Monthly Archives May 2017

Joining a Google Classroom

One of the biggest updates recently to Google’s excellent Classroom product, is that they have allowed private individuals to join or create classes with normal gmail accounts. Fro distributed provision such as ours this is a veritable boon as we no longer have to plan ahead quite so much to enable access. What they don’t mention anywhere that I can see is that you don’t even need a gmail account. If you sign up as a new user and select the ‘I would like to use my own email’ option it will create you a Google account capable of accessing
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New teaching materials

We’ve added a whole lot of new training materials to our website for people to self study of to help our tutors develop and improve their lessons. We’ve also just discovered the excellent XTLearn online portal for collecting great resources together for students. Our first collection is up and we’ll be adding many more soon. Online Training – Main  
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New courses for summer!

It’s gorgeous and sunny here in Bristol right now. Still, it’s bound to be worse over the bank holiday weekend; what better time to enrol on a new course for the summer? Healthy Cooking on a Budget Keeping up with the kids – Brush up your Maths  
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Quality of Life

The new Bristol quality of life survey is ready. please feel free to take part and have your say:   The QoL survey is available at: www.bristol.gov.uk/quality . On Twitter we’re using the Hashtag #LifeInBristol    
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Understanding Syria

Google have just released a new website to help people understand the Syrian refugee crisis. Searching for Syria combines data from the UNHCR and Google to answer five questions: “what was Syria like before the war?”; “what is happening in Syria?”; “who is a refugee?”; “where are Syrian refugees going?”; and “how can I help Syrian refugees?” The site includes stories of people who have been displaced by the six-year war, alongside statistics that detail the scope of its devastation. It also features 360-degree videos of ancient sites that have been damaged or destroyed during the conflict, as well as
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Using videos to deliver training materials

In order to improve the delivery of teaching to learners we had planned to greatly increase the amount of face to face training we offer to our tutors. This seemed like an easy thing to achieve initially, and we booked in the courses and sent out the invites. It didn’t take long to see the issues which always seem to plague distributed delivery of training Namely we struggled to deliver training courses that were in the right venues or the right times for staff, when those staff work over such a wide area and rarely from centralised points. Only the most engaged
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FREE first aid course

Gain an Emergency First Aid At Work certificate with Protrainings. This course is FREE to anyone who receives an eligible means tested benefit, otherwise fees may apply. Cost £21. Tutor: Lucy Page Course would suit: Our courses are particularly for adults over 19 years with few or no qualifications. Venue: Wescott Grove Community Rooms, De Clifford Road, Lawrence Weston, BS11 0UB Find more details online at www.communitylearningwest.net or enrol via Suzanne on 0117 9030072 or email suzanne.gaffney@bristol.gov.uk
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Mental Health Awareness Week

To mark Mental Health Awareness Week, Bristol is celebrating the ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’, highlighting how we can all take simple steps to improve our mental wellbeing. Whilst we know that five fruit and veg a day helps us to stay physically healty, we’re less aware of the way we can stay emotionally healthy. Throughout the week we’ll be exploring the Five Ways to Wellbeing, with a different theme each day. Activities will be taking place across the city to help us to connect, be active, take notice, learn and give. In this leaflet, you’ll find out everything that’s happening
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Brilliant FREE events in Bristol

Check out the brilliant FREE events as part of #learningatworkweekbristol from Mon 15 May National Learning at Work Week is taking place from 15 – 21 May and provides a great opportunity to promote the value of learning in the workplace. The theme for 2017 is ‘curious and creative’. Learning can help to bring out the best in staff and enable organisations to stay one step ahead, improving productivity, encouraging innovation and opening up new possibilities. Throughout the week, a number of Bristol Learning City partners and supporting organisations will be working together to promote and celebrate the benefits of
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