September 17th, 2015

Using Digital technology to support Maths and English

Sharing Effective Practice in Digital Learning

Digital Learning Community of Practice

About the Event #DigiLearnForum :

Prospects College of Advanced Technology (PROCAT) hosts a digital learning community of practice for the sharing of effective practice between Colleges, FE, HE, Schools, Employers and other interested parties. The events are free to attend. Attendees are welcome from all locations.

The group meets on the last Friday of every calendar month.

Each month will focus on a specific theme and the forum will adopt different formats each month, from hands-on workshops, to share and tell sessions, presentations, round table exercises and action planning.

The next Digital Learning Community of Practice will take place on Friday 25 September at 8.30am – 12.30pm. The theme for September is “Using Digital Technology to Support Maths and English”.

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The Digital Learning Community of Practice works in partnership with:

Microsoft for Education
Using Digital technology to support Maths and English
Outline Programme:

***Please remember to bring your laptop / tablet to the event for the workshop activities.***

8.15: Arrival, registration and refreshments

8.30: Welcome and Introduction with Katharine Jewitt, Digital Learning Fellow at PROCAT

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8.45: JISC update with Account Managers Catherine Bone and Malcolm Bodley

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About Catherine Bone:
With a BSc (Hons) in computing, an MA in e-learning and an MBA, Catherine has worked in the education sector for the past 17 years, across both higher and further education. Catherine has a huge enthusiasm to motivate others in embracing technology and leverage the multitude of benefits that it offers.

Catherine is part of the south and east team of JISC, covering south and east England. Catherine offers customers innovative and trusted solutions to their challenges – helping them to harness the power of digital technology.

About Malcolm Bodley:
Malcolm joined JISC in 2007 and prior to this was an e-learning manager at a medium sized college where he also ran staff development training, A & V unit training, teacher education training, 14 – 16 programmes, Aim Higher and taught motor vehicle technology.

Malcolm’s interest in technology has been an important driver in his approach to teaching and learning, seeking innovation and sharing of good practice to improve the quality of teaching.

Malcolm works in the areas from Lincolnshire down to the Isle of Wight and from Oxford in the west to Norfolk and Suffolk in the East. Malcolm supports providers with the use of technology in teaching, learning and assessment and helping them to recognise the benefits of using technology by offering support from subject specialists.

9:00: Presentation and Workshop with David Jennings, Project Manager, for Citizen Maths.In this session, discover how Citizen Maths works, learn about the course content and the thinking behind Citizen Maths. Try out for yourself and understand how Citizen Maths can work with your institution.

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About Citizen Maths:
Citizen Maths is a free online course which allows you to fit your learning around other things in your life and work at your own pace. The course makes you feel you are in a one-to-one with a helpful and skilled teacher. It does this using short video lessons, demos and online apps. The apps help you to try things out. Citizen Maths is funded by the Ufi Charitable Trust.

10:00: Discover the app GEM (Generic English and Maths) from Harlow College with Gayle Peachey, the Implementation Manager for English and Maths at Harlow College.

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About GEM:
In the last academic year, Harlow College won a bid for DfE funding for ‘Sharing Innovative Approaches and Overcoming Barriers in Delivering 16-19 Study Programmes’. This funding has, in part, allowed the college to develop an online tool, called ‘GEM’ for use by all tutors and students.

The college is aware of the need for all students to improve their underpinning skills and was particularly keen to develop a tool which would encourage students to read texts from the world around them whilst helping them to develop their technical writing skills. From this aim, GEM (Generic English and Maths) was born.

GEM (Generic English and Maths) has been devised to provide English and maths activities via a mobile website to encourage all learners to get involved in, and read about, the world around them. From real time and up to date news feeds and information, learners are directed to perform activities to practice their underpinning skills for English and maths. GEM encourages learners to read texts from the world around them whilst helping them to develop their technical writing skills and basic maths knowledge.

  • GEM is fully responsive and can be used on various interfaces and devices including desktops, tablets and mobile screens of any size. The content displayed adjusts according to the device used.
  • The website uses real time news feeds and information to generate the activities automatically.
  • Activities are unique to each user ie. each learner will be provided with their own unique set of questions.
  • Learners can select activities generated from their individual preferred subjects.
  • Scores for individuals completed activities are recorded and stored and are visible for both the learner and their tutor.
  • Tutors can create class groups and view and download class group scorings to monitor learners’ progress and set individual targets via a report system.
  • GEM’s are awarded for high scoring learners.
  • GEM is available for use to over 520 educational institutions in the UK.

10:30: Refreshment Break and an opportunity to network

11:00: Hands On Workshop – E Learning Tools for English and Maths with Sam Butler, Functional Skills Tutor from Adult Community Learning, Essex County Council. You will come away from the workshop being able to use two or more online tools which you can use in teaching English and Maths.

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In this workshop, you will be introduced to free software tools to enhance teaching and learning.

Introduction to Padlet with opportunity to get involved:

  • Overview Padlet
  • Interactive element for classroom and distance use
  • Teaching resource applications
  • Board storm ideas for use in English and maths with feedback
  • Q&A
  • As a feedback/networking tool

Introduction to Lino-it

  • Overview as a teaching and learning resource with some examples of good practice
  • Introduction to Screencast-O-Matic:

  • Use as a feedback tool
  • Use to provide audio/video files on a range of topics for teaching and learning
  • Use in-house to provide CPD and as a way of cascading information for staff

Quick notes on creating a YouTube account and using Skype

12:30: The event closes. No lunch but we can move to the College Canteen for more chat and networking

Showcase your work at a future event

If you would like to showcase what you have been doing at your organisation (slots can be as short as 5 minutes) or if you would like to present or run a workshop, please email 


What is the Social Networking Hashtag for the Digital Learning Community of Practice?

Please use the hashtag #DigiLearnForum

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

The event is held at our Basildon campus. Please visit this link for transport options and directions:

There are limited parking spaces available on-campus or park on the surrounding roads.

Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?

If you have any questions, please email

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