Category Archives: Technology

Innellan Primary School STEM Week.

Last week the pupils at Innellan Primary School were busy doing lots of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths activities for our STEM week. Our twenty pupils from P1 – P7 were all involved in lots of hands-on activities. We learnt all about magnets and electromagnets and conducted our own experiments. Pupils also participated in making circuits, and the P3-7 class lead the P1-2’s in a lesson on making lemon cell battery circuits to light up an LED light and a digital clock.

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St Mun’s Guitar Project

The Primary 6/5 pupils from St Muns Primary in Dunoon, recently spent two days visiting the Technical Department in Dunoon Grammar School, making their own guitars. Having been given a basic specification for a guitar, the pupils came up with their own unique designs and with the help of Mr Mollins and some S3 pupils, who acted as team leaders, they constructed the guitar parts from wood and pieced them together.

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ARGYLL OUTDOOR & WOODLAND LEARNING PHOTO CALENDAR COMPETITION 2017

A Picture Tells a Thousand Stories
Capture the Spirit of Outdoor Learning in Argyll

The winning entries will be printed on a calendar, produced by the Argyll OWL Group, and will be distributed throughout Argyll & Bute to promote outdoor and woodland learning. Plus win great prizes to help you enjoy the outdoors.

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‘Father of the iPod’ surprises DGS Pupils with Words of Support

A class of S3 Business pupils at Dunoon Grammar school received a pleasant surprise last week when Tony Fadell – dubbed the Father of the iPod – tweeted words of encouragement for a learning experience the pupils were working on.

The pupils studying Business were working on a creative team exercise – tasked to rebrand Apple’s iconic iPod and devise an effective marketing-mix to breathe new life into the flagging sales of the once all conquering multimedia player.

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Spotify in the DGS Spotlight to celebrate International Women’s Day

Budding Business & Computing entrepreneurs from Dunoon Grammar school participated in an exclusive Question and Answer session with senior executives of the successful technology company Spotify – to mark International Women’s Day on 8 March 2017.

Spotify is a music, podcast, and video streaming service with over 100 million users across the globe

Dunoon Grammar was the only school in Scotland to take part and one of only four schools from across the UK involved in the event organised by Apps for Good.

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Dunoon pupils scoop top award at national event

A group of pupils from Dunoon Grammar School excelled in a national event last week when they scooped the top prize.

S1 students from the school’s business and computing department beat off stiff competition from across Scotland when they won Apps for Good’s first ever Scottish event.

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National Technologies Network – Internet Safety

An e-safety self-review tool for schools in Scotland was launched in November 2013. The objective of this is to help ensure that schools have robust, up to date e-safety policies. This will be updated in comings months to reflect recent legislative and policy developments.

Schools can visit www.360safeScotland.org.uk<http://www.360safeScotland.org.uk which provides a user friendly and interactive means for schools to build on existing e-safety and anti-bullying policies. This tool has been developed in partnership with the South West Grid for Learning to produce a new version of the award winning 360 degree safe e-safety self-review tool for Scottish schools.

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Game Design Bowmore Primary School P5/6/7

Primary 5, 6 and 7 have been developing their computational skills through our game design topic. These have included problem solving, debugging and creating algorithms. The children have set up their own game design businesses and to ensure they met the needs of their target audience. Detailed questionnaires were created, handed out and then the information was collated and displayed as pie charts and bar graphs. The children worked hard to use their numeracy results to inform their game design.
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Kirn’s P6 Digital Leaders click with Cowal Elderly Befrienders

The Digital Leaders from Kirn’s Primary 6 spent a morning being teachers for members of our community who felt they wanted to come back to school and find out more about the online world.

Using the school iPads P6 pupils began with the basics – turning the iPads on and and finding out what an app is. Then they were off! Soon holidays were being browsed and online shopping was being investigated.

