EDS - Community of Practice

Welcome to the Essential Digital Skills (EDS) Community of Practice.

Welcome to the ETF’s Community of Practice for digital skills which is packed with ideas and resources shared by your colleagues.

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Post by Angela Sanders

7 hrs ago (edited 7 hrs ago)

If you want to talk about end of module assessment come along tomorrow Weds 19th @ 1pm

( @Ish Hussain you posted previously about this)

Book here: Live chat

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Post by Leanne Selway

9 hrs ago

Does anybody have some good resources for learners' that have very low level essential Digital Skills that also practical? Mant thanks in advance

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ESOL Essential Digital Skills Online Learning

Post by Anisa Teladia

4.2d ago

This week, with 2 of my L1 ESOl classes, I introduced them to powerpoint. In 1 class, nobody had used it before. In the other class, 1 of the learner's had done some work on it previously but with the help of her child. At the beginning of term, we have to go through all the essential things, like safeguarding, Prevent and British Values and, so I thought instead of me telling them about it, it would be a good opportunity for them to teach the rest of the class about it. The learners are used to doing presentations, so I thought i could take it 1 step further and do a powerpoint with a presentation. I had thought that maybe a few of them might know how to use it as I thought they had done an ICT course, so the plan was to pair a strong learner with a weak learner but this wasn't the case. I had to show them how to open powerpoint. I had prepared a sheet with the key features diagram. For the first 20 minutes, we worked together, step by step, with me guiding them by showing them on the board but getting them to do it at the same time. I showed them how to input text, edit it and put images. By the end of the lesson, each pair had completed a prresentation with 3-6 slides, some of them even put a link to a video so within 1 lesson, they went from not knowing how to use it to completing a presentation. A very satisfactory lesson

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Creating & Editing ESOL Essential Digital Skills
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Post by Nick Jeans

5.2d ago
Essential Digital Skills Toolkit

This downloadable Essential Digital Skills Toolkit, based on the DfE framework, has been developed to enable individuals, groups and organisations to measure their digital skills .

https://www.skillsforlifenetwork.com/resource/essential-digital-skills-toolkit/

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Post by Nick Jeans

5.2d ago

New education for sustainable development (ESD) resources for educators, teachers and practitioners who teach English for speakers of other languages are now available to download free of charge.

The resources were commissioned by the Education and Training Founation, delivered by HOLEX and developed and tested by Manchester Adult Education Service, Idea Store at Tower Hamlets Council and Westminster Adult Education Service. Although developed within an adult education context, these resources will be applicable to ESOL teams in other further education settings too.

https://www.skillsforlifenetwork.com/resource/esd-resources-for-esol-practitioners/

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Post by Nick Jeans

5.3d ago

The 25 Best Books for English Learners:

https://bit.ly/3I5m8me

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Post by Leanne Selway

6.3d ago
Keeping safe against Cybercrime

https://barclayslifeskills.com/educators/adult-learning/modules/keeping-safe-against-cybercrime/

Has anyone used this free resource available on Barclays life skills.

It is a really good video, which highlights some important parts about being safe online

 

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Being safe Essential Digital Skills Online Learning Using Devices

Post by Lauren Brizon

6.3d ago

Happy New Year everyone.  Just wondered if any of you are teaching for providers who are registered with NCFE? 

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Post by Lauren Brizon

6.3d ago
Digital Wellbeing

Google has a nice tool for digital wellbeing (skill 5) - could be set as homework for learners to reflect on https://wellbeing.google/

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Post by Ish Hussain

6.4d ago

Hi everyone, I am delivering Essental Digital Skills Entry 3 to my ESOL learners and we are approaching the end of the course. I was wondering if anyone has created and end of module exam/test. I have found a course outline and the end exam is 'creating and editing' documents and digital media. 

 

Any ideas or example would be a great help. 

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Assessment ESOL Essential Digital Skills

Post by Sara Khan

6.5d ago

Is there anyone here who teaches Pre-Entry/E1 ESOL?

Can you share your/your students' experiences of incorporating digital skills within the ESOL provision?Thanks

 

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Digital Literacy ESOL Online Learning Pedagogy Using Devices

Post by Mary Moss

6.6d ago

Understanding EDS 12th January

Welcome to everyone attending today's session.  You might like to reflect on what you have learned about EDS today, and your challenges.

