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Over recent weeks, many students have taken to VocalEyes to contribute their ideas towards activities for "What's on Wednesday"!
In case you're unaware, "What's on Wednesday" is a range of enrichment activities offered to students independent of their studies. It permits you opportunities to learn new skills, enhance your fitness, or even prepare you for life.
With the topic recently being archived, it makes sense to discuss one of the most promising pitches- a surf school. Pembrokeshire itself is a key surfing spot within Wales, with four of the nine beaches listed on VisitWales (top Welsh surfing spots) being here!
After reviewing the feasibility of a surf school, we've identified it as being highly promising and plan on producing a project via VocalEyes, whereby student can pledge resources in aid of its implementation. As such, you should keep an eye on the projects tab over the next few days!
VocalEyes is being used by many students to voice their opinions on college life.
One idea that appears to crop up often is the wish for a smoking shelter. This idea has been posted a few times, attracting 300 ratings and averaging a score of 3.1. Despite the persuasive arguments made both for and against a shelter, the college have stated they simply cannot justify the costs associated with its construction.
Students have also suggested building their own shelter. This raises numerous health and safety as well as insurance issues. With the emphasis on avoiding promoting smoking, due to the undoubted health hazards for those smoking, those sharing the air and the great mess that is created around the smoking area, the college is not currently planning to build a shelter, though comments concerning the need for suitable bins and facilities are being considered to help users of the smoking area to keep it clean and tidy.
Smoke-free legislation came into force in Wales on 2nd April 2007, ending smoking in' enclosed and substantially enclosed public places'. Compliance with this law has been high. Public support for the legislation has continued to grow.
If you are new to VocalEyes - it is a good idea to check out all the 'unrated ideas' (shown in red) before adding your own, to ensure you are not just creating a duplicate idea.
Happy posting - the ideas and comments are assisting in making sure policies support students and staff whilst also taking into account legal, health, safety an financial implications.
On Friday 10th October Pembrokeshire College welcomed back Scary Guy to talk to over 400 students in the Merlin Theatre.
Learners were profoundly affected by Scary's message and delivery as he encouraged a more positive world view and a way for humans to treat eachother.
This is what Scary Guy is all about:
The Scary Guy is quite possibly The Most Powerful Agent For Change on the Planet Today!
His sole mission is “The Total Elimination of Hate, Violence and Prejudice Worldwide.” These were the first words that Scary spoke when he began his mission in 1998. Since that day, Scary has worked with over 10 million people through Television, film, radio, social media and live shows around the world promoting peace through the teaching of Love and Acceptance of all people. His audience consists of both youth and adults on an individual, community and society level, unaware of how they are using negative energy to meet their needs.
The Scary Guy contends that prejudice of any ilk undermines the very strength of every person’s right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness by all citizens, regardless of their race, religion, or country of origin. His core, underlying message is that prejudice and its ill effects on the World’s Community must be combated by every means possible – without becoming negative in the process of achieving this, either on an individual, community or global level.
Scary’s work identifies an enormous cultural and educational void in the upbringing of the World’s children. For years, nations have experienced the relentless growth of ”The World’s Number One Social Disease; Hate, Violence and Prejudice,” which Scary describes as an insidious disease, polarizing our youth and societies and precluding us from achieving the true potential of our common humanity.
The Scary Guy is a unique entity! He is a real force the “Live” person that a sizeable and growing segment of our youth today hunger for – someone to provide them with believable guidance in this current era of social polarization, brought on by hate, prejudice and spiraling “non-responsibility-accepting, no-accountability” conduct. His presence shocks people into an awed state of attention. His message is then delivered to a rapt and receptive audience.
Thank you to all tutors who participated in the tutor day
workshops. During the VocalEyes training we were able to register 108 members
within the teaching staff group. This in turn generated 22 ideas and 416
This first submission of ideas was presented as a report to
managers at a meeting held in Wrexham on Tuesday 7th October 2014. Each
idea was discussed and actions were assigned in order to progress ideas. Where
an idea could not be progressed, an explanation has been provided.
This is a valuable way for managers to gain an understanding
of issues that affect tutors, so please continue to submit your ideas and rate
the ideas of your peers.
Milford Haven Secondary School are making history today with the first digitally-captured live suggesting of ideas, rating, debating and commenting to give the head teacher a clear sense of priorities and what is important to pupils today. Year 8 pupils have broken the new ground for the school and shown great maturity, conducting themselves in a polite and tactful manner whilst sharing their ideas for improving the school and improving opportunities outside school.
We are the official pioneers - year 8 pupils have been tasked today with learning how to operate VocalEyes Digital Democracy to better communicate their ideas for improving things in school - and in our community.
Year 8 pupils are the first to contribute their unique ideas. All the ideas and comments will be used to help the school make decisions going forward. Well done!
South & City College Birmingham is the first urban college in the UK to adopt a new digital system, VocalEyes Digital Democracy, to better capture learner voice and encourage students to participate in generating ideas to improve your college.
Please respond to topics posted here with your good ideas - and also respectfully rate and debate each other's ideas here using the star rating and comments functions. All ideas will be carefully considered and many popular, practical ideas will be turned into tangible action.
On Friday 3rd October, Stephen Crabb - Secretary of State for Wales visited Pembrokeshire College to talk to Welsh Baccalaureate students.
Mr Crabb spoke at length about many issues facing young people in Wales today and, having risen from a local MP to a place in the Cabinet he was able to demonstrate that young people in Pembrokeshire can achieve their ambitions.
The Pembs Parents Have Your Say group has 500 members - a sign of how much interest there is in being involved in decisions that effect us and our families. Please take a look at the Pembs Parents Topic - designed to capture the ideas of parents about the thorny issue of unauthorised absence and school fines. VocalEyes allows us all to rate and debate each other's ideas. The information is anonymous on the front page and is designed to allow large groups of people to generate, rate and debate ideas to help decision-makers make more informed decisions. Please participate! We will be sending a report to the county council as part of its promised consultation process.
We've been doing a bit of cosmetic surgery to give your VocalEyes group a boost. This is not just about making the page look a bit nicer, it's about making VocalEyes easier to use.
For starters, we've moved the group name top left and you can see whether you're a member of the group right there. This is followed directly by the main menu and submenu, so users know exactly where they are and how to get where they're going.
We have shifted things about a bit so you don't have to scroll to get to your content and your topics, ideas and actions now stand out more on the page.
All in all there are dozens of tiny tweaks that add up to a more intuitive experience for your users.
You may have noticed a new item in the menu bar at the top of the page called 'Impact Blog'. We're collecting blog posts from different groups to create a fascinating insight into the impact that VocalEyes is having in different communities.
So, if any interesting interesting actions come out of your VocalEyes group, be sure to blog about it and it will appear here.
A big new addition to VocalEyes is the ability to translate it into different languages. At the moment, you can have any Language as long as it's English or Welsh.
If you are a Welsh speaker, we need your help. We've done a very quick, rough translation of the site and there are bound to be some errors. Join this group to share your ideas for improving our Welsh: http://vocaleyes.org/vocaleyes-yn-gymraeg