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…

Digital learning – some new apps to try this autumn

Over the summer, I researched some new learning technologies for City and Islington College, the pros and cons and the accessibility of each. You can read my findings below. Flipgrid  Flipgrid is an online tool that uses video conferencing to improve student engagement and formative assessment. It allows students and educators to interact with each…

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…

Student Digital Ambassadors Required at City and Islington College!

 Do you: Need experience to improve your employability or help with university applications? Want to enhance your study programme? Like learning about new technologies and social media? Enjoy helping others? We need students to help us improve learning technology, develop digital skills and drive change and innovation! Volunteers should be prepared to commit 1 hour…

Literacy and Numeracy Tools

I have been researching and exploring a range of tools to improve and support Literacy and Numeracy skills at City and Islington College. Below I will evaluate and summarise my findings. 1.Brain POP! Brain POP! is an online resource to support a variety of subjects from Literacy to STEM topics. It can be utilised by…

Thinglink and 360-Degree Images for Teaching Forensic Sciences

Thinglink is an online tool that enables users to annotate images and videos. It can be particularly beneficial for those who take information in best visually and I have found that there are various far-reaching educational benefits offered by the App. At this point, I’d like to share an overview of who I am and…

Exploring Digital Storytelling in Further Education

I recently completed a short online course in Digital Storytelling with JISC as I was keen to explore ways I could use my interest in storytelling to support curriculum design, educational campaigns and engagement on social media or learning platforms. The course consisted of 4 sessions: becoming a storyteller, planning and visualising your story, making…

Diversity and Ability website review

Hi I’m Hilary, the Digital Leader for Inclusion at City and Islington College. I wanted to share a great resource with you: the resources page on the DnA (Diversity and Ability) website. I first heard about it from a colleague who frequently uses it to locate relevant resources in order to provide tailored support for her…

How we use Padlet in Media Studies

I discovered the wonders of Padlet last year.  I was looking for a platform for my Media Studies students to use to post evidence of their research and planning for their A2 coursework. There is a requirement for them to post all their evidence on a ‘blog’ and along with this to use a range…

Julie’s tips on using technology for teaching, learning and assessment

I’ve picked up these ideas/ tips through research, attending conferences and trying myself. Organisations should focus on people not technology: when buying kit spend money on planning and training as well “make it work, make it count “.  Always think of pedagogy  SHOW people how technology can be used in class CPD on using technology should…

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…