Tech for Teaching & Learning

A menu of 'cloud tool' CPD sessions for teachers

Professional Development e-CPD sessions for EHWLC teams

We can offer any of the following to your team in the summer term. These are enhanced sessions that develop content from the now well established e-teaching course. You will need to find at least 5 colleagues to commit to the session and allow 2.5 hours for the session. Contact Martin Compton on x6238 or for more information or to book a session.

1. Planning with online curation tools

The session will start with a broad look at online tools that can support, enhance or even replace traditional lesson planning techniques and then focus on two contrasting tools. One allows you you 'curate' (or drag!) web based resources such as videos, web pages and images onto an online lesson plan with each component on a numbered tile. The other uses a Post-It style interface to collect session materials together.

This practical session will enable you get your hands on the tools and to create at least one resource using each tool (Blendspace, Linoit) with extension and advanced activities for those eager to move further.

Pre-session requirments: You will need to have a Google account and have your username and password to hand.

2. Collaborating in the cloud

This session will focus on using cloud tools that enable you and your students to collaborate in real time (or asynchronously) to produce a presentation, post responses to in-class discussions and plan group work. typical tools will be Google Slides, Padlet, Linoit and Piratepad though there will also be opportunities for those that wish to go further to look at collaborative blogs and wikis.

Pre-session requirments: You will need to have a google account and have your username and password to hand.

3. Using Prezi and cloud storage to create an online treasure hunt

Whatever your skill level when it comes to Prezi (from 'never used it' to 'guru') you may find this session useful from both a pedagogic and technical perspective. Drawing on principles of 'gamification' and flipped learning the treasure hunt (click here to see example) is a self directed learning resource that combines a number of tools to create a resource that has built in self-differentiation and is also easily modified and repurposed.

Pre-session requirements: please sign up for a (FREE) account and a Prezi account (with your e mail if you have one) or bring your usernames and passwords for these accounts with you.

4. Audio Tools for teaching, learning and assessment

This session is summarised in the mini podcast above. You will use free online tools to record your voice, make podcasts and curate other people's podcasts. We will also look at 'productivity' audio apps for dictation and read aloud documents. Finally, the session will finish with a collaborative live broadcast!

Pre-course requirements: If you have Smart phone or tablet it will help if you have downloaded the audioboom app (still called audioboo at the moment!) and bring a few ideas or notes to prompt you when recording the content of your podcasts.

5. Getting the most from YouTube

This session will look at how to do the following:

  • creating and sharing playlists
  • recording direct to YouTube using built in web cams and/or
  • recording videos on mobile devices and uploading to YouTube
  • downloading YouTube videos (with permission or that you own for offline use)
  • editing your own YouTube videos (cropping, subtitles, adding music, annotations)
  • using 'chopping' tools to create links to sections of YouTube videos

Pre-session requirements: You will need to have a Google account and have your username and password to hand.

6. Quiz and survey tools for teaching and learning

This session will look at how you can use survey tools (such as Google forms, Micropoll, SurveyMonkey, Polleverywhere) and how self marking quizzes can support both formative and summative assessment.

Pre-session requirements: You will need to have a Google account and have your username and password to hand.

7. Flashcards and Mindmaps

Of all the flashcard and mindmapping tools available to teachers and as so called 'productivity' tools there are two free tools that stand head and shoulders above the rest: Quizlet and Exam Time. This practical session is designed to support you in:

a. curating relevant content from both tools

b. creating or adapting resources yourself that you can use immediately in your teaching

These tools can be used in class but work especially effectively as review, consolidation and differentiation tools. They are especially useful to help teachers embed literacy in their teaching.

Pre-course requirements: A Google account username and password

The video below was made using 'Exam Time' mindmapping tool

Tech Teaching/ Tech Learning

8. Comic strips for teaching and learning

Using a range of different free tools, each of which has its own pros, cons and quirks this session is designed to be practically focussed and enable you to create colourful and dynamic comic strips that you can use as handouts, for presentations or to help with student engagement.

9. (fre)e-portfolios

Using online document storage and a few simple linking techniques, this session will show you how to create your own, free e-portfolio system to make assessment and verification much easier.

10. Cloud tools for ESOL and EFL teachers

With the emphasis on tools that can be used for language teaching this session will start with a whistle stop tour of examples of resources created using a range of different tools and then move to a practical based session that will allow teachers to use one or more of them to make and/ or curate their own resource collections.

11. Exploiting mobile and cloud tech for workshop based vocational teachers

If you often work in a salon, workshop or other practical setting you may have experienced frustration when pushed/ encouraged to use or include more technology in your sessions. This session is designed to support you in realising the potential of institutional or student mobile devices, using audio, images and video for assessment and feedback.

12. Ipad apps for teaching and learning

Focussing on a range of tools this session will look at how ipads can be used to create resources and how they can be used in sessions to support and enhance teaching and learning.

Requirement: you will need your own ipad!

13. Twitter for Teachers

Have you seen this article:

There are many good reasons but very often teachers dismiss Twitter at first use or ignore it completely, consigning it by reputation alone to the social media dustbin. This is an opportunity to set up a Twitter account, work out core aspects such as hashtags, follows, retweets and lists as well as its potential for your own professional development and as a tool to enhance teaching, learning and interaction with students.