Monthly Archive for January, 2012

Quizlet

Quizlet is a fantastic website based around flashcard study guides and quizzes, covering most subject areas and topics (with a particular focus on languages). You can use the massive bank of flashcards already created or create your own and share them. Here’s the introductory video -

Storybird – art-inspired creative writing

Storybird is a brilliant site for creating stories based around pictures. There’s a wide range of artwork and illustrations to choose from and be inspired by. The site is extremely easy to use with simple drag and drop page creation. Stories can easily be shared allowing for peer review. With a Teacher account you can manage your class’s stories, create assignments and review work.

Celebrate Burns on Glow this week

There are some great live events on Glow TV this week to celebrate the life and work of Ayrshire’s own Robert Burns.

On Wednesday 25th January there are two events specifically for primaries, both live from Dalgety Bay Primary School in Fife. The events feature Kevin Thompson from Burns 250.

Primary 1-3, 9.45 am

This first session live from the school will involve story telling about the life of Robert Burns, his poems, and lots of opportunities to sing along to many of his famous, and sometimes funny songs!

Primary 4-7, 11.00 am

The second session will tells Burns’ life-story based around his songs and poems. The songs and poems are woven into a narrative about key points in Burns’ life from his birth in 1759 to his untimely death just 37 years later. The best way to enjoy Burns is to take part so audience participation is encouraged where songs have choruses!

Thursday 26th January – Primary 6 – S4, 11.00 am

Authors Live session with Liz Lochhead, via Scottish Book Trust. The Makar will be talking about what Burns means to her and will also be reading some of her own poems.

East Ayrshire’s Scots Poetry Wiki

Please also remember that pupils of any age can contribute their poems to the Scots Poetry Wiki on East Ayrshire Glow. Just follow the simple instructions and share your poems!

(Photo of the statue of Burns at Kilmarnock’s Burns Monument Centre)

Chinese New Year on Glow

There are a programme of events on Glow TV celebrating Chinese New Year – The Year of the Dragon, starting today. The events will look at Chinese culture and celebration, and are supported by resources on Education Scotland.

Lights out for Wikipedia

Wikipedia will go dark at midnight tonight (Tuesday) in protest against proposed US internet piracy legislation. The site will be unavailable for Wednesday 18th January.

Read more on this at The Guardian.

EA Glow Showcase – Primaries

In these Showcase posts we’d like to highlight the good practice in Glow in East Ayrshire schools. The Showcase examples are from the top Glow groups in EA from the first half of the session (Aug – Dec).

Some primary schools have developed Glow use enormously in the past year. New Farm Primary, Galston Primary, Crosshouse Primary and Gargieston Primary have joined the established Onthank and Mauchline Primaries in the top 20.  

  • New Farm now have active Glow groups for almost every class in the school
  • Miss Buchanan at Galston has developed some excellent whole school sites for ICT and French
  • Miss Finnie at Crosshouse has been using a Glow group and blog for pupils’ Big Writing
  • At Gargieston, the P5 Glow group’s discussion forum receives hundreds of posts from pupils
  • Mauchline’s P4 site contains a page for pupils to write about what makes them Successful Learners, Confident Individuals, Effective Contributors and Responsible Citizens.

 For Glow users there is more information, contact details and links to the groups on the Glow Showcase on EA Glow.

EA Glow Showcase – Secondaries

In these Showcase posts we’d like to highlight the good practice in Glow in East Ayrshire schools. The Showcase examples are from the top Glow groups in EA from the first half of the session (Aug – Dec).

Glow use in secondaries has continued to rise steadily in EA. As well as at Grange Academy,  there are some excellent examples at other schools -

  • James Hamilton Academy has all Social Subjects classes on Glow. Pupils are using their sites effectively for homework, study support, and also collaboration and sharing of good classroom practice. Modern Languages and Home Economics are two other departments using Glow in the school.
  • At Auchinleck Academy Miss Shaw’s S5 English class have been making excellent use of their site for essay topics, revision and homework.
  • The Modern Languages department at Stewarton Academy have sites for pupils to learn about and communicate in French and Spanish.
  • Cumock Academy’s Technical Department has been developing its Glow use, particularly for pupils studying Desktop Publishing.

For Glow users there is more information, contact details and links to the groups on the Glow Showcase on EA Glow.

EA Glow Showcase – Grange Academy

In these Showcase posts we’d like to highlight the good practice in Glow in East Ayrshire schools. The Showcase examples are from the top Glow groups in EA from the first half of the session (Aug – Dec).

Grange Academy featured 5 Glow groups in the top 20, across English, Social Subjects and PE departments. These Glow groups have become embedded in the pupils’ learning and are used to support homework and revision. The sites contain numerous resources (documents, links, videos) and make excellent use of discussion forums and wikis. Departments have been supported by the Librarian, Miss Reid, in the development of Glow.

For Glow users there is more information, contact details and links to the groups on the Glow Showcase on EA Glow.

EA Glow Showcase – Onthank Primary School

In these Showcase posts we’d like to highlight the good practice in Glow in East Ayrshire schools. The Showcase examples are from the top Glow groups in EA from the first half of the session (Aug – Dec).

Onthank Primary School featured 5 Glow groups in the top 20. These sites have provided teachers and pupils with a place to display class achievements and activities, discussion forums and resources, and other web tools such as Vokis. Pupils have been logging onto Glow from home giving parents a glimpse into the classroom. For Glow users there is more information, links and contact details on the Glow Showcase page of East Ayrshire Glow.

Schools and Social Networking

An interesting report and infographic (below) from ASCD (a US educational leadership organisation) on the issues of social media in education - 

Can Social Media and School Policies be Friends?




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