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Jisc Hillcroft College Small is (digitally) beautifulOver the summer Jisc published our case study on digital skills development at Hillcroft College in their Case Studies: Journeys Towards Digital Capability. The report also explains how we’ve been developing digital skills with students and teaching staff.

As a student you will have either experienced the Learning Resources Centre (LRC) team bringing in iPads or Kindles into the classroom or taken part in our information skills workshops where we teach you how to search for material on the catalogue, use ebooks, reference using the Citation Machine and about copyright and plagiarism. Read our case study Hillcroft College. Small is (Digitally) Beautiful.

This autumn we have been using Class OneNote Notebooks in the class room with Access to Higher Education (HE) Humanities and Social Sciences, Access to HE Health and Human Sciences and Introduction to Pre Access learners. Following the training we have been doing on Microsoft Imagine Academy.

As Digital & Learning Resources Manager introducing students to the Class OneNote Notebook I’ve found it really takes over from using an interactive whiteboard. Students and I have been impressed by the dyslexia-friendly Immersive Reader with its read aloud feature which also gives you the chance to change the font size and style and colour. We’ve all really liked the collaboration space which we’ve used in Introduction to Pre Access to share work we’ve done in pairs and groups creating Harvard references.

What’s also really useful is the ability to send material from the content library out into students’ individual note books and all of the tagging features so I can set up things for students to do that they can then tick off once complete. Here’s an example of the checklist

Pre Access with checklist

 

 

 

 

 

 

and another of showing the different tags you can add to make it easier to guide the student through material
Pre Access Classroom OneNote Notebook with tags

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Baby at the Beach Cafe by Lucy DiamondWe decided to run our World Book Night on Friday 29 April so we could maximise the attendance of our Next Level learners although officially World Book Night is 23 April.

This year we were giving out copies of Lucy Diamond’s Baby at the Beach Cafe which is one of the 2016 Quick Reads based around the main character Evie who has inherited a cafe from her aunt in Cornwall (in a previous Lucy Diamond novel called The Beach Cafe)and is now expecting a baby and needs a maternity leave stand in to cover her absence. Her husband finds Helen who has escaped from the stresses of city life. But unfortunately the two women do not get on.

As a result all of activities and display were around the beach themes. Our LRC Assistant Debbie selected poems with a sea theme to inspire the Next Level learners and other attendees from Pre Access, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL): Preparation for Work, Access to Higher Education: Humanities and Social Sciences and Access to Higher Education: Health and Human Sciences to write their own poems. Our LRC Facilitator Philippa made a beach-themed banner and we had a games table going so the participants could go around the tables:

  • making their own sunglasses
  • doing a word search
  • putting sections from three different stories together  from a Quick Read and graded readers (Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson and Clare West, Tinker’s Island by Stephen Rabley and Michael Salter and A Sea Change by Veronica Henry)
  • working out which photo of a beach taken from Britannica ImageQuest matched the pins on a world map
  • identifying famous beaches from around the United Kingdom on an interactive map of the British Isles.

Debbie also made a lucky dip sand box with free prizes.

The refreshments followed the beach theme with popcorn,  savoury fish-shaped snacks and ice pops!

Many thanks to the students from Next Level and the tutors who gave us feedback requesting more events like this during the year! Read more about our activities and what our students thought on our Sway.

 

Book shelvesThis week we’ve been busy ordering new material in for the library before our learners return in September.

For our Diploma in Massage Therapy students we’ve added a new dvd Health and Beauty: Aromatherapy Massage to our collection of resources.

We’ve been busy ordering in more from one of our favourite series entitled Very Short Introductions from Oxford University Press. Why do we like them? They are great for getting to know a new topic in an easy to read and succinct format. Plus they look at the latest research in the topics too. They are brilliant for linking in with equality and diversity issues as well as academic subjects from Access to Higher Education/A-level and beyond. Plus they are a great way of swotting up on a topic for a debate or dinner conversation! A number of these are now available as ebooks from Dawsonera. This has an added benefit for learners who can use them when they are offsite. Here’s what our collection of these looks like so far – though there’s more yet to arrive!

