#199 – Lessons from Home Learning
What’s in this episode?
Hello dear listeners and welcome to this week’s episode “Lessons from Home Learning”.
This episode is all about home learning. We’re in conversation with Headteachers, Teachers, Digital Leads, Edtech Demonstrator coordinators, editors and edtech companies taking stock of the past weeks experience in the UK and how we might prepare and improve as the Autumn term approaches, with local lockdowns also looming.
A huge shout out to Nic Ponsford for hosting this week’s chat, and for all the other guests (see details in the ‘People’ section below).
You’ll hear about ‘homeschooling’ vs. ‘home learning’, how to make the most of LIVE sessions to clarify work set, do group activities, and to allow children to socialise, how to breakdown information on learning to be used by parents and students (not just professional teachers!), engagement, why homeschooling sometimes is better off delivered in the school environment and more!
Plus, the need for better data with Michael Forshaw and a quick message from the writer of our latest blog post, Stephan Caspar: “Teaching through the pandemic – A Brit’s view from the US.”
Thank you for listening! Stay busy, stay safe, and keep smiling.
Sophie is the founder of the iTunes new and noteworthy, The Edtech Podcast. The mission of The Edtech Podcast is to improve the dialogue between ‘ed’ and ‘tech’ for better innovation, through storytelling. The podcast is downloaded 2000+ times a week, from over 145 countries with the UK, US & Aus in the top 3. Sophie is a mentor and advisor within the edtech community. If she’s not interviewing a University Lecturer, School Leader, Ex-Angry Bird, NGO, or Investor about education innovation, she’s chasing her son around the park or binge-reading Homo Deus.
Nic is a mum of 3 and an award winning digital education specialist.
Nic has taught new technologies in the education sector (from Early Years to adults) since the start of the century. Her work today is based on supporting educational settings to become inclusive and digitally literate. She works with a range of national and international charities and organisations to achieve this. She was awarded a place on the #EdTech50 (2018 as one of the leading pioneers in the UK EdTech sector) and is one of this year’s judges. She has been awarded a Fellowship of the RSA due to her activism for gender equality.
Nic believes that technology is the equaliser for us all – in the media, in education, in business and at home.
Becki Bawler, Teacher, Leader & Learner | Twitter: @RCCS_MissBawler
Lead Teacher for ICT & DCF at Risca Community Comprehensive School. EdTech50 teacher. MIEE and Google L2. Secondary teacher in Wales since 2003. Aspiring to SLT and whole school leadership. Passionate advocate of all things EdTech but only at the right time and in the right place!
Having twin girls has made Becki focus much more on gender equality in all fields and making sure that every path is open to her girls in the future.
Tom Hooper, Founder & CEO, Third Space Learning | Twitter: @thirdspacetweet
Tom founded Third Space Learning in 2013. The goal of the business is to make online teaching available to anyone, anywhere, with a particular focus on supporting children at risk of social or academic failure. To do this, Third Space uses technology to recruit and train a global community of online teachers, using talent from around the world to provide live, high quality tuition, at low cost, to pupils in schools and homes around the world.
In 2009 Tom founded BrightSpark, an online teaching business he sold to TES in 2012. He graduated with an MA in Philosophy and Politics from the University of Edinburgh, then worked in investment from 2003-9, when his start-up career began.
Katy Potts, Computing, Digital and Online – Lead for schools at Islington Council | Twitter: @katypotts
Katy has managed the Primary ICT and Computing Service to schools in Islington LA for the past 14 years and before this was a primary school teacher for 7 years.
The Primary ICT and Computing service delivers a “computing Strategy in Schools” and includes a team of Lead Computing Teachers, Lead Schools for Computing and extensive sharing of good practice via training, curriculum resources and regional events. Katy is passionate about computing and ICT resources achieving high impact for all learners and effective collaboration for the whole school community, where young people are “Creators not Consumers” and are equipped for 21 Century jobs.
Katy also specialises in E-safety, has been an ICT Mark assessor and facilitated the NCSL strategic leadership ICT courses.
Genna is the Editor of Education Technology, a free, subscription-only monthly magazine featuring the latest edtech news, opinion, and event information from across the entire education sector, including primary and secondary schools, further education and higher education.
Education Technology is part of EdQuarter, a cross-education learning platform for the schools and higher education sector. EdQuarter is produced by Wildfire Comms, a multi-media publisher and agency based in Paintworks, Bristol’s creative quarter.
Philip Bhol, Class Teacher, Communications Team Lead, Kings Cross Academy, Kings Cross London UK | Twitter: @pip_bhol
Class Teacher | Communications Team Lead | Apple Teacher | Google Certified Educator Level 2 | Teacher at lightscameracode.com
Michael’s mission is to inspire the education sector to innovate. He has been working in education for the last 14 years – initially as IT manager within a large UK secondary school, and then building Innovate My School and EdTech Impact from the ground up.
Michael is passionate about solving education’s biggest problems, and enjoys connecting the dots.
Stephan is currently Director and Programme Leader for the Askwith Kenner Global Languages and Cultures Room at Carnegie Mellon University. An artistic and cultural centre in the new opened Tepper School of Business, Stephan’s research is in the use of creative media to provide students and staff with immersive experiences, exploring themes of culture, language and global understanding.
Quotes from this episode
References from this week’s episode
- Stephan Caspar – Twitter
- Stephan Caspar – dotsandspaces website
- Teaching through the pandemic – A Brit’s view from the US – guest blog post from Stephan Caspar for The Edtech Podcast
- Michael Forshaw – LinkedIn
- EdTech Impact – Twitter
- EdTech Impact – website
- Innovate My School – Twitter
- Innovate My School – website
- EdTech Impact – Top 10 most popular products during lockdown – LinkedIn post from Michael Forshaw
- Pobble – Link to offer on EdTech Impact website
- Pobble – Twitter
- Night Zookeeper – Link to offer on EdTech Impact website
- Night Zookeeper – Twitter
- Sparx Maths – Link to offer on EdTech Impact website
- Sparx – Twitter
- Olliki – website
- Nicole Ponsford – Twitter
- Nicole Ponsford – LinkedIn
- Nicole Ponsford – website
- The Gender Equality Collective (The GEC) – Twitter
- The GEC – website
- GEC Futures – Twitter
- GEC Futures – page on GEC website
- Tom Hooper – LinkedIn
- Third Space Learning – website
- Third Space Learning – Twitter
- Third Space Maths Hub – page on website
- Genna Ash – Twitter
- Education Technology – Twitter
- Education Technology – website
- EdQuarter – website
- Paul Beeton – Hanover School website
- Google Classroom – website
- Google for Education – Twitter
- Katy Potts – Twitter
- Digital Leaders – Twitter
- Phillip Bohl – Twitter
- Kings Cross Academy – website
- Becki Bawler – Twitter
- Hwb – Digital learning and teaching website for Wales
- Hwb News – Twitter
- Office 365 suite – website
- Office 365 – Twitter
- G Suite for Education – website
- G Suite – Twitter
- Adobe Spark – Twitter
- FlipGrid – Twitter
- J2E platform – website
- Digital Competence Framework – website page on Hwb
- Edtech Sofa Sessions – website page on Education Technology
- The Edtech Sofa Sessions Event Roundup – website post
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