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I visited the Manchester College yesterday and was very impressed with some of the work being done by the Intro to Work course.  This is one of the MoLeNet supported courses using mobile technology for learners who are achieving at around entry level on the Adult Qualifications Framework.  They are using the social networking tool, Ning to support each other and work together as part of their college course. It was great to see each of the learners using the site independently and showing me how to upload videos from YouTube and create mash ups of photos. The site is effectively being used as an eportfolio for the group.

Each of the group had a work placement on a weekly basis and a couple of them were doing a great piece of work for mobility training.  They had taken a numer of bus rides and photographed landmarks along the way.  They then used a piece of software I hadn’t come across before called ‘Comic Life‘.  This uses uploaded photos with added captions to and create a comis strip type story.

While I was there one of them said to me  “You should use more technology for education – it’s easier for people like me to use”  I did suggest he might like my job!

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The LSC has announced that a further £2.5 million capital funding will be available for MoLeNET 3.  For those not familiar with MoLeNET it stands for ‘Mobile Learning Network‘ and is a scheme administered by the LSN (Learning and Skills Network) to encourage the use of mobile technology for teaching and learning in the FE sector.

As a team we held a collaborative event at Preston College last week.  We had 31 delegates from learning providers across the North West of England and were delighted to welcome Dr Geoff Foot, the MoLeNET project manager.  Among the delegates were some college who had already had successful phase 1 or 2 bids and they shared their experiences.  It was clear that there is a considerable amount of work involved in running a project and the actual cost is over and above the 20% paid in advance to LSN.

As the deadline approaches, we are aware that there are colleges who would still like more information before making any decisions, so we have organised a further online event on Tuesday 1 September at 12.30.  We’ll be using Adobe connect and again Geoff Foot has agreed to be online to answer questions from learning providers.

Details of the event can be found here with a booking form here.

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