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February 18, 2021
by Lynn Yeneka
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Senior Phase Sciences National e-Learning Offer Update

The NQ Sciences supported spreadsheets contains resource links for National 4 through to Advanced Higher for Biology, Chemistry, Human Biology and Physics and are being updated on a regular basis.

All subjects include:

  • Teacher created resources – narrated PowerPoints; activities, formative assessment
  • Practical science videos
  • Links to recorded lessons for National 5 and Higher from West Online School and e-Sgoil
  • A tab for recently-added links to BBC content
  • Scholar content also available so teachers can access the full suite of supported resources in one place.

Updates to the Biology supported spreadsheet this week include:

  • links to fascinating TEDEd and Amoeba Sisters videos
  • National 4 and 5 Biology resource links including auto and teacher marked Google Forms which can be sued for diagnostic assessment

Updates to the Chemistry supported spreadsheets this week include:

  • Past paper questions and answers for Units 1,2 and 3 at National 5 and Higher
  • New PowerPoints for National 5 Units 1, 2 and 3
  • Advanced Higher – homework with answers and past paper questions with answers

Updates to the Physics supported spreadsheets this week include:

  • Activity on the IOP Scotland Shared resources sheet  https://www.shorturl.at/kruL2
    • Screencasts of uncertainties at AH level and Nat 5 past paper revision question banks
    •  a set of homework questions for AH for most units.
    • a good number of eSgoil videos which do require a Glow login
    • It’s always good to see suggestions on the public access ‘right hand side’ which are usually moved to the left ‘protected’ cells once they have been verified by IOPS coaches.  Sometimes this process can take a few weeks. As the sheet is nearly one year old some of the links may change etc. If you do notice broken links please get in touch with Matthew Burke (email on the first tab of the sheet) or Martyn Crawshaw

National e-Learning Offer

 

February 1, 2021
by Janey Irving
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EBSOC Lab Techniques in Action added to NeLO Biology Resources

Two brand new interactive videos, created by the University of Edinburgh’s Easter Bush Science Outreach Centre and Roslin Institute, show the laboratory techniques Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) and gel electrophoresis. They have been designed to contribute to Education Scotland’s National e-Learning Offer, supporting Higher pupils to develop their knowledge and understanding of specific lab techniques. They also include real-life examples of how the techniques are used by Roslin Institute research scientists and technicians.

The videos are linked to the Higher Biology & Higher Human Biology Scottish Curriculum for Excellence and are accompanied by additional teaching materials including hands-on activities and pupil assessments.

You can also visit the EBSOC website directly to access these resources https://edin.ac/3osd7ZS

There are lots of other exciting additions to the Biology and Human Biology resources section of  NeLO this week including links to new videos from West OS and Meet the Scientist videos from MRC Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine (IGMM)  at the University of Edinburgh.

January 28, 2021
by Janey Irving
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Food and farming in Scotland

Did you know that farming contributes around 67,000 jobs and a GVA of around £1.3 billion to our economy!

And across many rural areas, crofting delivers valuable local benefits, providing jobs and income. A successful crofting sector helps our rural communities to thrive, and it can be at the forefront of developing new and innovative practices which support our progress to net zero carbon.

In recent years, Scotland’s food and drink industry has been one of our strongest economic performers, particularly for our rural economy. In 2014 the Scottish Government published the national food and drink policy Becoming a Good Food Nation. The policy set a new vision for Scotland: that by 2025 Scotland will be “a Good Food Nation, where people from every walk of life take pride and pleasure in, and benefit from, the food they produce, buy, cook, serve, and eat each day.” Promoting sustainable production of food and drink means farming and manufacturing it in a way that helps to preserve and protect the environment for future generations.

STEM in Scottish Farming – Precision farming in Scotland uses a huge number of technologies to improve our farming practices  from mapping fields and soil scanning, to crop protection, variable rate fertilising (which reduces potential for overuse of fertilisers and issues with fertiliser leaching from the soil to fresh water) and even using drones to thermal image crops!

Future of Food & Farming Scottish Context Resources – here are just a few resources that could be used with your pupils as they learn at home.

