Jun 152016
 

Twig LogoOver the past six months Twig World has delivered training and awareness raising sessions free of charge in schools and local authorities across Scotland.  So far they have visited over half of the 32 local authorities and they would like to continue apace with these efforts.

The sessions delivered to date have been received enthusiastically with teachers getting hands-on opportunity to use Tigtag Junior and Tigtag (EY and primary science) and Twig (secondary science, maths and geography).  Many teachers were not aware that they had  access to this material through Glow log in and those who were already using it were pleased to hear about new developments.

Twig World would like to encourage school clusters to organise twilight events for teachers from a group of schools who would like to learn more about Twig resources. They would also like to continue to support the work of local authority development officers, QIOs and others who have responsibility for primary science and secondary science, maths and geography including those authorities that have already been visited and may wish to organise additional  events.

Any clusters or authorities interested in a training session should contact Patricia Kemp at Twig World  T: 0141 353 7721  or E: pkemp@twig-world.com

Mar 212016
 

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.

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Dec 012015
 

Two new services went live on 26th October 2015, Microsoft Sway and Microsoft Delve. These new services are available with your Glow username and password, accessed within Microsoft O365.

Sway allows Glow users to create highly visual presentations with ease, these can then be shared with other Glow users or with people outside of Glow. Sway can also be used to create and share interactive reports and personal stories. Sway helps users find relevant content such as images for your creation which you can drag and drop straight in to Sway.

Delve also lets you view your colleagues’ profiles, or edit your own.

Delve never changes any permissions, so you’ll only see documents that you already have access to. Other people will not see your private documents.

When you view, edit, and share documents, Delve learns from how you work and tailors the information to you on your personalised Home page. What you see in Delve is personal to you.

Visit Glow Connect to find out more.

Aug 262015
 

asdWelcome to our e-bulletin for sciences, technologies, engineering and maths (STEM). Please forward to those who may be interested.

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Sciences
• Award-winning online resources available until June 2016 – add Twig, Tigtag and Reach Out CPD tiles to your Launchpad in Glow
• Higher Physics professional learning videos now online
• Statistics for school biology experiments and Advanced Higher projects – SSERC guide
• 13 – 19 year olds can win a trip to New York City through the Junior Academy STEM competition
• Enter the 2016 Our Environment competition run by SEPA
• Get Learning section of Scotland’s Environment website launches soon – data about climate change, water, rivers and more
Technologies
• Register your school to receive BBC Microbit pocket-sized computers for coding
• The National Technologies Network Glow community will keep you up to date
• New engineering science materials on the Glow NQ site
• CPD for Engineering Science – Advanced Higher writers day on the 17 September 2015
• Dunoon Primary beats 300 UK schools to win Kodu Kup
• Open University research project on use of mobile technologies – get involved!

Numeracy and mathematics
• BBC News report on supermarket pricing
• Mathematical Association conference for teachers of secondary mathematics
• The National Numeracy Progression Framework has progression pathways for all numeracy organisers
• Register for Progression Module to be delivered via the National Numeracy and Mathematics Hub from 25 August
• STEM precision farming event for secondary STEM teachers – Perthshire, 7 November

Did you know…….?
The Developing Young Workforce programme will be transforming the way that STEM is delivered in Scottish schools.

Professional learning
Reviewing the requirement for high level STEM skills – UKCES report

Video Inspiration
Make a 3D Hologram projector using a mobile phone app and CD case.

We’ve got loads more news to share! See our STEM blog for the latest updates.

Education Scotland Updates
Education Scotland Email Updates Now Available
Education Scotland offer a number of free email updates and news alerts to keep you informed of the latest developments and events in Scottish education.

We’re delighted to offer you a range of publications with a focus on specific areas, sectors and topics. These all include the latest news and key information along with links to new resources and support materials all in one place and relevant to your area of work.

You can sign up to as many email updates as you like, they are free and delivered straight to your inbox. Visit the Education Scotland website for the full list of publications available and sign up today.

Scottish Learning Festival 2015
SLF is the biggest education event in Scotland, bringing together thousands of educational professionals from across Scotland and beyond. Taking place on Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 September, the theme of this year’s event focuses on raising achievement and attainment for all.

