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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    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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    How Babis Learn Tech

    January 9th, 2015 by Angela Rees


    Humorous explanations of first interactions with technology.

    Originally posted on Babi Tech:

    All of the cartoons in one handy blog post.

    Behaviourist Babi

    Behaviourist Babi

    Cognitivist Babi

    Cognitivist Babi

    Humanist Babi

    Humanist Babi

    Social Constructivist Babi

    Vygotsky Babi

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    A Plain Speaking Guide to the KS3 Computing Curriculum in England

    January 7th, 2015 by Angela Rees

    Originally posted on Babi Tech:

    I did some writing for O2 Telefonica at the end of last summer, 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…

    A Parents Guide to the KS3 Computing Curriculum

    Learning about computing is learning to think in a logical way. You need to be able to break a problem down into smaller parts, to look for and recognise patterns, to work out what the most essential details are and come up with a step by step method for solving the problem which anyone could follow and produce the same results. All of these things can be taught without any technology at all. You could programme your kids to make the perfect cup of tea!

    If you have children in years 7, 8 or 9 in England, they will be studying the…

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    Vocational biography design to support young unemployed people goes Europe

    November 2nd, 2014 by Daniela Reimann

    We just managed to tranfer the idea of enabling young unemployed people to visualize their vocational experience and biography using digital media to the European level. The research project “Show Your Own Gold (Acronym) develops, tests and evaluates „a European Concept to Visualize and Reflect One’s Vocational Biography Using Digital Media”. It is funded under the ERASMUS+ Key Action 2, Strategic Partnerships programm for 3 years (2014-2017), co-ordinated by IBP/KIT


    Aims and objectives
    The project aims to develop a European concept for consultancy, including course design, to enable young, unemployed people to display their vocational biography. This is realized by producing media available on a multimedia-based online environment to visualise informally and formally acquired skills. The letter is realized by introducing media-based competence portfolios. Within the framework of the project, both the Internet-based competence portfolio as well as consultancy offered for the participants of vocational preparation courses will be developed in the form of an scientifically accompanied course. The course will be developed, realized with young people in the 6 countries and evaluated.

    Project partners:
    • Instituto Politécnico de Beja, Art and Multimedia Laboratory, Education Faculty, Beja, Portugal (Prof. Dr. Aldo Passarinho, Prof. Ana Sofia Velhinhu Sousa), Website

    • PONTYDYSGU LTD, The Bridge To Learning, Wales, U.K. (director: Graham Attwell) Website

    • SC AxA Consulting 99 SRL, a consultancy and training company providing high quality skills training programmes for corporate and industrial clients. (Liliana Voicu), Bucarest, Romania, Website

    • UNIVERSITAT DE BARCELONA, Cultural Pedagogies, Faculty of Fine Arts, Esbrina Research Group – Subjectivitats i Entorns Educatius Contemporan“, dedicated to the study of the conditions and current changes in education in a world mediated by digital technologies and visual culture. (Prof. Dr. Fenando Hernandez, Prof. Dr. Juana Sancho-Gill, Rachel Fendler), Website

    • Zavod NEFIKS Institut za promocijo in belezenje neformalno pridobljenega znanja/ aims to educate young people in different fields, persuading employers to consider non-formal education as a reference when getting a job.
    Ljubljana, Slovenia (Alenka Blazinšek) Website

    • Co-ordinator: Institute of Vocational and General Education at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology KIT (Dr. Daniela Reimann, Prof. Dr. Martin Fischer, M.A. Kerstin Huber, M.A. Kristina Stoewe, Nadine Görg)

    The project intends to make young unemployed people set up, reflect and visualize their individual vocational and educational biography, actively producing media available on a Web-based multimedia environment. Formally and informally acquired skills and competencies are visualized using a particular type of online portfolio developed in the project (by the partner PONTYDYSGU LTD). Within the framework of the project, both the Web-based multimedia environment as well as the consultancy of young people will be developed in the form of an accompanying course offered in each of the participating countries.

    In the project, a consultancy concept with a specific scope of courses offered for the generation and reflection of appropriate media formats, such as video clips showing the young participants at the workplace, in work processes, at the company, during internships. Further interviews with the trainees and skilled workers of a branch, including images of their own work pieces and projects are to be provided.

    The research design is based on several distinct research strategies:

    1. A desk study (analysis, literature review) of the situation of vocational preparation organised and embedded in the VET system and the employment situation of young people in the partner countries. This is necessary in that no studies are at present available on the analysis of the integration of the concept of vocational biography design in vocational preparation in the participating countries;
    2. The development of the course (curriculum design) and
    3. Its’ application in vocational preparation, followed by
    4. a set of in-depth group interviews and surveys with the social actors involved, such as trainees and trainers, accompanied by a series of transnational work meetings.

    The results of the project will be clearly spelled out to be easily circulated and disseminated via an International Youth Panel, including the BIBB the German Federal Institute of Vocational Education and Training, as well as social media in order to enhance their usability within the policy making process. The project aims to support EU and national policy makers for what concerns the development & implementation of new VET related policies towards a European concept of successful vocational biography design.

    The interim project Web site can be accessed here


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