Superfast internet access has come to be such a major part of our everyday lives that network connectivity is often seen as a given 'right', but as with all technologies it is not infallible, and things can and do go wrong.
If your internet goes down at home chances are you'll be slightly inconvenienced while you wait for the problem to be put right. Not such a big deal if you're browsing for pleasure, but say you need to use the internet for work or study, a few hours offline can seriously hamper your output.
Now think about what would happen if you lost connectivity in your college. Potentially hundreds of students and teachers would be unable to access the online resources and services they need. Bad enough if this were to transpire during teaching or study time; if a loss of connectivity were to happen during an exam, the outcome would be positively disastrous...
"Technology is being described as the new education benchmark after research revealed that more than half of further education students said tech facilities played a part in their choice of college.
Conducted by Jisc, the UK’s digital champion for education, research and skills, the research suggests that students are embracing technology like never before and want to see their classroom become a digital haven."
Anthony Beal's insight:
Of those who took part in the survey, 75 per cent of FE learners indicated that they would be happy for some of their lessons to be delivered by a robot,
Natspec’s Maths Week Feb 23 – 27 #visiblemaths is a chance for students and staff to get involved, wherever they are learning, and to share ideas and activities through social media. We will be running a survey and will get students to present the data in whatever way they like. We are encouraging colleges to work collaboratively, set maths challenges, tell maths jokes and make maths fun!
"Being able to focus on a page of text and assimilate the key information from it, without distraction, is a massively important skill and (unlike many technology skills) is one that you can only really gain in a classroom environment. The worry is that with a focus on technology these key and traditional skills will be left behind."
At the 4th Annual Efficiency in Higher Education conference we asked our speakers to talk about the challenges of achieving greater efficiency in higher education. Here is Martin Hamilton, a futurist at Jisc, talks about the value of sharing assets.
The "Twister" template allows you to create fictional "status updates" that can then be printed off for display purposes. Students could be asked
What are the most important people in this topic?What was their most important moment within the topic?What would their comment be about it?What particular keywords would they use within their comment?What hashtag could they maybe use at the end of the message?What nickname did they have / could we invent to use as their username?
Augmented Reality, also known as AR is finding its way into all of our mobile devices, is it a gimmick or a useful piece of technology? Matt Ramirez is a developer at Jisc, the charity championing digital tech in UK education and research.
Anthony Beal's insight:
AR is already here and being used in teaching and learning in UK education. Find out more here.
Vice-chancellors and principals face a challenge: most of them have a well-developed strategy for teaching and learning, and yet, use of technology for learning can vary greatly between lecturers, modules and courses within their organisations.
A journey to the East? Trials and tribulations of a personal journey with technology and languages Marion Sadoux Technological diversity: A case study into language learners’ mobile technology use inside and outside the classroom Billy Brick, Tiziana Cervi-Wilson Podcasting as a language teaching and learning tool Fernando Rosell-Aguilar
A reflective e-learning journey from the dawn of CALL to web 2.0 intercultural communicative competence (ICC) Marina Orsini-Jones
Learning to swim in new waters: A meta-narrative about the design and implementation of a virtual learning environment for language learning and teaching Teresa MacKinnon From autonomous to peer e-learning – How the FReE Team turned ePortfolio into a social network between first and final-year modern languages students Jean-Christophe Penet
OER (re)use and language teachers’ tacit professional knowledge: Three vignettes
Dyslexia in modern language learning: A case study on collaborative task-design for inclusive teaching and learning in an online context
Anna Motzo, Debora Quattrocchi Reflections on a personal journey in learning design Julie Watson
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