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July Newsletter - Out Now!

The thought of a relaxing summer holiday is high on the agenda at the moment…and then it will be back to sorting budgets, planning courses that contain an element of online learning, delivering learning technology CPD to staff and, of course, inducting students! In July’s newsletter, we are featuring some practical ideas and approaches that could help you.


Learning Futures Conference: October 6th 2015

Learning Futures will be holding a dissemination event in London on Tuesday 6 October 2015. The conference will capitalise on the outcomes from the programme and will provide innovative solutions to support governors, leaders, managers and teachers to engage with and deploy learning technologies effectively. 

Attendees will have an opportunity to meet the senior leaders and practitioners involved in the projects and to explore how learning technologies can be used creatively to address some of the key challenges currently faced by the education and training sector.

Places are restricted so please register your interest in attending this event.

New CPD guide

Harnessing the Learning Futures CPD framework

During the next few months, many organisations will be focusing on staff development and we have a raft of resources ready for you to use. Our new CPD Guide has been designed to help you make full use of all of these resources to create your own tailored CPD sessions.

At the core of our resources are 11 free CPD modules for staff that demonstrate how technology can be used to enhance learning: for example, effective instructional design, online badging, gamification and videos.

Each module comprises a recorded webinar, a targeted activity and curated research:

Funded Research Blog


I thought I'd blog this rather than contact Deborah Millar directly to say I really like the way Blackburn have bought the sector into the development of their Learning Wheels. In an attempt to support the process, I passed on a few suggestions to add to one of the wheels and encouraged other practitioners to as well.

Once the Assistive Technology Wheel was released I shared the resource with HOLEX members , there have been a flurry of messages within our discussion group and I…

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After a slightly delayed start, Graham, our Engineering lead has spent the last couple of months working with Year 10 students from Hull Trinity House Academy  creating short videos of the boys setting up machinery. The focus has been on short, quick videos shot with mobile phones to show how quick and simple it can be to create materials that support peer-to-peer teaching within the class.

Some videos…

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About the Learning Futures programme

Learning Futures is an ambitious and exciting programme designed to support governors, leaders, teachers and trainers to inspire learning through the effective use of technology. 

A key feature of the programme will be the development of online communities of practice where ideas and learning will be shared. Working collaboratively, we will explore new possibilities, solve challenging problems, and generate new knowledge and understanding that will support the professional development of the workforce.

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Project resources available!

Take a look at the CPD resources that three of the Learning Futures’ projects have released early and find out more about how to:
These resources form part of a larger suite of resources and approaches to support staff CPD that are being developed by 17 Learning Futures projects and that will be shared with the education and training sector in the autumn of 2015.


Access a series of free modules, including recorded webinars led by experts on topics such as eLearning Delivery, Instructional design, Online badging and Assistive Technologies.