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What we wanted to do and why ….

Yvonne’s Story

April 30, 2015background 14 - 15

I’ve made a short video talking through a mind map I’ve made about how I came to be involved in practitioner-led research with Cathy.




Cathy’s story

This project brings together two of my passions: collaborative action research and technology.

Last year’s project focus was on the collaboration and asked ‘What can a group of tutors learn from each other in making effective use of mobile technologies?’

I wanted to follow this up but switch the focus onto the technology. Yvonne and I had worked really well together on the project last year so I was really happy when she agreed to do a joint bid for the emCETT practitioner research project.

In 2013 there had been two main challenges. The first was around the technology. I learned a lot about bringing a set of iPads together to create a class set. I also had a very steep learning curve in what to do with the iPads & I still remember that feeling of being out of my comfort zone. The meetings with the other tutors in the project were so vital in overcoming this. However, the second challenge had been around meeting – timetabling meant that there was not a single time where all the tutors were able to meet together. I was the lucky one that got to meet with everyone and I learned so much from this. Read more ►

The student groups

We wanted to involve the students as early as possible in the project.

Cathy’s groups: Beginner/E1 16-18 ESOL group and a Year one Cert Ed/PGCE group.

Cathy got started with her beginner /E1 16-18 ESOL class by taking in a range of images/logos of technologies and asking the students to say whether they did or didn’t have  or did/didn’t use them.

It took longer to introduce the project to the Cert Ed/PGCE group as the students had a range of technologies to become familiar with already. These included the college VLE and the university set e-portfolio system using Google Sites. The group also had a course Yammer page. Cathy felt that the students needed time to get used to these systems before introducing something else new. Read more ►

Mo’s story

Just after the start of the autumn term started, I was approached by my manager Mat, who asked me if I would be interested in using mobile technologies in the classroom in the form of ipads.  My initial thoughts were that I didn’t have much knowledge of the ipad so how could I start to use these with students who may have a lot more knowledge than I have. My daughter has one but I haven’t used it for much other than surf the internet. I am a confident user of a personal computer and its applications and I have qualifications up to Level 3 in ICT but an ipad seemed different.

After further consideration I decided to meet up with Cathy in December. At our initial meeting I was put at ease, Cathy shared her experiences and ideas of using the mobile devices with her students in the classroom and I began to feel that this was something that I could do too. At a further meeting Yvonne also shared her experiences with me; she felt exactly how I felt. Her thoughts were similar to mine ‘Was it worth it’, ‘Do I have the time?’ and ‘Have I got the confidence to do this?’ Having heard their experiences, I began to feel better about the idea knowing that I had their support if needed. A collaborative approach was what I needed. Read more ►