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Google Classroom Workflow

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The MAODE taken 2010-2013 has been rendered largelly theoretical given the onslaught of the likes of G Suite for Education. Why don't all institutions, schools and universities, move to Google Education tools and platforms. They are free. They have had vast sums of investment put into them. They do everything anyone was wishing and trying to achieve from 2000 onwards.

I started what was the MAODL in 2000! Things have changed radicaly ... and imperceptably? Dare you be away from it for long Dare you be freelance and not realise how fast, slick and connected we have become (and can be).

Just doing the learning to get my very modest Google Educator Level 1 I have been going through my own use of Google and am staggered at how willing I am to let Google do everything and assume everything - over 10 years at a swimming club I have assembled a vast amount of contacts for club officials, coaches and teachers, as well as the parents of swimmers - all of whom I must have contacted at some stage and have been listed, or grouped somewhere ever since.

So just now I knock together a Test class, as if I want parents of a group of swimmers to encourage their kids to view a carefully chosen video on a swimming technique. It is as quick as playing Chop Sticks on the piano ... one refrain.

Of course, the expectation is that teachers, tutors and associate lecturers are all a whizz at this. Some, circumstantially, if freelance, may not be aware of just how much things have moved on, nor will they be paid, necessarily, to take the time, to get on top of things. 

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Learning Google Educator in Spanish: Not

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Edited by Jonathan Vernon, Tuesday, 8 Jan 2019, 17:36

 

How the heck does Google decide that as I press on through each of 12 Units to understand what is required for Google Educator Certificate Level 1 does it give me it in Spanish? And when I try to test a Google Hangout that is in Spanish too. Where in my Google settings is there anything about Spanish? English is my principal language, and I had French as a secondary language - I deleted that.

I am not enjoying being a Jack of All Trades. Not being able to do anything very well is not fun. I would prefer to be excellent at one thing. Imagine trying to play all the parts in a Shakespeare play. I miss working in a team of specialists which you get in corporate training - where I was the producer or production manager, with a team of creatives and technical people to write scripts, code and make the platform sing. 

I am reminded of the story of the foundation of Rome. Romulus and Remus set out from two distant points to circle the land they will turn into their city. On meeting Remus laughs at the low wall that covers a lot of miles built by Romulus compares to the tall wall he has built which covers a far shorter distance but is finished to the top. In a mocking gesture Remus jumps the low wall. Romulus picks up a shovel in anger and whacks his brother across the head killing him. Or so the story was told to me some 47 years ago by my Latin teacher Mr Buyers.

There's the power of story telling for you. 

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PROFESSEUR – NIVEAU 1 Formation de base

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As if it isn't tricky enough to pass my Google Educator Certificate Level 1 this week, now in Google's wisdom I am getting it all in French. Now, I have to admit, I did think doing all the practice in French would be a good challenge for my French Comprehension. Now I wonder if I mentioned this in conversation lately, Alexa picked it up, and told Google. Do you get this? When Google is one step ahead of you? I use the Gmail function whereby all my emails give me three optional responses that Google gleans from the content. I now use these are a starting point - they're always more polite that I would be, sometimes a bit chummy and American though.

The learning is dull. And entirely composed for a North American audience. Are we in Britain meant to be so closely associated with our US cousins now that we tolerate US English and in this instance US learning too? Tough if you are trying to qualify abroad, as whilst text is translated, it looks like the videos and case histories and in English. A case of American Imperialism?

Meanwhile, of note, are the number of platforms and Apps I am having to use and master:

Thinglink

Planet E-Stream

Screencastify

While some have become second nature:

Umbraco

WordPress

Adobe Lightroom

What are you going to learn this year?

I am supposed to master French in 2019. I continue with Lingvist and Tandem and want to keep a daily diary, old school, in book - but in French. 

I have to pass my Level I & II Swim England Swim Coaching certificate - this is due by 10 Feb.

