Speakers’ Corner

    June 1st, 2010 by Dirk Stieglitz

    Speakers’ Corner is a space for Pontydysgu associates and guest bloggers. It includes the following bloggers.

    Ana García Muñoz

    My name is Ana García Muñoz and I´m from Spain. I´m a Sociologist and I have worked, among others, in European projects in VET. My research interest include informal learning, the changing roles and competences of teachers and trainers with special attention to emergent profiles including acreditation models. In the blog I want to reflect the current Spanish situation in this field in reation with the European landscape.

    My Learning Journey

    Cristina Costa’s learning journey……..

    Jo’s Blog

    Jo Turner-Attwell is an intern at Pontydysgu who is discovering she has more to write in a blog than she originally thought.

    Ange’s Blog

    Angela Rees is a researcher and teacher based in Pontypridd in Wales. Her research intersets include e-learning, special education and learning difficulties and dyslexia.

    Daniela’s Blog

    Daniala Reimann’s blog on Media Arts Education focuses on interdisciplinary approaches in media, arts and education at school and university level.


    Maria Perifanou has been working as an Italian language teacher for the last ten years and a researcher in the field of Applied Linguistics since 2002. She also works as an e-learning trainer for language teachers. She has participated in several European research summer and winter schools, workshops, conferences. She is also a member of different European research networks such as the TENCompetence Network and the Network of the European Technology of Enhanced Learning.

    User Design Blog

    This blog is written by Anuraj Dadhich. He is from Assam in India and is spending a summer internship with the University of Bremen and Pontydysgu. Anuraj is a student in Interaction Design.

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    July 27th, 2015 by Angela Rees
    Curiosity got the better of me and I had to find out what the #blimage was going on in my Twitter feed. Turns out there’s some viral edu-blogging going on. Give someone a picture and challenge them to turn it into a learning related post. This youtube video from the originator @AmyBurvall explains it nicely. […]

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    Wales National Digital Learning Event 2015

    July 15th, 2015 by Angela Rees
    Jen and I went along to the National Digital Learning Event and Awards in Cardiff earlier in June. We handed out Taccle books and went to some workshops. There were a few to choose from but I attended a technocamps session which explored some ways of teaching computer science using lego bricks, (build a simple lego structure, now explain to your partner how to build an identical structure without them seeing what you have built) using people, (direct your person around the room using simple commands) and using Cargo Bot. I like what technocamps do, kit like Lego Mindstorms is pretty expensive, so they take the kit around to secondary schools and colleges across Wales for one day workshops. For lots of ideas about how to teach computing, coding and programming for the rest of the year you could check out the Taccle2 blog and the Babitech page. In the afternoon I had fun playing with Sonic Pi , which uses code for composing and performing music, you can see me in the video below (just after the 2 minute mark) getting flustered because there was a mistake in my loop. Don't let that put you off, it was really good fun and a great way to get instant and useful results form your code. [youtube] The best thing about the day was seeing the great things being done across Wales with Ponty locals Big Click scooping the Commercial Digital Project Award [youtube] You can see all of the other inspirational kids and teachers getting their tech on at the Hwb website with projects like e-safety, coding with minecraft, creating an interactive local map and staging a robot wars competition. Keep an eye out for next years entries, Welsh kids are good with technology, the competition should be tough!

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    On the BabiTech iPhone

    July 15th, 2015 by Angela Rees
    Originally posted on Babi Tech:
    I’m sure you’re all dying to know which apps made it to the current BabiTech list. If there’s something missing that Babis 1 and 2 really need to have, stick it in the comments and we’ll try it out. Toca Boca Toca Boca’s Hair Xmas, Toca Builders, Toca Band, Toca…

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    London Tech Week 2015

    July 1st, 2015 by Angela Rees
    I had a pretty exciting and busy couple of days in London during their annual technology week. Straight off the train I met Vini from Quizalize which is hands down the best online quiz creator for educators I have used yet with the added bonus feature of live feedback. I don’t think they are embeddable but […]

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    Fundraising Guide

    March 13th, 2015 by Angela Rees

    The RadioActive project has produced a Funding Guide with lots of great ideas to raise money to get your internet radio show up and running.

    We’re not saying you’ll need the money but it’s always nice to have a helping hand with the overheads and new equipment.