What are your next steps?

 

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Essential Digital Skills Motivation

Post by Nick Jeans

7.3d ago

Interesting session coming up on January 17th, 12-1pm, about using Zoom as a teaching tool with ESOL learners.  Nusrat Bhatti from the WEA will talk about her extensive experience with Zoom and offer a few tips on how best to use it with your learners.

Sign up for free at

https://booking.etfoundation.co.uk/course/details/1221/Taking-EDS-Teaching-Further?sh=1769956&ci_id=6046

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EDS Champions ESOL Essential Digital Skills Online Learning

Post by David Camilleri

8.4d ago

Exam board differences

There are now a number of different exam boards offering the Essential Digital Skills Qualification:

  • Which exam board do you use?
  • Have you noticed any differences between the different exam board specifications?

I would be really interested to hear your insights!

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Post by Mary Moss

8.5d ago
Embedding Essential Digital Skills

Digital skills are embedded in teaching across the curriculum.  In some organisations, these skills have been mapped to the EDS standards and framework - some different approaches are described in this video https://youtu.be/PqK4R3jcmgg 

In non-IT courses, do you think it is useful to map digital skills to EDS standards?

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Digital Literacy Essential Digital Skills Pedagogy
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Post by Anke Jacobs

11.3d ago
ENGLISH BANANA - Resources for teaching and learning English, ESL, ESOL and EFL

In response to people's comments on Wednesday that learners still like printed worksheets, and that we should not take an all-digital, but well-balanced approach, here's another link to a grammar website which I find useful for differentiated or whole class consolidation and homework: https://www.englishbanana.com/

The worksheets are levelled, organised by grammar topic and printable. There are also whole downloadable books available which make the selection of homework tasks easy. You could compare the students' answers in class (use the exercises for flipped learning) or give them the answers which are at the back of the digital books for self- or peer-marking. 

As I said on Wednesday, these sorts of resources do not replace well-planned and structured lessons, but are useful supplementary tools and usually well received by the students because they actually enjoy worksheets. Once they've become more confident through practice and repetition, they can apply what they've learnt in more creative ways.

Why not have a look at the website and then put a comment in the box below?

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Assessment English language as a fundtional skill ESOL Motivation Offender Learning Pedagogy

Post by Nick Jeans

11.4d ago (edited 10.5d ago)

Exploring Google Keep notes

Today's Exploring Tools session looked at Google Keep notes, a free app in the Google suite for creating and editing documents when you're on the move and away from a computer.

Google Keep is a very simple way to introduce the topic of creating and editing documents because it's so easy to use.

The following video shows the basics of Google Keep and looks at some ideas for collaborative activities:  

https://youtu.be/Npu1AVyAHrs 

The file attached to this post is a PDF of the presentation for the session.

As we discussed during the session, Google Keep is particularly useful for learners who need to create a document when they don't have access to a computer, but also for teachers to record their ideas for a lesson when they're waiting for a bus or taking the dog for a walk! When you later have access to a computer, it's simple to transfer the note to a Google or Word document.

It's also useful for shopping and packing lists or for copying a recipe onto your phone when you don't want your laptop in the kitchen.

If you have used Google Keep in your home activities or with your learners, please share your ideas on how to use it in a reply to this post.

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Creating & Editing Digital Literacy Essential Digital Skills Using Devices
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Post by Anke Jacobs

13.3d ago (edited 11.4d ago)
Perfect-english-grammar.com: a free website which helps raise confidence in grammar and digital skills

Hi everyone

Thank you for attending the Live Chat event earlier today and for showing an interest by participating in the Q&A part. I hope many more people will watch the video and learn something new from my presentation.

Here's the link address: https://youtu.be/vessQlQb6v8

And here is the link to the Perfect English Grammar website's homepage: Perfect English Grammar (perfect-english-grammar.com) 

Finally, this is the PowerPoint link: https://tinyurl.com/ankejgrammar

If anyone has any questions, I'll be pleased to answer them for you.

