Posted on October 22, 2009 by davefoord
Tomorrow I am off to Gloucestershire College to run training for them on plagiarism deterrence, one of my ‘pet’ topics. We will be using the excellent TurnItIn software which can be integrated into Moodle to create a very powerful tool, that doesn’t only check the submitted work for matches to the Internet, but also matches to other work submitted to other UK based institutions.
And as well as this, it has a very sophisticated online marking system, which reduces the need to download students work, then mark it, then re-upload it, which when you have lots of assignment to deal with, becomes a chore in itself.
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Posted on October 14, 2009 by davefoord
Last week I was in Sheffield running a training session on ‘m-learning – it doesn’t have to be expensive to be good’ a session in which I look at the cheaper end of m-learning and in particular what we can do with equipment the learning may be owning and carrying – mainly the mobile phone. Most of the audience were FE based, but there were 2 from schools in Sheffield, who were serioulsy thinking about changing their stance on mobile phones (and lifting the ban), and they were very open about the ideas that I was presenting, and realised that the benefits outweighed the problems.
I finished the training afternoon with a session on ‘m-learning – the great accessibility enabler’ looking at how mobile learning is in the main great for people with accessibility needs, and how if we look at the issues sensibly we can make a huge difference to many of our learners.
So it pleases me that today an article appears in the Telegraph about a High School in Sheffield allowing mobile phones I wonder how many others will follow and how long it will take for this to be the norm not the exception.
Mobile phone on laptop
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Posted on October 6, 2009 by davefoord
I miss teaching, in fact I miss it a lot.
Now this may seem odd to some people that have taught and then moved on, but I genuinely love teaching and learning, and the last few weeks I have spent a few days in different colleges in different projects, and just seeing the still new intake of students hanging around in the corridors reminds me of how much I enjoyed this area of work, and I do wish if circumstances were different that I could still do a bit of teaching, but alas it isn’t financially worth while (it would mess up my tax no end)
A few weeks ago I met a fellow ex-teacher, now consultant, and she told me that no amount of money would ever get her back in the classroom, which I thought was sad, and I hope that I never get to that stage, as if I do, I don’t think I could be effective doing what I do, which is trying to inspire and excite those that still are directly involved.
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