    Check it out here


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    Internet Radio as an educational intervention

    February 3rd, 2015 by Angela Rees

    The EU funded RadioActive project is in its final days but that doesn’t mean we are suffering from RadioActive decay! Shows are set to continue with our prize winning Portuguese partners securing funding for another year, UEL funded Post grad courses, DragonHall and the UK have made the RadioActive system their usual way of working and there’s no stopping the teams at Deichstadt Radio and KO-N-RAD in Germany.

    Along with the great radio shows and podcasts we have produced a number of useful products;

    • Future Facilitators’ Guide – Online, offline and audio guides for anyone wishing to join in.
    • ePub and pdf versions of RadioActive Practices – a report containing many of the common practices developed and refined by participants and RadioActive researchers across this European partnership over the last two years.  And there are several examples of the significant impact felt by some of the individuals who became ‘radio-activists’ along the way.
    • The Training Suite with Technical, Journalism and Organisational hints tips and tutorials.
    • A Moodle course explaining the digital badge system and curriculum
    • A RadioActive curriculum which details many of the activities completed whilst making Internet Radio and cross matches them with the EU Lifelong Learning Key Competecies.

    For more information and a wealth of other resources, check out or follow @RadioActive101 or like us on Facebook

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    Tackling tricky topics – Cyber Bullying

    January 30th, 2015 by Angela Rees

    Originally posted on Babi Tech:

    Cyber bullying is when someone uses technology like texting, online chat rooms and social networks to bully someone. Children may find it hard to talk about cyber-bullying so it’s important to let them know that they can talk to you about anything.

    Top tips for broaching the subject;

    Stay calm. Children need to know that you’ll listen without judging or threatening to deal with a bully yourself.

    Conversation starters;

    Who’s sent you a message today? What did you talk about?

    How to deal with it;

    Keep the evidence, find out how to take screen shots on

    Don’t punish the victim by removing internet access or phone use as fear of this may prevent children from wanting to tell you if something is going on.

    Do monitor internet access and phone use and take an active interest in what’s going on.

    Don’t feed the trolls. As with all bullies, ignoring…

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    RadioActive 101 presents ‘Mental Health and Young People: Experiences and Perspectives’

    January 30th, 2015 by Angela Rees

    Live show 7PM, Friday 30 Jan 2015
    RadioActive101: Learning through radio, learning for life!

    RadioActive 101 presents ‘Mental Health and Young People: Experiences and Perspectives’. In this show we explore what different groups of young people in the UK think about mental health, discussing their experiences and giving their perspectives on perceived differences in help and support for mental health issues at school and college.
    The show is hosted by Tom Gerken from the University of East London (UEL) and goes out to you, live at 7pm on Friday 30 Jan 2015.

    Go to the website and click ‘Listen Live’

    Connect with us on Facebook
    Follow us on Twitter

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    Tackling tricky topics – Adult content

    January 21st, 2015 by Angela Rees


    More from my O2 guru content – this is part one of Tricky Topics and how to approach them with young people.

    Originally posted on Babi Tech:

    Let’s face it, no one wants to talk to their children about adult content. In fact if we were playing cringe-worthy-parent-moments top-trumps, porn beats them all. The trouble is, no matter how good our home internet parental controls are, you only need to walk around the magazine aisle of a supermarket to expose your child to an abundance of sexualized images. It’s something we need to talk about and I’d rather brave my inevitable blushes than let someone else talk to my kids about it first.

    Top tips for broaching the subject;

    Keep it age appropriate, if your children are very young, you can talk to them about respect for their own body and respect for other people. You can also reassure them that they can talk to you about anything.

    Prepare yourself;

    Think about what messages you do and don’t want to get across to your child. You…

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    Preparing kids for unsupervised internet use

    January 19th, 2015 by Angela Rees

    Originally posted on Babi Tech:

    More of the content I produced for O2 Telefonica, you can find the published versions and more on the O2 guru bites site but I thought the Babitech and Pontydysgu audiences would appreciate their own versions…

    The internet is an amazing place for learning, creating, playing and socializing for the whole family. You wouldn’t let your kids play outside unaccompanied unless you were confident they could cross the road safely and not talk to strangers and the same applies to the internet. We all want online experiences to be positive so here’s a green cross code for unsupervised internet use.

    For Parents;

    Turn on the parental controls by logging in to your internet provider and opting in to the safety options.

    Turn safe search on for Google by going to and clicking “filter explicit results”

    Remember to do this on all computers, mobiles and tablets your child has access…

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