Danielle’s introduction to mind-mapping with MatchWare MindView

My name is Danielle Isaacs and I am a student at City and Islington College studying Entry Level 3 English and am also a Digital Ambassador. I am going to tell you about a technology that I use for planning my writing. MatchWare is a mind-mapping tool for students and staff. I use it because…

Questionnaire design and analysis using Google forms

I have been teaching research methods for many years.  The students have to complete a research project and report the findings.   Quantitative data is gathered though a questionnaire.  In past years students have spent hours setting  out questionnaires on word documents and then collating and analysing the data by hand. I discovered Google forms and…

Digital Ambassador Recommends: Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary

I recently downloaded the Cambridge dictionary app for learning English. I am an ESOL student and have been using the advanced learner’s app at least  three times a day to help me learn vocabulary and grammar. It also helped me with my pronounciation. THINGS I LIKE: I like the example sentences because it gives me deeper understanding. Quick…

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…

Digital Ambassador Recommends: TextHelp Read & Write

TextHelp Read & Write helps improve confidence in reading and writing. My name is Danielle. I am a mature Functional Skills student in the Centre for Lifelong Learning. I use TextHelp regularly and find it very easy to use and it really helps me express myself. Benefits: • You can check through your work and hear…

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. …

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…

Digital Ambassador Recommends: Codecademy

Codecademy is a great website for those interested in coding and learning new programming languages. Once you select a programming language that you would like to learn, it teaches you step by step and also explains the programming terminology used as you go along. Just sign up and you can access all the short programming courses…

Digital Ambassador Recommends: Learn languages for free- Mondly

Mondly is a free app that allows you to learn any languages including Spanish, English, French, Russian, Norwegian and more!  Use this application to achieve all language skills! Pros The website has a lot of languages (29) you can learn, that are not available on most language apps yet. It includes Finnish, Croatian, Hindi, Greek,…