New Learning

August 3, 2007

A Grand Day Out

Filed under: Uncategorized — kevhickeyuk @ 3:23 pm

May 30, 2007

Notes from Blackpool and Fylde College’s elearning staff development grand day out

An ambitious staff development day for elearning held at preston guild hall.  We were in the privileged position of attending as VIPs which meant we could hang out if the dressing rooms, complete with lights around the mirrors.


The first keynote was Professor Stephen Heppel who has been a major influence on ICT and elearning for over 18 years.  He is currently involved with Teachers TV advising governments around the world, as well as being the CEO of He gave us an insite to what resources are available to todays students, including a youtube clip on how to use drawings for multiplication.


We also found out a project where students from primary school to university age demonstrate their innovative use of technology at BAFTA.  Its called “be very afraid” as this is how you might feel once you realise just how advanced young people are and expect their teachers to be.


Unfortunately I missed the rest of the morning’s seminars as I was trying my hand at recording podcast interviews with some of the speakers.  These included Alan Carr from mid-cheshire college talking about how they have used pocasts and Lillian Soon from xLearn discussing the use of text messaging.


In the afternoon I managed to get to a seminar by Tim Rylands who I had interviewed in the morning.  Tim is a truly inspirational primary school teacher who has been developing children’s language skills by getting them to describe the magical world of the Myst computer games.  He also showed us around his school via a powerpoint presentation of photos with hyperlinks taking you forward, left, right and back.  He was so enthusiastic and inspiring, I left thinking how lucky his pupils were to have him as a teacher.

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