Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Raising students’ aspirations: Would you LiketoBe involved?






Plymouth Science Park start-up, LiketoBe is a pioneering, innovative, digital networking platform linking employers with students and educators for real world career advice. Would your business benefit from engaging directly with schools, colleges and universities, sharing key career messages, work experience and job opportunities with them?

We are hosting an exclusive launch at Plymouth Science Park where we are inviting businesses to become founding supporters of the LiketoBe platform. As a founding business you can create a profile and promote your opportunities and career experience to our growing community of young people and educators.

Founder, and Plymouth Polar Adventurer Antony Jinman, invites you to our launch to pledge your support to raising students’ aspirations locally, nationally and internationally. Following this event, a local and national press release will be issued including testimonials and support from our founding businesses.

Join us on Wednesday 25th April from 11am in the Baylis Suite to network with other businesses and to find out how you can become a LiketoBe founding business. Register your attendance today.







"There is a massive skills shortage of engineers across all sectors here in the UK, not just the rail industry. Network Rail sees LiketoBe as a great opportunity to engage with young people and demonstrate what opportunities are available to them, whilst helping to raise aspirations towards STEM careers." Jane Austin Head of Engineering Network Rail






"As a school we are keen to look at how careers, employability and a sense of the horizon are integral to all learning. Young people need the chance to explore these areas in both primary and secondary schools. We believe that LiketoBe is a great process to support this and that we wish to get behind. It is a vehicle for creating and maximising community. I would recommend this to all schools, not because it supports your readiness for Ofsted (and it does), but because it is the right thing to do for young people and the communities we work within." Dave Strudwick Headteacher Plymouth School of Creative Arts





Wednesday, 15 November 2017

In search of penguins

Image from Antarctica Bound on Flickr
Polar adventurer Antony Jinman may have been on several epic trips to both the North and South Poles but he has yet to see a penguin - and that's a fact he's determined to change when he journeys to the South Pole again later this year.

Plymouth-born Antony is the 12th Briton to ski to both the Geographic North Pole and solo to the South Pole and his boyhood dream was to follow in the footsteps of his hero Captain Robert Falcon Scott, to journey to the white continent and hopefully see a penguin in real life. Yet despite making it to the South Pole 102 years after Captain Scott, after skiing solo for 46 days to the pole he didn't see a single penguin on the snow or ice!

Antony is now about to embark on MS Hebridean Sky (one of the finest small ships in the world) as a guest lecturer, and will be venturing down to the continent once again this December and January. On this occasion, he will be exploring the coastline of Antarctica and running an interactive program for schools via his new social media platform LiketoBe.org*

He is inviting teachers and schools to sign up for free, so that pupils and teachers alike can share in his adventure and, hopefully, join him as he fulfils his goal of seeing a penguin in real life standing on some ice.

There are other experiences on offer too. Teacher and students can interact with experts such as Antony online, download free lesson plans and teaching materials, and even host visits from climate change experts and polar scientists in their schools. LiketoBe offers a lot more details on how this can be done, or you can connect directly with me, Steve Wheeler - via this email address: steve@steve-wheeler.net.

*Note: Teachers will need to sign up to create a free school profile on LiketoBe in order to participate.

NB: This post is mirrored from the blog Learning with 'e's

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In search of penguins by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Saturday, 9 September 2017

LiketoBe involved?

Want your school to be involved in some leading edge research? Read on!

I've just been appointed Head of Research and Innovation at one of the UK's brightest new edtech startups and I'm excited. My challenge now is to find out what teachers and schools would like the platform to do for them. I'm looking for primary and secondary schools who would be willing to try out the service for free and tell me what they think.

LiketoBe has been designed to disrupt the analogue world of Careers Advice. We're developing a unique platform and content to connect teachers and students with professionals to provide impartial, authentic careers advice.

Much as British Astronaut Tim Peake did using technology, the founder of LiketoBe, polar explorer Antony Jinman has engaged live and direct with classrooms while on various expeditions. He found that instant reaction and subsequent feedback from teachers and pupils alike, demonstrated that technology represents a wide reaching, penetrative gateway to informing and inspiring young minds. The next step is to help businesses and schools to connect together in ways that will streamline career pathways, advice and enable better exchange of

We realised that enabling this will be relevant to any career aspirations and throughout a child’s education, starting with primary schoolchildren, we will be asking “what would you ‘like to be?”

If you think your school would be a good test bed for LiketoBe and help us with our research and development, please email me at: steve@steve-wheeler.net to register your interest. Schools who help us with our research will be offered a free one year trial of the full service with full support.

NB: This post is mirrored from the blog Learning with 'e's

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Like to be involved? by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Thursday, 27 July 2017

A bridge between learning and work

Image from Pixabay
Asking a child what they want to be when they grow up can be a great conversation opener. They will be very honest with you about their aspirations, and tell you how they are going to become a police officer, train driver, nurse or scientist. But as they grow older, and they learn more about the world around them and their potential role within it, children may become a little more circumspect. When they eventually leave school, many children simply don't know where they are headed, because they know very little about the job market.

When I was 16, I was asked by my careers guidance tutor what I would do when I left school. I told him quite frankly that I wanted to be an astronaut. It wasn't an aspiration that was treated seriously, because there weren't many astronaut jobs going in 1972. And yet, as I developed my career around research, teaching and innovation, I did become an 'astronaut' of sorts - an explorer of learning and technology and the connections between the two. If only my teacher had read between the lines.

How do children today express their ideas about what they would like to be? How do they find out what they could do, and what problems they would like to solve? How do schools (and the teachers employed by them) become aware of these aspirations, talents and abilities? How can teachers offer appropriate careers guidance to children while they are still in school, and help them to realise their aspirations? Perhaps most saliently, how are businesses and industry made aware of the raw talent that emanates annually from schools, colleges and universities? How might all of these activities and progressions be managed, and children effectively guided into the very career pathways they yearn to follow?

A new, and in my opinion, unique technology platform might just provide the answers to all of the questions above. Founded by polar explorer Antony Jinman, a new platform called LiketoBe has been designed to create the short-cuts and channels that will enable children, through their schools, teachers and parents to connect and communicate directly with organisations, offering a technology bridge between previously disconnected stakeholders. It will track students as they progress through their education, providing profiles for businesses, and generating potential career pathways for them when students eventually leave full time education. It's a technology idea that I am very keen to support and help develop.

Technology is designed to help us to do things easier, quicker and more effectively. In education, technology should be used specifically to help us to learn, teach, connect and communicate in new and better ways. I believe LiketoBe will enable schools, children, teachers and businesses to connect in ways that were previously inconceivable. It will create new pathways for career development that will have a direct, positive impact on the future of education and work.

NB: This post is mirrored from the Learning with e's website


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A bridge between learning and work by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Raising students’ aspirations: Would you LiketoBe involved?

Plymouth Science Park start-up, LiketoBe is a pioneering, innovative, digital networking platform linking employers with stu...