Category Archives: Mobile Devices

Setting up your School iPads

When you have received your school iPads it is important that they are set up correctly.

Teacher iPads are password protected and can go home with the teacher or go on school trips.

Pupil iPads are not password protected and cannot leave the school.

You need to create an iTune account for Free Apps. If you are in a Primary school then you may only require the one account and you can set up the iPads to sync the apps onto them all. If you are in an Academy school then I would suggest setting up faculty iTune accounts for Free Apps. Again, the apps can sync onto all the iPads linked to the same faculty iTune account.

Please click on the link below to access guidance for setting up a Free iTune Account.

How to set up a Free iTune Account

Please click on the link below to access guidance to enable Automatic Downloads for apps on your iPads.

Setting up your school iPads

When you get to the point where you would like to buy apps then please log a call with who will create an Apple Volume Purchasing Account for your school. I will add another post re the Apple Volume Purchasing Programme for Education.


Brain Pop: Free trial extended to November 30th


Free access to the many thousands of resources on Brain Pop have been extended to November 30th.

This will allow you to try out the resource with your students.

If you think this is a good resource then after the trial please contact the Learning through Technology team for further details

To access the resources, log into Glow and in the Aberdeenshire Launchpad simply click on the Brain Pop tile

If you have an ipad..

Mobile Apps

  • Please let teachers know that they have full access to apps for “BrainPOP UK”, “BrainPOP Jr” and “BrainPOP ESL”
  • Username – “abercc”. Password – “brainpop”. There are no issues letting everyone have the login details via email and your GLOW blog.
  • Free download from the app store. The app will remember the user details after the first login
  • This page gives some more info about the apps –

Leading Learning, Leading Change with Mobile Devices event

An increasing number of schools are buying mobile devices,  almost exclusively Ipads to use in class with youngsters.

We provide fantastic CLPL opportunities for you to get the best use of mobile devices, whether in a nursery or senior phase classroom.

To really highlight the benefits afforded by using mobile devices we have organised a whole day event on the first Inservice day in February 2016, and we would be really pleased to see you there.

We have speakers and workshop presenters from schools, primary and secondary from around the UK, and each of the presenters has first hand, practical experience of using mobile devices with learners.

The Agenda is almost ready, but there will be themes of  Leading Learning, Leading Change, Literacy, Numeracy , STEM and many more

If you have an Ipad in your school, please bring it along as you will need it for ‘hands on’ workshops, and of course to make digital notes on the day.

We have chosen Ellon Academy as the location for this event as it has the capacity to deal with the expected large numbers attending.

Please sign up at Aberdeenshire Events for this not to be missed event.




Office 365 Video

This is now live and there for all to use.

School staff can create channels in to which they or their pupils can upload videos.  Owners of channels can decide who can upload and who can view the videos, by default they are shared across Glow when created but this can be easily changed
You can find out more in the National Help area by clicking on the link below,


Literature Review on the impact of digital learning and teaching

In September, the Scottish Government and Education Scotland launched a public consultation on the development of a new digital learning and teaching strategy for Scotland.

In order to help infEdScotorm and support development of the strategy, today the Scottish Government has published the findings of literature review exploring the impact of digital technology on learning and teaching.

The review looked at published literature from academic, governmental and professional sources, focusing in particular on the impact of digital technology on five key priorities for education in Scotland:

raising attainment;
tackling inequalities and promoting inclusion;
improving transitions into employment;
enhancing parental engagement; and
improving the efficiency of the education system.
The review has found:

conclusive evidence that digital learning and teaching can have a positive impact on attainment in general (and in maths and sciences particularly);
indicative evidence that digital learning and teaching can support efforts to close gaps in attainment amongst learners; and
promising evidence that digital learning and teaching can have a positive impact on the other priorities considered.
The review has concluded that successful implementation of digital learning and teaching requires support for teachers in the areas of:

initial teacher training and continuing professional development;
direction and leadership within a school;
access to digital equipment and tools; and
an educational environment that offers flexibility for teachers in using digital learning.
The consultation document published by the Scottish Government and Education Scotland reflects and builds on these themes.

The full literature review and executive summary are available online … Click here to download the review.

Flipped Learning: Using online video to transform learning. A research report


Please find here a research report from NESTA on flipped learning.

Digital technology is allowing teachers and learners to explore new approaches to traditional school lessons. The growing availability of online instructional videos creates the opportunity to move the learning of new content to outside of the classroom, freeing up class time for teachers to coach, and students to actively work on developing their own understanding.

We have been advised that an external provider is offering training (at cost to school) as detailed below:

Flipping the Classroom with Tablets 

Please note we expect demand for places to be high with places allocated on a first come, first served basis. Numbers are strictly limited.

With budgets being put under more and more pressure, it is essential that you are making the most of your investment in Tablet devices. You’ve put a tablet device in the hands of every teacher and every student and the research is clear that when video is applied to teaching it is found to significantly enhance learning. But how do you provide engaging learning materials that make the most of the Tablet’s power and portability? This one day course will cover

  • What is a ‘Flipped’ Classroom
  • Creating engaging videos
  • Creating screencasts
  • Sharing options


  • Where – High School of Glasgow, 637 Crow Road, Glasgow G13 1PL
  • When – 7th December
  • Time – 9.30 am to 4.00 pm
  • Cost – £99 per delegate – this includes refreshments and lunch.

To book your place, if you require further information  please email Please note that once your place is booked on your required course you will receive a confirmation email.

Scottish Learning Festival 2015

Dr Alasdair Allan MSPSheila Marr, Moira Lawson, Ian Parkin, Susan Sey, Graeme Slapp and Jim Mclean attended the 2015 Scottish Learning Festival and put on their best smiles and shiniest shoes to welcome people to the Aberdeenshire stand in the Local Authority village. Thousands of people passed by with many stopping to talk to us about learning and teaching in Aberdeenshire. Our static posters highlighted Developing Technologies, Professional Learning, Learning Spaces and Outdoor learning, Integration and Inclusion, Health and Wellbeing, Work Experience and Business engagement and Raising Attainment. Our visual displays Featured Numeracy work from the staff and pupils at Kemnay primary, Digital report writing from Echt Primary and lots of clips of engaged youngsters from schools across the ‘Shire learning inside and outside of classrooms.

We saw colleagues from many schools who were down to see specific seminars or keynotes, and of course we had great networking opportunities with colleagues from Local Authorities across Scotland.

Aberdeenshire team + Susan who took the photo


Dr Alasdair Allan dropped by the stand and spent time talking to Sheila Marr and Jim Mclean, following his launch of the Consultation paper on the development of a digital learning and teaching strategy for Scotland

A very busy three days, but lots of information gathered , contacts made and new exciting products seen.

See some of the video highlights here



aberdeenshire events

A number of dates have been added or are in the process of being added to to the Aberdeenshire Events web pages for :

Glow and Office 365 twilights,
TeachIT (in remaining clusters)
Tablets (Whole day Ipads in Learning sessions at Hill of Banchory) .

Please browse through the events we are organising and if there is a twilight or session that captures you interest then please let your line manager know and register online.