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26/01/2021 Online - How to teach Essential Digital Skills (EDS)

How to teach EDS processing numerical data


From 12:00 to 13:00, led by Barbara Nance and Sally Betts of Ideas4Learning

Many adults are sensitive about their maths - they were glad to leave it behind when they left school and aren't very keen to resurrect old monsters, so they need plenty of reassurance. It is essential to give them the confidence to understand and use spreadsheets that will help with numerical problems and challenges in daily life.

In this session, we will explore ways that you can use to teach the processing numerical data section of the EDS national standards (key skills area Creating and editing). The session will cover:

  • What we mean by processing numerical data at the relevant level at Level 1.
  • Provide ideas and approaches for how to deliver some of the competencies within processing numerical data in the national standards.
  • Practical approaches and strategies including when delivery is blended or online.
How to prepare your staff for Essential Digital Skills delivery
26/01/2021 Online - Essential Digital Skills - Train the Trainer

How to prepare your staff for Essential Digital Skills delivery


From 15:30 to 17:00, led by Angela Sanders and Dawn Buzzard of the EDS Programme Team

This interactive course provides managers with the resources, ideas and support to design and deliver cascade training that will introduce staff to the Essential Digital Skills CPD programme. The course consists of two 90-minute webinars one week apart.

An overview of Essential Digital Skills for teachers and managers
28/01/2021 Online - Understanding Essential Digital Skills CPD programme

An overview of Essential Digital Skills for teachers and managers


This interactive course presents an overview of the Essential Digital Skills (EDS) framework and standards, and the resources and tools available to support teachers and managers. It offers an opportunity to develop knowledge and confidence to deliver EDS qualifications, build your own digital skills, and share good practice.

Live Q&A chat: teaching across a range of devices
29/01/2021

Live Q&A chat: teaching across a range of devices


How can you help learners with limited digital skills while teaching them remotely and online? Especially when they're using a variety of devices that you may not have used yourself.

James Kieft, Learning and Development Manager at Activate Learning, has some very handy tips to deal with these knotty problems. He will kick us off with a 5-minute video.  But the most important part is the Question-and-Answer session that follows, which we hope will help you to pick up useful ideas.

03/02/2021 Online - How to teach Essential Digital Skills (EDS)

How to teach EDS using online services


From 12:00 to 13:00, led by Sally Betts and Barbara Nance of Ideas4Learning

Being able to use online services with confidence, carry out transactions and set up and manage accounts are essential skills for everyday life. In this session we will explore ways that you can use to teach the Using online services and Buying securely online sections of the EDS national standards (key skills area Transacting). The session covers:

  • What we mean by Using online services and Buying securely online at the relevant level (Entry or Level 1)
  • Ideas and approaches for how to deliver some of the competencies within Using online services and Buying securely online in the Essential Digital Skills Standards
  • Practical approaches and strategies you can take, including when teaching in blended mode or online
Meetup for digital skills practitioners in Prison Education and the Probation Service
03/02/2021 Online - Essential Digital Skills effective practice share and support meet up

Meetup for digital skills practitioners in Prison Education and the Probation Service


From 16:00 to 17:00, facilitated by Dawn Buzzard

There will be short inputs, followed by discussion and information exchange as follows: 

Neuroplasticity, what is it and what does it mean for our teaching - Jane, Tutor of English and Maths. Jane has an interest in neuroplasticity and what it means for both teaching and her own learning, she will briefly outline what neuroplasticity is and the questions this has raised for her about teaching and learning.

Teaching digital without digital tools - Claire Holland, Digi Tech Course Tutor, Novus. Claire will share in this session her approach to introducing digital skills without the use of technology, her aim is to develop the language and understanding of her learners in a safe and secure environment.

Using simulation in the teaching of digital skills - Alex Powney, Lecturer IT & Digital, Weston College. Alex will share one example of simulation that she has adapted from a resource shared with her that we hope will inspire you to use simulations in your own teaching that will let you deliver some of the more modern elements of the new essential digital skills programme.

The session includes time for networking, Q/A and discussion. Participants are invited to bring and share details of resources they have found useful.   

Meetup for those teaching digital skills to ESOL learners
04/02/2021 Online - Essential Digital Skills effective practice share and support meet up

Meetup for those teaching digital skills to ESOL learners


From 16:00 to 17:00, facilitated by Mary Moss

This is an informal session for sharing resources, insights and ideas. There will be short inputs, followed by discussion:

Funding digital skills for ESOL - Alex Bates, Curriculum Manager for ESOL at Essex ACL. Funding for ESOL can be problematic and money can sometimes be a barrier as ESOL is not an entitlement for all.  How can we fund ESOL learners to get ready to access the EDS entitlement? Alex will look at embedded digital skills, stepping-stone qualifications, and non-regulated learning.

