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TWIG player is now available

TwigPlayer is here, and the Learning through Technology team have logged a call to have the software installed onto teachers computers, however if you use Twig or Tigtag at home you could download the software (link is below) and keep videos to watch offline at home..no more buffering!

Twig World has just released the TwigPlayer, an application uniquely designed for Scottish users of the science, maths and geography resources available from the Twig On Glow, Tigtag and Tigtag Junior websites.

The player allows users to download and play films offline without being connected to the internet.

Everyone can now log into the Twig website of their choice using their Glow credentials, select and download films onto the desktop of the computer they are using and then play them back directly. The films will remain available locally as long as the computer has connected to the internet (via Wi-Fi or ethernet) at least once within 30 days. If a computer has not connected to the internet for over 30 days (e.g. over the school summer holidays), the films will disappear and will need to be downloaded again from the relevant website.

To download films users must first install the TwigPlayer software application for Windows machines.  This is a very simple and quick process, but it requires admin access for the machine that is being used. It may therefore be preferable for the school IT Coordinator or the local authority IT department to install the software via the IT network. Users at home can of course install the software onto as many of their own devices as desired.

Please find below a link to the webpage containing further information about the TwigPlayer (Windows only).  The same information appears on the Tigtag and Tigtag Junior sites for users who log in with Glow credentials.

https://www.twigonglow.com/twigplayer/

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.

Glow Logins

TileFor those staff and students that have not logged into Glow for over 3 years you are missing some really high tech and cutting edge features in Office 365 and Glow.

The RM unify interface once you have logged in gives instant access via clicking a tile to lots of frequently used resources and applications.

Finding and using resources created by educators around Scotland are now easier to find and use, and it is also very easy to share resources created by either you or you students.

Your Glow username remains the same, but your password may have expired if you have not logged in for over 3 years, so please ask the Glow administrator in your school to reset your password, once this is done the new password you create remains in place, and even if you forget it you can reset it yourself via an email.

Please log in and have a look you will be surprised at how up to date , and user friendly new Glow is.

 

Twig and TigTag

Tigtag and Twig online resources are currently accessible via the Glow login and are used by schools across Scotland.  These award-winning resources provide high-quality videos and accompanying learning materials for sciences, mathematics and social studies. They were procured by Education Scotland in July 2015.  The contract was for one year initially with the possibility of a one year extension.

Education Scotland and Twig World have agreed to this one year extension which means that both Twig and Tigtag, and also TigTag Junior and Reach Out CPD, will continue to be available to state schools through Glow until 31st July  2017.

It will not be possible for Education Scotland to extend the contract further beyond this date.

Scotland Excel, the local authority procurement organisation, will include Education Software and Digital Content as an additional lot within their re-tender of their Education Materials framework with a start date of 1st April 2017.  It will therefore be for local authorities to purchase digital content via this route in the future.

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.

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Literature Review on the impact of digital learning and teaching

In September, the Scottish Government and Education Scotland launched a public consultation on the development of a new digital learning and teaching strategy for Scotland.

In order to help infEdScotorm and support development of the strategy, today the Scottish Government has published the findings of literature review exploring the impact of digital technology on learning and teaching.

The review looked at published literature from academic, governmental and professional sources, focusing in particular on the impact of digital technology on five key priorities for education in Scotland:

raising attainment;
tackling inequalities and promoting inclusion;
improving transitions into employment;
enhancing parental engagement; and
improving the efficiency of the education system.
The review has found:

conclusive evidence that digital learning and teaching can have a positive impact on attainment in general (and in maths and sciences particularly);
indicative evidence that digital learning and teaching can support efforts to close gaps in attainment amongst learners; and
promising evidence that digital learning and teaching can have a positive impact on the other priorities considered.
The review has concluded that successful implementation of digital learning and teaching requires support for teachers in the areas of:

initial teacher training and continuing professional development;
direction and leadership within a school;
access to digital equipment and tools; and
an educational environment that offers flexibility for teachers in using digital learning.
The consultation document published by the Scottish Government and Education Scotland reflects and builds on these themes.

The full literature review and executive summary are available online … Click here to download the review.

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

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

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

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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

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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

 

 

Consultation on National Digital Learning and Teaching Strategy

National Digital Learning and Teaching StrategyDr Alasdair Allan  opened the formal public consultation around the development of a Digital Learning and Teaching Strategy at SLF 2015. The consultation period takes place over 12 weeks, closing on 17 December 2015.

Education Scotland have set up a public facing Glow blog to encourage discussions around the strategy.

I hope you will manage to find some time to read the consultation paper and make appropriate comments directly on the blog that can be accessed here or by clicking on the image in this blog post

If you have read the paper and wish to respond to the consultation document  then please click here