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Robert Heath, Barcroft Primary School

  1. 1. An eROPD using PebblePad. Robert Heath and Marc Smale University of Wolverhampton. Ed Metcalfe Barr Croft Primary School.
  2. 2. Why an eROPD?
  3. 3. Background to the Project. <ul><li>Student ROPD is paperbased. </li></ul><ul><li>Evidence can require several lever arch files. </li></ul><ul><li>New QTS Standards in place. </li></ul><ul><li>University tutor only has access to the student file when in school. </li></ul><ul><li>Contact with the school based tutor can be difficult. </li></ul>
  4. 4. The Paperbased system Evidence for each Attachment . Location of evidence highlighted. Signed by mentor / tutor / class teacher.
  5. 5. <ul><li>Using technology that the trainees have. Therefore, no training issues! </li></ul>Mp3 players: audio files/podcasts Mobiles: images, video, voice recordings, SMS
  6. 6. Why PebblePad? <ul><li>All students have a PebblePad account. </li></ul><ul><li>Access ‘anywhere/anytime for University tutor, school based tutor and student. </li></ul><ul><li>Most evidence is electronic. </li></ul><ul><li>Some evidence is not paper based e.g. video and audio. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Pilot Project. <ul><li>Funding obtained through a Technology Cluster Research Grant. </li></ul><ul><li>10 PGCE students identified. </li></ul><ul><li>4 tutors. </li></ul><ul><li>eROPD produced using profile builder. </li></ul><ul><li>Each student has a voice recorder and/or an iPod and/or a mobile phone. </li></ul>
  8. 8. What have we found out so far? <ul><li>It takes a long time to get a profile to look how you want it to! </li></ul><ul><li>You always want a program to do something it won’t do (yet). </li></ul><ul><li>Training for students is essential, as is close contact for support (blog). </li></ul><ul><li>The e-solution will not necessarily save time in the short term. </li></ul><ul><li>It does work and students surprise us with their innovation. </li></ul><ul><li>In the future more interaction between students on placement. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Date, Year Group, Title of entry
  10. 10. Evidence is quality assured through a traffic light system.
  11. 11. Q16. Uploaded evidence of certifying passing the TDA skills test.
  12. 12. Reflection of second week…. ~ 3 areas highlighted as development for Week 3 ~
  13. 13. Evidence for Q18 .
  14. 14. Q9. audio feedback and e-lesson observation evidence resulting from a lesson observation.
  15. 15. Q10. Online dialogue between trainee, school based mentor and Uni tutor.
  16. 16. e-observation sheet
  17. 19. <ul><li>Enhanced support for trainees and mentors! </li></ul>TDA website
  18. 20. <ul><li>Improved Quality Assurance! </li></ul>
  19. 21. eRoPD The student experience
  20. 22. Positive findings. <ul><li>A wide variety of ways of presenting evidence. </li></ul><ul><li>Ability to use mobile devices e.g. mobile phones, voice recorders, iPods. </li></ul><ul><li>Feedback from mentor – suitability of evidence. </li></ul><ul><li>No evidence folder to carry around. </li></ul><ul><li>Some evidence is easier in electronic form. </li></ul><ul><li>A different way to provide evidence at interview and a demonstration of ICT competence. </li></ul>
  21. 23. Areas for future improvement. <ul><li>Traffic light system a bit confusing i.e. turned green with any piece of evidence (appropriate or not). </li></ul><ul><li>Mentor having to take written notes on observations and transfer to computer (scan in better?). </li></ul><ul><li>Problem due to mobile phone breaking. </li></ul>
  22. 24. Contact details. <ul><li>Robert Heath: [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Marc Smale: [email_address] </li></ul>