Category: English and Literacy

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Teaching English with O365 Forms, Susan Galloway, Drumchapel High School

Susan Galloway, from Drumchapel High School in Glasgow, shares how she has used O365 Forms to engage learners and improve attainment in English with it.

 

We have been using Microsoft Forms to support pupil engagement in English and we’ve found that this has had a positive impact on attainment and supported assessment of learners at all stages.

In the BGE, we’ve primarily used Forms as quizzes to support pupils with short reading tasks. These are self-marking and classes often have access to quizzes with different levels of challenge. We generally use the ‘chilli challenge’ concept for this with the majority of learners being asked to do the ‘Hot’ challenge with a ‘Spicy’ and ‘Extra Hot’ version to offer challenge and support. What surprised us was how keen pupils were to choose the more challenging versions and their increased resilience even if they got quiz questions wrong. This approach particularly benefitted pupils who struggled with literacy and who could use assistive technologies to support them if needed.

For Senior Phase pupils our focus has been in using Forms to support RUAE. Questions from past papers or any close reading can be easily copied into Forms and it only takes about 5 minutes to create a Higher paper. Self-marking is less effective here as we expect pupils to have a wider range of responses so the basic Forms format works best. The ability to see all pupil answers in spreadsheet format means teachers can quickly identify questions learners have struggled with and accordingly target teaching. It also means you can easily share anonymised answers with pupils and get them to peer mark, identifying quality answers and how to improve weaker ones. Previously I would have typed example pupil answers or used a visualiser on a pupil’s work but this approach saves time and makes peer assessment more straightforward for pupils to access. RUAE results have directly improved as a result of this approach.

Both the quizzes and forms are really straightforward and quick to make, and easy to share with colleagues which helps reduce teacher workload. Pupils benefit from being able to use assistive technologies to read questions aloud and pupil feedback has been extremely positive.

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01 December 2020 1630-1730, Developing Literacy and English Through Digital Learning in Primary Schools

This webinar is an opportunity to discuss emerging practice in the area of literacy/English and digital learning and teaching.

 

About this Event

A Glow login is required to join this webinar in Teams.

It is for teachers working in PRIMARY school contexts.

This webinar will take place on Tuesday 1st December at 4.30pm

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02 December 2020 1630-1730, Developing Literacy and English Through Digital Learning in Secondary Schools

This webinar is an opportunity to discuss emerging practice in the area of literacy/English and digital learning and teaching.

 

About this Event

A Glow login is required to join this webinar in Teams.

It is for teachers and librarians working in SECONDARY school contexts.

This webinar will take place on Wednesday 2nd December at 4.30pm

Follow this link to Eventbrite to book your place

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4th December 2020. Demo session: digitally documenting learning at early level with iPads.

Friday 4th December at 12.30pm via Google Meet.

No prior sign up required, however, a Gmail account is required to access Google Meet.

This confidence rasing demo session will provide a step by step, how-to guide of how to use the iPad apps covered in the previous webinar:

Supporting early level learners to digitally document their learning.

Due to practitioner demand, this session will look specifically at the iPad apps covered in the webinar recording.

You can join the session on Google Meet here. Please note a Gmail login is required.

Using Easi-Speak to develop storytelling and writing by Lynn Eileen Allison, Hoddom Primary in Dumfries and Galloway

We have been using film literacy and voice-recording to develop our learners’ comprehension of a text.

 

We watched this video: Dragon Slayer | A Short Film by Robert Kuczera and then used stills from it after the viewing to ‘read it’. The pupils in the class were given one picture each to make notes about what they
could see in their photo. They were then asked to put the photos in order that they felt the story took
place.

Having put the images in chronological order they were asked to use their notes to narrate the story by using an Easi-Speak microphone, which in a previous lesson they had been taught how to use, to record and download. Listening to what had happened, it was passed onto the next speaker to build upon the story with their own ideas.

The class loved developing the story and sharing their narration with other classes. So, the following week  they were given a storyboard with fewer shots and asked to retell their story by adding a twist to the story line. Once again, the children enjoyed developing their personal story, with the ideas they had previously generated as a class.

 

This is the story board they used:

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Developing Literacy and English Through Digital Learning in Secondary Schools

About this event

A Glow login is required to join this webinar in Teams.
It is for teachers and librarians working in SECONDARY school contexts.

If you haven’t already signed up, use this link to join the Team.