SLF is free for everyone to attend and gives you access to inspirational keynotes, over 100 professional development seminars, lively debate at the professional discussion sessions, Scotland’s largest education exhibition and opportunities for professional networking with peers and colleagues from across Scotland.

Book now to guarantee your place at SLF. Visit the SLF website to browse the full conference programme and book your place today.

Aug 192015
 

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Twig and Tigtag have been procured by Education Scotland for a further 12 months through to July 2016.

These award-winning online resources will continue to be available to all local authority practitioners and learners for this time through the Scotland Launchpad and the App Library on Glow.

See our simple guide to find out how to add the Twig, Tigtag and Reach Out CPD tiles to your own Launchpad in Glow.

 

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Aug 112015
 

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The list below outlines the professional learning opportunities for next school session being organised by Education Scotland’s Sciences Team.

Please note that events may be subject to change due to availability of venues. Further events may be added to the calendar as the session progresses. Links for registration and venues will be sent out closer to the events.

Local authorities are also able to request support for their own events or to meet particular needs. We also welcome requests from local authorities to support citizen science, learning for sustainability and community resilience activities. To request support please email: ian.menzies@educationscotland.gsi.gov.uk

September

30th + 1st     Cross-authority CfE Higher Assessment Review

Supported by SQA colleagues, the event will provide delegates with the opportunity to review the key messages from the CfE Higher assessment for each of the sciences. Following an evening of input delegates will then have a full day to co-develop resources for Higher Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Human Biology, and Physics in light of the needs identified.

Target audience: experienced secondary sciences FH and PTs who have been nominated by their authority.

 

October

28th         Sharing Practice Network – raising attainment

This network was set up to explore strategies for raising attainment in the sciences. Our first raising attainment network event was on 11th November 2014. At that event, delegates chose a strategy to develop and trial over the next few months. At the follow up event, as well as some examples of interesting practice, returning delegates will give short presentations on their findings.

Target audience: secondary science FHs, PTs and practitioners. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

November

12th            NQ Cross-authority Writing Group

Supported by a number of partner agencies, this event will reflect on the implementation of Advanced Higher and look to generate further resources to support learning and teaching. This event will have places for biology, chemistry, environmental science, human biology, and physics practitioners. Environmental science delegates will concentrate on other levels of NQ.

Target audience: experienced FH and PTs who have been nominated by their authority.

 

18th           National Early Learning & Primary Science Network

Following on from the two day residential held in June 2015, this event will draw on the collective strengths and expertise of participants to co-develop resources and approaches to share nationally, supporting the on-going development of early learning and primary science. The purpose of this network is to:

        • develop a common understanding of standards and progression in the sciences
        • build capacity nationally amongst practitioners to support learning and teaching in the sciences
        • create a national model for moderation
        • co-develop resources to support the planning, teaching, assessment and moderation of the sciences curriculum within the Broad General Education.

Target audience: experienced early learning and primary PTs and practitioners who have responsibilities for science and who have been nominated by their authority.

 

December

8th              Sharing Practice Network;

                    Flexible progression routes from BGE to senior phase

This network was set up to explore progression pathways through the BGE in preparation for the senior phase in science. The first event was held on 27th February. At that event, delegates learned of different strategies to develop over the next few months. At the follow up event, as well as some examples of interesting practice, returning delegates will give short presentations on their developments.

Target audience: school leaders as well as secondary science FHs, PTs and practitioners. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

 

January 2016

19th             Cross-authority Writing Group – BGE (secondary)

Supported by a number of partner agencies, this event will reflect on learning and teaching in the BGE and look to generate further resources and strategies to support learning and teaching.

Target audience: experienced secondary FH and PTs who have been nominated by their authority.

 

27th              Sharing Practice Network – meeting learners’ needs

This network was set up to investigate strategies for learning and teaching in classroom where more than one NQ level is being taught at the same time. Our first meeting learners’ needs network event was on 31st October 2014. At that event, delegates chose a strategy to develop and trial over the next few months. At the follow up event on June 8th, as well as some examples of interesting practice, returning delegates gave short presentations on their findings. This event will look at further developments made, celebrating success and learning from our experiences.