Supporting ESOL teachers to develop their own and their learners' uses of digital technologies - Jo Dixon, Digital Learning Facilitator, Clear Project, Southampton. How have teachers been supported with digital technologies for in-class and online teaching? Jo will outline her overall approach, and describe the types of support and CPD teachers have been offered, and how they have felt about the different forms of support available.

An app for ESOL learners - Nuala Trace, Talk English Manager & Lisa Robinson, Programme Leader. The app, initially created for Talk English, enables learners on first step community learning programmes to communicate with each other, and their teachers. Learners can watch videos, do activities and keep track of and show their progress. Nuala and Lisa will also explain how other organisations can use this app developed by Manchester Adult Education.

The session includes time for networking, Q/A and discussion. Participants are invited to bring and share details of resources they have found useful.  Diana Muallem from Gateway will talk about their new ESOL and EDS guide.

05/02/2021 Online - Essential Digital Skills - Exploring teaching tools

Exploring apps for remote teaching


The Essential Digital Skills (EDS) programme is a blended programme to support the delivery of the new qualifications based on the national standards for Essential Digital Skills.

The thirty-minute lunch time  sessions, will demonstrate the key features of a range of digital teaching tools, followed by time to create a resource using the tool.

An overview of Essential Digital Skills for teachers and managers
10/02/2021 Online - Understanding Essential Digital Skills CPD programme

An overview of Essential Digital Skills for teachers and managers


This interactive course presents an overview of the Essential Digital Skills (EDS) framework and standards, and the resources and tools available to support teachers and managers. It offers an opportunity to develop knowledge and confidence to deliver EDS qualifications, build your own digital skills, and share good practice.

Meetup for those covering digital skills with learners with special educational needs and disabilities
10/02/2021 Online - Essential Digital Skills effective practice share and support meet up

Meetup for those covering digital skills with learners with special educational needs and disabilities


From 16:00 to 17:00, facilitated by Dawn Buzzard

These practitioner-led open discussions will explore effective practice in the delivery of Essential Digital Skills (EDS) supporting learners with SEND. Practitioners will share ideas and experience of applying the new digital skills national standards for life and work in their particular context.

Once signed up, please email us ahead of the session any topics/ resources/ subjects you would like to discuss.

11/02/2021 Online - How to teach Essential Digital Skills (EDS)

How to teach EDS assessment of learning


From 12:00 to 13:00, led by Barbara Nance and Sally Betts from Ideas4Learning

With an ever-increasing range of technologies and tools available, there are opportunities for teachers to carry out formative assessment for learning in practical ways. In this session, we will explore approaches teachers can use to formatively assess learning when teaching the Essential Digital Skills programme. At the end of the session you will be able to:

  • Identify practical approaches you can use to carry out formative assessment
  • Exchange ideas, discuss challenges and opportunities
  • Know where to access relevant resources and support
Meetup for those teaching digital skills in preparation for life and work programmes
11/02/2021 Online - Essential Digital Skills effective practice share and support meet up

Meetup for those teaching digital skills in preparation for life and work programmes


From 16:00 to 17:00, facilitated by Mary Moss

These practitioner-led open discussions will explore effective practice in the delivery of Essential Digital Skills (EDS) in the context of Preparation for Life and Work programmes. Practitioners will share their experience and support each other to develop their skills, knowledge and confidence to deliver training aligned to the new national standards for essential digital skills for life and work.

Once signed up, please email us ahead of the session any topics/ resources/ subjects you would like to discuss.

12/02/2021 Online - Essential Digital Skills - Exploring teaching tools

Exploring photo editing with Microsoft Photo


The Essential Digital Skills (EDS) programme is a blended programme to support the delivery of the new qualifications based on the national standards for Essential Digital Skills.

The thirty-minute lunch time  sessions, will demonstrate the key features of a range of digital teaching tools, followed by time to create a resource using the tool.

19/02/2021 Online - Essential Digital Skills - Exploring teaching tools

Exploring Wordwall


The Essential Digital Skills (EDS) programme is a blended programme to support the delivery of the new qualifications based on the national standards for Essential Digital Skills.

The thirty-minute lunch time  sessions, will demonstrate the key features of a range of digital teaching tools, followed by time to create a resource using the tool.