It will be delivered over THREE DATES:

  • Session 1 – Tuesday 3rd November at 4.30pm
  • Session 2 – Thursday 19th November at 4.30pm
  • Session 3 – Wednesday 2nd December at 4.30pm

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More about this series

Long-term school closures earlier this year have highlighted the importance of developing children’s learning through a range of digital tools and resources. In this webinar we take a look at how children’s experience and knowledge of digital learning can be used to support their progress in Literacy and English. The sessions will provide practical guidance for practitioners to utilise a range of digital tools and resources which have been carefully selected to support the Literacy and English curriculum.

The webinar, run in partnership by Education Scotland Digital and Literacy colleagues, will consist of a series of three sessions. The first two sessions will be a tutorial style with examples of how aspects of listening, talking, reading and writing can be developed through digital learning. The third session will be interactive, allowing participants to share their own examples of practice or bring along an idea which they would like to develop through group discussion.

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01 December 2020 1630-1730, Developing Literacy and English Through Digital Learning in Primary Schools

About this Event

A Glow login is required to join this webinar in Teams.
It is for PRIMARY practitioners.

If you haven’t already signed up, use this link to join the Team.

It will be delivered over THREE DATES:

  • Session 1 – Tuesday 27th October at 4.30pm
  • Session 2 – Tuesday 17th November at 4.30pm
  • Session 3 – Tuesday 1st December at 4.30pm

More about this

Long-term school closures earlier this year have highlighted the importance of developing children’s learning through a range of digital tools and resources. In this webinar we take a look at how children’s experience and knowledge of digital learning can be used to support their progress in Literacy and English. The sessions will provide practical guidance for practitioners to utilise a range of digital tools and resources which have been carefully selected to support the Literacy and English curriculum.

The webinar, run in partnership by Education Scotland Digital and Literacy colleagues, will consist of a series of three sessions. The first two sessions will be a tutorial style with examples of how aspects of listening, talking, reading and writing can be developed through digital learning. The third session will be interactive, allowing participants to share their own examples of practice or bring along an idea which they would like to develop through group discussion.

Upon booking your ticket a link will be issued to you to join the Developing Digital Learning in Literacy and English (webinars) Microsoft Team Site, within Glow; where the training will take place. This can take twenty four hours to process.

07 October  2020 16:00 – 17:00, Supporting early level learners to digitally document their learning.

Afternoon Webinar – Wednesday 7th October  2020 4-5pm

Gmail login required.

In this introductory session, you will find out about a range of digital tools that exist to support learners to document their learning, by allowing them to creatively capturing their voice and interactions. The session will be brought to life by real examples of rich media footage captured by whiteboard recording, green screen, interactive digital books, lip-syncing and storytelling apps. This webinar also focuses on how the media can be collated collaboratively by practitioners and then shared with parents and carers via Glow. All other practitioners working with learners at any level are also welcome to join this webinar.

Please sign up via Eventbrite here.

07 October  2020 10:00 – 11:00, Supporting early level learners to digitally document their learning.

Morning Webinar – Wednesday 7th October  2020 10-11am

Gmail login required.

In this introductory session, you will find out about a range of digital tools that exist to support learners to document their learning, by allowing them to creatively capturing their voice and interactions. The session will be brought to life by real examples of rich media footage captured by whiteboard recording, green screen, interactive digital books, lip-syncing and storytelling apps. This webinar also focuses on how the media can be collated collaboratively by practitioners and then shared with parents and carers via Glow. All other practitioners working with learners at any level are also welcome to join this webinar.

Please sign up via Eventbrite here.

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The Literacy Academy: Forth Valley and West Lothian Regional Improvement Collaborative

The Literacy Academy is a central change idea of the Forth Valley and West Lothian Regional Improvement Collaborative Literacy Plan informed by the National Improvement Framework, the EEF toolkit and Hattie’s meta-analyses of “what works” in closing the socio-economic gap in literacy. Like many others, we have had to move our programmes on line since the start of the lockdown and, consequently, we’ve been running on-line training sessions and webinars for teachers in our four local authorities (Stirling, Clacks, Falkirk and West Lothian) as well as creating and collating resources. We’ve been delighted by the response.

Explore the full resource here

Dr. Janet Adam is the Literacy Academy Lead in the Forth Valley & West Lothian Regional Improvement Collaborativ​e