Target audience: school leaders as well as secondary science FHs, PTs and practitioners. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

February

25th               National Science Network – Early to Fourth Level

Building on the achievements of the early learning and primary science network and the cross-authority BGE (secondary) events, this event will bring both networks together to co-develop resources and approaches to be shared nationally.

The purpose of this network is to:

  • develop a common understanding of standards and progression in the sciences
  • build capacity nationally amongst practitioners to support learning and teaching in the sciences
  • create a national model for moderation
  • co-develop resources to support the planning, teaching, assessment and moderation of the sciences curriculum within the Broad General Education.

Target audience: experienced early learning and primary PTs and practitioners who have responsibilities for science and who have been nominated by their authority. Also, experienced secondary FH and PTs who have been nominated by their authority.

 

March

1st                NQ Cross-authority Writing Group National 3 & 4

Supported by a number of partner agencies, this event will provide practitioners with opportunities to co-develop classroom resources and approaches to support learning and teaching in National 3 and 4 sciences qualification.

Target audience: experienced secondary FH and PTs who have been nominated by their authority.

Aug 102015
 

 

Twig and Tigtag Announcement

We are pleased to announce that Twig and Tigtag have been procured, through competitive tender, by Education Scotland for a further 12 months through to July 2016.  As a result, these award-winning online resources will continue to be available to all local authority schools through Glow for use by educators and learners across Scotland.

New resources, Twig assignments and Tigtag Junior, will also be added in late autumn to the existing package available. An accompanying resource, Reach-Out CPD – a professional learning resource from Twig World to support primary science – has also been recently made available to Glow users.

The cost of this new one year contract with Twig World Ltd is £430,000 (including VAT) and this is being funded through the Digital Learning and Teaching programme this year. This represents a significant investment in science and mathematics education which is a key priority within the current Programme for Government. In the longer term, it is likely that resources such as these will be procured via a local authority collaborative contract.  What this means is that local authorities will be able to purchase digital resources of their choice and opt in to contracts accordingly.  See the Education Scotland briefing for more information.

Learners and practitioners (including those in early learning and childcare, additional support needs, primary and secondary school settings) are encouraged to make use of these resources which can be found on the App Library of Glow.

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Twig is an award-winning online teaching resource providing thousands of tailor-made, short films to help bring lessons to life.  Content has been created by teachers and academics to support delivery of Curriculum for Excellence covering sciences, social studies and mathematics for learners aged 11-16.  Twig Experiments offers over 300 short films covering 81 key experiments.

Tigtag is aimed at learners aged 7-11 years and provides online resources to support the teaching of primary science. It contains science in action videos, ready-made lesson plans, hundreds of images and diagrams, practical activities and fun facts. From the end of September, Glow users will also have access to Tigtag Junior which is an accompanying online science resource for learners aged 4-7 years.

Reach-Out CPD offers professional learning videos and resources for teachers delivering primary science and other aspects of Curriculum for Excellence.

Jun 042015
 

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Our 12th NQ cross-authority writing group event took place on the 18th May in Stirling. Around 60 secondary colleagues attended with the focus being on the transition from Higher to Advanced Higher. This included supporting the transition from traditional Higher to CfE Advanced Higher. New resources have been developed for biology, chemistry, physics and environmental science and are now available on our Glow science site. Details on the resources developed and plans for future events are listed below.

In addition, we’d like to express our thanks to all those who have uploaded sciences resources they have developed. We now have 3000+ resources on the Glow sciences site and, at the start of the year have on average 1000 teachers accessing the site each month making it one of the most successful communities on the new Glow platform. Thanks to everyone for helping to build such a vibrant and active community. Without a doubt, learners across Scotland will benefit hugely from this.

In the next few weeks the new Glow video channel will be launched as well as the new Yammer app which will enhance the functionality of the Glow newsfeed. We’ll bring you news of these at the start of next session.

If you want to access the Glow sciences site then visit: http://bit.ly/glowsciences

Every teacher in Scotland should have access to Glow including those in the independent sector. If you don’t have a password then please speak to the Glow coordinator in your school in the first instance or your Glow key contact in your authority.

