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iPad standingThis week we’ve been digesting all of our data for our Self-Assessment Report (SAR). You may be scratching your head wondering what it is! Basically it’s a review of the impact of what we do on our students. We produce one every six months and this one is looking back at 2014/15. Part of the process is to identify our strengths and weaknesses as well so we can flag up improvements for the next academic year which go into our Quality Improvement Plan (QIP) for 2015/16.

Here are our some of our highlights from 2014/15:

Increased audovisual material for learners to borrow by 7%.
Introduced iPads into the classroom for learners to boost their digital skills – included reading apps.
Increased use of eresources by 47.2% – getting more learners used to ereading material and building digital skills.
Improved Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) material – embedded videos to reinforce induction content, new Reading for Pleasure section to encourage reader development and apps to help to hone information/digital literacy skills.
Greater promotion of reading – National Libraries Day, more Six Book Challenge completers, World Book Night and Reading for Pleasure Moodle VLE block.
Extra refresher/consolidation sessions on information literacy skills eg referencing.
Rolled out dyslexic friendly labeling for books to help navigate our material – based on the International Libraries Association Federation (IFLA) Guidelines for Library Services to Persons with Dyslexia.

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ESOL Summer school artworkThis week has been the ESOL summer school. We used iPads to explore art apps on Monday. These apps are:

We had some wonderful student presentations comparing two pieces of artwork through browsing the apps for striking images. The advantage of these apps is that you don’t need to create an account to browse artwork. You can mark your favourite pictures with a heart (Wikiart) or a star (Landscape Art). You can also download pictures from the Landscape Art app to the iPad. What’s more, they are both free! Wikiart is related to Wikipedia so you can find out more about artists from around the world.

On Wednesday was a trip to London, ESOL students were tour guides to iconic buildings such as Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye, Trafalgar Square and St. James’ Park. We learnt a lot and everyone enjoyed the freedom to roam. The videos from the trip can be found on the ‘video’ section on Office 365.

iPad standingThis week our first iPad went out on loan to one of our Preaccess students. From the recommendations of our colleagues at Richmond Adult Community College we used Meraki to organise the apps onto the iPads.

A few weeks ago our LRC Manager went to an Albion Apple Regional Training Centre event at Surbiton High School where teachers recommended some apps that worked well in teaching using iPads in the classroom for pupils from primary to secondary school ages.

The teachers recommended using iMovie for primary school pupils to create a film outside of their science club discovering bugs. It enabled them to add music and do a narrative over the film. A physics teacher looked at how he could use a range of apps to run different experiments that would usually been done with equipment. Our LRC manager was particularly interested in the English teachers apps which could be used with GCSE English and literacy students doing creative writing on the Creative Reading, Writing and Speaking course.

We’ve loaded some of these recommended apps onto the iPads for our students and staff to use. They include InspireMe an app which gives you three words which you can help to generate ideas. This goes well with the Fig (Fiction Ideas Generator) app which acts as an ideas generator for those of you doing creative writing to assist you  in creating a plot, characters, location etc. We particularly like ShowMe which is a free app that students and teachers can use like an interactive whiteboard.


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