Plus for a bit of inspiration for learners doing documentary film making there’s a new DVD Les Invisibles directed by Sébastian Lifshitz which  spotlights the lives of gay women and men who were born between World War I and World War II. It charts their experience of living as individuals/couples in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s when there was less acceptance of homosexuality.

 

Garden at Hillcroft through the LRC windowPlans are under way at Hillcroft for celebrating achievement and diversity day 2015 on Wednesday.

There will be live music, BBQ-style food, a singalong, face-painting, henna tattoos and award-giving.

The garden is looking fantastic and all we need now is the good weather to stay. We are inviting all students from courses in the last year, their children and relatives are welcome. Please check your Hillcroft emails for the invite details.

Pop into the LRC before or after the event to return your books/DVDs in the red bin behind the door.

We are looking forward to seeing you soon.

Pageant of women's work 1920

Pageant of women’s work 1920 from Hillcroft College archives

Looking in our archives of documents created in Hillcroft College reveals how much has changed and how much hasn’t. Fascinating primary sources for a social historian.

The Annual Reports provide details such as the students who were enrolled and lived in the college, who paid their fees (often their employers like Debenhams and Robertsons of jam fame) and what they ended up doing after studying here.

The Annual Report from 1920 also has a pamphlet inside it listing the schedule for the ‘Pageant of Women’s Work’. This consisted of a fair number of presentations and/or readings given by the students on the topic of famous and influential women through the ages. It starts with ‘Women in primitive times’ and goes through until ‘The woman professor’, ‘suffragist’ and ‘The woman M.P.’. They also talked about Florence Nightingale – we featured her this year in the LRC, 95 years later.

Take a look also at the footnote “Words for Tableau VI from Olive Schreiner‘s ‘Women & Labour'” – they were referencing too! Now if only we knew the page number…

The Woman’s Song of Freedom was published by the London Society for Women’s Suffrage in 1911, the music sheet can be found in the British Library’s music collections. Would anyone like to sing it again?

Catalogue pcThis week we had students here for our  Introduction to Careers in Beauty, Spas, Hair and Nails course. The tutor was keen for us to guide them to some useful websites on careers in this sector.

Our LRC Assistant researched and produced a list of some of the professional bodies which govern the sectors, maintain standards, provide a network and offer training/courses in this area. We already had a range of websites on our library catalogue covering apprenticeships.

In addition we have a book to match this area:

Introduction to hair and beauty sector – student book entry 3 level 1 by Gilly Ford, Helen Stewart and Samantha Taylor

We also provided them with a list of well-known salons for them to follow up. Here is a selection:-

Tony& Guy

Headmasters

Saks

Trevor Sorbie

Nicky Clarke

Andrew Collinge

Vidal Sassoon

Umberto Giannini

 

 

 

Enquiry desk overlooking the gardenThis weekend 25-26 January is the Royal Society of the Protection of  Birds (RSPB) Big Garden Birdwatch which gets all of us out counting the number of birds we see in our gardens or parks.

This is a great thing to do for our residential learners at Hillcroft College as it gets you not only to test out your numeracy skills but also to recognise different species of birds.

The Hillcroft garden is a fantastic spot for birds. Our Learning Resources Centre which overlooks the garden enables us to see robins, wood pigeons, green woodpeckers, blackbirds, magpies, wrens and blue and great tits on a regular basis.

All you need to do is pick an hour and register the maximum number of each kind of bird that you see within that hour. Don’t count ones flying overhead. Children will enjoy taking part too. You can register what you’ve spotted on the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch page.

How about taking your maths skills further? Find out about numeracy courses coming up at Hillcroft on the English and Maths link on our Courses page.


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