  • The Royal Highland Education Trust aims to provide the opportunity for every child and teacher in Scotland to learn about food, farming and the countryside. Resources for teachers and pupils are updated regularly and include materials with a focus on seasonal food, reducing food waste and climate change.
  • SASA (Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture) – monitor pesticides including impact on wildlife, do seed testing and certification, check seed potatoes to make sure they are free from disease and also certify new varieties and conducts a wide range of activities monitoring wildlife and the environment.
  • FDF Scotland: A Future in Food aims to inspire young people to consider the food and drink industry as a career choice.
  • The Love Food Hate Waste campaign by Zero Waste Scotland highlights why it is important to reduce food waste and how to get involved. Love Food Hate Waste education pack
  • Royal Horticultural Society – Campaign for school gardening. This free online resource is designed to help schools make the most of their school gardens – I’ve also used it to help me with my home gardening!
  • REHIS®, a Scottish charity that works to promote the advancement of environmental health through education and training. They have a number of courses for learners of all ages!
  • Keep Scotland Beautiful Food and the Environment resources, and related Eco-Schools Scotland topic, supports people towards awareness of and action towards more sustainable food choices and systems.
  • Food Standards Scotland works with the education sector in Scotland to provide support and resources that encourage healthy eating, good food hygiene practice and food safety knowledge.
  • At Dumfries House in Cumnock, Ayrshire, children have the opportunity to explore food growing, farming and horticulture. Children can plant, nurture, harvest and prepare vegetables in the education garden, and find out more about where food comes from with a visit to the education farm. Parts of the estate are still open for socially distanced visits from families in the area.
  • British Nutrition Foundation – The Remote learning area on the Food – a fact of life website is specifically developed to support pupils learning at home. The area comprises approximately 600 ideas, activities and resources around food, cooking, healthy eating, and where food comes from.

 

January 13, 2021
by Hazel Gardner
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SQA Higher Applications of Mathematics – Virtual meeting with FE/HE

Do you work in Higher or Further Education? Does your sector/industry require an understanding of statistics, finance, project planning and/or mathematical modelling?

If so, you may wish to join us on Friday to discuss the SQA Higher Applications of Mathematics qualification being rolled out in 2021/2022. Members of Education Scotland’s STEM and Numeracy & Mathematics team will be joined by a range of HE and FE professionals and representatives from the SQA to discuss the new course. We will consider issues such as effective career information and guidance for school pupils, HE admissions relating to the new course, implications for gender balance in uptake of FE/HE courses and ways in which we may be able to support the development of professional learning opportunities and learning contexts/resources for practitioners in schools.

We are keen to seek representation from a wide range of faculties including STEM, social sciences, business, medicine, psychology and more.

  • SQA Higher Applications of Mathematics – Virtual meeting with FE/HE
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Friday 15 January
  • 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

If you are interested in attending please contact Hazel Gardner by email:

Hazel.Gardner@educationscotland.gov.scot

 

January 12, 2021
by C. Gillespie
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STEM Fortnightly Planner 11/01/21

Welcome to our fortnightly STEM blog post. Keep reading to find out more about exciting STEM developments across Scotland. Please feel free to share this post with colleagues and school partners.

National eLearning offer:  Resource spreadsheets for physics, chemistry, biology and human biology are available from our National e-Learning site: National eLearning Offer secondary resources – more details available here.

IOP Scotland CLPL: Mars 2020 – Perseverance and Ingenuity – a NASA in Aberdeen workshop

The NASA Perseverance rover is due to land on Mars on 18 February. Its mission is to look for signs of ancient life and to collect samples of rock and soil. Perseverance carries with it the Ingenuity helicopter drone, the first powered vehicle sent to fly in the atmosphere of another planet. Find out about suitable classroom activities associated with this major mission. This event is suitable for primary and secondary teachers across all of the sciences. The fifth in a series of space science online CLPL events is produced and delivered as part of the NASA in Aberdeen project #inspiringthenextgeneration

19:30-20:15, Thursday, 14 January 2021

Skills Development Scotland  – Climate Emergency Skills Action Plan: responding to
Scotland’s declaration of a Climate Emergency and targets to meet net zero emissions by 2045,
The Climate Emergency Skills Action Plan sets out a clear direction for the reorientation of our skills system, and signals the role that businesses, communities and individuals across Scotland will play in achieving this.

Food, STEM & Sustainability Online Teacher Training: The Royal Highland Education Trust (RHET), The Rowett Institute, Food and Drink Federation (FDF) Scotland and Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) are offering teachers and educators online training opportunities highlighting the importance of food. The online training (endorsed by Education Scotland) covers four main subject areas –

Technology & Engineering, Health & Wellbeing, Math, Big Data and food and Food & Climate.

