“#web2.0lessonplanning was fab” Svava Skuladottir, City Lit
“I am free and easy!” says Martin
Using a unique, event specific hashtag this session was structured using Twitter. Martin Compton has been experimenting with using Twitter as a way of planning and structuring sessions for a while:
Martin showed us one of the ways teachers can use cloud based technology to prepare and organise sessions differently, with a change of emphasis, scope for wider differentiation and with the potential to develop other skills amongst their students. Allowing the teacher to fulfil the need for ‘evidence of planning’ requirement.
Delegates in the session were invited to interact/ participate using their wireless enabled device.
How is learning enhanced?
The tools that Martin told us about were:
- Pinterest – for presenting objectives in a visual way; which is far more interesting than a long list at the beginning of a lesson.
- Padlet – You can convert it to a PDF; personalise the URL and it can be used as a lesson planning tool by integrating video and audio.
- Linoit – We saw an example of a structured ESOL lesson which would work as a ‘flipped approach’ as well. Furthermore, you can make a copy of the original pad and modify it for differentiation.
- Blendspace – Now this was definitely one of Martin’s favourites! It can be used by tutors for curating resources. You can also use quizlet cards, that are great for embedding literacy skills and work nicely in Blendspace.
- Smore – a very intuitive tool that can be used for creating schemes of work.
- Storify – quick as you can drag all types of media to build up a digital story.
and more links: http://www.tinyurl.com/lessjisc14
“If you take one thing with you today then take away Blendspace as this is specifically designed for lesson planning” ~Martin Compton
Use multiple identities on Twitter to keep professional identity separate. Something that learners should also be aware of.
About the presenter:
Martin Compton, Teacher Trainer
Martin Compton is a teacher trainer at the snappily named Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College. He also works as a Freelance Educator for the Holocaust Educational Trust, is a Teaching Fellow of the University of Westminster and a member of the JISC London RSC Advisory Board. His professional passion is finding and sharing ‘free and easy’ cloud based tools that engage teachers and, in turn, their students. His personal passion is Tottenham Hotspur Football Club. No prizes for guessing which has given him most satisfaction this year.
He has been teaching since 1992 which seems to him like moments ago until he thinks about how much technology has changed in that time. Gone, but not forgotten, are the banding machines, carefully written and coloured-in OHP transparencies and massive TVs with doors on them. It does make him think that teachers do need to do their best to keep up with educational (and other) technology and further reinforces his notion that the easier the tools are the more likely teachers are to use them.