New Learning

January 13, 2010

Reflecting on BETT 2010

Filed under: Inclusion,Learning Technologies,Uncategorized — kevhickeyuk @ 11:50 pm

A few quick reflective notes from my trip to BETT, “The world’s largest educational technology event” in London.

Assistive Technology

One new piece of tech I spotted was an iphone app which allows its users to communicate by clicking through symbols to create sentences which the iphone will read out.  The app has been developed by and is available from the itunes apps store, just search for proloquo2go.
This stand had small devices in a desk, that looked like a cross between desk lamps and microphones. When the presenter waved his arms in front of them sounds came out of the speakers attached.  Toiuching what looked like coloured mouse mats changed the type of sound produced.


An online Who Wants to be a Millionaire game filled with questions targeted at 7-14 year olds, although you can apparently create your own questions and its free until April 2010, thats FREE UNTIL APRIL 2010.

Voting kits

There appear to be more and more companies making voting kits which means more choice and more variation.  Turning Point also had a system where learners can respond via a mobile web enables device, like an iphone.

Other Stuff
Projectors that don’t need to be that far from the wall appear to be one of the big things at the moment. Epson have launched their ‘Ultra Short Throw Projector’ at Bett and its quite impressive what is can do.

I was personaly impressed with some of the science stuff including this DNA Electrophoresis kit, which comes with a number of scenarios kits so learners can pretend they are on CSI with DNA fingerprinting or on the Jeremy Kyle show with the paternity test scenario.  This is all from  Looking through their resource guide I was blown away by the range of DNA themed  kit.  Everything from Genetic Dice board games to Watson and Crick bobble heads.

Playful Learning were behind an area called playful learning which looked at game and play based learning, so as well as talks from Stephen Heppell there were young learners on the Wii.

I had a look at the SMART tables.  These are table top displays that allow for multi touch. The photo shows a game for the table which involves moving a prism so light is refracted.  I was disappointed that there weren’t more applications for this table aimed at the older learner, most of the other applications were aimed at primary school aged learners such as virtual drum kits.

If you do go to Bett I recommend getting along to the OCR stand, where a tallened artist will draw a caricature of you on a laptop using a digital pen and print it off there and then, I am also expecting to get an electronic copy via email.


January 8, 2010

Free Online Tools at Carlisle College

Filed under: Learning Technologies,Libraries and Learning Resources,Podcasts — kevhickeyuk @ 12:58 pm

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Sarah McGrath from Carlisle College discusses how they have used the free online tools Prezi, & Wordle

Sarah McGrath teaches Key Skills within the IT and Business department at Carlisle College. In this podcast she explains the benifits and uses of the free online tools Prezi, Bubbl.ys and Wordle.

Prezi in an online presentation tool, which can be used to create linier presentations, similar to PowerPoint, and non-linier presentations in which the presenter can zoom in and out of a page to display slides of text, images, video and audio. Sarah explains how students have used it to create hidden slides around the word teamwork. is an online mindmapping system which allows learners to easily create, share and collaborate on brain storming mind maps. Sarah has used this with learners to come up with fundraising ideas.

Wordle creates word cloud images from pieces of text where common words appear larger than smaller words. Sarah has used this to quickly analyse feedback from learners.

Sarah goes on to explain that the collaborative features of online tools such as these has led to learners working together between lessons which means projects have a head start before they reach the classroom.

ClaroRead at Wigan and Leigh College

Filed under: Inclusion,Podcasts — kevhickeyuk @ 12:39 pm

Julie Worthington and Jane Walker from Wigan and Leigh College discuss the use of this inclusive technology.

Originally Posted 8th September 2009 at

Wii Fit at Trafford College

Filed under: Inclusion,Learning Technologies,Podcasts — kevhickeyuk @ 12:38 pm

Anita Appleton, Head of department for Supported Learning at Trafford College, explains how they are making use of the Nintendo Wii and Wii Fit with learners.

Originally Posted 30th June 2009


Filed under: Podcasts — kevhickeyuk @ 12:37 pm

David Beaumont from The Manchester College discusses Netbooks. What they are and how they are being used.

Originally Posted 1st June 2009 at

MoleTV and Ourtube

Filed under: Podcasts — kevhickeyuk @ 12:35 pm

Peter Edge discusses how these projects have made digital video available for The Manchester College and the wider community.

Originally posted 1st May 2009 at

Interactive Whiteboards

Filed under: Podcasts — kevhickeyuk @ 12:33 pm

Nicole Johnson, tutor at Stockport College explains how she uses an interactive whiteboard to engage learners and teach from the back of the classroom.

Originally Posted 26th February 2009

Visualisers at Aquinas College

Filed under: Podcasts — kevhickeyuk @ 12:32 pm

Caroline De Vere, Head of History at Aquinas College, explains how she has been making use of a visualiser

Originally posted 27 March at

Interactive Wireless Tablets

Filed under: Podcasts — kevhickeyuk @ 12:30 pm

Lynn Masterton, cross college accounting coordinator and advanced teaching practitioner at Knowsley community college, discusses the benifits of using an interactive wireless tablet.

Originally posted 27 Jan 2009 at

Discussion forums at Ashton Sixth Form

Filed under: Podcasts — kevhickeyuk @ 12:29 pm

Tony Day, English Teacher at Ashton Sixth Form, discusses the use of online discussion forums.

Originally posted 18th December 2008 at

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