Digital skills for all

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Digital skills are somewhat a passion of mine. So much so that I chose to do a research project on them in 2014 when I studied for my teaching qualification. It frustrates me that something I see as so important is often undervalued. Working in the college library I see regularly the students that struggle; from the students who don’t know how to save a document to a USB stick; to the students who don’t know how insert a table or construct a graph; and then there are the students who think they know everything about digital skills because they can post to their social media channels but who have never used advanced searching techniques or collaborated digitally. Continue reading “Digital skills for all”

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The Start of New Term in the Library

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September is always a busy time across the college. Teachers frantically running from one lesson to the next, new students looking worried as they try and find their classrooms and support staff trying to help the students with all their weird and wonderful enquiries. Continue reading “The Start of New Term in the Library”

Blogging in Barcelona

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On the first day at Puig Castellar I was timetabled into three classes along with our Halesowen College students. Our aim was to introduce the SWITCH project and also to encourage the Castellar students to write posts for the Learner Blog. In each of the classes I demonstrated the blog on a projected screen and described the tasks that had taken place so far. Whenever the Castellar students had trouble understanding what I was saying the Halesowen students would translate for me which they enjoyed and I was proud to see their confidence grow as they addressed the class. Continue reading “Blogging in Barcelona”

English & Maths

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I strongly believe that everyone is naturally good at either English or maths. I am definitely better at English, as are most of my family. When it comes to maths just the thought of it brings me out in a cold sweat. With any subject, I think that enjoyment has a lot to do with how you are taught. From a young age I have always disliked maths, partly because the teachers I had just didn’t seem to like teaching the subject. Continue reading “English & Maths”

Language Learning

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When I was little I was very keen to learn a new language, my dad is fluent in both French and German and encouraged me to learn by buying books with vocabulary and pictures. I enjoyed it but didn’t take it too seriously as it wasn’t something we did in primary school. When I started high school our year was split in half with some groups learning French and some learning German.  My class were to learn French which I was pleased about. In the first two years I seemed to be doing quite well but we only learnt basic phrases such as how to introduce yourself and describe your family. It must have stuck though as I still remember most of those phrases now. Continue reading “Language Learning”

Learning Online

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This was not my first visit into the world of online learning. However, it is one of the few courses that I’ve actually completed. I’m very good at being enthusiastic at the start and then drifting off when something else comes up. I need a big scary deadline to keep me motivated and with independent learning you don’t get that.  Continue reading “Learning Online”

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Hi my name is Lotty and I am responsible for coordinating the learner blog for the SWITCH project. The learners felt it was important that the teachers accompany them on this journey and write their own blog posts so on that note I’ll tell you a little about myself. I am 28 years old and have studied and worked at Halesowen College for more than 10 years. I did my A Levels here before deciding that I would rather pursue a career than go to university. Six months after I made this decision I started working at the college as a Library Assistant. Continue reading “000189”