Since the beginning of 2023, colleagues at HMP Wetherby have been learning how to embed digital skills across their planning, delivery and assessment.
Facilitated by Tony (Digital Learning Technologist), over six hours of CPD sessions have been provided to support colleagues with improving their own digital skills and to learn new ways of using digital in their lessons.
These 'click and play' style CPD sessions involve using the digital one-minute teaching tips and support guides available to colleagues on the Digital Hub. The session gave them an introduction to a digital tool and some suggestions on how to use it. The colleagues then met the following week at a share session, where they each demonstrated how the digital tool can be utilised within their curriculum.
Using Learning on Screen to support education delivery
Following on from the CPD session, tutor Paul at Wetherby has started to use Learning on Screen to support his delivery of the hospitality and catering course.
Part of the curriculum involves learning about health and safety rules and regulations in the hospitality sector, including professional kitchens. Paul saw an opportunity to embed digital here, using Learning on Screen to show some examples of health and safety practices gone wrong!
Using a clip from Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares, learners were able to identify where health and safety regulations had been broken. This fifteen-minute clip allowed for a detailed discussion on what shouldn't be found in a professional kitchen and how these issues could be fixed.
The use of a well-known television personality really helped with learner engagement and a real-world example allowed learners to contextualise the theory they had been learning.
The exercise was a success with Paul commenting positively on the experience:
I recently used learning on screen and found it a wonderful tool. It was easy to work, and the quality was brilliant.
When talking about his learners, Paul said:
The lads really did engage well and were willing to answer questions explaining what they had learnt.
Moving forward, Paul plans to embed digital in this way at least once a week and feels more confident using other digital tools in the future.
Overall, the sessions have been popular at Wetherby and the 'click and play' sessions have been repeated with different digital tools such as Wordwall and Britannica. One colleague commented that they now felt confident with understanding different avenues to using technology in class.
Read more about our digital provision and how we are supporting colleagues in embedding digital skills in their teaching.