Author: Eva Wilkinson

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20 May, 19:00 – 20:00, Early Learning and Childcare Practitioner Summer Term Digital Meet Up Sessions

Would you like to enhance your skills, knowledge and confidence in early level digital skills and digital literacy?

If the answer is ‘yes’ then our summer term ELC practitioner digital meet ups can help you.

The Digital Skills Team at Education Scotland are offering weekly meet up session to discuss various digital topics within the context of ELC.

Each week, a video in relating to the weekly topic will be added to this page, so that you can familiarise yourself with the discussion topic content and information before attending the meet up session. The videos can also be accessed earlier, via the Eventbrite sign up form.

It is a good idea to watch prior the videos before joining the meet up to ensure you have had time to become familiar with the information and perhaps try out some of the suggested activities prior to the meet up.

During the meet up, we will recap the key points from the video, have the opportunity to share thoughts, ask questions and discuss how learning can be taken forward in your own contexts.

The meet ups are for all practitioners working in the early learning and childcare sector in Scotland, based in an ELC setting, school, private/voluntary/independent settings and childminders.

The meet up sessions will be held in a Microsoft Teams meeting, via a join link that will be emailed to you once you have signed up through Eventbrite. You do not require a Glow log in to join.

Please click on the images below to access more information, including the descriptors or via the hyperlinks in the list of sessions.

06 May, 16.00– 17.00, Early Level Practitioner Computing Science Catch up

Thursday 6th May 2021

16.00 – 17.00

You will not require a Glow login to join this webinar

A follow-up discussion & sharing session focusing on:

Confidence, creativity, and curiosity in early level computing science.

This session aims to bring together practitioners working with early level learners from all across the Early Learning and Childcare sector in Scotland.

The session will be an informal, discussion-based ‘computing science catch up’, discussing and sharing how we are introducing and developing computing science at early level. There will be an opportunity to ask questions, talk about resources and share examples of practice and feedback if you so wish, including sharing your screen to show photos and videos if you have the permission to do so.

This session will take place within a Microsoft Teams meeting.

You will NOT require a Glow login for this webinar.

A meeting link will be emailed to you after registration.

You are welcome to join us even if you did not attend any of the previous webinars:

  • Confidence, creativity, and curiosity in early level computing science: an introduction.
  • Confidence, creativity, and curiosity in early level computing science: outdoors & unplugged.
  • Confidence, creativity, and curiosity in early level computing science: programmable devices & online resources.

The webinar recordings can be accessed via the videos in the Eventbrite sign up.

 

Pre catch up question submission Form.

Please use this Microsoft Form to submit any questions or discussion points you would like to add to the catch up session after attending the previous webinars or once you have watched webinar recordings.

Webinar catch up: Confidence, creativity, and curiosity in early level computing science: exploring programmable devices and online resources.

16 March AM & PM

In this webinar recording, we explore programmable devices and online coding and computing science resources/apps and discuss how to introduce them via play at early level. This webinar builds on content delivered in the prior two webinars:

Webinar catch up: Technology Tools for Complex Needs with CALL Scotland.

This webinar was delivered by Claire Harrison from CALL Scotland, for education staff who are supporting learners with Complex Needs within an early years/primary context, on 20th April 2021.

This session demonstrated how simple to use, free digital tools can be used to create activities for learning and communication. We explored how these tools can be used to create learning experiences which support the development of Anticipation, Early Communication, Cause & Effect and Emergent Literacy & Numeracy. All of the digital tools covered are free to use and easy to share with families.

The technology tools covered in this session included TarHeel Gameplay, Google Slides/PowerPoint, Google Forms/Microsoft Forms, Google Jamboard and Thinglink.

You can access a PDF version of the slides here:

CH-Presentation-Education-Scotland-20APRIL21

 

Webinar catch up. Early Learning & Childcare Practitioner webinar with NCSC: Cyber Security for Childcare providers: why it matters and top tips.

Webinar recording from Friday 26th  February 1300-1330. Early Learning & Childcare Practitioner webinar with NCSC: Cyber Security for Childcare providers: why it matters and top tips.

All childcare providers want to create a safe and secure environment for the children in your care. As we become ever more reliant on digital technology it is increasingly important that you protect data (on children, staff and families), finances and also the integrity of any digital systems you use, including email, communication channels and databases.

There are a handful of steps you can take to minimise the potentially costly and disruptive effect of a cyber incident, and better safeguard the children in your care, as well as your business’s finances and reputation. This short seminar is for anyone working in childcare in Scotland. It is run by the National Cyber Security Centre (www.ncsc.gov.uk), and supported by the Scottish Government, Education Scotland and Care Inspectorate, as part of CyberScotland Week. It will provide you with advice and steps you can take to minimise the likelihood and impact of a cyber attack on your setting, and information about where to get help and advice if you need it.

 

 

Remote Learning – What is Working? Berwickshire High School in Scottish Borders.

In this guest blog post, Derek Huffman, PT Pedagogy / English Teacher from Berwickshire High School in Scottish Borders, South East Improvement Collaborative, shares what is working well in remote learning and what they can take back to the classrooms as a whole school team when learners return.

 

One of the many issues facing teachers during ‘remote learning’ is maintaining high levels of student engagement. It is understandable why, when left to their own devices, a student might reach for their PlayStation controller rather than their school iPad. What can we do to fight this?

At Berwickshire High School, our student engagement spreadsheet suggests that, in some areas, teachers are consistently keeping students coming back for more. After discussing with staff what is working, I found that, though no two people are doing the exact same thing, there are some key commonalities. 

I’ve pulled these together, with some exemplification, in this seven-minute video:

Where it’s working, teachers are focussed on the following:

  • Simplifying: reducing the amount of ‘stuff’ students are facing to what is essential. What is simplest way to word the Learning Intentions? Do you need that extra slide?
  • Using the success criteria like a checklist
  • Having a ‘consistency of experience’ for the students: students know that at this time, they go here, where they’ll experience a lesson with a common structure – starting with daily review, going into a discussion of the Learning Intentions and Success Criteria, followed by teacher modelling and time to complete a task, and ending with a plenary where the teacher checks that the students have learned what they should have.
  • Giving brief, regular, useful bits of feedback that outline next steps

None of this is rocket science, but it works. The good news is that these are all the exact same things we should be doing in our actual classrooms. If we can focus on getting this right during these wild times, just think how much more effective we’ll be as teachers when we bring what we’ve learned back into our classrooms!

The majority of teachers I know are being too hard on themselves at the moment. It’s important to remember that we are doing our best, and if you are struggling, call someone. Send an email. We’re all in the same boat and if we row in the same direction, we’ll get there.

Derek Huffman , PT Pedagogy, Berwickshire High School

gw09huffmanderek@glow.sch.uk

 

 

26 Feb, 1300 – 1330 Early Learning & Childcare Practitioner webinar with NCSC: Cyber Security for Childcare providers: why it matters and top tips.

Friday 26th  February 1300-1330

All childcare providers want to create a safe and secure environment for the children in your care. As we become ever more reliant on digital technology it is increasingly important that you protect data (on children, staff and families), finances and also the integrity of any digital systems you use, including email, communication channels and databases.

There are a handful of steps you can take to minimise the potentially costly and disruptive effect of a cyber incident, and better safeguard the children in your care, as well as your business’s finances and reputation. This short seminar is for anyone working in childcare in Scotland. It is run by the National Cyber Security Centre (www.ncsc.gov.uk), and supported by the Scottish Government, Education Scotland and Care Inspectorate, as part of CyberScotland Week. It will provide you with advice and steps you can take to minimise the likelihood and impact of a cyber attack on your setting, and information about where to get help and advice if you need it.

The session will be interactive, but will also be recorded and made available for a period of time for reference.

Join us here

 

24 Feb, 1600 – 1700 Early Level Practitioner CRIS Campfire Chat

Wednesday 24th  February 1600-1700

Join our informal ‘campfire chat’ to find out why it is never to early to start the discussions around Cyber Resilience & Internet Safety.

This event takes place in Microsoft Teams within Glow. You will require a glow login to join.  

As part of Cyber Scotland Week , join us with other practitioners working with young learners at the early level to

– find out how you can begin the discussions around Cyber Resilience & Internet Safety, the resources that are available to support the discussions and practical activity suggestions

– share how you are embedding Cyber Resilience & Internet Safety at the early level through play

We will also discuss the Special Recognition Badge for Cyber Resilience and Internet Safety from Digital Schools Awards Scotland. This stand-alone badge is available to all ELC/schools that demonstrate a strategic approach to cyber resilience and internet safety.

Join us here

 

23 Feb, 1600 – 1700 Supporting children & young people to safely navigate their online lives.

Tuesday 23rd February 1600-1700

You will require a glow login for this webinar.

Staying informed, watching videos, gaming, connecting? What are children & young people doing online and how can we best support them?

The internet has opened up new ways for children and young people to share, connect, chat and friend. Many of these activities are normal and a natural part of growing up, especially for teenagers.

Children & young people themselves have not changed, curiosity about relationships and sex remains the same, but access to the internet has changed the way young people communicate and explore these. Although much of this now happens online, the support and advice which keeps children safe ‘in real life’ will keep them safer online too.

Join us as part of Cyber Scotland Week in this informative webinar to find out what resources exist and where you can access them to support the children and young people you work with.