Ask the students to consider how they use digital tools as part of their learning toolkits (remind them of the mind maps they made in session one)Explain how the image in the slide shows a wide range of digital tools that can be used to support different aspects of learning
Students to edit shared Google doc. 15-20minsDisplay the updated Google doc and ask for volunteers to present 4-5 tools that people may or may not be familiar with but would like to know more about. Use the micro-presentations to discuss further how they might use the tools and what some of the issues might be that have to be addressed.
Emphasise the need for self help and taking responsibility for their own professional learning with technologies. Mention that they can use the IWB in the OLC and that it is a good idea to investigate and play in groups to become familiar if this is an area for development. Show ‘The Book’ video.
Important to focus here on developing a positive/professional online identity rather than just locking down social networks (i.e. through using social media tools to build a positive online presence). Could discuss how students have created their own blogs/websites to showcase their teacher identity.
Try to analyse and dig behind the assumptions rather than just describe group work
Remember that for group work to be really effective and you all get the most from this session, you must bring your writing along with you.
Session 4 My Digital Toolbox
My Digital Toolbox
• To examine what tools we already carry in our
digital toolkits and discuss their potential
• To examine how we can extend our digital
toolkits in order to support our professional
• To reflect on our digital profiles and consider
how we can develop these to project more
positive professional identities
What’s in your digital toolbox?
Infographic courtesy of Samantha
Sharing digital tools for learning
Add your suggested digital
tools to the Google doc for
Learning to help ourselves
How many Interactive Whiteboard ‘how to’
videos are there on YouTube or Vimeo?
How can you ensure that you maintain a
proactive approach to learning?
Digital technologies in schools
The DfE provides guidance on the use of digital
technologies in schools:
Developing your professional identity
• Google yourself.
• Does what you find project a positive identity?
• Consider how you could improve your online profile
to project a more positive/professional identity.
• Review your own personal privacy settings on all
the social networks you use to ensure that they
support a positive professional identity.
Social networking dilemmas
• What would you do if you got a friend request
from a pupil or parent?
• What should I do if someone posts
inappropriate photos of me?
• What should I do if I see inappropriate content
of my pupils?
• Can I use sites like Facebook and Twitter in
Guidance for trainee teachers
Read Social Networking: a guide for trainee teachers and NQTs:
Academic piece for support tutor
By Nov 15th of November write and upload to PebblePad,
500 words on “Strategies for effective group work”.
As you only have a few words in which to demonstrate
some critical depth, you might want to recognise in the first
paragraph the limitations of your work. It might be prudent
to focus in on just one aspect of group work, for example
conflict resolution, in order to show some depth of
LNG task w/c 4th November
Share your academic writing and support each other by checking the
Is the tone formal rather can conversational
Is the grammar and punctuation accurate
Does the structure help the writers ideas to flow
Does it make sense
Is there a tendency to overuse any one particular word, for example
the word ‘so’
• Are any key ideas backed up with evidence, either from reading or
• Is the Harvard Referencing system applied accurately
• Does the writer have anything to say or does is just describe group