Useful techy teaching resource

This is a great little ipad app which I spotted shared by a friend on Facebook. I had seen it before but it was on my list of things to look into further and her post helped to jog my memory to do that.

Post it Plus turns an image of post it notes gathered as part of a class discussion, exercise, Q&A or whatever into digital post it notes. How cool is that? They can then be used again, shared for use on one of the many virutal desk tops/whiteboards that there are available now or just shared with the group as an aide memoire or jointly constructed class notes also other users can add to the notes so useful for students who were not at a session or who may think of something later.

Follow THIS LINK for more info and a short video demo.


Teaching Resource – Brand Value

When I was teaching a year one business class last year about brand value one of the students asked how brands are valued, who decides what they are worth and we had a lively discussion about it and did a bit of research. It would have been useful to have had this Economist article in my file of references and resources to pull out. You may have to sign up to the website but if you’re a business teacher I’d imagine you already are signed up and if not I’d recommend you do so and follow on Twitter, Facebook and from your blog site too for up to the minute news, articles, resources and information which can help in teaching a range of business disciplines.

The chart alone, which is reproduced here from the article, is a good easy reference tool to illustrate the differentials when it 1908397_10152669259339060_8587787567549023418_ncomes to putting a price on a brand. I wouldn’t just leave it there though, I hate to leave questions unanswered because when they come it shows that students are engaged and interested, that they are thinking about what they are learning  and  hungry for more information, which is any teacher’s dream. I’d support it with a read of the article and a discussion and maybe like I did without this article, encourage some research. 

For any new teachers out there who are heading into the classroom for the first time this month either as a teacher or a trainee teacher sometimes it’s OK to deviate from the lesson plan if it means that you are engaging and stretching the students. As long as you are not deviating from the topic completely it’s OK to do this ‘seize the moment’ teaching and this is one of the beauties of having technology at our finger tips in classrooms, both teachers and students can instantly and quickly search for information to develop and inform a discussion.

You don’t have to give over the rest of the lesson to a discussion but a few minutes can be time well spent. If the students are taking a lead in their study of the subject, manage it and let it happen don’t rush away from it because the plan is going to go five minutes out of sync, you will have the opportunity to catch that up at some point or you can select an area from your plan for extension work. This is the confident, mature and flexible approach to teaching I received really good feedback for in my obseravtions. I guess it’s a very humanistic approach and that fits with my ideology but then I guess I’m advocating a fusion of behaviourist and humanist by planning for those moments when they arise. Having a little folder of relevant resources is much more effective as a teaching tool than saying “I read in an article the other day…” it’s much better to go to a paper file or electronic file and say “take a look at this and tell me what you make of it”.

Business Teaching Resources

Just found some interesting and really useful resources provided by Nat West. They’re particularly good for teaching business topics with lots of really useful lessons and role play activities for anything from starting up a business onward.

You have to register to use the Nat West MoneySense for Schools service but if you’re a teacher that’s free and quick and easy. 

What more could you ask for?

Have registered this morning and had a quick look around and everything looks great, can’t wait to put some of it to use.

It’s also recommended by TES so has a cool endorsement there.

There are activities suitable for primary up to post compulsory so take a look it doesn’t hurt to have a bit of help with lesson planning and activity design especially if it’s expertly done.

ICT and Teaching

Top 100 Tools for Learning

Had a great session yesterday on learning theories and using ICT in teaching.

We were directed to a list of the top 100 IT tools for teaching and learning (click link at top of this post) and put into five groups of three to go off and research a couple of things on the list. We had to present back to the group with:

  • a description
  • where it might be useful and why
  • what might be the pitfalls

It was very interesting, not only digging around looking at the ones we migrated to which were mostly curative software but listening to what everyone else had found.

The list is well worth a look at and I was up until the small hours last night trying out some of the others on it. I’ve found one in particular that I think will be really useful with my group of learners  and I can see many uses for it which I am currently planning. This is shrouded in secrecy at the moment (love suspense) because I think it is what I will be using for my conference presentation next year.

I’ve been testing it out on my kids and they both love it which is always a good sign. One of the benefits of being  a mature PGCE student is that you might have your own in house focus group to put into action when trying something new and that has to be a bonus.

I’m on placement tomorrow and discussing ways of teaching the retail unit next semester so I’m spending tonight figuring out where to use this IT to its fullest potential within lessons. I have an idea for using it in every lesson in one way but think I could use it in other ways within specific lessons too.

In other news…

I had a great meeting with my mentor yesterday and ironed some things out and worked on a forward plan for next semester which will see my teaching hours increasing and my teaching BTEC Business Level 3 year 1 students too so I’m looking forward to that.

Essay draft deadline came and went and stupidly I forgot to pick up my day file (where I keep the relevant bits and bobs for that day’s lessons, teaching etc) and so didn’t get to hand in on time and then got sidetracked by domestic trauma and forgot to email it through so feedback will be less detailed and delivered as part of my tutorial in a couple of weeks time.

ILP uploading can happen now with successful access to the ebridge system having finally been achieved and so that should prompt me to make sure it is fully up to date.

We had the last taught session of the semester and so talk turned to arranging a social event, I wasn’t able to attend the last one so hopefully this time I’ll be there.

So yeah, a good day, placement tomorrow and from tomorrow I’m going to blog in depth about my placement experiences so I’ll definitely be back soon.

BTEC Business Level 3 Unit 13: Recruitment and Selection Resource Share

This Prezi:  Recruitment and Selection Prezi was designed to take a whole day to deliver (9am to 3.45pm) with breaks. The session was split into three chunks. The first session was a recap up to the point of the CV Element.

The second session was an hour long Powerpoint delivery by a fellow PGCE student as well as an exercise on CV’s and Cover Letters.

After this I delivered an hour long session on the Interview Process, delivering the remainder of the Prezi and ending with recording mock interviews, watching them back and peer reviewing.

Point of Note:

The colour by numbers task was very basic and put together at the request of one of the students who said she liked to colour things in, some of the others agreed and so this task was created. It had a number of interesting and unanticipated outcomes, one was that everyone engaged fully with the task, the second was that students took their completed work home and later said they’d used it to help with assignments and the third was that the students realised that if it was possible learning would be flexibly designed to suit their needs and styles of learning. In that sense it was a useful classroom management task, an effective relationship building tool as well as a learning opportunity and although it was initially felt to be very basic it allowed higher level discussion and analysis. All in all a very simple, but very useful task.

Lesson learned: less can sometimes be more

Microteach Prezi – Managing a Business Event BTEC Business Level 3 Unit 18 Resource Share

30 minute Prezi an Introduction to Managing a Business Event, designed to be the very first session as an introduction to the topic, Associated task to introduce the importance of event manager taking control at the outset of the process. The task is available on an earlier blog post.


Event Management Task

Click on the link below to view a task I devised for a lesson on Business Event Management which was quite well received. The idea was that this scenario based task could be used throughout Unit 18 of BTEC Level 3 from the initial introductory stage through to advanced elements of planning including things like budgetary management.

It’s adaptable to other subject areas and to other scenarios and is used initially to show how chaotic event planning can very quickly become if the event manager/organiser/planner doesn’t take control of lines of communication and responsibilities.

If using it for an observation or a microteach session be sure to give all observers a copy of the materials and details for administering the task in advance as they may not understand your intent and might perceive you to be administering it poorly which could be reflected on your feedback.

Ten Minute Task