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MIcrosoft Teams for Education (Initial notice for Academy schools only)

What is it? And why would your school want it?

Many teachers are already familiar with OneNote Class Notebooks, just imagine now the ability to create Notebooks for every class with no initial administration. Modern dynamic conversations for each class that the teacher controls. Teachers and pupils do almost everything without leaving Teams. Set tasks/homework as assignments or through Class Notebook – with the advantages of resources being stored and accessed digitally giving opportunities to reduce. All SEEMiS classes automatically set up as Class Teams from Seemis data Access to apps already used such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint online. Personalised views for all teachers and all pupils of all classes, conversations and work. Membership updated as SEEMiS changes at any time during the school year.

Why does a school need to opt in?

It’s necessary to have opt-in directly from schools for this because of the capacity of School data Sync (SDS) to create Class Teams for all SEEMiS class groups – regardless of the level of engagement by each teacher.

How do I opt in my school?

Here are the steps to have this switched on for your school:

Please contact your SLT  to discuss this  (HT’s have been advised of this proceedure)

Complete the form at this link (note that you need to sign into Glow to complete this form and read the supporting documentation):  here

The Form above is a quick set of questions to confirm school buy-in, engagement with the Local Authority Glow Key Contact (Jim Mclean or Susan Sey) and has a link to a supporting document explaining background, risks and options
http://glo.li/2wB74Mr

Once the form above has been completed the national Glow team will process the switching on of Microsoft Teams for all classes for your school.

What to expect?

After receiving the request, your school data will be briefly checked to make sure it is current. If not, the person identified as responsible for SEEMiS data in the school will be contacted. If SEEMiS data is current, your school will be added to the queue for the next sync. Syncs will be done daily but there may be a delay according to demand. When complete all teachers and pupils in your school will be assigned to O365 Groups as owners/members respectively – you will see these appear in Outlook and OneDrive. At this stage no pupils can access the Class Team. As soon as any teacher signs in to Teams – for any reason – all of their Class Teams will then activate and be accessible to all pupils in those classes.

 

Why opt-in at school level?

The national Glow programme team has decided that there should be an opt-in at school level for SDS. This is primarily because SDS will look to setup all Class Teams for a school regardless of whether or not all teachers are engaged. This will mean pupils having access to the underlying O365 Group immediately and continued access to the Class Team from first use by the teacher. The document linked from the opt-in Form has details of the key risk and what steps can be taken by teachers that don’t want to participate in Teams with their classes.

Support?

Please contact Learning Through Technology with any specific questions/requests, there will also be training as detailed below:

Support for Microsoft Teams will be provided from the Learning through Technology Team ( Dates will be confirmed shortly and sign up via ALDO)

The courses on Learning through Technology Teams Website ( http://glo.li/2wAJSxy )  relating to Office 365, OneNote, OneDrive, Word Online  also include reference to Microsoft Teams for Education.

There is also a free online course in the Microsoft Educator Community (sign in with your Glow email address to gain a certificate, points and digital badges):

https://education.microsoft.com/courses-and-resources/courses/introtomicrosoftteams

And there are guides which can be downloaded and printed if desired from here:

https://education.microsoft.com/courses-and-resources/resources/meet-microsoft-teams

We are currently seeking staff volunteers to be Digital Leaders, and we now have around 60 staff from around Aberdeenshire schools,   if you are interested please email Jim Mclean or Susan Sey. Digital Leader details are on Glow here: http://glo.li/2xv0pj8

 We have an inaugural Digital Leader event being held in Woodhill House on 15th September details for this event are in ALDO.

If you have any questions about this then please contact JIm or Susan from the Learning through Technology Team

Thanks

Microsoft Classroom

We learned today that Microsoft Classroom is to be discontinued and replaced with Microsoft Teams. This will affect all users across the world.

At our twilight events we made mention that the version in Glow was a Beta version and we were looking forward to the new features,  we understand that MS Teams will extend the features that existed in MS Classroom to give a more improved product.

Susan and I had planned 3 Twilight sessions in June to prepare schools in setting up Classroom for the new academic year, this was also to be supported by Education Scotland who would have pulled through the classes from SEEMIS into Classroom meaning there were no setup times for schools. The training sessions will go ahead, but instead will focus on how you would use Teams. We will be assisted in this by RM and Education Scotland colleagues.

We look forward to the new Teams application being an improved product , supporting both teachers and students

H2L2 Team

Brain Pop: Free trial extended to November 30th

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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 – http://www.brainpop.co.uk/blog/about-our-apps

Brain Pop – Online and app software free trial

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  • A safe way for children to study independently
  • A rich multimedia tool kit for teachers to illustrate curriculum concepts.
  • Learning games, lesson support, printable materials, and interactive quizzes
  • Mapped to the Curriculum for Excellence and available through GLOW

Log into Glow and on the RM Unify page , click on the Aberdeenshire Launch pad and if you scroll to the bottom of the page you will see the Brain Pop tiles, simply click to access the resource.

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

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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

Arrangements

  • 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 Kim@tablet-academy.com. Please note that once your place is booked on your required course you will receive a confirmation email.

Hour of Code 7th -13th December FREE RESOURCES

hour-of-code-logoThe Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. Anyone, anywhere can organise an Hour of Code event. One-hour tutorials are available in over 30 languages. No experience needed.

 

Here are a few comments about coding and computer science from well known persons

Will I am ( in 2013)

Musician/The Black Eyed Peas and Entrepreneur

“Here we are, 2013, we ALL depend on technology to communicate, to bank, and none of us know how to read and write code. It’s important for these kids, right now, starting at 8 years old, to read and write code.“

Mark Zuckerberg

Founder, Facebook

“Our policy at Facebook is literally to hire as many talented engineers as we can find. There just aren’t enough people who are trained and have these skills today.“

 

How can you get involved

Go to code.org and stat the tutorials. It is as easy as that! You could work through tutorial together as a , or learners could log on at home and complete  tutorials. Anyone can do this from primary 1 to S6.

Hour of Code this year is  December 7-13, why not go to the site  (scroll down for registration form ) register your class or school and get coding!