Webinars for each subject area will start with Technology & Engineering webinar focusing on the production of haggis, neeps and tatties on 20th January at 3.30pm. The online training site will go live in February with webinars running in January, February and March. Register for online sessions and webinars here.

Creative Thinking Level 5 & 6 – The Pilot Programme : Working alongside Edinburgh Napier University and Edinburgh College, Daydream Believers have created a level 5 and level 6 award in Creative Thinking, useful for STEM learning and Learning for Sustainability. The workshop on 29 January is open to anyone interested in piloting the award in the 2020/2021 academic session.

Register here

IOP Resource for learning at home

Throughout 2020, the Institute of Physics has been creating resources to support home learning – Do Try This At Home. Before the Christmas break, they developed a winter-themed activity pack for upper primary ages that contains experiments, activities and literacy-building features to help enrich the science curriculum and build science capital within the family.

To view the activity pack and the range of materials developed for Do Try This At Home, please visit: www.iop.org/AtHome

The Do Try This At Home pack and videos are based on some of the always popular Marvin and Milo activities.  All 155 can be downloaded from IOP Spark at https://spark.iop.org/collections/marvin-and-milo

Dates for your diary

2021 – The United Nations has declared 2021 as the International Year of Peace and Trust, the International Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development, and the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables.

The World Health Organisation has designated 2021 as the International Year of Health and Care Workers

International Women’s Day 8 March 2021

British Science Week 5-14 March 2021

STEM Fortnightly planner 15/12/20

January 10, 2021
by I. Menzies
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Remote learning resources for ELC and primary science and STEM

Updated 19 January 2021

Education Scotland has been working with E-Sgoil, ADES and other partners to develop the three aspects of the National e-Learning Offer: live lessons, supported resources and recorded lessons. These resources have been created and curated to support practitioners when planning for remote learning.

This blog post provides resource links for primary science and STEM at early, first and second level. For information about resources for secondary science, please visit: Secondary sciences update – National e-Learning Offer | (glowscotland.org.uk)

Supported resources

Education Scotland would like to thank those authorities participating in the Raising Aspirations in Science Education (RAiSE) Programme for their support in developing many of the supported resources below.

Context planners

The planners below provide suggestions for learning around a range of contexts. They have been developed to incorporate learning opportunities from across several curricular areas.  Some activities have been developed specifically for learning at home.  Each planner includes links to relevant resources including PowerPoints and activity sheets.  They also provide interdisciplinary learning opportunities for young people to explore.

People who help us EARLY LEVEL

The Day the Crayons Quit EARLY LEVEL

Weather FIRST LEVEL

Matilda FIRST LEVEL

The Twits FIRST LEVEL

World War II SECOND LEVEL

Rainforests SECOND LEVEL

Harry Potter and the Philosopher_s Stone SECOND LEVEL

Game design SECOND LEVEL

Science planning resource 
The RAiSE Science Planning Resource provides comprehensive support for practitioners planning sciences learning from early to second level. Each planner outlines suggested learning activities, useful online links, vocabulary, questions, ‘How to’ videos and much more to support planning for science.

Highland Primary Science Framework 

Available through GLOW, the Highland Primary Science Framework has detailed lesson plans for each sciences EO (early to second level) as well as helpful links to associated learning materials.

Science and STEM Wakelet

Education Scotland’s Science and STEM Wakelet contains a range of  useful curated web links for early, first and second level.

Recorded

The West Online School, in partnership with ADES, E-Sgoil and Education Scotland, has now recorded 500 video lessons for a number of curriculum areas and levels. These are being made available through the Clickview Platform. To find out more about how you can access these resources then please visit this page on our National e-Learning blog: https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/glowblogs/nationalelearning/westos-access-recorded-materials/

Live lessons

  • Daily, live sessions  are being hosted on the e-Sgoil website. Monday to Friday at 10 am for P2-P7, 11 am for S1-S3 and 2 pm for S4-S6. No prior sign-up required – simply direct learners to e-sgoil.com at the appropriate time. Further details, including a weekly schedule, past sessions and associated resources, can be found at: http://www.e-sgoil.com/lockdown-live/
  • Gaidhlig Bheo. An extensive programme of live lessons for Gaelic Medium and Gaelic Learners – from P2 to S6. Class teachers can view the full schedule and register interest (Teacher Glow account required) at: http://www.e-sgoil.com/gaidhlig-bheo/
  • Early years, including Primary 1. Meet internet sensation Dug in his Discovery Den – an ever-evolving online learning environment for our youngest learners. No prior sign-up required. Visit Dug at: http://e-sgoil.com/earlyyears20/

e-Sgoil will continue to provide support to schools significantly impacted by Covid-19 (Coronavirus) as its own resources allow. This may, for example, be due to a high number of staff being absent. For further details and to enquire about this emergency provision, please access: http://e-sgoil.com/covidprovision/

In addition to the above, the BBC will be broadcasting educational content to support learning at home: www.bbc.co.uk/lockdownlearningscotland. We are pleased to be working with the BBC to build on our support already available nationally.

