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|Title:||Discover Yorkshire’s water witches this summer|
|Author:||Yorkshire Wildlife Trust |
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Education and business professionals from across the length and breadth of the country attended LearnPod14 at Doncaster College on 16th July to discuss the latest trends and technologies to help improve employability.
LearnPod which first ran in 2010, is best described as an ‘unconference’. Meaning that delegates set the agenda at the start of the day and anyone is able to contribute to workshops. This allows learning practitioners, commercial providers, students and enthusiasts from all over the country to come together for a free and informal exchange of practice and ideas, around the theme of employability and how technology, social media and education can help increase this skill and characteristic in people.
A number of high profile and innovative leaders in the social media field attended and offered stimulating contributions, including the College’s own Web and Social Media Designer, Simon England, who delivered a session with Jisc Regional Support Centre’s Scott Hibberson, covering the challenges of social media and how to overcome them. Other contributors included John Popham who led a ‘walk-shop’ around Doncaster.
Susan Easton, the Head of Digital Learning at NIACE was one of the attendees and enjoyed her first ever LearnPod visit. She commented, ‘It was my first time at LearnPod and the unconference format was an excellent way to encourage creativity and inspire new ways of working. The opportunity to network with peers and share ideas in an informal way was invaluable. A fantastic event - I learned a lot!’
Doncaster College’s Web and Social Media Designer, Simon England said, ‘LearnPod has continued to open discussion and debate across a wide range of issues not just technology and internet-related, but education in general too. This year has proved to be just as popular with around half of the delegates as first-time attendees proving the relevance of the event today.’
Scott Hibberson of Jisc Regional Support Centre echoed this, commenting: ‘Once again, a thoroughly enjoyable day with plenty of ideas on how to make the most of technology to make a difference with learners. A big thank you to all the delegates not only for pitching ideas and getting stuck in on the day, but also for their infectious enthusiasm that made the event such a success. People are already asking about next year’s event!’
LearnPod14, which was free for all who attended, was supported by the Jisc Regional Support Centre, Doncaster College, and Moreopen.
Once known in folk law as ‘water witches’ and ‘devil’s needles’, dragonflies are now characteristic symbols of a British summer. With their bright colours and tell-tale patrolling sound they bring life into summer and even autumn excursions. In celebration of their brilliance Yorkshire Wildlife Trust is hosting a Dragonfly Day in Leeds this weekend to help you discover more about these mysterious creatures.
Dragonflies lord over wetlands, moorland and even woodland glades, feeding on flies, midges and even each other, providing a splash of colour at times when wildflowers and butterflies may be winding down. Unfortunately however, dragonflies, like many species have been in decline since the Industrial Revolution as a result of habitat loss and pesticide use, and many species are now under threat. The Trust is working hard to protect them as they are extremely important, not just for their striking beauty, but also as sensitive indicators of water quality.
Dragonflies can be found all over Yorkshire and in many of the Trust’s 95 nature reserves including Potteric Carr Nature Reserve near Doncaster where a record 21 species of dragonfly have been recorded. Other great Trust sites to see them include Staveley Nature Reserve near Boroughbridge and Ashkam Bog Nature Reserve in York, the Trust’s oldest nature reserve. Despite their declining numbers dragonflies are able to thrive in Yorkshire Wildlife Trust reserves thanks to the wonderful support of players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Up-to-date almost £600,000 has been awarded by players and this has enabled the Trust to manage its nature reserves to provide the perfect habitat for dragonflies and other insects.
If you feel like you want to learn more about dragonflies then join the Trust this Saturday (26th) and celebrate Yorkshire’s winged jewels in Leeds for Dragonfly Day. The day kicks off in the morning with a dragonfly discovery event at the Ledston Luck Nature Reserve, near Kippax and is followed in the afternoon by an equally exciting event at Letchmire Pastures near Castleford. Although both of these events are completely FREE booking is still essential so reserve your place now by calling 01904 659570 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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