On Thursday last, at Guildford College, we launched the TechDis Ambassadors programme.
The purpose of the programme is to create and develop a community of TechDis Ambassadors in the south east of England. Ambassadors can be students or staff.
Our aim is to promote and celebrate the use of technologies that help the learning process, especially for those who experience difficulties with their learning. We explored a number of these at last week’s launch event.
Three TechDis Accredited Trainers were present: myself, Sally Betts and Lilian Soon; along with three TechDis Senior Advisors (Alistair McNaught, Simon Ball and Lisa Featherstone) and two representatives from the JISC Regional Support Centre in Canterbury (Amanda Riley and Artie Vossel-Newman).
Following a quick overview of the project and brief introductions, we began with a game of Taboo! Lilian led this, with the intention of getting everyone present working together with a common aim – it worked very well and by the end everyone was talking happily to everyone else. And smiling.
We then had introductions to a variety of easily available, easy to use and free technologies. I showed some simple techniques in Microsoft® Word that might have passed people by.
- Scroll Wheel+Ctrl easily increases/decreases text size (not Word specific),
- Web View overcomes the problem of horizontal scrolling caused by 1. above, and
- Drag ‘n’ Drop – using simple techniques to create an interactive resource.
Sally discussed some video creation techniques including:
Lilian, Lisa and Alistair continued the theme by showing a variety of audio creation techniques, uses for Xerte and a variety of uses for everything we had shown. By lunchtime there was a real buzz about the room and everyone was keen to speak with their appointed mentor.
I’m not sure whether ‘mentor’ capture the role properly. Certainly we are there to help, to offer guidance, to train, to be a critical friend, to keep the project on track – but in the end, each person working on the various projects will be the real stars: The TechDis Ambassadors.
I’m looking after five projects. All are currently working on their action plans, whilst I work on the logistics for travelling extensively across the south of England .
Also see my previous post: