Category Archives: Training

Microsoft Educator Community

Microsoft Educator Community is an online platform where educators can connect and collaborate.

You can sign up by clicking on the link below and then > Sign Up > Sharepoint > Glow e-mail address and password.

You can also access:

  • Lesson plans
  • Resources
  • Join discussions
  • Courses > Earn Points > Earn Badges
  • Webinars
  • Skype in the Classroom


Upcoming Training Opportunities

The Learning through Technology will be delivering numerous twilight training sessions after the holidays. These sessions will be open for each cluster and will be in the Academy schools.

The sessions will focus on:

Computing Science – Early to Second Level
Glow – How to make best use and engage learners
iPads – Intro to the use of iPads in the classroom

The sessions will be added to Aberdeenshire Events during the holidays.


FREE online CPD, developed with Imperial College London

From the website….   Science CPD Website

Why have we created Reach Out CPD?

by Professor Robert Winston

“If you’re going to single out the most important job in our society, it has to be teaching.

Whenever I stand in front of a primary school class it’s a bit terrifying because they will ask the most difficult questions about science.

It’s often harder to teach an 8 year-old than an 18 year-old, but the rewards are massive because of the enthusiasm you gain. If we want a better society, we have to invest in these younger children.

Science isn’t just for scientists

Primary science isn’t just about nurturing the scientists of the future. It’s about ensuring every child develops a natural curiosity about the world around them and starts to think analytically about situations.

Why should I eat this food or that food? Why is this product better than that? Why should I vote for this energy policy? Science is behind so many of today’s decisions, let alone tomorrow’s.

Helping teachers feel confident

Teachers are key to creating this science-literate society. They can inspire children to think more scientifically. Teacher confidence has been proven to impact children’s outcomes in science, but, naturally, most primary school teachers don’t have a science background.

That’s why we have developed Reach Out CPD – to give every primary school teacher the professional development, support and materials they need to teach science with confidence. And to make it fun!


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.




Using Technology to improve learning and teaching: Training opportunities

teacher_trainingWe always have a number of training opportunities available to help you get the best out of the technology already at your school, or to give advice  if you are thinking of purchasing new technology such as Ipads or other mobile devices.

All the events are posted on the Aberdeenshire Events website or please call us for the latest information on any learning with technical logo support events.

Current Events are:

Reaching all learners with mobile technology . Whole day , hands on training at Hill of Banchory

More dates to come in New Year


Serif Craft Artist : Twilight courses specifically aimed at making use of the fantastic range of Roald Dahl material

December 1st, 2nd, 7th and 9th


SMARTnotebook 2015 beginner course: Whole day course aimed at getting you up and running with the new SMART software, this is a hands on course and you will get lots of really useful help and advice and you will be able to create, engaging interactive SMART lessons that you can share and reuse.

More dates to be announced


GLOW and O365 : Twilight courses aimed at beginners and how to use the O365 apps (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, OneNote , Outlook) in addition to the calendar, people, mail , onedrive and other apps.

Dates to be announced

Please contact either Susan Sey or Jim Mclean  to discuss any of the above events or to discuss other training requests/issues



Serif CraftArtist 2 Twilights

I have just finished creating the programme for the above twilights.

Serif CraftArtist is a fantastic resources for creating Posters, Graphics and Blog Headers.

It comes with various Digikits including the new Roald Dahl kits.

Please click on link below to register.


Teach IT Training

We have now purchased Teach IT logins for every school in Aberdeenshire.

Teach-IT is an innovative teaching and learning resource full of inspiring cross-curricular learning activities designed to make teaching engaging and learning fun.

Since its launch Teach-IT has helped over 25,000 educators across the UK to:

• Introduce their pupils to the latest web-hosted technologies
• Enhance their own and their classes’ teaching and learning
• Improve their own digital competence and confidence
• Foster students’ higher-order skills such as creativity and enterprise

Teach-IT introduces a wide variety of exciting technologies such as Google Earth, Games Based Learning and the latest free Web tools to help teachers to understand why they are so appealing to young people. Teachers are shown step-by-step how to use and apply ICT to bring the curriculum to life.

Please check out Aberdeenshire Events to register for a twilight training session.