Back in 2003 I evaluated a wonderful teaching programme at The Sheffield College where learner’s texts and biographies formed the basis of the curriculum. The course wassuccessful in that kids engaged with it, loved it, succeeded in progressing to where they wanted to be in their English Education. The talented teachers at the college taught me a lot about the importance of listening to learners and acting on what they say.
This wonderful course under the direction of Julie Hooper also used digital resources as much as possible and it was this that led them to pioneer the first UK online GCSE programme. This has now built up to an amazing online college. Their Game to Engage course is one of the many which has been awarded prizes, where students with learning challenges were involved in digital games of all kinds as part of their learning.
Things have moved on so much since 2003 and I like how young people are having their say in ways that were unimagined in the past. For example in the EdExel Maths exam last week kids took to Twitter to complain about how hard the questions were.
I like how young people have this space where they can make their voices heard and I am sure I am not the only one whose Facebook page saw discussions about it. When I was doing my O’levels I had to put up and shut up and I like to see that there is a possiiblity that kids can make a shout out now.
The result of stuff going viral on Twitter of course though, is that in the end, everyone loses control of their original tweets and we witness the witty and not so witty results of a meme.