Highlights from the Association of Colleges – JISC Technology Summit

Education 4.0 – Paul McKean (Head of FE and Skills, JISC) Paul McKean, the Head of FE and Skills at JISC, kicked off the Technology Summit by talking about the advance of “Education 4.0”. He said to expect to see Artificial Intelligence transforming teaching, more personalised and adaptive learning experiences, intelligent tutoring systems responding to…

Google Teacher Summit: London

Friday 1st March: Google Teacher summit in Google’s London Head office.  It was my first visit to Google and wow…. what a place.  The Google Teacher Summit brought together educators from around Europe to spend the day sharing ideas and learning about new developments with GSuite and Google Education tools.  The event took place on…

Reflections on a College Mapathon

I recently hosted a Mapathon for a group of volunteers at City and Islington College to help to map areas in rural Tanzania, where girls are at risk of Female Genital Mutilation and need to get to a safe house. Staff Digital Leaders, Student Digital Ambassadors, the Digital Learning Team and a handful of Geography A…

Our First Ideas Hackathon – Reflections From a Student

At the end of the summer term, City and Islington College ran its first ever Ideas Hackathon with 4 guest speakers: Ruth Hooper, a Marketing Consultant (formerly with Nike), Vincent Giampietro, a Neuroscientist from Kings College London and Helen Poole and Leonia Goromba, both from the Ideas Foundation. Participants included Student Digital Ambassadors, the Interim…

Maker club visit

On Tuesday 14th November, I went to the maker club robotics workshop at the Sixth Form College with the other student digital ambassadors and staff digital leaders. First of all, we talked about the kinds of jobs people had 100 years ago then we discussed what jobs might be like in 100 years time. We…

eLearning Round Table

Hello. My name is Hilary Woods and I am the Staff Digital Leader for Inclusion at City and Islington College. I also support staff with the use of emerging technologies for teaching, learning and assessment in the Centre for Business, Arts and Technology. I recently attended a Round Table which was hosted by Julian Bream. …

EDUCATE: Better EdTech Better Learning

Educate is a project based at UCL which aims to bring together educators and tech companies to research and develop technology to use in education.  They are looking for proposals from educators to support them to become Entrepreneurs to take forward their ideas.  I recently attended a meeting of key stakeholders at UCL, providing a F.E Lecturer point of view.  I really want to come…

Maker Club Visit

During the workshop, I got the opportunity to develop many useful skills. The workshop not only allowed me to build understanding of programming but also see how I could apply it in the real world.  Before starting the workshop, we all engaged in a group activity, which involved discussing time before technology. The main focus of the maker…

Can a Student Digital Ambassador help?

The Student Digital Ambassador Programme was set up to promote digital literacy and innovation at the College. Students work in partnership with the eLearning team, teaching and support staff as well as external organisations on projects, training and events.  This year the programme has been extended and we have recruited students from all 5 Centres….

Microsoft Event – 8th May 2017

As we entered the amazing Microsoft building in Paddington, we were put in groups, we also were guided by three staff to the offices. As we entered the offices there was food and drinks waiting for us! After we had all settled, we started introducing ourselves. Then we started learning about programming basics, which was really interesting as…

Digital Ambassador Event: Afternoon at Microsoft

Student Digital Ambassadors at City and Islington College organised an afternoon trip to the Paddington office of Microsoft. Microsoft is an American multinational technology company that develops, licences and manufactures computer software and electronic devices. At this event, we learnt about apprenticeship and internship opportunities, coding, the Internet of Things and also got the chance…

Afternoon at Microsoft

Students from City and Islington college visited Microsoft and learnt about apprenticeship and internship opportunities and tried an hour of code. There were couple of options which were star wars and minecraft. I chose minecraft. We also worked in teams to pitch ideas for IOT devices. We choose a winner and they went to the next room to…