ICT for Learning & Teaching in Falkirk Schools

Digital technology to support learning & teaching

July 10, 2014
by Malcolm Wilson
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What is it to be a digitally competent teacher?

The 7 Characteristics of a Digitally Competent Teacher is a post describing some features of what a teacher who is using digital tools to support learning and teaching might be like. Using technology to support learning and teaching is not … Continue reading

October 24, 2013
by Malcolm Wilson
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Developing literacy with Facebook-like and Twitter-like tools

Many pupils today are very familiar with social media tools like Facebook and Twitter, whether they themselves use them or from the many references on television, film or media. It teaching literacy today there is an expectation built into curricular … Continue reading

April 22, 2013
by Malcolm Wilson
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Need to create a diagram, poster or infographic?

Diagrams, or visual representations of information in poster form (sometimes called infographics), can often be used by a teacher to present information for learners in a way which is easier to understand when compared to just text. And learners may often … Continue reading

March 13, 2012
by Malcolm Wilson
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Do I just Google that? Tools for Teaching Search Skills in the Primary Classroom

Nowadays many pupils, when given a research task, immediately might think to themselves, “I’ll just Google that.” Internet search engines (of which Google is only one of many) are powerful tools but many pupils use only a fraction of the power of … Continue reading

November 14, 2011
by Malcolm Wilson
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Geograph the British Isles – combining mapping, photography and gaming in the classroom

Geograph British Isles combines mapping with photography and gaming challenges  to encourage practical interaction with maps and of the British Isles.  Photographs for every square kilometre of the British Isles Users of Ordnance Survey maps will know that Ordnance Survey maps divide up … Continue reading

November 8, 2011
by Malcolm Wilson
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What’s the Answer Wolfram|Alpha? A search engine which answers with numbers, tables and graphs

Wolfram|Alpha is a search engine with a numeracy slant! It is what is known as a computational search engine, meaning that it is numerical data that it displays in various formats when a search term is entered in the search box. … Continue reading

November 3, 2011
by Malcolm Wilson
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Touch-Typing Tutor Tools for Teaching Keyboarding in the Classroom

Many teachers and pupils who use computers a lot can find they wish they could type as fast as they write. Many become very quick two-fingered typists but nonetheless wish they were able to type without having to search for … Continue reading

October 31, 2011
by Malcolm Wilson
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Aspiring Aardman, Perhaps Pixar or Destined for Disney? Online tools for creating classroom animations

Digital story-telling using animation tools is a fun way of developing literacy with pupils, whether as an activity by individual pupils on their own, or as collaborative projects in groups. There are different kinds of animation tools, some which link … Continue reading

October 26, 2011
by Malcolm Wilson
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Why should a prospective employer pick you? World of Work Resume Generators

Resume Generator on the Read Write Think website is an interactive tool to guide pupils in writing a resume or CV in a choice of styles. It can be used as a writing tool in a literacy lesson to give practice … Continue reading

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