Category Archives: Technology

Modern classroom collaboration with Office 365 for Education

Microsoft Teams available Summer 2017 via Glow.

Microsoft Teams for Education,

  • Create Assignments, track progress and grade student work
  • Create tabs and channels within your class team
  • Teams will already be populated with classes from Seemis
  • Dynamic, intuitive interface
  • Add third party apps like Flipboard and Kahoot

Support sessions will be available in August 2017 via Aberdeenshire Events.

Computing Science…..without a computer!

This site has a great collection of free learning activities that teach Computer Science through engaging games and puzzles that use cards, string, crayons and lots of running around.

The activities introduce students to Computational Thinking through concepts such as binary numbers, algorithms and data compression, separated from the distractions and technical details of having to use computers. Importantly, no programming is required to engage with these ideas!

CS Unplugged is suitable for people of all ages, from primary school to senior phase learners. Unplugged has been used around the world for over twenty years, in classrooms, science centres, homes, and even for holiday events in a park!

The material is available free of charge, and is shared under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA licence, which makes it easy to copy, adapt and share it.

BBC Live Lesson – Doctor Who and the micro:bit

Remember to join us LIVE and face one of The Doctor’s greatest foes in our latest Live Lesson all about the BBC micro:bit, hosted by presenter and comedian Iain Stirling and Radio 1’s gaming expert Julia Hardy.

Aimed at 11-13 year olds, the lesson is devised around curriculum areas that cover computational thinking skills and features expert guests from Google, games company Ubisoft and the Department of Computer Games at the University of Teesside.

When: Tuesday, 28th March 2017

Time: 11am (approx. 50 mins)

Where: (visit the website on the day to access the live stream)

Technologies E’s and O’s

The Benchmark documents for all curriculum areas other than literacy and English and numeracy and mathematics will be published on the National Improvement Hub later today.( 23rd March 2017)   The refreshed Technologies Es and Os will be also be published on the Education Scotland website.

John Swinney, Deputy First Minister, will highlight the publication of the Benchmarks as part of a speech he is giving today at Queen Margaret University.

Education Scotland will work closely local authorities to support understanding, dissemination and use of the curriculum area Benchmarks.


Smart Notebook Beginner Twilights

I have just sent 3 twilights to the Aberdeenshire CPD Team to be advertised on Aberdeenshire Events.

These are beginner sessions and are suitable for staff who haven’t used Notebook software or just require a refresher.

  • The Gordon Schools    27th April

  • Meldrum Academy      10th May

  • Banchory Academy      15th May

These events will be live within the next couple of weeks so please keep the date free if you would like to register.

BBC Micro:Bits

We have had a lot of interest from Primary Schools who would like to use Micro:Bits with their pupils.

We have now sourced these through Combine Precision who are listed in Oracle.

Information to order Micro:Bits can be found below.

Remember to use for help and inspiration and share this on the Aberdeenshire Learner’s Site 🙂


Tim Peake Primary Project

The Royal Observatory Edinburgh is currently recruiting Scottish primary schools to take part in the second year of the Tim Peake Primary Project. The project is free to schools and provides £500 worth of resources and support to help schools use space as an inspiring context for teaching and learning across the curriculum. Participating schools receive:

* a space resource box containing a range of highly-rated cross-curricular classroom resources
* on-line CPD sessions delivered by Space Ambassadors
* a classroom visit by your Space Ambassador, or a visit for your class to the Royal Observatory Edinburgh

The project was a great success in its first year, with over 50 schools taking part across Scotland and teachers reporting great outcomes for both their students and themselves. Any schools interested in taking part this year or learning more about the project should contact Olivia Johnson at the Royal Observatory on  by 18 November.