2 Star Badge - The Digital Teacher (Leading)

Fionna Mortimer
22nd February 2021

This reflection was contributed as a submission for a 2 Star Badge in The Digital Teacher (Leading)

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)

Head of Department for an outreach centre offering L1-L3 to Adult learners for a FE college. There are 11 staff who work with those who have not engaged well with education in the past including current and ex-offenders. manage work for the JCP offering specific projects across East Kent working with a variety of partners.

How did you use the learning from this/these module(s) (briefly describe the learning context, with a focus on The Digital Teacher)

The tutors at the EKC Training Centre have been tasked with updating their teaching methods and engage with new digital means of teaching, learning and assessment. The site is based adjacent to a Category D Prison but is classed as external training however the location has meant that we only received fibre broadband in late 2019 therefore the tutors had not been able to utilise digital... more

How did you adapt/modify activities and/or resources for your context providing alternative approaches with specific reference to The Digital Teacher practices?

The staff have designed more diverse resources for their subjects. We have put in place Classroom Onenote for every course and added the learning tools available from Microsoft. We have added an induction session to teach the learners the tools which are available to support and access issues and this has included the translation tool in the Micorosft Suite which has made an incredible... more

Provide any examples of any new approaches tested out.

The IT department have worked with Cisco and Microsoft to be able to access specific online learning packages in a variety of languages and has allowed at least 2 learners to complete courses in their first language which means they have completed much more quickly than they would if we could only offer these in English. New approaches used in our department are the use of Classroom OneNote... more

What worked well, or did not work so well? How would you approach the activity/use the resource differently next time?

Most especially the tutors have made fantastic use of the translation tools available with modern software which have been incredibly well received by the learners who have made excellent use of this in their learning. The tools are taught in induction and in the future we plan to incorporate all the new tools which are updated by the MS365 in order to keep digitally relevant. The classroom... more

How did the learning from the module(s) impact on the quality of the learning experience?

The fact that the tutors have had to undertake this task has improved the tracking of progress and the speed of assessment and feedback with the added benefit of enabling them for their future as they learn how to deal with digital tools which has broken down barriers and allowed access where it was difficult before. It has increased productivity for the whole team which has meant that they... more

How have you initiated strategic change/quality improvement in relation to The Digital Teacher, eg at a peer, department, organisational, regional, national level)?

The college has introduced a Digital Development Plan and the heads of department will be working with their staff to ensure they undertake the skills review regarding their digital capabilities, knowledge and understanding. This will lead to planning a set of CPD tasks to complete during the year based around improving their ability to work more digitally. They need to be ready to embrace... more

What will be your next step in bringing about further change?

Reflection is now embedded into the 1:1 review with the staff and they are challenged to come up with new ways of widening their courses to be able to be available to more learners. I also want them to test new apps which come onto the system and will be identifying specific staff to do this and then feedback at team meetings so that we remain relevant as the digital tools available are... more

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