Needless to say, along with everyone else the past month was half normal(ish) and then quite suddenly completely different. Following the announcement by the government of school closures nationwide we have all been relegated to home-working and, most probably, being more-than-a-little glued to the machines we have chosen to base our teaching careers around!
It has been a very exciting and busy 5 months or so at New College Swindon with our internal Smash Bros league-taking place every lunchtime. Despite having over 100 learners across the college sign up we decided to put the tournament in the canteen to increase awareness and interest around esports. This has resulted in lots of spectators, including staff and students, watching the matches.
It’s a fresh new year and that means one thing: our annual Schoolhouse applications are now open!
Well... As of today I am a ‘seasoned-pro’ having delivered a whole three of my self-crafted Digital Schoolhouse workshops and things are starting to fall into place with lessons learned and tweaks made. One thing I seem to particularly lean on as a teacher - I guess it’s my particular ‘teaching style’ - is to treat a lesson or series of lessons rather like a story. I think that really means trying to internalise the content of what I am teaching, and then wrap it up in a strong reason why it might be interesting or applica
Last month Laura and I went to the HundrED Innovation Summit in Helsinki. It was fascinating hearing about Education initiatives from across the globe. A couple of things struck me. Firstly, there is a huge gulf between the haves and have nots – the initiatives from parts of Africa and India make a huge impact with so little - and secondly, many of the initiatives were incredibly creative, something Digital Schoolhouse strives to bring to UK classrooms.
We feel incredibly privileged to be supported by passionate and generous industry partners, who have enabled us to reach thousands of pupils across the UK and make our vision of bridging the gap between education and industry a reality.
This months blog inspiration comes from the TV show RuPaul's Drag Race. If you haven’t seen RuPaul’s Drag Race, imagine a mash up of Project Runway and The Apprentice but with Drag Queens and you won’t be far off the mark. What has this got to do with education or my hybrid role I hear you ask, well as I have been watching the series unfold over the last few weeks it has occurred to me that communication is at the show’s core.
We’re thrilled to finally reveal One Minute Mentor, our new careers resource which aims to inspire pupils with the breadth of roles available in the creative digital sector through punchy, digestible videos hosted on our YouTube channel.
Discover our One Minute Mentor careers resource here!