26/02/2021 Online - Essential Digital Skills - Exploring teaching tools

Exploring video editing using YouTube


The Essential Digital Skills (EDS) programme is a blended programme to support the delivery of the new qualifications based on the national standards for Essential Digital Skills.

The thirty-minute lunch time  sessions, will demonstrate the key features of a range of digital teaching tools, followed by time to create a resource using the tool.

How to prepare your staff for Essential Digital Skills delivery
04/03/2021 Online - Essential Digital Skills - Train the Trainer

How to prepare your staff for Essential Digital Skills delivery


This interactive course provides managers with the resources, ideas and support to design and deliver cascade training that will introduce staff to the Essential Digital Skills CPD programme. The course consists of two 90-minute webinars one week apart.

05/03/2021 Online - Essential Digital Skills - Exploring teaching tools

Explore Quizlet


The Essential Digital Skills (EDS) programme is a blended programme to support the delivery of the new qualifications based on the national standards for Essential Digital Skills.

The thirty-minute lunch time  sessions, will demonstrate the key features of a range of digital teaching tools, followed by time to create a resource using the tool.

19/03/2021 Online - Essential Digital Skills - Exploring teaching tools

Exploring Microsoft voice recorder


The Essential Digital Skills (EDS) programme is a blended programme to support the delivery of the new qualifications based on the national standards for Essential Digital Skills.

The thirty-minute lunch time  sessions, will demonstrate the key features of a range of digital teaching tools, followed by time to create a resource using the tool.

Exploring Essential Digital Skills for teachers and trainers supporting ESOL learners (Webinar Broadcast)
- Essential Digital Skills delivery in different contexts of the FE and Training sector

Exploring Essential Digital Skills for teachers and trainers supporting ESOL learners (Webinar Broadcast)


These sessions explore challenges faced in the delivery of Essential Digital Skills in specific parts of the FE and Training sector including:

  • teaching in Prisons and the Probation services
  • working with learners with special educational needs and disabilities
  • developing the digital skills of those for whom English in not their first language
  • teaching on programmes described as preparation for life and work.  

How to teach EDS online identity (Webinar Broadcast)
- How to teach Essential Digital Skills (EDS)

How to teach EDS online identity (Webinar Broadcast)


The Essential Digital Skills (EDS) professional development programme supports the delivery of EDS based on the national standards.

There are ten sessions each one focusing on developing skills, knowledge and confidence to teach competencies within the standards. The sessions will explore approaches for delivery that could be implemented with learner groups, including how they could be delivered through online/blended delivery. Time will be allocated to sharing ideas, challenges, and practice.

An introduction to the Essential Digital Skills professional development programme (Webinar broadcast)
- Essential Digital Skills professional development programme - Online

An introduction to the Essential Digital Skills professional development programme (Webinar broadcast)


Adults with no or low digital skills are now entitled to take Essential Digital Skills (EDS) qualifications free of charge as of September 2020.The ETF's Essential Digital Skills professional development programme supports teachers, trainers and leaders to deliver new EDS qualifications based on the national standards for essential digital skills introduced in April 2019. This webinar provides an introduction to the programme.

How to teach EDS creating and editing (Webinar Broadcast)
- How to teach Essential Digital Skills (EDS)

How to teach EDS creating and editing (Webinar Broadcast)


The Essential Digital Skills (EDS) professional development programme supports the delivery of EDS based on the national standards.

There are ten sessions each one focusing on developing skills, knowledge and confidence to teach competencies within the standards. The sessions will explore approaches for delivery that could be implemented with learner groups, including how they could be delivered through online/blended delivery. Time will be allocated to sharing ideas, challenges, and practice.

How to teach EDS online or in blended delivery (Webinar Broadcast)
- How to teach Essential Digital Skills (EDS)

How to teach EDS online or in blended delivery (Webinar Broadcast)


EDS was designed to be taught in person, however the COVID19 epidemic, has seen centres considering moving some or all teaching online. This session highlights things for centres to consider and suggests strategies to support online teaching. It will give you:

  • The knowledge and confidence to select the appropriate online delivery platform
  • Provide students with the required foundation skills to participate online
  • Choose from a range of online blended delivery approaches
How to teach Digital Inclusion (Webinar Broadcast)
- How to teach Essential Digital Skills (EDS)

How to teach Digital Inclusion (Webinar Broadcast)


At a time when digital inclusion is more important than ever for accessing vital goods and services and maintaining social contact, this webinar explores the following questions:

