Archive for December, 2012

Meeting doodles

December 23, 2012 Leave a comment

I’m a doodler. I scribble in the margins of jotters, write all over my printed notes and have been known to draw on the table.

Here are some of my drawings from work meeting over the past year.

The themes include College regionalisation in Scotland, Education Scotland Inspectors visits and funding cuts…

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Badging Up

December 21, 2012 Leave a comment

I’m getting a handle on implementing Open Badges for some of my classes.

Starting by doing the online familiarisation course at

The badges I’ve earned can be found in my backpack.

I first learned about the procedures for open badges at Doug Belshaw’s presentation at E-Assessment Scotland 2012.

Here’s an initial design for a badge. I’m planning badges for Game Design, Media Assets & Game Development, with titles such as Game Designer Level 4 and Game Asset Producer Level 6, etc to match the SQA units.

A Game Design Badge

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Pedagoo Review of 2012

December 16, 2012 Leave a comment

Pedagoo logoThe full details of this post are published on the Pedagoo website.

The blogpost explains some of the work experience and real-life projects I’ve been doing with my students over the past year. There have been projects involving film and animation, photography, murals, internships, and there are some students who’ve been given jobs as a result.

Qualifications are one thing, but experience is another, and it’s experience that is the differentiator when employers look at job candidates.

One thing I’ve noticed is the type of student who volunteers for work experience. They tend to be older (20+), they tend to be the hardest working students, and the ones who do consistently good work. In a way this is good, as it means that better students are working on the real-life projects, so the project is more likely to be successful. However, it also means that there’s a category of student missing out on opportunities to improve – maybe it’s time to look at Carol Dweck’s fixed and growth mindsets…

Connecting For Learning, 11th December

December 15, 2012 Leave a comment

This conference jointly run by JISC RSC & College’s Scotland focussed on how technology can support learning.

The programme included keynotes, ‘teachmeet’ style sharing sessions, and optional workshops and seminars.

The conference was opened by Marie Dougan, a former teacher and now professional genealogist who took us through the changing technology she’d encountered in her career, from BBC Micros to Moocs. This highlighted the rapid technological change that has affected education and life in general over the past 30 years.

In the morning there were several workshops to choose from including sessions on e-books, social networking and managing information overload.

The afternoon sessions included developing apps, using video effectively and using QR codes & augmented reality.

In between the main sessions there were short pecha-kucha or ‘teachmeet’ presentations on a variety of topics including educational games, movement analysis for sports and blogging. Some of the sessions were provided remotely via Adobe Connect.

I enjoyed the conference, however it confirmed my fears that Further Education is behind the curve in terms of some of the innovations I’ve seen in schools. Most of the topics I saw have been featured at other conferences I’ve been to and some of the ideas were several years old. This isn’t a big problem, as any kind of change can be beneficial, however it underlines that FE just isn’t as adaptable or flexible as it needs to be in a competitive education sector. The FE sector in Scotland is currently distracted by mergers and cuts, and this has left ‘teaching and learning’ and educational technology left in the background until the upset subsides.

On the whole though, it’s good to see there are pockets of innovation happening and a few lone souls battling against the tide to make learning relevant in current times. It reaffirms my belief that educational change doesn’t come from policy, but through individuals selflessly sharing with others.

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Adobe Flash Animation Lessons

December 4, 2012 2 comments