At the most recent event in May participants were developing resources and working on the following areas:

Biology      

  • Experimental guide for outcome 1
  • Guide for starting the course with learners
  • Practical guides for all units
  • I can statements for Organisms and Evolution

Focus for upcoming events

  • Support for projects in rural communities
  • Opportunity to work with partner agencies
  • Higher assignments

Chemistry

  • Mapping knowledge and understanding from any Chemistry Higher
  • Research unit resources – past paper questions linking to knowledge and understanding and skills
  • Synthesis Unit resources
  • Candidate project checklist

Focus for upcoming events

  • Higher assignment feedback
  • Open-ended questions

Environmental Science

  • Working on Forestry Commission materials
  • Added Value Unit – data handling

Focus for upcoming events

  • Higher assignment feedback
  • Opportunity to work with partner agencies
  • Continue populating resource guide for N4 /5 / Higher

Physics

  • Learner friendly outcome statements and success criteria
  • Learner resources for knowledge based units
  • Teacher support notes for astrophysics
  • Support guide for learners moving from traditional Higher to CfE Advanced Higher

Focus for upcoming events

  • Stellar evolution
  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Mechanics
  • Prompts for working with partners in schools
  • Opportunity to work with partner agencies
Jun 022015
 

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Colleagues in Edinburgh and other authorities using Microsoft SharePoint sometimes have issues accessing GLOW. Below is some advice from the Digital Learning and Teaching team at Scottish Government. User names and passwords are a school/ authority issue, sorry but we can’t help there.

Accessing more than one O365 Tenancy

In some local authority areas in Scotland individuals may have access to more than one Microsoft O365 platform. Everyone in Scotland has Glow but there may also be a Microsoft O365 platform in use that has been provided locally. In these cases, it is still possible for you to use more than one Microsoft O365 platform should you wish i.e. use Glow as well as the local authority Microsoft O365 platform, however there are some points you should be aware of. If you want to be in both platforms at the one time: You must use separate browsers e.g. Internet Explorer for the local platform, Google Chrome for Glow (or any other browser available). This is because when you are logged in to Microsoft O365, the browser will use a cookie to ensure you stay logged in, because of this you cannot be logged in twice using the same browser to different platforms. If you only have access to one browser: If your machine is restricted to one browser then you must fully log out of one platform before you log in to another. When logging out of Glow:

  • Go to the Launchpad (RM Unify) and in the top right of the screen, next to your name, click on the downward arrow and choose sign out.
  • You will then be updated as you are logged out of all services you are currently using.
  • Close your browser completely then open again for a new session.

There will be a different process to log out of your own local authority platform but this would be required if moving to use Glow from the same browser. The above situation is not caused by either of the platforms in use in particular but rather is an expected behaviour of being authenticated in to a cloud based service being used for more than one purpose.

May 222015
 

Education Scotland is looking to recruit two DOs to help us take forward our ambitious programme of support for 3-18 sciences.

Development Officer (DO)
Dates: Apply by 07/06/2015
Location: Any Education Scotland Office
Contract type: Full Time
Contract term: 23 month secondment
Education Scotland is Scotland’s national improvement agency for education. Our role is to promote improvement through innovation and change in the education system, from the early years to adult learning. We are committed to embedding our values of excellence, creativity, integrity and respect in everything we do.
To help us drive our ambitious agenda for improving outcomes for Scottish learners, we are now recruiting secondees to work within key areas of the organisation.
Development Officers work in partnership with colleagues from across the education system, Scottish Government and other national organisations to develop, promote and support effective and innovative approaches within their specialist areas. Working in teams led by Senior Education Officers, we are seeking Development Officers in the following areas:
Expressive Arts
Science
Health & Wellbeing
Technologies
Candidates should possess a relevant degree in teaching and be registered with the GTCS. You should also have excellent knowledge of Curriculum for Excellence and be able to contribute to its continued development and implementation. Demonstrable experience in the relevant discipline is required with excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
The Development Officer posts are being offered on a 23 month secondment basis and can be based out of any of the Education Scotland offices subject to local availability.
For further information and to download an application form, please visit our website at www.educationscotland.gov.uk/vacancies
Closing date for application: Midnight on Sunday 7 June 2015
Applications should be returned electronically to edshr@educationscotland.gsi.gov.uk

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