Entries by Chloe Hynes

Audience Engagement

My thoughts and learning as I prepare training on alternatives to ‘death by Powerpoint’. By Nicki Berry, PD (Y&H) Digital. I have to confess that of all the Microsoft Office applications, PowerPoint is probably my least favourite. I used it briefly as a primary school teacher, many years ago, but quickly switched to Smart Notebook […]

What’s the big deal about Screencasting?

By Chloe Hynes (PDNorth Social Media Comms) I first heard about Screencasting about 5 years ago during a small action research project being carried out at work between a few colleagues and myself. We were exploring ways of giving learners feedback that’s individual to them, personalised and not following the ‘one size fits all’ department […]

Dipping into Digital

A story of two digital “dinosaurs” foray into blogging and other digital unknowns!   A couple of members of the PDNorth team (Sue Lownsbrough & Petrina Lynn) have begun a journal detailing their journey navigating digital literacies from personal to organisational/work to classroom/training use. They cordially invite PDNorth members to follow them on their journey… […]

Square Pegs & Round Holes: Finding your fit in education

by Vicky Butterby Member of PDNorth: North east & Cumbria   When I was 25 I was adamant I was leaving the teaching profession. I was working in a large secondary school where I taught over 300 different young people each week. The pace was intense and my entire day was mapped out, from who […]

Teaching within the community – It’s not all about grammar!

by Colette Butterworth   Why is teaching English in the community so important? As a teacher of English to members of the Muslim community, I deem teaching the English language within the community to be exceptionally important.  If students are unable to communicate by using the English language in the UK, this becomes a barrier […]

Teach Like You Mean It

by Susan Keenan, PD (Lancs) TLA   I have recently joined a North West Professional Exchange Network for Teaching, Learning and Assessment. Our first meeting was fascinating as we discussed the common issues and challenges of working in FE. One of our topics of conversation focused on how important it is to look after teachers […]

Using ‘Job Sheets’ to Get Prisoners into Maths & English

By Barry Hartle, Instructional Officer –  HMP Haverigg From meetings with Claire Collins (PDNorth Exchange Lead) and Dave Everett (my manager) on the idea of introducing embedded learning maths and English into the workshops I was asked if I could develop ways to engage the prisoners to improve their maths and English. With prisoners not […]

Power of the Network

by Gail Lydon, newly appointed PDNorth Regional Lead for Yorkshire & Humberside   My goodness – nothing stays the same for very long, but it all looks so familiar!  That’s what it feels like working in post 16 learning.  Constant change, but we feel we have seen it in another guise before.  There is something […]

FAB – Opening the Arms

by Lou Mycroft (PDNorth Digital Lead)   Some years ago, I was part of a team running digital CPD for educators. We were consistently struck by the same thing – for every person enthusiastically getting their phone out at the front of the class, there was another sitting at the back with their arms folded […]

Encouraging Learner Autonomy

By Anthony Dunne  PD (Mersey) Maths   There are many challenges to be faced when delivering GCSE maths in an FE setting. The time constraints, the apathy of some learners repeating a course they deem pointless or worse, a qualification they fear they will never gain. Ask yourself the question, if you garnered these perspectives, […]