Category: Early Years

Using QR codes, videos and drone footage to enhance viewer engagement and experience of Nursery- P1 transition 2021, Aileen Mackey

At Williamsburgh Primary School we have used QR codes, videos and drone footage to enhance viewer engagement and experience of Nursery – P1 transition. By doing so we have  maintained our pedagogical approach, tailored our service delivery to the needs, interests and queries of children and families, encouraged children’s independence and digital literacy by accessing this information, and related theory from ‘Realising the Ambition: Being me’ (Education Scotland, 2020) to our practice. Examples of practice are featured within this post.

View the presentation here

27th May, 4pm Digital Schools Award – ELC & Primary

Join us to discover how the digital schools award framework can support your setting to lead digital learning, teaching and assessment. Hear from a DSAS validator and leaders from an ELC and Primary setting share how the framework helped transform and embed digital across the curriculum.

Digital Schools Awards is a national awards scheme to promote, recognise and encourage a whole school approach to the use of digital technology in schools.

The Digital Schools Award Scotland is a 3-step programme to help schools assess progress and recognise excellence in the use of digital technology at nursery, primary, special education and secondary level while providing practical support and encouragement.

A staff Glow account will be required to access the Microsoft Team where the session will take place.

Please sign up here

Lenzie Meadow Primary School – HOW TO CREATE HIGHLY ENGAGING CONTENT Lisa Ann Tani

‘HOW TO CREATE HIGHLY ENGAGING CONTENT

Have you ever created a digital resource and felt that it was somewhat uninspiring?

It is easily done. We have all experienced “death by PowerPoint”.

ThingLink is a fabulous (and free) platform created by a Microsoft Gold Partner team which can be used to create highly engaging virtual classrooms, tours and even escape rooms.

Let’s dive in.

Example of primary one homework focusing on rhyme:

Our school’s Senior Leadership Team comprising of Sheona Allen (HT), Lorraine Donnelly (DHT) and Elaine Gardiner (DHT) have been successfully using ThingLink to create weekly virtual assemblies:

One of the most engaging aspects of ThingLink is the ability to create escape rooms. I recently finished developing an escape room for our primary two pupils focusing on internet safety when playing online games. Try it out for yourself:

Get started with ThingLink using the links below:

Tutorial Microsoft Educator Community

Try out ThingLink

 
 
 
 

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

The ELC practitioner meet up theme for this week is: Confidence, creativity and curiosity in early level Computing Science –programmable devices, apps and online resources.

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 meet up session, exploring and sharing how ELC practitioners are exploring, introducing and embedding early level computing science experiences and opportunities across the curriculum. 

During the meet up, you will  be able to use the chat option or turn on your microphone/camera 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 series of meet up sessions are designed around a flipped learning model. Prior to attending the meet up, you are invited to watch a video of the webinar recording. This will ensure you have more flexibility to become familiar with the meet up theme and perhaps try out some of the suggested activities prior to the meet up. 

This session will take place within a Microsoft Teams meeting.

You will NOT require a Glow login for this webinar.

The pre meet up session recording can be accessed below.

Please sign up here via Eventbrite.

If you would like to raise any discussion points or put forward any questions prior to attending the session, you can do so anonymously via this Form.

More about the ELC practitioner meet up summer sessions:

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

f 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.

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

The ELC practitioner meet up theme for this week is: Confidence, creativity and curiosity in early level Computing Science – unplugged and outdoors.

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 meet up session, exploring and sharing how ELC practitioners are exploring, introducing and embedding early level computing science experiences and opportunities across the curriculum. 

During the meet up, you will  be able to use the chat option or turn on your microphone/camera 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 series of meet up sessions are designed around a flipped learning model. Prior to attending the meet up, you are invited to watch a video of the webinar recording. This will ensure you have more flexibility to become familiar with the meet up theme and perhaps try out some of the suggested activities prior to the meet up. 

This session will take place within a Microsoft Teams meeting.

You will NOT require a Glow login for this webinar.

The pre meet up session recording can be accessed below.

Please sign up here via Eventbrite.

If you would like to raise any discussion points or put forward any questions prior to attending the session, you can do so anonymously via this Form.

More about the ELC practitioner meet up summer sessions:

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

elc webinar

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

The ELC practitioner meet up theme for this week is: 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 meet up session, exploring and sharing how ELC practitioners are exploring, introducing and embedding early level computing science experiences and opportunities across the curriculum. 

During the meet up, you will  be able to use the chat option or turn on your microphone/camera 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 series of meet up sessions are designed around a flipped learning model. Prior to attending the meet up, you are invited to watch a video of the webinar recording. This will ensure you have more flexibility to become familiar with the meet up theme and perhaps try out some of the suggested activities prior to the meet up. 

