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Thriving in a digital world

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Deb Millar's opening keynote from our Connect More event in Newcastle.

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Thriving in a digital world

  1. 1. Thrivingina digitalworld Deborah Millar Group Director of Digital Learning & Technology Grimsby Institute @DebKellsey @LearningWheel
  2. 2. 2 Why is it so important to keep brushing up staff digital skills? ‘Thriving’ in a digital world.
  3. 3. Thriving How do we thrive? What do we need to thrive? How do we ensure that our learners thrive? How do we create an environment for them to reach their full potential? 3 They need… • To have their basic needs like eating and drinking healthily, a good nights rest… • To feel safe in their surroundings, to have basic resources to learn… • To feel loved by family and friends, peers that they can relate to and talk with, a sense of love and belonging • An environment that will enable them to grow in confidence, to achieve, to respect others and have respect, a self esteem. • A space that encourages crea
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  5. 5. 5 https://www.mentimeter.com/s/3bf1dcdeb4f69ac9eeb9b76113f012b7/7b9406d85c9c/edit?
  6. 6. Favourite Teacher? 6
  7. 7. 7 My favourite teacher. Miss Johnstone. 1979. Moorland High School. Class 1J.
  8. 8. 8 Favourite teachers are exceptional, they are the ones who inspired us to make the impossible, possible!
  9. 9. 9 …and REACH the unreachables.
  10. 10.  Struggled throughout school. Not a high achiever. Best results in Art, Biology and Sport. Undiagnosed dyslexia. Feeling of failure, a disappointment.  Scraped a place on a Btec ND Graphic Design course. Found my vocation. Started achieving decent grades and winning design awards. Finally, a sense of achievement.  First family member to not work in the mill or a factory. First generation to study at HE level. Different kind of intelligence. Feeling of independence and empowerment.  Worked in top design/advertising agencies across Manchester/NW. Felt equal and worthy.  Work placement students invited me to speak at college, which was the beginning of my teaching career. Found my happy space, my Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. I began to grow in confidence, unafraid to pitch new ideas, break rules which resulted in winning awards.  Programme leader for both FE and HE design related courses. Used a variety of methods including digital to reach my unreachables. 25% of students achieved 1st class honours per year for 4 consecutive years.  10 My journey…
  11. 11. 11 Technology provides opportunities for removing, or reducing barriers to learning, may that be geographical, financial or a difficulty/disability.
  12. 12. First edtech tools I employed…
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  14. 14. 14 Retired Pat. 64yrs old. Wins a D&AD Yellow Pencil.
  15. 15. 15 96%of your learners own a smartphone (Ofcom) 34hrs 16-24 yr olds spend online per week 48%Access their VLE from a mobile device (Jisc) Did you know? 19.2%Of working age disabled ppl do not hold a formal qual. Compared to 6.5% of non- disabled ppl. 16%Of your learners have a 'disclosed' disability. 1 in 10 dyslexic Learners have a legal entitlement to access their work in diff. formats. + New Digital Accessibility in FE coming soon.
  16. 16. 16 AoC Beacon Award for Staff Development: Level Up!
  17. 17. 17 AoC Beacon Award for Staff Development: Level Up! @LearningWheel #LearningWheel www.learningwheel.co.uk
  18. 18. Level Up… your teaching. Nominate two collagues • Define • Discuss • Deliver • D?? 18
  19. 19. 19 AoC Beacon Award for Staff Development: Level Up!
  20. 20. 20 AoC Beacon Award for Staff Development: Level Up!
  21. 21. 21 AoC Beacon Award for Staff Development: Level Up!
  22. 22. Immersive Reader PERFORMING ARTS STUDENT – Reducing a disability Talented Level 3 performing arts student with severe dyslexia. Struggled to learn lines. Dependent on friends and family members to read aloud for her to learn and remember. Immersive Reader gave her independence. She is now learning her lines when commuting on the bus. 22
  23. 23. Twitter CONSTRUCTION TEACHER - Networking/donated resources Staff member set up a Twitter account for the course/department. Local company saw the engagement on Twitter and began to engage with the tweets. The company donated £16,000 worth of resources to the course and offered a work placement. 23
  24. 24. GoogleTranslate HOSPITALITY STUDENT - Student capability/confidence A very, shy Level 1 student recently moved to UK. Speaks English as a second language. Uses digital resources to translate, learn how to pronounce words and ensure that she has a voice in a debate and around class discussions. Enables her to feel confident when participating and articulating ideas in online group discussions. 24
  25. 25. SeeingAI HE HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE STUDENT – Reduce a disability Visually impaired student. Struggles to access content in general. Introduced to SEEING AI and released it potential immediate… this will change my life! Tears of joy! 25
  26. 26. Notmyfavourite teacher? “Mrs Jackson, Deborah (aged 9 ¾ ) will never be outstanding or make anything of herself” Parents evening. 1977. 26

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