A quick reminder that the MEC is a great place to visit for free CLPL resources, that when you complete you are rewarded with a digital badge.
Visit the MEC site here and sign in with your Glow username and this give you access to hundreds of courses, resources and learning paths.
Completing badges also gives you the chance to become a Microsoft Innovative Education Expert, (MIEE) and join the increasing numbers of teachers in Scotland and around the world to have earned this status.
Image below is a sample page generated when you view your profile on completion of courses, or learning pathway badges.
Here is a great chance for young people aged 7-18 to showcase their filmmaking skills and produce a short film with the theme….We want an Internet where we’re free to…..
Please click on link here and we look forward to hearing how the filmmaking is going and maybe even coming to a sneak preview at your school.
New, Early Learning and Childcare site for Aberdeenshire staff was launched on Friday at a special online event hosted by Denise Lorimer and Vanessa Reaper. Over 60 staff joined in online to see Denise and Vanessa walk through the new site.
Please click on the image above to access the site, and remember to add your voice to the feedback form on the Home page. You will require your Glow login to access the resource
Education Scotland have produced a new document that may help teachers in Primary (Early to 2nd Level)when planning learning and teaching of the digital literacy and computing science experiences and outcomes
PLease click on the link below
We have an exciting agenda planned for the upcoming Digital Leader days. Please visit ALDO -> ECS Events, and then sign up for one of the two advertised days. (on your Aberdeenshire Computer visit this link : HERE and use your Aldo login
The days will be at the brand new Northern Alliance Learning Hub in the University of Aberdeen Macrobert building and we have Dr Steve Bunce (@stevebunce on Twitter) Susan Sey from Education Scotland (@SeySusan on Twitter) and some of the topics we will explore are : VR, MAkey Makey, Podcasting, Creating Apps- without code and much more.
It will be a great chance to catch up with your fellow digital Leader colleagues, and if you need another bonus…Lunch is provided!
We look forward to seeing you on the day. If you have any questions before the days then please email at firstname.lastname@example.org or post into the yammer group
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
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: bbc.co.uk/livelessons (visit the website on the day to access the live stream)
Another chance to get your hands on micro:bits!
Over the summer we gave away free BBC micro:bits to active Code Clubs across the UK. We’re really pleased that we are now able to run another micro:bit giveaway to clubs that may have missed out the first time!
The micro:bit, measuring just 4cm by 5cm, is a micro controller which children can use to code and create anything they set their minds to. It’s intended as a starter device to give children a basic introduction to physical computing and tinkering.
In order to qualify for micro:bits, you’ll need to make sure your club is registered and active on our website by Wednesday 14 December. If you applied for micro:bits over the summer, unfortunately you won’t be able to apply again.
In the new year, each eligible Code Club will be able to apply for micro:bits. Applications will open at midday on 11th January, and close on 1st February at midday, so stay tuned for more information then.
As before, clubs will need to pay £5 for postage, and shipping will be fulfilled by our lovely friends at Pimoroni after the applications close.
In the mean time, why not check out Code Club’s micro:bit projects at jumpto.cc/microbit. You can also find out more general information about using the micro:bit here.
Click here for some great coding resources for Hour of Code this week, especially for all the secondary school pupils who have just got Micro:bits. Some of the resources do not require internet access. Please share your results on the Glow newsfeed here.