  • What do we mean by digital inclusion?
  • What barriers may be preventing people learning digital skills and participating online?
  • How can you develop your own inclusive practice in the delivery of Essential Digital Skills?
  • What practical approaches can you take, including when your delivery has to be blended or online?
  • Where can you access relevant resources and support?
Essential Digital Skills delivery in Prison Education and the Probation Service (Webinar Broadcast)
- Essential Digital Skills delivery in different contexts of the FE and Training sector

Essential Digital Skills delivery in Prison Education and the Probation Service (Webinar Broadcast)


These sessions explore challenges faced in the delivery of Essential Digital Skills in specific parts of the FE and Training sector including:

  • teaching in Prisons and the Probation services
  • working with learners with special educational needs and disabilities
  • developing the digital skills of those for whom English in not their first language
  • teaching on programmes described as preparation for life and work.  

How to teach EDS Digital Wellbeing (Webinar Broadcast)
- How to teach Essential Digital Skills (EDS)

How to teach EDS Digital Wellbeing (Webinar Broadcast)


At a time when people are spending more time using digital devices and going online to work, learn and socialise, it's important that learners know the physical and psychological impact that can occur when using technology. In this recorded session we explore how to teach digital wellbeing skills. We consider practical approaches you can take, including when delivery is blended or online. The course will support you to:

  1. Recognise the key knowledge components required to teach digital wellbeing at the relevant level (Entry or Level 1)
  2. Explain and illustrate the concept of digital wellbeing to learners
  3. Identify practical approaches you can use to teach aspects of the digital wellbeing competencies
  4. Exchange ideas, discuss challenges and share practice
  5. Know where to access relevant resources and support
Exploring EDS for teachers and trainers delivering Preparation for Life and Work programmes (Webinar Broadcast)
- Essential Digital Skills delivery in different contexts of the FE and Training sector

Exploring EDS for teachers and trainers delivering Preparation for Life and Work programmes (Webinar Broadcast)


This webinar provides a good introduction to the topic of Essential Digital Skills (EDS) in the context of  Preparation for Life and Work programmes. The panel includes:

  • Emma Langlois,Curriculum Manager, Preparation for Work and Digital Skills, Manchester Adult Education, part of Manchester City Council, Growth and Development Directorate. Emma's team is involved in an EDS pilot.
  • Jackie Lewis, Preparation for Life and Work Tutor, Westminster Adult Education Service.
  • Daniel Scott, Digital Practice Adviser at Nottingham Trent University, who talks about staff development and online teaching skills.

The webinar covers a range of topics concerned with digital skills delivery aligned to the new national standards for essential digital skills for both life and work, including the requirements of the new EDS qualifications.

 

Exploring EDS for teachers and trainers supporting learners with SEND (Webinar Broadcast)
- Essential Digital Skills delivery in different contexts of the FE and Training sector

Exploring EDS for teachers and trainers supporting learners with SEND (Webinar Broadcast)


This session combines a student experience story with a panel of specialists who share their experience, practical solutions and ideas for developing and improving practice.

The student experience story features Will Simon, an ex-student of Derby College, home to the Centre for Excellence in SEND (Curriculum), who describes how digital technology has helped him with his studies at College and University. Will is supported by Peter Benyon, Project and Delivery Manager for the Centre for Excellence in SEND (Curriculum) at Derby College.

The panel includes:

  • Clare Carmichael, a DSA specialist advisor with AbilityNet, who is experienced in working with different conditions ranging from hearing impairments, visual impairments, Dyslexia/SpLD, Autism, ADHD and different medical conditions.  Throughout her career as a teacher/lecturer, she has worked towards building more inclusive environments and embedding and driving the use of assistive technology for individuals and in networked environments.
  • Jaspal Dhaliwal, Head of LDD, Maths, English and Digital Skills, at Westminster Education Service, who has been leading the WES development of Essential Digital Skills, including a pilot at E3 in the summer and delivery of a blended programme at L1.
  • Lorraine Godkin, High Needs, Learning Support and Safeguarding Manager at Manchester Adult Education Service, who started as a literacy tutor, then trained in dyslexia diagnosis and support, becoming a Level 7 qualified dyslexia specialist. She is currently responsible for the MAEs STEP (Step Towards Employment and Progression) and PEP (Personal Employment Programme) courses delivered to young people in possession of Education Health and Care Plans.  Her wider team also work with dyslexic adults and adults with a wide range of other learning difficulties and disabilities.