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On Friday I was lucky enough to be invited by Dawn Buzzard from the Education & Training Foundation to run a workshop with her at a Huddersfield University event for staff involved in Teacher Education called 'Unpacking' the FELTAG report.

I was a bit nervous at first as I don't have a lot of confidence in my presentation skills (not being a teacher like the rest of them!) and 40 minutes seemed a long time to fill. However, I am very enthusiastic about our project and was keen to…

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2nd issue of Digital Passport

In the editor's chair for this month's NETSPass Digital Passport is Durham County Council. Features on useful Apps and links plus an update on progress made in designing the new Digital Curator course which is aimed at tutors in all 7 Local Authority members of NETSPass. March issue will be edited by Newcastle City Council.…

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As technology enthusiasts we embrace the use of technology to improve teaching, learning and assessment. Slowly but surely technology is making a cultural change and becoming ever more evident in a modern classroom. From research we have carried out first-hand at Blackburn College it is also clear that students feel that technology can…
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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.

Sharing ideas

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Register for a range of live webinars developed to support the post-16 education and training workforce to use learning technologies effectively.

2nd March at 1.00pm - eLearning. Join Peter Kilcoyne as he shares his work at the Heart of Worcestershire College implementing a cross college blended learning curriculum.

18th March 2015 at 1.00pm: Getting the most from Xerte Online Toolkits
Join Ron Mitchell to discover how Xerte Online Toolkits is putting technology into the hands of teachers, technologists and learners, as well as more specialist developers, all over the world.

24 March 2015 at 1.00 pm: Design and Create Online Videos
Explore with Ben Verrall from Toffee Hammer Productions approaches and tools to take you from initial design to the technical aspects of creating videos.

26th March 2015 at 1.00pm: Gamification
An exciting opportunity to hear from Paul Ladley at the Pixcel Foundation about top tips for design, development and delivery.

To register for a webinar, download this registration form (this needs to be returned to admin@lfutures.co.uk).

Programme News & Events

It was being awoken by the barking of the dog early on a Saturday morning nearly ten years ago that first made me think about the role of technology in college governance. The postman could not get the thick bundle of documents through the letter box and answering the door in my dressing gown at six-thirty on a freezing winter morning sharpened my focus.

After 25 years in further education, I moved to the National College for School Leadership to train head teachers, and I also became…

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On 4th November, leaders of the thirteen action research projects started their journey at London’s Rainmaking Loft. Over the coming year, they will be developing approaches and resources to support leaders and teachers to embed the effective use of learning technologies into teaching, learning and assessment.

Watch our video to find out more about them, what inspires them, what they hope to achieve, and how they will be collaborating with the wider online community along the…

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Dawn Buzzard replied to Learning Futures (Admin)'s discussion What are the barriers to using technology for teaching and learning?
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Dawn Buzzard replied to Learning Futures (Admin)'s discussion What are the barriers to using technology for teaching and learning?
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