Digital Learning

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Who knew I could speak Welsh?

On 21st June 2017, I attended the National Digital Learning Event in Swansea, organised by the Welsh government. I had the pleasure of running two workshops: 10 Twitter Tips for Classrooms, Teachers and Schools. You can download my presentation below.

ICT Strategy:

What was striking about the event, is that it is clear the Welsh have a clear digital strategy for education. This is worlds apart from what we have England, something which has fallen off our education radar post-2010 when quangos such as BECTA were closed – and with them, their funding, resources and information to support teachers and schools.

The Welsh are years ahead!

Kirsty Williams AM, Cabinet Secretary for Education said in a statement of 16 June 2017:

“… my priority as Cabinet Secretary for Education is to raise the aspirations in Wales for all children and young people, broadening horizons and developing ambition so that all can achieve. Today I am formally launching the first part of that new curriculum to be made available, the Digital Competence Framework (DCF) which focuses on developing digital skills that are useful in everyday life and transferable to the world of work.

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The Liberty Stadium, home of Swansea Football Club was a great conference location – considering is was 30C outside too!

Social Media Tips for Teachers:

I had the pleasure of sharing my Twitter wisdom with two small groups of teachers. In the workshop, I share my social media journey, my secrets and elaborate on how to make social media work for you as a professional and for you as a school. It was strange – yet reminiscent of my childhood in Wales – to see my resources translated into Welsh.

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It was great to receive feedback on Twitter after the event.

Download:

You can download my presentation here.

Thank you to all those colleagues who came along!

@TeacherToolkit

In 2010, Ross Morrison McGill founded @TeacherToolkit from a simple Twitter account in which he rapidly became the 'most followed teacher on social media in the UK'. In 2015, he was nominated for '500 Most Influential People in Britain' in The Sunday Times as one of the most influential in the field of education - he remains the only classroom teacher to feature to this day ... Sharing online as @TeacherToolkit, he rebuilt this website (c2008) into what you are now reading, as one of the 'most influential blogs on education in the UK', winning the number one spot at the UK Blog Awards (2018). Today, he is currently a PGCE tutor and is researching 'social media and its influence on education policy' for his EdD at Cambridge University. In 1993, he started teaching and is an experienced school leader working in some of the toughest schools in London. He is also a former Teaching Awards winner for 'Teacher of the Year in a Secondary School, London' (2004) and has written several books on teaching (2013-2018). Read more...

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