Kind regards

Anke    

Note: the interactive exercises and grammar explanations are free, as are the downloadable, printable pdfs. However, the levelled grammar courses incur a fee.

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Digital Literacy EDS Champions ESOL Essential Digital Skills Online Learning Using Devices

Post by Matthew Herman

13.4d ago

Hi all. Look forward to this Essential Digital Skills Community of Practice Live Chats Session #1 in a few minutes

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Being safe Communicating Essential Digital Skills Motivation OTLA Transacting Using Devices

Post by Vikki Liogier

13.5d ago

Happy New Year! Hope 2022 will be collaborative and a creative year:) Together we can! 

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Happy New Year!
Dynamic Collaborative Star 2022

Post by Nick Jeans

14.3d ago

Embedding digital skills into English Grammar practice, 1-1.30pm, Wednesday January 5th

This session will outline use of a free, quality website with interactive exercises for ESOL students which makes worksheets redundant and increases the learners' confidence.

Part of our Live Chat series, it will be delivered by Essential Digital Skills (EDS) Champion Anke Jacobs from Birmingham Adult Education Service.

The aim of the EDS Champion role is to help foster communities of practice across the sector for different aspects of essential digital skills delivery. The Live chat sessions provide an opportunity for discussion on an EDS topic each week.

Register (for free) here: https://enhance.etfoundation.co.uk/eds/event/175/embedding-digital-skills-into-english-grammar-practice

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Digital Literacy ESOL Pedagogy

Post by Nick Jeans

26.5d ago (edited 11.4d ago)

Course Evaluators required

On behalf of the Education and Training Foundation, ccConsultancy Ltd have developed two FutureLearn online courses: one for practitioners participating or considering participating in action research and another for those who are leading action research projects. They are now looking for individuals to work through the courses and evaluate the content. If you teach or manage in the post 16 sector, and you can answer yes to any of the following questions, the ccConsultancy team would like to hear from you! Are you:

- interested in improving your own or your teams' practice?- new to action research?- an experienced action researcher?- ready for something new to excite and motivate you in 2022?

The review period will be from 17th January to 11th March 2022. Each course consists of 6 weeks and each week is notionally 1.5 hours, though you can work at your own pace. Interested? Find out more and express your interest here 

https://bit.ly/3qjkt5c

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News Online Learning Pedagogy

Post by Nick Jeans

34.3d ago
Digifest 2022

Jisc's Digifest 2022 brings together the UK's learning and teaching community to consider the next stage in the evolution of learning. It's a two-day event (8-9 March 2022) which you can join in person at the ICC, Birmingham or online.

Book your place here

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Post by Nick Jeans

34.3d ago (edited 33.3d ago)
What do teaching staff say about the move to online learning?

Following on from the 2020/21 digital experience insights teaching staff survey, Jisc's Clare Killen delves into the report's findings and discusses the opportunities to rethink more traditional approaches to teaching.

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Online Learning

Post by Nick Jeans

34.3d ago

For anyone looking for learner focused resources, this may be useful.

 The Pearson awarding body is offering a series of bite-sized interactive courses for learners aged 16-18 and 19+ covering the five Essential Digital Skills areas in the national standards. Called iEDS, the stated aim of the courses is to engage learners and build confidence. They are mapped to Pearson's EDS qualifications but can apparently be used with any awarding body.

 The courses are chargeable and cost the same for non-Pearson centres.

 Pearson provide a demo video and an information leaflet. There is also a web page.

 Has anyone used these resources and would you be able to comment?

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Post by Dawn Buzzard

34.4d ago (edited 34.4d ago)
Exploring Jamboard

Exploring how to use Google Jamboard

Todays Exploring Tool session looked at Google Jamboard a free interactive white board for online collaboration and idea sharing.

The following video shows the basics of Jamboard and looks at some ideas for collaborative activities:  

https://youtu.be/M9mx6sHDjzk

The file attached to this post is a PDF of the Jamboard we explored and includes some additional ideas contributed by those in the session.

If you want even more ideas on using Jamboard a web search will bring up lots of idea and other videos.  In the session we mentioned graphic organisers and again there area lot online but the links provide some examples:

25 FREE Google Drawings graphic organizers - and how to make your own - Ditch That Textbook

12 FREE Jamboard Templates for In-Person or Distance Learning - Make Way For Tech

In essence if you can create a collaborative worksheet for use in the classroom you can certainly mirror that online.

