your GCSE maths maybe you should have a look.

Salman Khan has also given a TED Talk that you can watch here:

TED Talk

Towards the end of the programme Khan talks about ‘flipped learning’ and the ‘flipped classroom’. By this he means that pupils or students complete set work outside the classroom and then in the classroom the teacher helps them understand it and gives them personalised support. The Education Endowment Fund is evaluating this approach and you can read more about it here:

EEF Research into flipped learning

If you have any experience of flipped learning or The Khan Academy please add your thoughts in the comments below.

 

 

September 22, 2014
by Jean
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The Educators – Sugata Mitra

smOn Wednesday 17th September Professor of Educational Technology at the University of Newcastle Sugata Mitra was interviewed by Sarah Montague on the BBC Radio 4 programme The Educators. It is available on i-player and I have saved it to Box of Broadcasts.

His TED Talk ‘School in the Clouds’ is available to watch here – Build a School in the Cloud

Professor Mitra has views about how schools, learning and teaching should be different in the twenty first century – as students working in education what do you think of his ideas?

September 11, 2014
by Jean
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The Educators – Paul Howard-Jones

phjOn Wednesday 10th September psychologist Paul Howard-Jones was interviewed by Sarah Montague on the BBC Radio 4 programme The Educators. It is available on i-player and I have saved it to Box of Broadcasts.

Paul Howard-Jones is an academic at the University of Bristol. You can read more about him and his research on the RSA website and on Your amazing brain…

Digital technology and neuroscience are areas of great relevance to learning both at school and at university – what are the implications of his research for your pupils and for you as university students?

June 15, 2014
by Jean
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Exploring World War 1 with FDLT Y2

Some students explored words - poetry or vocabulary.

Some students explored words – poetry or vocabulary.

This week we completed the PDT2008 curriculum module with an exploration of World War 1. The students used a ThingLink to follow interesting links to stories about World War 1 such as women in WW1, the role of animals, war artists, life at home, local stories, thankful villages and commemoration. You can see the ThingLink here and read more about making and using them here.

One student made a mini diorama, one explored the role of women and two others explored what 'thankful villages' were.

One student made a mini diorama, one explored the role of women and two others explored what ‘thankful villages’ were.

After exploring some of this material the students each used a matchbox as the basis for their response – they had to make a small artefact using or contained by the match box. This idea was inspired by the #moreTEA project happening in schools. You can read more about it here – moreTEA

It was interesting to see the different ideas and stories the students followed as they made their creations. You can see all of them on a Pinterest board here.

Some students explored and represented the roles of animals in war.

Some students explored and represented the roles of animals in war.board here. (I think they’re all there, but if yours isn’t please let me know!)

 

After they had finished their artefacts they were displayed with a title and maker name, and some were annotated with ideas for learning opportunities. Some students are taking the idea into their schools to try out and I’m looking forward to seeing how they develop.

Some students were inspired by the story of the pocket bears.

Some students were inspired by the story of the pocket bears.

 

 

 

 

 

Two students developed their artefacts further by choosing a piece of music to suit the mood of their work – you can see one of the videos here – Animal Mascots

Another way of developing this idea would be to use the app Pixntell to add a recorded description to go with each photo.

 

 

September 27, 2013
by Jean
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Peter Blatchford

You may be interested to know more about Peter Blatchford as he is an academic whose work many of you have begun to read. Like many academics he works at a university and you can find his page on the Institute of Education website. This gives you more information about what he has researched about and written – some of which may relate to what you writing about.

 

You can look at the list of his published work and see if any of it relates to your assignment, then look it up in the library catalogue (books) or NELSON (academic journal articles).

He also writes a blog which you can read to get a sense of his thinking about educational issues. You can access it here

September 27, 2013
by Jean
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The effect of free school meals on learning

Last week you probably heard talk about research relating to the effect of free school meals on learning alongside Nick Clegg’s announcement of free school meals for infants in English schools in the future.

On the BBC Radio 4 programme More or Less, broadcast last week, Tim Harford explored this research more fully and discussed it with one of the researchers. As a university student working in education this is interesting for you to listen to as it will help you consider the media coverage last week more analytically. The discussion starts at the beginning of the programme and continues for about 8 minutes. I have also saved it to Box of Broadcasts and you can look it up using ‘More or Less’ and September 20th.

You should also read the original research and compare this to what you heard and read last week.

The report is available here

What is your experience of school lunches and eating at school? How do think it relates to learning?

August 22, 2013
by Jean
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Children do not do enough exercise

A report has just been published by researchers at University College, London, led by Professor Carol Dezateux. It suggests that seven year olds do not do enough exercise and that there are differences between girls and boys in terms of exercise.

You can read the BBC coverage of the research here – BBC report

At this link you can access the media coverage from TV, radio and the print media. It would be useful to you to read these and compare how each source treats the story. How is coverage different? Look at writing style, word choice and use of facts and statistics in each source.

You might also try to find the original report – as a university student it is this primary source that you would want to read, rather then the secondary sources above.

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