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A month at home - never been busier

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Asthmatic blowing on their Peak Flow Meter

As I'm asthmatic I started remote or 'distributed' working a week before my colleagues - some of whom stayed at college to man the phones.

The transition to working online, and bringing as many teachers and students up to speed, has been both swift and largely smooth. GBMET has had dedicated 'learning technologists' in a Digital Team for several years. We have been pushing to bring staff, educators and students online for the last two years. The last 9 months has seen a breakthrough with internal workshops and conferences, greater integration with internal marketing and more one to one coaching.

The current pandemic has made it all the more urgent. If we think of it in terms of the stages of 'diffusion of innovations' then in the space of a few weeks we've broken free to take in the 'late adopters'; a few so called 'laggards' remain. Not a term I like. Too pejorative. 'Late developers' or 'Traditionalists' might be better.

How are you getting on?

We use Google Suite for Education. 

I was thrilled when Thinglink announced yesterday that they were working closely with Google so that all Google assets can be directly embedded into Thinglinks or 'interactivities' - the term is evolving!! 'Thinglinks' are what we who use the platform call them. 'Interactivities' is the term coined by Jilly Salmon 12 years ago - it is less cumbersome that 'interactive activities'. 

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Props and costumes

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Edited by Jonathan Vernon, Friday, 20 Dec 2019, 11:33

Some of the really cool things our students learn to do. They then go on to work on mega movies and West End Musicals.

Props and costumes at GBMET


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I've just found a way to make myself redundant

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Digital Learning with City & Guilds

Tasked with supporting a variety of departments at an FE/HE College that covers everything from construction, to hair & beauty, motor vehicle maintenace, creative and performing arts I came across this from City & Guids.

A significant part of all the courses were deliver are City & Guilds so I am surprivised not to have come across these before. What is the point in us reinventing the wheel and creating interactive learning that already exists - for a price? 

City & Guilds Digital Learning


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