 

 

December 21, 2020
by Janey Irving
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New tool to support Scotland’s seas

A new online portal which assesses the health of Scotland’s seas has been launched.

Scotland’s Marine Assessment (SMA) 2020, brings together the work of more than 250 scientists to provide an up-to-date review of our marine environment and the human activity it supports.

The portal includes 162 studies which cover climate change, how clean and safe our seas are and the diversity of our marine species. In the new year, 21 regional assessments will also go live bringing the total studies to 183, allowing people to get an understanding of the condition of the seas in their area. The project involved scientists from across a range of disciplines including oceanographers, chemists, biochemists, mathematicians, statisticians, physicists, biologists, ecologists, economists, sociologists and bacteriologists.

As well as being of benefit to scientists and industry partners that are working together to improve the state of Scotland’s seas; we hope that this resource could be used by schools and communities to deepen their understanding of the conditions of the seas in their area. The case studies from the portal would give pupils real life data and examples to contextualise their learning in numerous curricular areas and in particular link to the cross cutting themes within Learning for Sustainability. With 2020-21 being the Year of Coasts and Waters and the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 26) being held in Scotland this coming year; we know that the impact of human activity on our environment will be foremost in the minds of many young people and their families.

The headlines and next steps area of the portal sets out the key findings from studies and what work is needed to improve our marine environment.

The portal finds that climate change is the most critical factor affecting our seas and is impacting on coastal flooding, erosion and our marine species. It shows that progress is being made to improve the health of our seas, with the levels of nutrients and contaminants reducing, while marine protection measures and work to tackle marine litter needs more time to be fully effective.

It also sets out that collaboration with coastal communities, local areas and international partners is essential if improvements are to be made to the state of Scotland’s seas.

SMA 2020 has been produced by the Scottish Government, NatureScot, Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) and the Marine Alliance for Science and Technology Scotland.

 

It builds on the data first presented in Scotland’s Marine Atlas in 2011.

Background

 

SMA Launch film – YouTube

Scotland’s Marine Assessment (SMA) 2020

December 18, 2020
by I. Menzies
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Secondary sciences update – National e-Learning Offer

This blog post provides an update (19 January 2021) in relation to the three aspects of the National e-Learning Offer for senior phase sciences: supported, recorded and live.

For information about resources for early, first and second level science, please visit: Remote learning resources for ELC and primary science and STEM | (glowscotland.org.uk)

Supported resources

Resource spreadsheets for physics, chemistry, biology and human biology are available from our National e-Learning site: https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/glowblogs/nationalelearning/resources-2/

These spreadsheets build on all the excellent work that was supported by the sciences networks during the initial period of lockdown. The spreadsheets now contain links to a wide selection of videos, PPTs, calculations, lessons, activities and assessments that have been shared by practitioners. The number of resource links in each spreadsheet are as follows:

  • Physics including IoP spreadsheet (1041) and Physics Scholar links (958)
  • Chemistry (540) and Chemistry Scholar links (1103)
  • Biology (352) and Biology Scholar links (500)
  • Human Biology (119) and Human Biology Scholar links (348)

Important guidance: A video is available to demonstrate how the spreadsheets can be used: https://bit.ly/3akKNFC . Please note that you may find it helpful to zoom out to about 80% view to see more rows of the spreadsheet. You also have the option of opening the Excel spreadsheet in the desktop app rather than viewing online. This link to the blog page should be used when pointing people to the spreadsheets: https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/glowblogs/nationalelearning/resources-2/ . It is advised not to use the direct URL link to a specific spreadsheet as this may result in a Sharepoint access error message.

