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I made this today:

Interactive Google Map of The Western Front Association UK & Ireland Branches

http://bit.ly/WFAGoogleMap

This is is part of my Google Educator Level II training. Today I am working on a Google Tour > an interactive itinerary that pops up with images and text. I can also use video and 360° images which I will have a go with too in due course. 

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Free Online Courses from Google Garage

The Digital Garage from Google 

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Google Certified Trainer

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Edited by Jonathan Vernon, Monday, 13 Jan 2020, 10:47

Google Certified Trainer Logo

Where I need to be at. 

It should be on the CV of anyone being recruited into the Learning Technologist’s role, someone who in turn needs to be a former PGCE qualified teacher, so will need to be paid a Teacher and Staff Training Consultant levels. Double their salary then!

Ten years after starting (or rebooting) my MA ODE I am earning half what I earned then! Is that progress? It certainly is not the career change I have been trying to make from 'linear and interactive training' 1985-2000 to 'digital and interactive learning'. 

The MA ODE is an add on to an experienced and qualifed educator in HE. It is less applicable to teachers in primary or secondary education. It has little to offer those from Corporate Training either - my background. it is ideal for an academic invovled in reseaching teaching best practice. It is a step towards a PhD in education.

Don't be:

A badge collector. For me it has been another A level, another degree, another course taken. I recall the story of a girl with 5 A grade A Levels not getting into Cambridge to study physics. Easy to see why. They need a specialist at one subject, not a generalist in many. That would have come out in the interview. 

It is what you do with your knowledge that matters most. 

The person who doesn’t finish. Less that 10% of start finish. It requires determination and commitment. 

Wherein lies the problem. I struggle with motivation. I work best with quick reward and feedback. 




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Google Educator Level 1

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Edited by Jonathan Vernon, Monday, 13 Jan 2020, 10:45

Google Certified Educator Level 1


‘Ideal for classroom teachers who are using G Suite for Education, Google Classroom or Chromebooks on a regular basis’.

I am not a classroom teacher, though I have taught classes and nearly started a PGCE this year. 

Those I support at an FE/HE College are expected to use G Suite for Education and Google Classroom extensively. 

And they and their students use Chromebooks. 

Being a ‘MacMan’ with an iBook I struggle with Chromebooks - like taking to an ice-rink in oversized welly boots sad

So much resistance. I am trying to embrace it. Like I have to stop learning French and take up Portuguese. 

What are the benefits? 

Because I have a passion for effective teaching.

New features, trips and strategies.

As part of lifelong learning.

There are likely to be 110 million students using G Suite for Education.

Can provide training and support once proficient.

Worldwide there are approximately:

Level 1 : 30,000

Level 2: 5,000

Trainers : 2,000

Innovators : 1,200 





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Learn more or die!

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Long ago I realised that my horizontal approach to learning was getting me nowhere. But that is ADHD me. Or just me.

One PhD would be better that three MAs.

Anway, at the opposite extreme, I am failing to gain my Level 1 Google Educator certificate. This reminds me of failing the paper exam for Level 1 Teaching Swimming 18 years ago. The first exam I had failed since my driving test. Give me a degree, course, an essay to write, even an A' level, or a paper for an MA, but don't test me with multiplechoice as my default mode will be to consider all possibilities feasbile!

I have also struggled with skiing, learning French, ballroom dancing, throwing a pot and climbing. My feet are still like lead when it comes to dancing, my hands are not better with clay (though I can draw a likeness and a nude). I cannot overcome the 12ft barrier with climbing - the top of a short ladder is as high as I want to get off the ground. The best part of two seasons working in the Alps and I finally cracked skiing to a standard that satisfies me. Skills take time with me, Like 100s of weeks. Amd after 40+ years of trying I am slowly mastering French (spoken at least), courtesy of regular dosages of LingVist (app) and twice a month meeting up with friends locally to spea in French at Rendez Vous a Lewes. 

So failing Google Certified Educator Level 1 sees me instead going for Google Certified Educator Level 2.

