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…

Submitting assessments through podcasts

The BTEC Health and Social Care courses include a lot of criteria to be assessed.  Over the last few years the team have changed some of the assessment methods from report writing and are keen to develop this further.  I identified a criterion which would be suitable for submission through podcasts.   Research shows that podcasts…

Danielle’s Review of Proofreading & Reading Apps

Hello. My name is Danielle and I am a student in the Centre for Lifelong Learning and also volunteer as a Digital Ambassador. This year I passed Entry Level 3 in English so in September, I will be starting Level 1 so I decided to research a couple of proofreading and reading apps to help…

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…

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…

Using Padlet to support peer review of assignment feedback.

Your students have met the deadline; submitting the report on time.   You have completed the feedback sheet and identified which criteria has been met/ not met and areas for improvement.  You then have the challenge of how to check students are clear what they need to do before resubmitting.  If you talk one to one…