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Junior Heart Start Training at Minard Primary

Last week the pupils at Minard and Furnace Primary Schools learned skills for life when they undertook Junior Heart Start training with local specialist Andy Craven. Andy taught all of our pupils the ‘ABC’ of saving lives.
A – how to assess the situation if someone appears to be a casualty, to check for danger and ‘shake and shout’.
B – how to check for breathing, tilting the casualty’s head, lifting their chin, looking, listening and feeling for breath.

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STEM Focus at Dalintober PS & ELC

STEM has been a learning focus for pupils of Dalintober PS & ELC. Lots of activities and investigations took place with input from local STEM Ambassador, Joanna Holbrook, and various other partners. Pupils learned about, amongst other things, life cycles and how they can be recorded, drones and coding, buildings and structures and DNA. The focus ended with a whole ELC/school ‘Sharing Our Learning’ assembly.

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John Logie Baird Primary School – STEM Collaboration

The children from John Logie Baird Primary 1 and nursery have been demonstrating their skills for life while working collaboratively on STEM experiences as part of their Early Level Class.

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Science & Technology in Kirn’s P6

Kirn’s P6 have been immersing themselves in the world of science and technology. We have been learning about the science of electricity in class using BBC Science and enjoying a fantastic science and technology workshop with STEM ambassador Kirsty Jackson-Stark. Kirsty brought an amazing array of equipment to measure and observe how electrons behave, how electricity can be created and measured, and what it can be used for. All the children enjoyed a really interactive and experimental hands-on day.

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Strone Primary School pupils enjoy a Technology Workshop

P5-7 pupils at Strone Primary School were offered an after school technology workshop last week led by Mr Steven Simpson, a Modern Apprentice with Learning Technologies at Argyll House.
Two P6 pupils Adam Lawton and Adam Smith gave the following feedback –
‘We learnt how to programme a Spark Plus. It is like a little plastic orb that you can control from your iPad using the ‘Lightning Lab’ App. We learnt how to programme it to go in a square’

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FilmG awards in Glasgow

film-4g-awards-in-glasgowSeo dealbh de Ruaraidh MacAlasdair agus a charaid Anna a bhuannaich an duais airson an Dealbh-beò is fheàrr aig Duaisean FilmG ann an Glaschu air Dihaoine 17mh den Ghearran. ‘S e Comhairle Earra-Ghàidheal is Bhòid a chuir taic ri Duais Dealbh-beò na bliadhna-sa. Cuideachd, anns an dealbh, tha an Comhairliche Robin MacMhuirich à Ìle, Ceannard Poileasaidh na Gàidhlig air Comhairle Earra-Ghàidheal is Bhòid.

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Virtual Games Winners

dps-virtual-games-winners-3-jan-2017Primary 4 are delighted to announce that one of their teams, The Flames, have won the Virtual Games for the Primary 4-7 age group. What an achievement! The winning team; Lewis, Anton, McKenzie, Cara and Aoife recorded the highest scores in the competition. Well done to them. Mr McGregor, who organised the event, came to the school yesterday to present them with medals and some P.E. Kit for their use.

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P7 Young Leaders Clubs at Dalintober PS

dalintober-young-leaders-janaury-2017P7 pupils at Dalintober PS have launched a programme of Young Leaders Lunchtime Clubs for younger pupils, beginning with Technology and Dance Clubs this week. The P7s plan, resource, lead and evaluate the clubs – building their leadership and organisational skills and inspiring their young school mates.

‘Lismore goes Alpine!’

lismore-goes-alpine-3To get the New Year off to a flying start Lismore Primary School had a “French Alpine Ski Week” to celebrate all things alpine and wintry! We have taken the overall theme in French of the alpine year and have a large changing display in the classroom. This week, we imagined we were all off skiing to the French Alps!

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Barcaldine Primary Virtual Games Winners

Barcaldine Primary School children took part alongside other rural schools in a virtual games competition organised through Active Schools.

Over a 5 week period the children, who had been split into two separate age categories (P1-3 & P6-7), did the same games each week. In the final week, each game earned the children points for their achievements.

Our P1-3 children received third place in the competition.

Here the children are with Active Schools co-ordinator Gillian Walker showing off their medals.