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 Stephanie Gilford

43.4d ago
What is malware? Edupuzzle video quiz

Huge thanks for everyone sharing here - it's given me so much help while embedding EDSQ into English FS, AND Ascentis courses at the same time! Wanted to give something back. I've started putting together some edupuzzle quizzes to support vocabulary acquisition. 

Hope it's useful!

https://edpuzzle.com/media/627e3d838522fb42e84fd058

 

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Being safe English Essential Digital Skills Functional Skills English Staying safe online

Post by Caroline Rugg

46.5d ago

Through our OTLA 8 project we are working with EDSQ E3 learners by introducing pre-learning sessions to discuss their learning skill techniques and to encourage different learning approaches.  These sessions have been a great success.  We have seen an increrase in student retention and an improvement in students ability to take on a new challenge.

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Essential Digital Skills OTLA

Post by Leanne Selway

81.4d ago

Has anyone tried using Nearpod for the delivery of Essential Digital Skills or used it for any form of other delivery?

Really keen to use this and have a library of lessons for EDS.

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Assessment EDS Champions Essential Digital Skills Online Learning Using Devices

Post by Andy Greaves

87.3d ago (edited 87.3d ago)

Hi all,

Here's a link to a session we ran on Excel - Top Tips for L1 EDS learners.

https://youtu.be/yhhiYFwXZus

Practical strategies to use in classroom teaching and in preparation for their exam. Particularly useful for anyone taking the Gateway exams.

Kind regards,

Andy

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Creating & Editing Essential Digital Skills
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Post by Anke Jacobs

13 Wks ago
A fun way of learning vocabulary

As you might know, I'm a fan of Wordwall and I've shown you a couple of resources I made some months ago. It's so easy to use, and generates a number of associated activities automatically to consolidate the students' learning in a fun way.

I've recently created 2 more vocabulary actitivities, which you can either use as they are, or view as models to create your own activities. Just choose the 'Labelled Diagram' tile, upload an image of your choice, type up the words and link the 'pins' to the images.

Once the students have labelled the diagram, they can just click on the follow-on activities, such as 'Anagram' or 'Matching Pairs', to consolidate what they have learnt

Here are my latest creations:

https://wordwall.net/resource/30195300/sports-equipment-vocabulary ;

https://wordwall.net/resource/30082722/gardening-vocabulary

Hope you and your students have fun learning in this way!

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ESOL Online Learning Using Devices

Post by Nusrat Bhatti

13 Wks ago

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Post by Bernadette Mehl

14 Wks ago

Mini project for one lesson. Aim to create a leaflet giving information on a topic. Level 1 Functional Skills

Students researched topic online. Collated information. Created a word document which entailed inserting images, text and editing. They create a leaflet to advertise their project.

 

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Creating & Editing

Post by Cathy Kirk

14 Wks ago

Add your ideas for a 'project' to combine learners' essential digital skills development with a learning outcome for a course you teach or manage. The project for our ESOL learners was to create an audio CV in order to develop digital, English and employability skills.

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Essential Digital Skills
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Post by James Kieft

14 Wks ago
A reading tool - Chrome extension

In the week's video, I look at Speechify an extension for Google Chrome, it is a tool that will read web pages out loud, is easy to set up and offer lots of voice and language options

I could see it being a useful addition for students who are Dyslexic or have English as a second language.

 https://youtu.be/VnLOWiyqWWA

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Digital Literacy ESOL Using Devices

Post by Leanne Selway

14 Wks ago

What are your barriers to teaching Essential Digital Skills?

If you are not delivering Essential Digital Skills, what do you plan to deliver when Fuctional Skills ICT is withdrawn in August?

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Post by David Galloway

15 Wks ago
digital induction tutorial for learners

If any of you use google resources with your learners please take a look at this digital induction tutorial that Simon Bond from HSDC has collaboratively created. 

Simon took part in a reflective exploration project and built the resource to help develop the essential digital skills of his adult learners.  He found it made a significant impact on learner confidence and improved work submission rate whilst supporting to reduce his workload on dealing with learner IT issues.

Be really interested to know who uses google for education and if they find this useful or have anything similar to share?

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Creating & Editing Digital Literacy Essential Digital Skills Reflective Exploration Using Devices
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Post by James Kieft

15 Wks ago
Creating an infographic template in PowerPoint
In my latest #edtech video, I go through how to create an infographic template using #PowerPoint that can help students to develop their confidence in using PowerPoint whilst developing their Digital creativity. Could be used to get them to create an infographic summary of what has been covered in the lesson or to help them scaffold their notes.

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Communicating Creating & Editing PowerPoint template

Post by David Galloway

15 Wks ago

What technology-based solutions do you use to engage all your students in hinge questions?

Massive thanks to Richard Hughes for his time this week sharing how he's been using google docs to support his SEND learners in engaging in 'hinge questions'.  Rich spoke about the challenges with engaging all learners in class questioning and how he's taught the students to 'own the cell' and upskill them in their essential digital skills.

The importance and the power of hinge questions are highlighted by Dylan Williams (you can take a look here for a brief summary)

If you missed the session feel free to catch up  - Hinge Questions, Supporting SEND learners & Creating and Editing Documents

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Creating & Editing Essential Digital Skills SEND

Post by Kirk Walker

16 Wks ago

Is there funding for under 16 year old?

Post by Kirk Walker

16 Wks ago

What is the minimum age of the students taking the essential digital skills course.

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Essential Digital Skills

Post by Caroline Cleghorn

16 Wks ago

Digital Classes Online can be challenging as all learner's present on different devices and web browsers and it simply is not as easy as saying one size fits all!

I like teaching big groups of learner's however it does have it's challenges! How many learner's do you feel is comfortable when teaching ICT for beginners using Zoom and Canvas?

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Assessment Communicating Creating & Editing Digital Literacy Essential Digital Skills Motivation Online Learning Using Devices
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Post by Anke Jacobs

16 Wks ago (edited 16 Wks ago)
A learners' guide to e-learning

Hi everyone

Thank you for attending today's event hosted by BAES. Please find below the link for the visual e-learning guide I talked about during the event:

https://tinyurl.com/esolelearningguide

Although this is BAES-specific, it models how we can simplify IT instructions for ESOL learners with images and flow diagrams. 

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Being safe Digital Literacy ESOL Essential Digital Skills Online Learning Using Devices

Post by Dawn Buzzard

16 Wks ago

Digital Skills Matter BAE Session: 

 

Please respond to this post with you thoughts on the question.

 

How do you create cross-curricular links in order to support the acquisition of Essential Digital Skills?

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Essential Digital Skills
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Post by Alexandra Bates

16 Wks ago
Device of the Day

Part of our cross curricular collaborative project for OTLA8 saw the IT team talking ESOL and English practitioners through some of thier tried and tested teaching ideas. This one has proved a hit. I recently adapted it for Pre-Entry ESOL, which worked really well as it is a kinaesthetic task. Device of the Day

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Digital Literacy ESOL OTLA
Images of learners exploring digital devices such as a mouse, headphones and a keyboard.
Images of learners exploring digital devices such as a mouse, headphones and a keyboard.

Post by Dawn Buzzard

16 Wks ago (edited 16 Wks ago)

What are the biggest challenges you see ahead in developing EDS in your organisation?

Please share your one action for change.

 

Please post a response to the question.

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Digital Literacy