The development of the resource spreadsheets has only been possible because of the collaborative and generous way that teachers have shared resources to date. The continuation of this will be crucial in supporting the next phase of developments. Education Scotland has now established teacher groups to further support the curation of resources to fill identified gaps. We would be really grateful if teachers would consider submitting useful resource links to fill gaps in the subject spreadsheets. If you are willing to submit resource links, for either Senior Phase or BGE, then this can be done through our National e-Learning Offer website: https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/glowblogs/nationalelearning/suggestions/

An updated version of each sciences blog will be posted each Monday.

Practical science videos

Education Scotland has been working with BBC Bitesize, Napier University, SSERC and other partners to film practical science experiments. The first 30 videos have now been published. A further 20 are being edited and are due to be published by the end of January 2021. We have also developed interactive assessment resources to accompany each of the videos and these will also be going live by the end of January. Further details and links are included in the attachment below. Additional filming of practical science experiments is being planned.

Practical Science Videos Publication Schedule 11Jan21

Recorded

The West Online School, in partnership with ADES, E-Sgoil and Education Scotland, has now recorded over 600 video lessons for a number of curriculum areas, including sciences. These are being made available through the Clickview Platform. To find out more about how you can access these then please visit this page on our National e-Learning blog: https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/glowblogs/nationalelearning/westos-access-recorded-materials/

Live lessons – E-Sgoil Lockdown Live

  • Daily, live sessions are being hosted on the e-Sgoil website. Monday to Friday at 10 am for P2-P7, 11 am for S1-S3 and 2 pm for S4-S6. No prior sign-up required – simply direct learners to e-sgoil.com at the appropriate time. Further details, including a weekly schedule, past sessions and associated resources, can be found at: http://www.e-sgoil.com/lockdown-live/
  • Daytime study support. A range of Advanced Higher, Higher and National 5 courses on offer. This is in addition the 25 courses already available in the early evenings. For further information and to register, young people can access (Pupil Glow account required to register): http://e-sgoil.com/studysupport2020/
  • Gaidhlig Bheo. An extensive programme of live lessons for Gaelic Medium and Gaelic Learners – from P2 to S6. Class teachers can view the full schedule and register interest (Teacher Glow account required) at: http://www.e-sgoil.com/gaidhlig-bheo/

e-Sgoil will continue to provide support to schools significantly impacted by Covid-19 (Coronavirus) as its own resources allow. This may, for example, be due to a high number of staff being absent. For further details and to enquire about this emergency provision, please access: http://e-sgoil.com/covidprovision/

Other resources

Additional work to develop the supported, recorded and live elements of the National e-Learning Offer in 2021 is already being planned. Education Scotland is also working in close partnership with the BBC to coordinate with their lockdown learning offer for schools: BBC Scotland – Lockdown Learning

I’d like to conclude by thanking all those who have contributed so generously to the development of the resources listed above. A special thank you too to those teachers who volunteered to be part of our secondary science working groups and curation groups who have continued to do so much behind the scenes.

 

Ian Menzies

Senior Education Officer

Education Scotland

 

Updated 10 January 2021

December 17, 2020
by C. Gillespie
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Creative Thinking Level 5 & 6 – The Pilot Programme

Working alongside Edinburgh Napier University and Edinburgh College, Daydream Believers have created a level 5 and level 6 award in Creative Thinking. This workshop is open to anyone interested in piloting the award in the 2020/2021 academic session.

This will be an opportunity to discuss the award in more detail and share your insights on how new resources can be developed and created to support creative thinking across the whole curriculum. Daydream Believers are also keen to get feedback on their new method of assessment and moderation.

This is an exciting opportunity for schools and colleges to shape a different way of thinking and for businesses to invest directly in their future workforce.

Register here

December 17, 2020
by C. Gillespie
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Mindset in Primary Science programme – apply by 18 December

 

Not long left for primary schools in Scotland to join the ‘Mindset Teams’ blended learning programme, a growth mindset course funded by Education Scotland that is designed specifically for primary science teaching.

Mindset Teams is an accredited course from Winning Scotland Foundation, offering a blend of independent online learning, tutor guidance, collegiate discussion and supported project delivery. A limited number of free places are available for primary schools. To take part, schools must nominate a ‘team’ of:

  • At least one ‘leader’ (e.g. a PT, HT or DHT) and
  • Two or more classroom practitioners to complete the programme together.

A full programme descriptor is available here and a case study from Callander PS in Stirling is available here.

Course application deadline: Friday 18th December. Apply to take part in the course here

Course start date: Monday 11th January

More information / questions:

Contact aoife.barrett@winningscotlandfoundation.org

 

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