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Case Study - cake craft - UoD

General information
.Level (age of students) 16 to 18 years old
.Discipline / subject / course National 5 Hsopitality Practical Cake Craft
.Number of participants 9
.Category of the tool Blogs and Portfolio
.Tool / resource Blogger/Dropbox
.Country Scotland
.Language of the tool or resource English
.Time plan start date Start date: 1/9/2013
.Time plan finish date Finish date: 10/5/2014
.Did you use an example scenario from the initial phase of the eLene2learn project as an inspiration? No
Specific information about given case
.Aim To provide pupils with a system where they can record their research and development work in a written and photographic manner. Where they can share ideas and sources of inspiration and have input from a number of sources. This should offer an alternative method of communication between pupils and staff and pupils and peers. To develop competences in pupils to enable them to become more self-motivated and aware of the amount of work they are creating (or not). They will also experience an alternative form of assessment in preparation for this method currently being implemented in some courses in Higher Education. It is hope that this will not only raise levels of attainment but allow our pupils to be better prepared and therefore ease the transition between school and HE.
.Objectives Enable pupils to use a method of communication with which they are already familiar (social networking) to exchange ideas and experiences and to have unlimited storage and accessibility for their research and completed work. To enable them to be familiar with a new form of assessment which they are likely to encounter in Higher Education.
.Learning to learning (L2L) competences to be achieved • self-regulation
• self-assessment
• self-management
• thinking, problem-solving and decision making
• ability to handle obstacles and change
• being creative
• communication (reading and writing)
• collaboration
• motivation and confidence
.Proposed activities To use social media as a way of enhancing and reinforcing the learning and teaching in the classroom. A tool to help track pupil's progress and the level of engagement, giving feedback and encouraging group participation and teamwork
.Pedagogical approach taken Pupils are sup[ported to become familiar with the process/site through a timetabled IT period.
.Methods of evaluation • Homework tasks set and marked.
• Evidence of pupil engagement through quality of the blog.
• Pupil evaluation through Socrative questionnaire.
• Improvement of skill levels through home use of on-line tutorials e.g. Youtube.
.Ethical statement Statement placed at beginning of survey. Survey was completed anonymously
Evaluation of the outcomes and impact for learners (summaries of feedback)
(with particular attention paid to the initial aims and objectives of the implementation plan and the key competencies developed)
.Summary of student feedback - Usage (max 200 words) Allowed me to keep track of progress and go back and review early attempts and see physical evidence of progress.
Allowed my teachers and others to view my work and leave comment.
.Summary of student feedback - Benefits (max 200 words) Allowed me to gain an understanding of how a blog works.
To allow me to include a link of the blog in my UCAS application. This allowed the selector to see a much wider range of my skill.
Allowed me to identify strengths and weaknesses.
Allowed me to communicate with my peers and teacher when carrying out work out of school.
Enabled me to share useful tutorials and other resources with my peers.
Pushed me to use a form of technology of which I was unfamiliar.
.Summary of student feedback - Development of competencies (max 200 words) • self-regulation
• self-assessment
• self-management
• thinking, problem-solving and decision making
• ability to handle obstacles and change
• being creative
• communication (reading and writing)
• collaboration
• motivation and confidence
.Summary of student feedback - Supporting transition (max 200 words) Blogging is not used by any other department and I will most likely require this skill in Further Education.
Has enhanced my ability to review and self-evaluate.
.Summary of student feedback - Challenges or barriers (max 200 words) Self-motivation, especially in a school environment where pupils are mainly ‘teacher led'.
You tube was not available in school due to restrictions.
.Summary of student feedback - Improvements that can be made to the activity or the application (max 200 words) It would have been very useful for my Higher Art as there is no way of showing how much time is spent on a particular piece of work.
More departments and teachers should use Blogger.
More feedback from the teacher.
.Summary of tutor observation - Usage (max 200 words) The trial took place from the beginning of the session until pupils left for study leave in May.
Used for homeworks tasks and a way of measuring engagement.
.Summary of tutor observation - Benefits (max 200 words) Allowed us to monitor pupil engagement through the level of pupil input to the blog. This could include e.g. research skills, evidence of practice of pupil's practical skills, level of effort becomes very obvious.
The ability is there for the teacher to have as little or as much input as desired.
Positive comment from teacher and peers/others on the blog can have a very positive impact on pupils with low self-esteem.
.Summary of tutor observation - Development of competencies (max 200 words) • self-regulation
• self-assessment
• self-management
• thinking, problem-solving and decision making
• ability to handle obstacles and change
• being creative
• communication (reading and writing)
• collaboration
• motivation and confidence
.Summary of tutor feedback - Supporting transition (max 200 words) Blogging helped pupils to become more self-disciplined in cataloguing their work and taking responsibility for building a portfolio.
.Summary of tutor observation - Challenges or barriers (max 200 words) All pupils must have access to the internet at home and a wide range of websites e.g. You tube.
All pupils will require a means of/device for photographing their work.
.Summary of tutor observation - Improvements that can be made to the activity or the application (max 200 words) Ensuring that regular feedback is giving throughout the whole course.
Reflection and recommendations regarding the activity and approach used by the teacher, tutor or trainer
.What worked well? (max 250 words) Pupils were motivated and standard of attainment improved.
I was able to share resources and questions to allow pupils to explore topic in more depth.
Allows access to studies out with the regular school day.
Pupils enjoyed receiving digital comments.
Gives the teacher a great insight into the personality of the pupil which may not be apparent in the classroom.
.What would be done differently? (max 250 words) Setting more homework tasks.
Ensuring pupil feedback is consistent.
.Recommendations for other practitioners who may consider using this approach (max 250 words) We would highly recommend the use of Blogging to engage pupils, track progress, and give an insight into pupil's personalities. Enabling you to evaluate your own teaching methodologies and to tailor these to pupils needs.