The reality for me is what I am not doing, needing and thinking about, I forget. My brain is more Teflon than Velcro. Chucking stuff at my senses does not work unless I am immersed in it, drowning in it, challenged by and suffering it. 

So wish me luck. Bored to tears by Google's own training I am looking for alternatives. What I really need is scheduled time 1 to 1 or in a class with a Google Certified Educator. There are not many of these in England. And it costs money that the institution I work for would need to pay.

On verra.


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PowToon 'Video Creator'

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Edited by Jonathan Vernon, Friday, 10 Jan 2020, 15:15

PowToon video creator

Of value, or a distraction? Do animated graphics make a message any more or less memorable? If the script is bad not even Elton John is going to make it into a great tune.

But in the competition to distract eyeballs your way and off other devices perhaps this is the answer? Or one of them? (One of many, I've been introdocued to half a dozen similar product in the last couple of days). 

I've been introduced to these while studying for Google Educator Level 2 Certification. I'm so bored with it that I'm doing my learning in French.

I find the Google Training Center content turgid and unengaging. I therefore find it boring. I find the testimonials fake - unauthentic Americans gushing about how 'awesome' everything is. It is not. 

Google Educator Level 2 Module Two Test Results

Given my score perhaps I'd better go back to studying in English! Having a second stab at it I did rather better. This is me and 'multi-guess'. Why and got a better score and if I could replicate this in a formal test is another matter.

Google Educator Level 2 Module 3 Test Results in French

And eventually I got there. And maybe this is a good approach as I learnt a bit of French along the way!

Google Educator Level 2 Module 3 Test in French 100%



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“How shit gets done in a digital world.”

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Edited by Jonathan Vernon, Friday, 10 Jan 2020, 13:37

It requires the skills of the Digital Project Manager. I tried to be one of these in 2000 when i moved from a career in linear and interactive video production to building websites. Some how I have been forever lost in translation. Though I did take a five year break too smile

Digital Project Management 

  1. Software Engineering
  2. Digital Marketing
  3. Ecommerce Businesses
  4. More of the work we do is digital. 
  5. “How shit gets done in a digital world.” 
  6. People, the end point of any product of service.

BOOKS

Principles : Ray Dalio

Inspired : Marty Cagan

Product Leadership : Richard Banfield, Martin Eriksson & Nate Walkingshaw

Digital Project Management. The Complete Step-by-Step to a Successful Launch by Taylor Olson.

COURSES

Coursera : UCI Introduction to Project Management

BLOGS

Toggl and more book recommendations. 

19 Great Project Management Books for Reading in 2019



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Design Thinking

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Design Thinking from Growth Tribe

Is this one for me? 

My interests are spread too thinkly. 

I can fall between the cracks when it comes to employabilty, whereas the game plan based on my late father's advice would have been to remain beyond the career ladder whilst gravitating to the top. He can talk, Senior Partner in a firm of solicitors, CEO of a large PLC he grew and took to the market and part-time Merchant Banker! 

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Last Mile Problem

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Last Mile Problem graphic from Growth Tribe

Had you heard of the 'last mile problem' ? It strikes me as MBA jargon. Easy to understand the metaphor? As in the last mile of a marathon run? Hitting the wall and all of that?

This is what will make UK businesses hungry after Brexit restrictions on movement from the EU. It favours the younger, mobile, Tech graduate or post-grad with the languages to travel. Most likely wanting to use their English, the busienss lingua france, they will head for Ireland. If they can they will head for North America. They could even head to India or Australia/New Zealand.

That said, my son who is working in Paris for an international business says that in the office only English is spoken! When out for lunch the native speakers may tempt him with a few words and phrases but from his point of view there is little reason to learn French. Is it the same in Germany, Italy and Spain I wonder? 

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Growth Hacking

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Growth Hacking

This is how Growth Tribe describes how one are of work in an organisation can expand to take over another. In this case I see exactly how marketing should be responsible for customer/client experience all the way through from attracting their attenion, getting their buy in and managing their experience all the way through. Like a Maitre D'Hotel overseeing a restaurant as clients arrive are looked after and depart. 