This session will take place within a Microsoft Teams meeting.

You will NOT require a Glow login for this webinar.

The pre meet up session recording can be accessed below.

Please sign up here via Eventbrite.

If you would like to raise any discussion points or put forward any questions prior to attending the session, you can do so anonymously via this Form.

More about the ELC practitioner meet up summer 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.

elc webinar 10 june

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

The ELC practitioner meet up theme for this week is: Supporting ELC learners to digitally document their learning (mobile device apps).

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 meet up session, exploring and sharing how ELC practitioners are using digital technology to support early level learners to capture and document their learning using mobile device apps.

You will  be able to use the chat option or turn on your microphone/camera 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 series of meet up sessions are designed around a flipped learning model. Prior to attending the meet up, you are invited to watch a video of the webinar recording. This will ensure you have more flexibility to become familiar with the meet up theme and perhaps try out some of the suggested activities prior to the meet up. The recording comprises of live demos of how to use the apps in the context of early learning and childcare.

This session will take place within a Microsoft Teams meeting.

You will NOT require a Glow login for this webinar.

The pre meet up session recording can be accessed below.

Please sign up here via Eventbrite.

If you would like to raise any discussion points or put forward any questions prior to attending the session, you can do so anonymously via this Form.

More about the ELC practitioner meet up summer 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.

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

The ELC practitioner meet up theme for this week is: Making home learning content accessible: focussing on Padlet/Thinglink/Sway

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 meet up session, exploring and sharing how ELC practitioners are using digital technology to help make home learning content more accessible. The digital tools explored will be Padlet, Thinglink and Sway.

​There will be opportunity to collaborate interactively and anonymously via Mentimeter (audience uses their smartphones/other browser to connect to the presentation to answer questions and visualise their responses in real-time to create a fun and interactive experience).

You will also be able to use the chat option or turn on your microphone/camera 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 series of meet up sessions are designed around a flipped learning model. Prior to attending the meet up, you are invited to watch a video of the webinar recordings (Padlet, Thinglink or Sway or all three if you wish) This will. ensure you have more flexibility to become familiar with the meet up theme and perhaps try out some of the suggested activities prior to the meet up.

This session will take place within a Microsoft Teams meeting.

You will NOT require a Glow login for this webinar.

The pre meet up session recordings can be accessed below.

Please sign up here via Eventbrite.

If you would like to raise any discussion points or put forward any questions prior to attending the session, you can do so anonymously via this Form.

More about the ELC practitioner meet up summer 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.

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

The ELC practitioner meet up theme for this week is: Enhancing early level literacy with digital technology

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 meet up session, exploring and sharing how ELC practitioners are enhancing early level literacy with digital technology at early level. 

​There will be opportunity to collaborate interactively and anonymously via Mentimeter (audience uses their smartphones/other browser to connect to the presentation to answer questions. visualise their responses in real-time to create a fun and interactive experience).

You will also be able to use the chat option or turn on your microphone/camera 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 series of meet up sessions are designed around a flipped learning model. Prior to attending the meet up, you are invited to watch a video of a webinar recording (around 60 minutes in length). This will ensure you have more flexibility to become familiar with the meet up theme and perhaps try out some of the suggested activities prior to the meet up.

This session will take place within a Microsoft Teams meeting.

You will NOT require a Glow login for this webinar.

The pre meet up session recording can be accessed below.

Please sign up here via Eventbrite.

If you would like to raise any discussion points or put forward any questions prior to attending the session, you can do so anonymously via this Form.

More about the ELC practitioner meet up summer 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.

20 May, 19:00 – 20:00, Early Learning and Childcare Practitioner Summer Term Digital Meet Up Sessions. Cyber Resilience & Internet Safety at early level.

The ELC practitioner meet up theme for this week is Cyber Resilience and Internet Safety.

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 meet up session, exploring and sharing how ELC practitioners are introducing Cyber Resilience and Internet Safety at early level. This sessions aims is to support you and to equip with the knowledge and confidence to embed cyber resilience and internet safety at early level through a practical play-based approach. This session will clarify what the experience and outcome means in the context of play and everyday conversations and what this might look like in your own settings. ​

​There will be 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 series of meet up sessions are designed around a flipped learning model. Prior to attending the meet up, you are invited to watch a video of a webinar recording (around 60 minutes in length). This will ensure you have more flexibility to become familiar with the meet up theme and perhaps try out some of the suggested activities prior to the meet up.

This session will take place within a Microsoft Teams meeting.

You will NOT require a Glow login for this webinar.

The pre meet up session recording can be accessed below.

Please sign up here via Eventbrite.

More about the ELC practitioner meet up summer 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 released, 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 about all the other sessions in this series, including the descriptors or via the hyperlinks in the list of sessions.