Learning Through Technology

Here at Blackburn College we passionately believe in preparing learners for their future careers. We strive to arm our learners and staff with an array of transferable skills to promote lifelong learning.

With the ever increasing and rapid evolution of technological advancements, innovations and ultimately new challenges, a focus on lifelong learning is becoming ever more critical.

To support our staff and learners in this transition, a blended learning strategy has been developed in-house. It is a visual learning model that places the learner at the centre of all the College does and is called The Learning Wheel

The aim of the model is to provide a range of engagement techniques via traditional face-to-face delivery, paper-based delivery and technology enhanced delivery.

A bank of 250 iPads, and other eResources such as: Visualisers, Voting systems, ActivTable, MakeyMakey, Go-Pro cameras and Flip cameras are now available for all teaching staff to access for lessons… changing any classroom into an interactive and engaging learning environment.

 

A recent addition to the Blended Learning team resources is the Innovation Lab. This mainly Staff-orientated environment offers nine flexible learning environments in one open plan space. Each of the nine learning zones has a purpose and includes an appropriate piece of technology.

Soft Spot zone 1

An eight seater sound-booth style seating area for meetings and staff development sessions with iPads which remotely display on a dedicated TV screen.

Soft Spot zone 2

A ten seater sound-booth style seating area for meetings and staff development sessions with iPads which remotely display on a dedicated TV screen.

Soft Spot zone 3

A two/three seater area for small meetings, consultations and demos.

iPit zone

An area for independent research, exploration or use of iPad/Apps etc.

Interactive Classroom zone

An 87” interactive screen with integrated voting technology for a variety of purposes – for larger groups e.g. 18 person.

Webinar zone

Area for attending/hosting online meetings and conferences with PC and Headset.

Screen Casting zone

Area for creating professional videos. Recording on-screen activities/demonstrations which can be shared with learners on any device. This area has a dedicated computer, specialist software and headset.

Exploration zone

An area for exploring new technologies with technician support if required. This area includes resources such as MakeyMakey, Visualisers, Snake cameras and Voice recorders.

ActivTable

Collaborative Small Group Learning - The ActivTable empowers and motivates users to lead their own learning; driving engagement, consensus decision making and classroom collaboration. This multi-user interactive table allows up to six learners to simultaneously use individual tools, web browsers and resources as their personal efforts move the group towards accomplishing a common goal.