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

at Leicester and UON

July 10, 2017
by Jean
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Starting dates, FDLT and BALT courses, September 2017

FDLT Year 1 week beginning September 11th. Monday September 11th UN group Wednesday September 13th Leicester group. Please note that the first day of this course is taught at Park Campus, Northampton for both groups.   FDLT Year 2 week … Continue reading

March 31, 2017
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Recruiting for HLTA

Do you or a colleague want to join our next cohort preparing for assessment of HLTA standards? We are currently recruiting for the summer cohort in Northampton which starts on 28th April. Contact hlta@northampton.ac.uk  or call the HLTA office on … Continue reading

March 27, 2017
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International ‘Mystery Skype’ Conversations

Last week two Foundation Degree Learning and Teaching (FDLT) groups took part in conversations with students in Mexico and UN alumni in Brazil. The first part of the conversation was focused around asking and answering yes/no questions to find out … Continue reading

March 23, 2017
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Using a greenscreen app to take pupils to other times and places!

As part of their PDT 2016 module focused on enriching learning beyond the classroom and school site the FDLT Y2 (UN) group investigated using ipads and apps to create the experience of visiting other times and places. The students worked … Continue reading

March 2, 2017
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Gallery visits for FDLT Y2

This week each of the FDLT Year 2 visited art galleries to explore how learning can be inspired and developed in locations other than the classroom. The UN group travelled to Avenue Campus to look at the exhibition ‘Under Construction’. … Continue reading

January 29, 2017
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Making our own digital books

This week in Year 2 of the FDLT course we have been exploring the making of digital books by educators to use with their pupils or by pupils supported by their teachers and TAs. Exploring some examples was a useful … Continue reading

January 6, 2017
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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to all blog readers! This is a time of year when although its only half way through the education year we often feel inclined to review, reflect and make resolutions to improve our lives. If you’re on … Continue reading

December 8, 2016
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Five year olds not so bad after all!

Have a listen to this article on the BBC Radio 4 program More or Less. This is another example of the popular media presenting statistical data and research in one way, and the data itself conveying something else entirely. “Five … Continue reading

November 28, 2016
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Teaching Assistants and School Inspection Update.

Last week the latest issue of the School Inspection Update was issues by OFSTED. It referred to the deployment and use of Teaching Assistants (TAs) and this information may be of interest to you. It draws on newer research published … Continue reading