Young Scots and Sri Lankans virtually met at the new building of the British Council in Colombo to engage in discussions about the Commonwealth Games and values.
14 -17 year old pupils at St Joseph’s Academy in Kilmarnock and Stonelaw High in Rutherglen linked up with Holy Trinity College in Kandy, and Colombo schools, Vishaka Vidyalaya and Mahinda Rajapaksa College, to discuss their educational and cultural links with HRH Prince Tunku Imran, President of the Commonwealth Games Federation.
Education Scotland, with the support from the British Council, made the live exchange possible via the unique education tool Glow. The session supported the British Council’s Commonwealth Class programme that provides resources, online BBC debates and interactive activities for schools to mark the run-up to the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Watch gain: If you have missed this session you can catch up on it here
– Then why not take part in the Digital Common Wealth Glow Meet on Tuesday 26th November at 1pm.
This will be an opportunity for those of you who want to participate in the schools’ programme to hear from the Digital Common Wealth team and some of the potential participants about ways to join in, and ask questions about the project. The deadline for submitting an indication of interest form is 29th November, therefore we hope to answer any last minute queries which you have as well. If you have already submitted an indication of interest form, it is a chance to meet other participants from across Scotland and join in the project discussions. You can respond to the conversations and post comments and questions in the chat box which appears during the Glow Meet.
Join the Glow meet here!
For more information pelase contact:
Alison McCandlish (Educational Coordinator – Digital Common Wealth Project): Alison.McCandlish@uws.ac.uk
Learners from 32 school clusters from targeted areas of most socio-economic need across Scotland will be given the chance to participate in the Digital Common Wealth schools programme, funded by the Big Lottery Fund, the University of the West of Scotland and the MediaTrust and launched formally on Friday 25th October 2013, with a great deal of interest shown from the education and cultural sectors and over fifty attendees. The project aim is to involve every Local Authority in Scotland in the digital reporting of the Commonwealth themes in the run up to the Queen’s Baton Relay in June 2014, promoting digital media literacy skills through a series of specialist workshops (with associated learning materials mapped to Curriculum for Excellence requirements) focusing on audio, video, blogging and social media storytelling techniques, for up to 20 pupils (at P6 – S2 level) per cluster. These will use readily available technology to help learners use their imagination and knowledge to produce creative, appropriate and engaging content based around four broad Commonwealth themes of People, Place, Culture and Exchange. Participating schools will see their work showcased on a project website which will be archived as a record for future generations and there will be opportunities for working on a collaborative and cross curricular basis.
To participate in the project the Digital Common Wealth project team are looking for a Local Authority representative in each area to submit an indication of interest form
detailing how the proposed school cluster meets the project eligibility criteria and why they would like to take part, as well as details of how the project would be embedded in the curriculum. Indications of interest should be submitted to the Digital Common Wealth Educational Coordinator, Alison McCandlish by email (firstname.lastname@example.org ) by 5pm on Friday 29th November 2013.
For more information on the project, together with detailed eligibility criteria you may wish to visit the Digital Common Wealth website www.digitalcommonwealth.co.uk , and the links below:
Digital Common Wealth schools project website http://digitalcommonwealth.co.uk/project/education/
Digital Common Wealth Twitter account @DigCW2014 with project hashtag #DigCW2014
Digital Common Wealth on EDUtalk http://www.edutalk.info/radio-edutalk-11-09-2013-david-mcgillivray/
Digital Common Wealth launch event schools project summary slide http://www.slideshare.net/DigCW2014/schools-presentation-for-launch-27532818
Digital Common Wealth launch audio http://mixlr.com/johnpopham/showreel/digital-commonwealth-launch-live-from-glasgow-digcw2014-3/
When? Monday, 18 November 2013, 9.30 – 15.00
Where? Drumossie Hotel, Inverness
With around 250 days before the biggest multi-sport and cultural event ever to come to Scotland, we invite practitioners to join us and find out more on how the Commonwealth Games may provide help you to create stimulating learning opportunities across the curriculum and beyond.