Then I can relax. Or not?

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Books for Christmas

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We buy books for each other for Christmas. Often they are hardback and second hand. The rest of the year I almost always only buy books for Kindle. Lately three books related to Google Classroom. I find the singular voice and linear nature of a good read a better way to set then establish the scene when it come to learning something new. Google Educator is a typical online coures orherwise not dissimilar to something from Coursera or FutureLearn: a bit of reading, a bit of video, a quiz and repeat. There’s a lot to get through.
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Google Educator Certificate Level 1

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So much for an MA in Open & Distance Education - getting my Certifcate as a Google Educator is more important. Meanwhile I have Planet E-Stream and ThingLink to master and share with teachers.
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The Life of the Learning Technologist

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Edited by Jonathan Vernon, Friday, 23 Nov 2018, 05:28

 Roy Castle playing the trumpet

Some decades ago on Blue Peter the inveterate multi-talented Roy Castle set a Guinness Book of Records by playing the same tune on 43 different instruments in four minutes.

Sometimes I feel that being a Learning Technologist is like this. We an not IT support, nor are we Teachers or Tutors, but we can 'play' a multitude of platforms with aplomb - and fix an IT, psychological or learning problem to boot.

Introduced to a fledgling PebblePad while completing my MA ODE with the OU 2010-2013 I have now had it sprung on me, in all places, as a Swim England Swimming Coach. It is this e-portfolio, evidence gathering, assessment supporting platform that will be used to assess whether I merit certification as a coach.

Interestingly, it was mentioned to me the other day, that a tutor was using PebblePad at our college for a similar purpose: I shall have to investigate further. So far I have found it more common for tutors to use a blog, typically WordPress though some using Blogger.

My own ensemble of tools that I use, and some that I have mastered include:

Google Classroom

OpenAthens

Turnitin

Planet E-Stream

ThingLink

WordPress

I have also mastered the use of a 360 Ricoh Theta SC camera - at least for taking stills.

Adobe Lightroom

 

 

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The Language of E-Learning is Digital Literacy

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It only works when we speak the same language. It only works wells when we speak this language fluently. In this brave new world amongst students and educators there are many who are ignorant of the digital world beyond their TV and phone. It is a switch, messaging service, photo booth and catalogue. Learning online requires a different language and mindset. Most lack this. It is challenging to have students who are fluent where the tutor hides, ignores and stumbles. It is odd where the worst student is not as bad as the worst tutor. The educator has had every opportunity to grasp the tools and language. Do they learn together? Some tutors handle this with aplomb and embrace the new order of things. Some simply don’t sign in for a few months. We are at the transition between the horse and cart and the motor car. Too many educators stick with their cart, or walk ... backwards clutching handouts and a reading list.
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Applying for Research and Development Funding in relation to the use of digital tools in Further Education

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Steps required to prepare a research question

This from FutureLearn @OpenLearn 

Between giving presentations to staff and tutors on the opportunities presented by the educational video platform Planet E-Stream I am also applying for funding to develop the relationship between students and teachers (tutors). This is made easier because of a pool of projects that are bubbling up across the various different faculties and workshops where I act as a 'Learning Technologist'.

This is no academic post that might be reflected by my having an MA in Open & Distance Education, rather it is somewhere between being a Librarian, IT Person and Learning Support. I am confident that this is a role that will either be absorbed by teachers during teacher training or through practice, or it will blossom, depending on the institution into something more akin to a consultant or adviser. I am having to draw on raw technical skills to use new and popular platforms, but also to integrate digital into a course as an Instructional Designer would do.

The timing of putting in our application comes right at the moment when I complete two FutureLearn MOOCs from Open Learn at the Open University: The Online Educator and Blended Learning Essentials. 

