Classroom display courses available online
Classroom display courses can be quite hard to find. Face to face courses or INSETS often take up a whole day and I know that eats into your valuable time. That is one of the reasons that classroom display courses work so well for e-learning. It is an ideal topic to learn about on line as you can fit it in around your normal life. If there is a topic in the course that isn’t relevant or that you already know about you can just skip it. If there is something that really grabs your attention you can dive right in and really get to grips with it. You are in charge of your own learning. You are not stuck in a room listening to me drone on about something you don’t need to know!
There are two levels courses currently available:
- Starter Course,
- Advanced Course
The starter course is suitable for teachers, all kinds of teaching assistants, learning mentors and librarians. We cover all the basics of displays and is suitable for all key stages.
I’ll just explain some basics of how it works and what we cover, then please, ask any questions in the comments, if I’ve missed anything.
As I said the course usually has a mix of teachers, teaching assistants and library staff. They can come from any key stage and we often have people from outside the UK involved as well.
How it works
Every week I send you an email with the lesson and a link to a page that contains some written explanations of the topic, maybe a video or two and a slide show of examples. There is a handout, sometimes two, to download as well.
What we cover:
1.Why we have displays, ways of using displays for learning
2. Design guidelines
3. Using colour with confidence and mounting work
4. Fonts and lettering for displays
What you have to do
You are expected to read the course materials, it works best if you join in discussions on the site and complete the practical task each week.
You can share your completed tasks in the private section of the website. You might also want want to share your ideas on the Facebook page or other social media. Sometimes people prefer to respond privately to the tasks by email & that’s fine too.
You keep your access to all the lessons on line for the duration of the course with an extension if you need it to complete the tasks.
Please don’t worry about the tasks:
Look at a display and decide what you think are its main aims and if it is effective. You can use a display found online for task 1. In fact that’s what most people do and I do provide some help finding one.
Then task 2 you make a plan for a simple display on a topic of your choice, which you then share by either photographing it OR describe your plan in words. Many people choose to do it that way.
You are given a piece of work which you CAN print out and mount, OR you can look at the file and decide how you would mount it and just describe that in words.
You can either improve the lettering on your plan in the light of what you’ve learned OR say how you would improve one of the examples I provide.
At the end of the course you also get a pdf file of the lessons that you can keep and work through at your own pace.
What you need
- Internet access
- An email account
Optional but nice to have:
- A printer
- A digital camera, your phone is fine!
What happens after the course
When you complete the course I send you a pdf certificate of achievement to print out and keep in your CPD folder. The main thing though is that you should be buzzing with new confidence in your displays ability and full of ideas. I hope that we’ll be able to keep in touch and I’m always glad to see display photos from course participants.
The Advanced Classroom Displays Course
21 days focused days to improve your displays. Runs once a term.
Ideal when for when you need help and support to make your classroom the best it can be but you do not have time to spend hours researching and making displays.
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