Not all students are digital natives!

Dani Flowerdew
28th April 2021

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Give a brief description of your work context and responsibilities, e.g. your teaching background, experience, type of organisation (e.g. FE college, ACL), subject/curriculum you teach/lead, your learners (skills level, any particular inclusion needs, age range of group, size of group)

FE lecturer in Art & Design working with students with a broad range of educational levels and needs. We are also in an area with high levels of deprivation. We are a small campus and have a lot of students that have not been in mainstream education, or have not achieved well in mainstream education.

How did you use the learning from this module in your teaching context?

During the lockdown, we had several students not turning up to online sessions. All had said they had a computer and a place to work, but I realised that needs unpicking sometimes. So rather than going down the accepted route of 'All young people are digital natives' so they must be just not attending, I would make sure I explained use of the new technologies needed in online... more

What worked well?

Using my own phone, so I could see what they could see, Identifying what device is being used, allowing students to have avatars rather than the camera (many were intimidated by seeing themselves on screen) using the chat function in Teams as this allows all to contribute. I also used the breakout room as a social space during their break times, as I realised that they needed the social time... more

What would you do differently next time?

Not rush to conclusions as to why a student is not completing tasks, ensure all are fully able and equipped to take part in digital learning

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Visual arts
Using Devices Digital Learning Online Learning Access Fe Lecturer

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