Leadership in St Andrew’s is seamless from the staff to the pupils! Our P6/7 Superheroes are supporting our youngest children to be familiar with their new laptop. All children across the school now have their own device. The technological methodology is an integral part of our children’s learning.
National Digital Learning Week is a weeklong event led by Education Scotland to give pupils and teachers in all local authorities across Scotland the opportunity to take part in five curriculum focused challenges in STEM, Social Studies, Expressive Arts, Literacy and Numeracy.
This year the event will take place 13 – 17 May.
Education Scotland’s aim is to reach all early learning and childcare centres and schools across Scotland to let them know about the event.
To help you get involved and get started, a pack of support materials has been produced by Education Scotland. In this pack, which can be downloaded below, you will find: key messages; suggested promotional text for websites, e-bulletins and publications; social media posts; a promotional video and a promotional flyer.
You can download the pack here: NDLW19 Stakeholder Comms Pack Final
Here’s a 2 minute video that tells you everything you need to know about the event.
Our HT Miss Seery introduced the teaching of Makaton and BSL and the children LOVE it. They sing and sign simultaneously and it is wonderful to listen to and watch. It has become a normal part of our school week so we don’t really think it’s out of the ordinary.
Childnet launched their annual film competition encouraging schools and young people aged 7-18 to take on the challenge of creating a short film about internet safety to promote internet safety awareness amongst their peers. This year’s theme is ‘Our future online’ with a focus on what we can we all do to make our future internet a great and safe place. The three selected finalists from both the primary and secondary age category will be invited to a private screening at London’s BFI where they will be presented with great prizes for their school or youth organisation to award them for their creative achievements.
You can access the content for both primary and secondary categories by going to https://www.childnet.com/resources/film-competition/2019.
As part of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra Campbeltown residency, pupils from Campbeltown Grammar have created interactive posters with digital artists from talc, which can be used to trigger images to launch an augmented reality experience on your mobile.
Everyone at North Bute Primary is very proud of Mrs McFarlane and Mrs Santos who completed the Great Scottish Run to raise money to help kit out our new Science Classroom and launch the boat that we have been making in partnership with the local boat yard.
The Eco Committee from Kirn Primary School, along with some pupils from P4-P7 visited the Sky Academy in Livingston. The pupils were there to film a short news report about the environmental problem of plastics in our oceans and waters.
The Digital Learning Team seeks to provide digital learning to children, young people and staff in schools throughout Argyll and Bute. We have a clear vision on what we want to deliver as well as a strategy in place to achieve this vision; you can find the latest versions of our Digital Learning Strategy and Action Plan below:
Our Strategy: Digital Learning Strategy v20
Our Action Plan: Digital Learning Action Plan v20
One of Taynuilt’s entries (The animation of Billy the Scallop and the naughty Octopus, by Bernadette McMullen P7) was judged to be 3rd overall. The film will shortly be available on the Aquaspace website.
Continue reading Where does the fish for our dinner come from ?
What a great evening St Joseph’s had last night at the Young Writers and Young Photographers prize-giving in Helensburgh. Many schools in the area took part in these two annual competitions but St Joseph’s managed to have FOUR winners altogether. Imogene won second prize and Grace won third prize in their category in the Young Writers competition whist Olivia won First Prize in the Intermediate section of the Young Photographers competition and Orla won First Prize in the Junior section in the same competition.
Continue reading St Joseph’s Sweeps the Board!
The P7’s at Dunoon Primary School have been working on their IDL on Citizenship. Working in groups they have been researching and interviewing people in different sectors of the local community. Groups have been focusing on Care in the Community, Caring for the Environment, Other Cultures, The Law in Scotland, The Scottish Government and The History of Dunoon.
Dunoon Primary P6 have been very busy working on a project funded by the Burgh hall. It’s called Stories, Stones and bones and we have been researching the local history of Dunoon, with help from Margaret Hubbard. The pupils came up with the idea of making a film about the town called ‘Dunoon History Hunters’.
The last two days have been so exciting for Dunoon Primary Digital Leaders. They attended the Scottish Learning Festival and were based at Argyll & Bute Councils Stand.
The children showcased their mobile app called ‘Our Children Their Future’ which provides information about the local authority Education Service Vision and Strategy. The app was created by Digital Leaders with support from Mr Gary Clark.
A mobile app created by young people from Dunoon Primary School was unveiled at a meeting of Argyll and Bute Council’s Community Services Committee on Thursday 13th September 2017.The app provides information about the Education Service Vision and Strategy, “Our Children Their Future”, and was presented to members by three of Dunoon Primary’s Digital Leaders: Barry Campbell, Cameron MacRaild and Laurie Thorup. Continue reading Dunoon Primary ‘Our Children their Future’ App Presentation at Kilmory
Today marks the launch of the ‘Astronomy for Remote and Island Schools’ (AfRIS) Project. With generous support from a Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) public engagement award, the AfRIS project will create and manage a mobile science-outreach team that will deliver astronomy related workshops and activities to schools located in some of the UK’s more remote and island communities. Continue reading Astronomy for Remote and Islands School Project
Lochdonhead Primary School was selected as the Regional Winner 2017 in the Better Energy School Awards. The school have won a cheque for £500.00 “Congratulations to the pupils and staff of Lochdonhead Primary School – what an ambitious project you have embarked upon and you have adopted an extremely professional approach. We were very impressed by the way you have sought detailed information and knowledge from experts and the way that you have involved your community in the development of your nature trail.
Projects that teach digital technologies skills to young people could be in line for a financial boost as the Digital Xtra Fund announces its first funding round since becoming a charity.
A total of £50,000 will be available for projects that inspire young people by taking digital skills out of the classroom and teaching concepts like computational thinking, coding, digital making, or data science in a fun environment. Applications open on 16 June and each project can apply for up to £5000.
A team of pupils from Dunoon Grammar School is calling for help from members of the public after being shortlisted for the People’s Choice Award at this year’s Apps for Good UK finals.
The youngsters beat of stiff competition from over 25,000 young people, from 1,250 establishments, to reach the final 10 with their innovative SafeStep idea. However, in order to win, the team needs members of the public to vote for them.
It’s all swings and roundabouts in Primary 6 at Rhu as pupils have been designing their own Healthy Living Theme Park.
The project has been a homework topic this term and children have taken the theme of a healthy, balanced lifestyle and turned it into a business venture. They have each designed their own theme park, with the emphasis on being active and eating healthy food. So gone are the burgers and coke to be replaced by smoothie bars and fruit snack shops.