The event will showcase inspirational initiatives from schools across the board and highlight programmes available to teachers to ensuring that, together, we deliver a lasting legacy for learning. The keynote address will come from Paralymic champion David Smith MBE. A variety of engaging workshops delivered by practitioners and organisations experienced in Games Legacy work will provide practical, hands-on exemplification on the impact of using the Games as a context for learning. Workshop sessions will include:
- exemplification from primary and secondary schools,
- inspirational address by people directly engaged with the Games and its legacy ,
- international education and partnerships
- Food for Thought Education Fund around the Commonwealth Games
- cluster and local authority initiatives.
View the Game On Scotland Event draft programme – 18 Nov, Inverness
Who should attend?
Teachers, lead staff and those with a whole school responsibility for Games Legacy, including cluster initiatives and wider curriculum remits related to the Games (e.g. active schools coorindator, health and wellbeing).
How to register:
We invite you to join us for an inspirational day of sharing and collaborative thinking around a variety of exciting opportunities by registering for the event on line or directly with Diane Carson: Diane.Carson@educationscotland.gov.uk
CPD session 1: Interdisciplinary learning through the 2014 Commonwealth Games
Focus: Expressive Arts & Creativity
Tuesday, 3 September, 4pm – 4.45pm
Join here: http://bit.ly/gosexpressivearts
This is the first Glow Meet in a new series around the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games highlighting opportunities for interdisciplinary across all 8 curriculum areas.
This CPD session will provide practitioners with a kaleidoscope of ideas and opportunities in using the Games as a context for learning with a specific focus on expressive arts and creativity.
• Stephen Bullock (Development Officer, Creativity and Innovation) will demonstrate the value of creativity and highlight creativity skills in the ‘Creating ambitions beyond sport’ learning journey. (http://www.gameonscotland.org/resources/learningjourneycreatingambition.asp)
• Ron Cowie (Senior Education Officer, Expressive Arts) will present two brand new learning journeys and explain how these link to the Commonwealth Games theme. The journeys will feature opportunities for skills development and inter-disciplinary learning across expressive arts and other areas of the curriculum.
• Simon Sharkey (National Theatre Scotland) will introduce teachers to the opportunity to connect with a major Eco arts programme that will culminate in a spectacular and high profile series of performances in an iconic Glasgow building. We are seeking schools from across Scotland to participate in all sorts of ways, some of which I will describe at the Glow meet.
• Klaus Mayer (Development Officer, Games Legacy) will provide an update of the latest engagement opportunities available through Games on Scotland
Join us, quiz us, plan with us…. – we are looking forward to meeting with you and answering any questions you may have in developing your Games related learning
Some of the country’s brightest young people visited Glasgow City Chambers to receive medals for their work on the Inspire-Aspire programme from Olympic Gold Medallist rower, Katherine Grainger CBE, IOC member Sir Craig Reedie CBE and the Lord Provost of Glasgow Cllr Sadie Docherty.
The Inspire-Aspire Awards programme reached 25,000 young people this year by using the Olympic and Paralympic Games and the character qualities of Olympians to inspire young people to set personal goals and to develop future aspirations.
Winning a joint- Gold, 1st Level award at the event were Iona Robertson, Banff Academy and Dornie Burnett from Inverurie Academy.
Dornie chose Nadia Elena Comăneci as her inspirational figure as part of her work on the programme. Expressing her reasons for her chosen inspirational figure, Dornie said:
“How many future gymnasts did Nadia inspire? I don’t know the exact number, but it is at least one, because she inspired me”.
Before presenting the awards, Olympian Grainger told an enthralled audience that it takes commitment and courage to reach the top. She spoke about how it was sheer determination that had helped her finish the race at the London Olympics in 2012. Grainger expressed how important using the Olympic and Paralympic values in everyday life can be, not just in sport.
Inspire-Aspire aims to help young people gain a better understanding of their own character qualities and values and inspire them to create a personal development plan.
Iona explained how much of an impact participating in Inspire-Aspire has had on her: “The questions it asked me made me put my goals and targets into perspective.”