With my inability to let go of academic study, research and writing up papers seems a sensible way forward. This may be combined with completing an MEd with the OU if they can be convinced to allow me 60 credits from the two additional modules I took having completed the MA ODE in 2013. This would still require me to take a further 120 units, to two hefty and possibly one substantial and two shorter modules. I feel I am now where I needed to be in 2010 - working in the front line in education, an intermediary between students, teaching and other staff, moving through multiple departments across a number of sites - I even have a toe in mark.

Preferring a busy life, apparently, over the next four weeks I will be assessed to qualify with the Institute of Swimming as a Swimming Coach. I have been teaching for 16 years and coaching for 10, so this is a case of providing evidence of my knowledge rather than having to take part in formal class or poolside learning. Being who I am, I have of course kept a learning journal, or career journal as a swimming teacher and coach which is called simply 'Swim Coach Blog'. 

 

 

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An insatiable appetite for learning catalysed by the OU

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A third MA completed and within a month I am taking two MOOCs with FutureLearn, giving an hour a day to fixing my inadéquate French, once again contemplating a PhD and progressing with an MEd module through Coursera on Insrructional Design. If my day jobs with this stimulating I suppose I’d need none of the above. Asked by my wife if I could be doing any paid job in the world right now what would it be I said directing a musical featuring kids or teeanagers. Would it surprise readers to learn that in 2002 I was diagnosed as ADHD? I don’t resist it, I run with it. Result? A jack of all trades? Though evidentially I am a Master of some!
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Reflections on a decade of e-learning 2008 - 2018

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Expectations in the first decade of the 21st century have barely been realised in the second, despite educational tools and platforms vying for space. Should we be surprised by the consolidation by the likes of Google Classroom, the rise of the educator as celebrity, and the slow transcendence from questionable digital dross to highly effective and smart learning Apps. How we learn must be better understood and applied in e-learning design. Speed, immediacy, volume and complementarity which make up much of what is digital needs to accommodate a human learning process that is slow, cumulative, experimental, experiential and organic. The greatest challenge is not a digital one, but a human one. New roles for teachers and new roles entirely and how these morph and coalesce into a new more collaborative working environment is the challenge. Just as disruptive technologies in retail and music put the client experience first, so too must the student/client experience be put first and systems created and adjusted around their needs, rather than both students and teachers having to accommodate themselves to the systems they are told to adopt.
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Success Learning French with LingVist and Tandem

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Edited by Jonathan Vernon, Tuesday, 9 Oct 2018, 03:34
« Je tu jure qu’après six semaines avec Tandem et Lingvist, et deux ans avec Rosetta Stone que entre ces Apps on peut bien améliorer son français. 45 minutes chaque jours avec Lingvist j’apprends 20 mots et du grammaire par jours. 735 mots il y a quelque semaine je touche 1200 aujourd’hui. Avec Tandem’ ces des conversations “synchro” ou “asynchronous” avec des autres étudiantes. On peut rapidement trouver quelqu’un français qui envie de parler anglais. C’est un peut Comme Twitter, ou comme Skype, comme on le voudrais. Rosetta Stone est superbe pour la prononciation. Je peut la démo ça ces Mercredis. » I really have tried everything over the years. Taught French at school for the best part of 7 years all I mange-disque was a C Grade O’Level. I tried living there and working there, one to one lessons with a teacher, Rosetta Stone and even a degree with The OU. Finally though I have two complementary platforms that are advanced enough and smart enough to work. Lingvist simply plugs away at my ability to remember words - this includes defining verbs in context. Answers can be written or spoken. There are more formal grammar, sayings and so on set as optional ‘challenges’. Tandem is like a WhatsApp or Skype. I understand it works like a dating App. You set a profile. Look at the profile of other people then make a start. The deal is simple: they want fluency in English, whilst I want fluency in French. Six weeks in I can tell you that it works.
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VR Tours - 360 Tours around various workshops, a theatre and Music Facility

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Plumbing & Electrical

 

Motor Vehicle Workshop

 

Carpentry

 

Machine Tools