Category: English and Literacy

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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

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Craigie High School’s Digital Journey during Lockdown

 

Craigie High School’s Digital Journey During Covid-19 Lockdown

Before Covid-19, Craigie High School was looking to improve digital engagement for both pupils and staff. We werein the process of self-evaluating and looking to work through the Digital School’s award just as Covid-19 closed our schools. We had created a Digital Teacher Learning Community and set up the Twitter page @digilearnchs in order to showcase examples of high-quality digital learning and teaching in our school. If we can take any positives from lockdown, it is that Craigie Staff have gone above and beyond to improve their digital skills at home. We are looking forward to returning to school and continuing on our journey to become a Digital School. We are definitely much further forward than we were in March!

At Craigie High School staff have found many creative ways to engage pupils remotely.

Many departments have set up individual class teams on Microsoft Teams, allowing them to access resources and talk to staff directly. Many departments make use of the assignments tool to track pupil engagement and mark homework this way. We also have whole year teams, where pupils are given more generic resources and information. This has allowed for a more collaborative approach from staff and sharing of good practice. This can also be seen on our Whole School Staff Support Team.

Online Support Hub

Resources have also been added to our Craigie Online Learning Hub for pupils who may have trouble accessing Teams or may prefer a different format. This is a public facing website which has information for both parents and pupils on how to support learning for home. This directs pupils to information about lost passwords etc, and has links to lots of useful revision websites and fun learning tools. This also has information for pupils and parents about how to cope with learning from home and some information about the importance of Health and Wellbeing at such a time.

Twitter

Craigie also continues to use Twitter effectively. Our whole school Twitter page keeps parents updated with all important information, as well as retweeting information from partner agencies and individual school departments,. Each department has their own twitter account and has been sending out many encouraging and positive comments along with essential information for parents and pupils.

The Art department, for example, have set up a 30 day Drawing challenge and tweet examples of excellent work from very talented pupils.

 

In Home Economics, pupils have been given lots of resources to learn practical life skills at home. There have even been differentiated lesson plans sent out for pupils to work on catering for their different dietary requirements. They have also used their Twitter to share examples of pupils finished recipes.

The Science departments continue to share many different exciting videos and resources for pupils. The Biology Department have set milk and volcano home experiments for pupils and a spring photography challenge. They have been sharing excellent examples of home learning from pupils on twitter.

Pupils have been making use of One Note in Science. They have made a poster about an animal and its habitat/diet etc using a rubric attached to their assignment in Teams. Some have done this digitally and uploaded it, others on paper. They’re all uploaded to their pages of our class notebook.

They have also been completing class work through OneNote, including an experiment setting up a pitfall trap and counting and identifying the insects they trapped the next day.

 

 

School Videos

Our lovely Support for Learning Dept sent out a video message on twitter to allow pupils to see a friendly face. We are currently working on a Prizegiving congratulations message and a staff wellbeing video.

Music and Drama

Our Instrumental service has set up teams groups for all instrumental pupils, they have access to video lessons, sheet music, discussions etc. Mrs Mackay has have delivered instruments and music to around 25 kids. Some of our pupils are performing outside at 8pm on a Thursday night, over the rainbow on 28th April drew a lot of participation and engagement. Our seniors are currently working on a music video which will go out in a few days. Drama pupils are engaging with the National Theatre online resources which are brilliant. Pupils have also engaged with creating online performance videos which have been edited together by one our wonderful music instructor, Mr Nicoll.

 

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RMPS

Unfortunately, the RMPS dept did not get the chance to take part in the Youth Philanthropy Initiative before the school closure. However, a ‘Your Community Fund’ challenge has been launched by the Wood Foundation. Our RMPS dept are working with pupils to create presentations explaining the reasons for donating money to a local Dundee Charity. S3 (new) have been set the task the task of writing a letter to someone they find inspirational. For example, they are able to choose to write to a key worker or even someone in their family. The returns have ranged from writing to a nurse at Ninewells hospital thanking them for their hard work and also a beautiful letter to a Gran who is also a care worker who has to come home and look after Grandad who is ill. I’ve been encouraging these pupils to actually send their letters of appreciation on.

Also for June, pupils in the BGE are going to be set this RMPS Superstar challenge.

Office 365 Tools

We have also been making use of Microsoft Forms and Insights on Teams to monitor pupil engagement and check for understanding. We have also been using other Office 365 tools through glow such as Sway to try and encourage digital literacy in our pupils.

 

 

Some staff have been providing live online lessons through Teams, whilst others have been videoing themselves teaching and uploading these to onedrive for pupils to access.

Online Classrooms

Staff have also created Online Interactive Classrooms. These have been updated with links to work, and sites along with showcasing pupil work. They look amazing!

And so much more…

Our Duke of Edinburgh candidates are still being supported remotely too, with teachers sending links and advice to help pupils to continue their award through challenging times.

Staff have also been working on continuing their professional development, and the introduction of a Craigie High Quality Learning and Teaching webpage is helping staff to consider new ways of teaching on their return to the classroom. They have also been attending Dundee City Council Online Digital Support Webinars. Finally, our amazing Parental Support Officer has delivered over 130 learning packs to pupils. She is joined by PTG’s PSWLAC and PTSFL in making weekly calls to pupils and their families. Food parcels are also organised on a daily basis for our families through other foodbank agencies.

 Twitter : @craigie_high and @digilearnchs

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Movie Makers at Banchory Primary

Like everyone with recent events we were thrust into a new way of delivering learning.  Normally at this time of the year Primary 7 are asked to prepare a short speech on a project of their choice.  The pupils are then asked to present these to their class, the selected pupils then present to the whole school before going forward to the cluster final in which they deliver their speeches to a judging panel.

The pupils were asked to continue with the project using the skills which had been taught previously in school, the pupils use iMovie, Do Ink Green Screen, GarageBand and clips to create their speeches.

This is one example of a Student Speech that was submitted. This student created a script, got into character, filmed himself in front of a green screen and then edited the video. I am sure you will agree the content is excellent and the theme for the video has made the video extra special.