In education marketing and looking after us students operate in two silos. Yet my experience as a student, expressed online, here over ten years and in social media, is constantly impacting on potential students and current students. Folk like me should be managed by one team from start to finish. 

Increasingly all educational institutions must see themselves as operating in an aquarium. Practices are going to be transparent because students make them so and educators need to keep up with this. State educators need to learn something from the private sector. It is a highly competitive world out there > we all want students to come to us and to share their happy experiences wider. 

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Top 7 Digital Skills for Business

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Head of Digital : Growth Tribe

I'm so impressed with this 12 minute presentation by Luke at Growth Tribe that I am now on my third view through, taking my own notes, checking out the courses, books and blogs along the way. 

Top 7 Skills for Employability

This applies to all of us: in education or business, educators or 'workers'. Watch this and decide if you are keeping up, want to keep up or can keep up. If not retire to an allotment. 

This will either excite you or terrify you.

I wish I was 28 not 58! But my mindset can be that of a 20 something - after all I've now done kids, they are through uni and fled the nest for a different country (Paris).

My default short courses online are OpenLearn, FutureLearn and Coursera. I buy books for the iPad and in hardback as often as I get my Costa or Starbucks coffee. Amazon have had me in their grip since 1999!

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In to the Trenches : 1917 !

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Into he Trenches 1917 Map

It's a promotional game that plays clips and interview snippets.  https://intothetrenches.1917.movie

The historian Andy Robertshaw says the trenches are the most authentic he has ever seen. A battlefield archaelogist and First World War military historian, he is known for digging a trench system in a neighbour's garden to ceate a reconstruction. 

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Be social

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Be Social

We don't get a lot of converastions here - unless it is part of a tutor lead exercise. For convesations we need to move over to Social Media. My preference is LinkedIn - using a member group of like-minds. There are groups on eLearning, and on the MAODE.

I am on Facebook, Twitter and even Instagram.

I'm impressed with Growth Tribe. So much so that I am looking to do a course with them. 



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Why I still blog here

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You blog a learning journal, dump stuff and notes for no one to see, and post other thoughts to share, even do tasks and socialise with fellow students for the duration of your course and you have then a resource that enables you to tap into what you studied, came across and learnt.

Ten years on I am looking back at what I learnt about MOOCs: Coursera and FutureLearn in particular, but other platforms too. Why? Because we have an urgent desire to partner up with a platform and get our learning out the world. Who do we go with? Who will want us? Coursera or FutureLearn? Udex or Udacity/ VirtualCollege or others?

Ten years on I am creating a Top 10 (or top 7) for digital skills. This is my starting point.

I did for a long time migrate content over to my external blog 'Mindbursts.com' but it has become where I have consolidated all kinds of content from different sources and platforms and something of a muddle as a result between elearning, first world war history, swim teaching and coaching and my teen/twenty-something diaries.

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Top 7 Digital Skills for FE Students

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Growth Tribe

Searching out a Top 7 list of digital skills valuable to FE students I used a number of sites. I spent time with three introductory 'talking heads' from the Head of Marketing at Growth Tribe and came up with these:

  1. Getting smart with social media. How to attract and retain more followers, influence them and sell more stuff. Engagement tricks and tips. How to go viral. Using and creating visuals, quizzes and video. 

  2. Digital Marketing. Skill up to sell stuff including your skills and talent. 

  3. Video Creation. Best tools, efx, platforms and approaches.

  4. Employment and career development. Best digital approaches to finding and getting work.

  5. Artificial Intelligence The future of your world is AI. An intro. 

  6. Design Thinking & Digital Psychology: people are the be all and end all of digital

  7. Digital Analytics: data rules  - driving continual change in the world

Can you think of others that must be here?

My first list came to 11. I merged a few, I missed out 'Smartarse with a SmartPhone - tips and hacks you have to know about.


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Enhancing the digital experience for skills learners

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Edited by Jonathan Vernon, Wednesday, 8 Jan 2020, 10:21

JISC logo

This is a reminder to me that JISC is an important 'got to' resource.



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T.H.I.N.K.