If you have used Google Jamboard in your lessons please share your ideas in a reply to this post.

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Online Learning Pedagogy

Post by Julie Bernard

35.4d ago

Hello, does anyone have an initial assessment for Essential Digital Skills, in particular module 2?

Thank you

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Assessment Being safe Communicating Creating & Editing Digital Literacy ESOL Essential Digital Skills Online Learning Transacting Using Devices

Post by Nutan Ramji

35.4d ago

Hello There, I am uploading the Scheme of Work for Step into Digital, this is a pre Esstential Digtial Skills Qualification Entry 3 course which was created by the WEA. This could be of help for those teaching the EDSQ entry 3 (Face to Face/Online Learning).

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Post by Nick Jeans

38.5d ago

Find out how FE practitioners from Kendal College and South Lakes Community Learning have been using emojis to help learners develop their vocabulary acquisition skills and confidence in using new words.

https://www.skillsforlifenetwork.com/news/community/emojis-in-english-and-esol/?mc_cid=53c4471f93&mc_eid=c0fe3c9db2

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Communicating ESOL Essential Digital Skills
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Post by David Galloway

40.6d ago (edited 40.5d ago)
The benefits of using Canva to support engagement and develop EDS

Thanks for joining me on the Community of Practice yesterday.  We looked at how Canva has helped to engage learners in vocational courses.  If you missed the session the recording is in the link below.  I've also attached the slides.  I'm running a session today at 12 which will expand on this topic and give practitioners time to explore Canva further.

https://youtu.be/0g7-AwEoXaE

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  • Post by Ish Hussain
    6.4d ago
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    Hi everyone, I am delivering Essental Digital Skills Entry 3 to my ESOL learners and we are approaching the end of the course. I was wondering if anyone has created and end of module exam/test. I...
  • Post by Nusrat Bhatti
    14 Wks ago
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    My name is Nusrat and I am one of the EDS Champions who is leading the EDS Reflective Exploration for the Workers Education Association (WEA). Together with my practitioners, I will be drawing upon...
  • Post by Nick Jeans
    11.4d ago
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    Exploring Google Keep notes Today's Exploring Tools session looked at Google Keep notes, a free app in the Google suite for creating and editing documents when you're on the move and away from a...
  • Post by Leanne Selway
    6.3d ago
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    Keeping safe against Cybercrime
    https://barclayslifeskills.com/educators/adult-learning/modules/keeping-safe-against-cybercrime/ Has anyone used this free resource available on Barclays life skills. It is a really good video,...
  • Post by Matthew Herman
    13.4d ago
    4 likes 3 replies
    Hi all. Look forward to this Essential Digital Skills Community of Practice Live Chats Session #1 in a few minutes

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  • Post by Nick Jeans
    5.2d ago
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    Essential Digital Skills Toolkit
    This downloadable Essential Digital Skills Toolkit, based on the DfE framework, has been developed to enable individuals, groups and organisations to measure their digital skills ....
  • Post by Leanne Selway
    6.3d ago
    Resource
    Keeping safe against Cybercrime
    https://barclayslifeskills.com/educators/adult-learning/modules/keeping-safe-against-cybercrime/ Has anyone used this free resource available on Barclays life skills. It is a really good video,...
  • Post by Lauren Brizon
    6.3d ago
    Resource
    Digital Wellbeing
    Google has a nice tool for digital wellbeing (skill 5) - could be set as homework for learners to reflect on https://wellbeing.google/
  • Post by Mary Moss
    8.5d ago
    Resource
    Embedding Essential Digital Skills
    Digital skills are embedded in teaching across the curriculum.  In some organisations, these skills have been mapped to the EDS standards and framework - some different approaches are...
  • Post by Anke Jacobs
    11.3d ago
    Resource
    ENGLISH BANANA - Resources for teaching and learning English, ESL, ESOL and EFL
    In response to people's comments on Wednesday that learners still like printed worksheets, and that we should not take an all-digital, but well-balanced approach, here's another link to a grammar...

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