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digital learning & FELTAG

FELTAG, the Further Education Learning Technology Action Group, was convened by Minister of State for Skills and Enterprise, Matthew Hancock at the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills. The report, Paths forward to a digital future for Further Education and Skills, was published in March 2014.

The background to the FELTAG report states:

  • FE students often come from disadvantaged backgrounds.
  • many FE tutors have access to smart devices and are keen to use them in the learning process
  • some learners have great capability in using digital technology for learning

The report also highlights that tutors may lack confidence or training to use technologies to support teaching and learning. One suggestion to meet this gap in CPD opportunities is to undertake action research.

The workforce attitudes and experience survey reviewed teachers and managers perspectives on using digital technologies. The tutor survey found that there is some collaboration between tutors and learning in the use of digital technologies, but that this was predominantly done within, rather than between, organisations. The survey of managers also found that there is a reliance on organisations to allow individuals to champion technologies and there is little ‘headroom’ for tutors to take risks and try new approaches in their classrooms.


Long(er) Term Practitioner Research

April 29, 2015Lit Review 14-15

SAMR Model – an introduction and review

Around a year ago (April 2014), while looking at my data from my last action research project, I am came across the SAMR model.

The model was introduced by the Maine Department of Education and Professor Ruben Puentedura in 2006. The first two stages of the model, substitution and assimilation, add little or no functional change to a task. The second two stages, modification and redefinition, describe activities using technolology that is making recognisable changes to classroom activities. Read more ►

Some of Mo’s wider reading

March 31, 2015Lit Review 14-15, Mo

try teaching with ibooks

The Wordflex Touch Dictionary uses intuitive “mind-mapping” technology to turn word entries into dynamic trees that you can move, shape, rearrange, save and share with touch gestures. Developed exclusively for iPad in association with the Oxford University Press.


I’ve already got a whole bunch of dictionary apps on my iPad, including the excellent, which is free, so I hesitated for quite a while before dowloading the Wordflex Touch Dictionary. However, having read a couple of very positive reviews (see below), I decided to take the plunge. The fact that the app has just been reduced from a hefty $24.99 to a more affordable $11.99 was the clincher. And I have to say I don’t regret my purchase. This is an amazing app which turns exploring the meanings of words into a fun experience. The audio pronunciations in U.K./U.S. English are a real bonus for learners too. Read more ►