The Scottish Government announced a new scheme to regonise innovative ways of delivering school PE and extra-curricular sport . The School Sports Awards, intially introduced in three local authorities this August, will accredit schools that continuously improve PE and school sport and deepen sporting links between the school and the local community.
For more information on the award scheme please visit the Scottish Government’s News page.
If you are looking for inspirations on how to create exciting opportunties for learners around physical activirites and PE within their schools and the wider community why not have a look at the Going for Gold initiative or Larbert Cluster project, two of our Game On Scotland case studies.
DEBATE TIME: Thursday, 13th of June from 1100-1300; Target age: 7 – 14
Join pupils around the world for the first ever Commonwealth Class debate.
How it works
In class, watch the film on the Commonwealth Class website about the ‘woman behind the fastest man alive‘. Talk about this in class and gather some opinions, examples and comments to share with pupils around the world.
Go back to the page at any time between 1100-1300 BST on Thursday, 13th of June to share and discuss your ideas by emailing them to email@example.com
Commonwealth Class will publish pupils’ opinions on the site, allowing schools to respond and converse in real time.
The aim is to include as many contributions as possible.
The BBC, the British Council and the Commonwealth Secretariat have joined forces to bring you Commonwealth Class, an exciting new opportunity for schools.
Commonwealth Class is a special initiative that provides teaching resources, online debates and interactive activities for schools to mark the run-up to the 2014 Commonwealth Games. It celebrates the values of the Commonwealth and connects schools and young people as they learn about how to be active, responsible global citizens as part of the Commonwealth family.
The Commonwealth Class education pack is an exciting resource designed to teach young people about Commonwealth values such as rights and responsibilities, protection of the environment, respect for others and what people need to lead healthy lives free from poverty.
Produced by the British Council, the resource pack contains cross-curricular activities, short films and discussion guides with learning outcomes that link to key skills, curriculum subjects and Commonwealth values. Activities include what qualities you need to be a successful Commonwealth athlete, and an exploration of the route of the Queen’s Baton Relay which will visit all 71 countries and territories taking part in the 2014 games.
Get set for 2014 and download the British Council Commonwealth Class education pack today.
BBC online debates
Commonwealth Class partner, the BBC, is hosting a series of monthly online debates commencing this summer. The debates are intended to create a platform for schools in the UK and Commonwealth countries to teach and learn together.
The first debate in the series will take place on Thursday 13 June.
Visit Schools Online and sign up to Commonwealth Class for more resources and interactive activities that support lesson planning and teaching across the curriculum
And a week before the first debate you can visit the BBC’s Commonwealth Class website to find out how you can take part!
When? 08:45 – 15:00, Monday, 17 June 2013
Where? Commonwealth House, Glasgow
Who should attend?
School leaders, local authority staff and those with a whole school responsibility for Games Legacy, including cluster initiatives and wider curriculum remits related to the Games (e.g. health and wellbeing).
About the event:
On Monday 17th June, there will be just 401 days before the biggest multi-sport and cultural event ever to come to Scotland opens in Glasgow. That’s less than 58 weeks! Fortunately, education establishment across the country are already preparing to incorporate learning opportunities around the Commonwealth Games in the next academic year and this event is designed to help you join their number.
It will showcase inspirational programmes and initiatives available to teachers to stimulate learning around the Commonwealth Games. A variety of engaging workshops delivered by practitioners and organisations experienced in Games Legacy work will provide practical, hands-on exemplification on the impact of the Games as a context for learning. Workshops will include:
• exemplification from primary and secondary schools,
• an outline of the latest curriculum developments in the areas of health and well-being, numeracy and literacy by Education Scotland,
• funding opportunities around food education in the context of the Games,
• international education and partnerships
• cluster and local authority initiatives.
For more information please see the programme: Event_170613_Pre-EventInfo programme (draft)
How to register:
We invite you to join us for an inspirational day of sharing and collaborative thinking around a variety of exciting opportunities by registering for the event on line (http://bit.ly/GOSEvent-17June ) or directly with Diane Carson: Diane.Carson@educationscotland.gov.uk