TEL for ALL January 2019 Newsletter

Welcome and Happy New Year!

A very happy New Year to you from all at GRETB FET! Welcome to the January edition of TEL for ALL your online newsletter to promote and provide information on TEL in the classroom. In this edition: The next round of TEL training; instructional video for mentimeter interactive presentation software; Eventbrite links to register for training in iPad basics with Book Creator and TEL in action from the apprentices in GRETB Training centre! We would like to share your TEL tales of best practice! If you have a project you would like featured in our next newsletter please contact aoife.fitzsimons@gretb.ie

TEL for ALL Feedback

The first round of TEL for ALL workshops have created a great momentum for TEL initiatives in GRETB. It was great to meet so many enthusiastic TEL advocates and to see the exciting projects that are being delivered in centres across the region. Thank you for taking the time to complete the survey monkey in the November issue. This helped identify a range of further training initiatives for TEL as requested by you.

The survey identified huge interest in tools to develop learning resources and also using innovative software to create dynamic digital experiences for learners. iPad training for staff was highlighted as a priority and will be the focus of the next round of TEL training in February 2019. This will be followed by introduction to basic programming (coding) workshops in March 2019.

Survey Monkey Feedback with word cloud https://www.wordclouds.com/

iPad Basics with Book Creator

TEL training in February 2019: This half day workshop will cover the basics of working with your iPad. It is aimed at staff who want to learn more about how to use their ipads as a TEL tool in the classroom. Participants will also be introduced to the Book Creator app, a wonderful interactive app that can be used to create classroom resources or personal digital story books. There will be three sessions in different locations and places will be limited so register quickly! You can register for these sessions by clicking on these eventbrite links to choose a centre near you. Centre locations include Gort; Letterfrack; Roscommon

Introduction to Coding with Swift Playgrounds

TEL training in March 2019 will introduce you to basic programming. The workshop will give you a gentle introduction to coding to show how devices work and what happens behind the screen! No prior experience is necessary for this workshop but we will have you up and coding by the end of the day! The featured app is Swift Playgrounds a fun app that can be used in different classroom contexts to enhance learning in a creative way. Registration will be through Eventbrite details to follow.

If you would like to host a TEL for All training session in your centre please email aoife.fitzsimons@gretb.ie

How to mentimeter! An instructional video to get you started

Mentimeter interactive presentation software is a great way to liven up any session or classroom. The system works through live voting. Here is an example of a mentimeter word cloud used to ask what you would like in your TEL newsletter - you can vote too by going to menti.com and entering the code: 277185. Have a look at the video below to learn how to mentimeter!

mentimeter word cloud https://mentimeter.com

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TEL in Action GRETB Training Centre: Carpentry and Joinery Apprentices

GRETB Training Centre Carpentry and Joinery Apprentices: Our next example of best practice comes from Michael Downes, Carpentry and Joinery instructor in the GRETB Training Centre. He has used custom animations in Microsoft PowerPoint to create a seamless video for his apprentices to teach them the process of creating an isometric drawing. Mike then uses the video in a number of settings: he uploads it to Moodle, he displays it in the classroom via interconnected PCs, and he also displays it on a monitor in the workshop. Often the apprentices will access the video on their mobile phone as well, as a direct reference for their work.

Thanks to Mike Downes in GRETB Training Centre for sharing this exciting project . If you would like to share a TEL idea or project please email aoife.fitzsimons@gretb.ie and we'll include it in our newsletter!

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