Category Archives: Training

Curiosity, Inquiry and Creativity using Technology in the Early Years

This is an in-service day event aimed at Early Years practicioners.

The day will consist of Keynote Speakers and hands on workshops demonstrating how technology can be used in an Early Years enviroment.

Agenda for the day below,

Time Agenda Speaker Item
9:30 – 9:45 Opening TBC Introduction
9:45 – 10:45 Keynote Abdul Chohan Change belief, change behaviour
10:45 – 11:00 Break
11:00 – 11:30 Workshop 1
11:30 – 12:00 Workshop 2
12:00 – 12:30 Workshop 3
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 14:00 Workshop 4
14:00 – 15:00 Keynote Joe Moretti
15:00 – 15:15 Digital Leaders James McLean
15:15 – 15:30 Closing Susan Sey Q & A


Workshop 1 Creating interactive lessons using Smart Notebook Susan Sey
Workshop 2 Embedding coding in Early Years Jim McLean
Workshop 3 Digital storytelling to promote Curiosity, Inquiry and Creativity PT
Workshop 4 Realising the potential Abdul Chohan
Workshop 5 Using animation to capture Pupil Voice PT
Workshop 6 Using OneNote to celebrate and reflect on learning Graeme Slapp
Workshop 7 Profiling in the Early Years PT

Please contact the Learning through Technology Team if you have any queries re the above event. We look forward to seeing you there ūüôā

Staff Digital Leaders

Many thanks to those of you who have volunteered for the Staff Digital Leader Programme for Education.

We are now sitting at over 50 members of staff who are keen to support schools with using Technology to enhance Learning and Teaching. These people will liaise with the Learning through Technology Team to coordinate training sessions and pass on information re technology in the classroom and the National Digital Agenda.

We will be officially launching our programme on the 15th September in Committee Room 5, Woodhill House. This day will be a mixture of planning, discussions and hands on workshops.

We have a Glow Site with more information about the programme and a Yammer group for ongoing discussions.

Staff Digital Leader Glow Site

The session will be advertised via Aberdeenshire Events as soon as they move to the new Aldo system after July.

Please get in touch with the Learning through Technology Team if you would like to enroll in this new exciting programme.

Apple Teacher Professional Learning Programme

Apple Teacher is a free professional learning programme designed to support and celebrate educators using Apple products for teaching and learning. As an educator, you can build skills on iPad and Mac that directly apply to activities with your students, earn recognition for the new things you learn, and be rewarded for the great work you do every day.

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.

iTunesU Course

An iTunesU twilight has been arranged for the 19th April at The Gordon Schools.

This will be a ¬†‘Hands on’ , practical walkthrough through setting up a class in iTunesU, homework hand-in, integrated grade book and private discussions. See how simple it is to deliver lessons, grade assignments and stay connected using iPads in the classroom and at home. You already have everything you need. Just import your favourite teaching materials into iTunes U – documents, worksheets, web links, photos and videos – to quickly build your lessons and assignments.

Please click on the link below to register,

CALL Scotland Training Sessions

Please see below a list of upcoming training opportunities and webinars available through CALL Scotland.

Course – CALL Scotland//

Courses take place in their training centre within the University of Edinburgh.

Courses are open to:

  • Professionals working with people with additional support needs;
  • Parents and family members.
Prices from £60


Free Assistive Technology Webinars – CALL Scotland//

Webinars are convenient live presentations delivered to your computer or tablet over the web.

Prices from Free


Please contact the Learning through Technology Team if you have any queries re the above.


Preparing to teach creative coding through games and apps

The above training session is now live on Aberdeenshire Events.

This is a fantastic opportunity to get started with Microsoft’s Touch Development Coding Platform.

Get hands on practice by creating games and apps.

The session will be lead by David Renton, Curriculum & Quality Leader for Computing at West College Scotland and supported by Natalie Burgess, Microsoft Teacher Ambassador.

Aberdeenshire Events –¬†


Glow Advanced Training

I am pleased to let you know that the cluster training for the Glow Advanced twilights are now live on Aberdeenshire Events.

These sessions give teachers an overview of the new Microsoft Classroom, Class OneNote and new Microsoft Forms. These applications are suitable for distributing and collating pupil work electronically.

Session Dates below:

Aboyne and Huntly                         20th March

Banchory and Turriff                       21st March

Westhill and Inverurie                   22nd March

Mackie and Banff                             24th April

Mearns and Meldrum                    25th April

Alford and Mintlaw                         26th April

Kemnay and Fraserburgh             1st May

Peterhead and Portlethen           2nd May

Ellon                                                      3rd May

Aberdeenshire Events –¬†


Computing across the curriculum using BBC Micro:bits

Computing across the curriculum using BBC Micro:bits Webinar > Wednesday 9th Nov 16:00- 16:30

These devices were issued (or are in the process of being issued) to all S2 pupils in Scotland. Find out how they can be using across the curriculum by registering for the webinar.

If you don’t have any but would like to use them with your class then they can be ordered at a cost of ¬£13 each.

// Computing across the curriculum with BBC micro:bits


  • Introducing Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Stephen Richards
  • The focus will not be on using devices but on teaching and learning in the subject and using devices to support learning and boost engagement where and when it might be appropriate.
  • How to utilise micro:bits in your own classroom
  • Q & A

Click on the link below to register