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Think beofre you speak

I don't often enough; do you? 

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'What's new about new media? Not much'

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Two decades ago I wrote a blog with this provocative title. I wasn't being a Luddite, rather I was playing devil's advocat and suggesting that for all that digital offered (in education) the fundamentals were the same: a teacher with knowledge passing it on to their students.

I need to revisit the topic with the same approach.

It is too easy to celebrate the headliners of digital education, not least at the Open Univerity with Open Learn and FutureLearn, and the myriad of learning management platforms and Apps, but when it comes to a student, especially in primary and secondary education, and in FE and vocational courses, how much is still, of necessity, knowledge and skills passed on by a subject matter expert? How can infectious enthusiasm be recreated in a digital experience? It can't? How do you develop loyalty and respect for a teacher and their subject through an App? 

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City & Guilds

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Edited by Jonathan Vernon, Monday, 6 Jan 2020, 14:59

City & Guilds Workpace Skills phtoograph of catering student

I have just become aware that City & Guilds produce digital content to support their C&G courses. This is what we need if departments can be persuaded to pay £390 per annum per course. What might this work out as? £10 a head? Akin to a text book? 

https://www.cityandguilds.com/techbac/workplace-skills

Topics covered taught at GB MET include:

Automotive

Technical Support and recorded webinars:

e.g. KS4 technical Award resources 

https://youtu.be/eMywyX1dfHU 

Beauty

Building Services

Construction

Early years

Engineering

Health & Social care

Hospitality

Travel and Tourism: 

Tourism and Business Travel

Travel and Tourism Professional

Its the resources and support that interests me. How much are these the FE equivalent of FutureLearn or Coursera?

https://www.cityandguilds.com/techbac/resources-and-support

Online teaching and support services [From the C&G Website:]

City & Guilds SmartScreen is designed to save tutors’ time, offer ideas and guidance on how our qualifications can be delivered. They can be used as either a front of class teaching aid or set for learners to work independently. Visit our SmartScreen website to view a full list of qualifications that are available.

As well as expert support through our advisor and consultancy team; we also offer learning resources that not only help to create engaging lessons but embed learning. Visit our teaching and learning website for more information.


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Back to big swim club teaching & coaching

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Mid Sussex Marlins Pathways for swimmers

I'm back at Mid-Sussex Marlins the Sussex swimming club I joined in June 2008 and from which I have had only a couple of breaks - a year at the Open University, Milton Keynes in 2011 and the last four months as the head coach at a much smaller club down the road.

This chart could have been drawn up by me. I like to reduce things to infographics like this. 

Today I was teaching four sessions: x3 30mins and x1 45 mins, our Grades 1, 2, & 3 and a Grade 7 group. I enjoyed slipping back into the routine: getting to know and remember the name of every child during the swim, having a teenage Level 1 assistant and working through a new assessment sheet for these 7 to 11 year olds.

I was impressed to see an Olympic Trials Qualifying Times notice on the wall.

I'll be coaching too - without the head coach responsibilities. 

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What\s it like to be Non-Binary and how should we respond?

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How to relate to non-binary people

Having given CPD on use of Planet eStream in the morning I attended a PGCE student talk on being non-binary. Knowing a few young people who have shown fluid feelings and behaviours regarding their gender I was interested to learn how to get this right. 

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The joys of research

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Buried in Ancestry and the British Newspaper Archive for several days I am finally venturing out to a library because the photographs in the 1916 newspaper article I am interested in are too black to view. The text is fine.

The Keep

My interest, for The Western Front Association, is on the 19 year old Pte William Gallard who died 27 January 1916. This is him posing for a studio photograph in Eastbourne with his father (sitting). 


William and Edward Gallard

William and Edward Gallard, son and father, 1915 before they went to war, William to the Western Front, his father to India.

Details HERE >  http://bit.ly/2FpaX9H

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Happy New Year

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Nancy's Bordello, Newcastle on Tyne

A gathering of those related to 'Granny Vernon' (1901 to 1984). From 7 grandchildren, there are 12 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren and their partners. Quite a story. 

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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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