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New to you Innovation

My new to you innovation for me had to really focus on developing students as media professionals using softwares and digital to their full capacity.

There were 4 key objective statements that the model would aim to achieve.

1. To develop digital media literacy skills in a particular software’s.
2. Create and build a digital portfolio within a creative network.
3. Shape a tangible creative community within the school
4. Build, enhance, create and fulfil.

The outcome of my new to you project would then have to be reported in the form of an academic poster, I chose to design this with Adobe Illustrator.

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Flipped Classrooms

Flipped Classrooms have a bit marmite situation, as an educator you will either love it or hate it, you may not understand it and maybe a little scared about it.

However ‘flipped classrooms’ personally I believe is nothing new…. It’s been around for a while it just a couple of teachers decided to theorise about it. When I was 18 and a student ( about 10 years ago) Youtube was very much in its infancy stage. My lecturers would use Youtube as a platform to share technical video tutorials that they may have created on Adobe softwares. These tutorials would fill in the important skills that I would need in order to complete my assignment and develop my skill set.

Oblinger & Oblinger, 2005 describe flipped learning that represents a cross between ‘blended’ & ‘distance’ learning.

…”The use of videos or other digital technologies to deliver content outside of class does not guarantee that anything different will occur during class time. However, due to the emphasis on students becoming the agents of their own learning rather than the object of instruction, the Flipped Learning model can enable educators to make the shift from teacher-driven instruction to student-centered learning. “… (N.Hamdan and P.McKnight, 2013)


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Lets make something colourful



Part of the PGCE requirement is to be observed by a colleague and for myself to observe one of their sessions. This blog is a reflection upon my colleague Dr Adriana Ortiz from the school of Engineering, Environment and Computing.

Her feedback is invaluable, firstly on the actual teaching practice and principals and secondly because we work for different schools the environment in my school is very different engineering, so it is interesting to compare the two and see what practices we can both adopt, in our own pedagogy.

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From Teaching to Learning


In the Nov/Dec 1995 Barr & Tagg realeased the article; “From teaching to learning : A New Paradigm For Undergraduate Education.” This study stirred up a change within education; 20 years on from this study how are universities in the modern context using and implementing the learning paradigm?

This article discussed and identified a teaching paradigm that was adopted by many universities. Whereby the teaching approach is instructional in its delivery and is conceived in the activity of a stereotypical lecture, the students were also expected to do self-paced learning, outside of the lecture.

So the question is, where is the learning investment from the students?