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19 November 2020 4-5pm. Confidence, creativity, and curiosity in early level computing science: unplugged and outdoors. PM Webinar via Glow

 

This webinar will take place within Microsoft Teams within Glow. A Glow login is required to join the webinar.

This webinar will focus on how we can create experiences and spaces that allows unplugged computing science to be embedded at the early level through play and where to access a wealth of free learning and teaching resources to embed unplugged computing science at the early level.

This session is for practitioners working with learners in ELC or Primary School AND all other practitioners who work with learners at any level, with an interest in creatively embedding unplugged computing science their indoor and outdoor learning environments.

This video is a recording of the first early level computing science webinar of this series. Please feel free to view it before attending this webinar if you wish (not essential).

If you do not have Glow l access, the session is being delivered earlier in the day at 10am via Google Meet. Please look at the other events listed in the upcoming webinars section of the blog: 

This webinar will also be recorded.

 All information for early level webinars is also available here via this Sway

Please click on this Eventbrite link to sign up.

19 November 2020 10-11am. Confidence, creativity, and curiosity in early level computing science: unplugged and outdoors. AM Webinar via Google Meet.

 

This webinar will take place within Google Meet. A GMail login is required to join the webinar.

This webinar will focus on how we can create experiences and spaces that allows unplugged computing science to be embedded at the early level through play and where to access a wealth of free learning and teaching resources to embed unplugged computing science at the early level.

This session is for practitioners working with learners in ELC or Primary School AND all other practitioners who work with learners at any level, with an interest in creatively embedding unplugged computing science their indoor and outdoor learning environments.

This video is a recording of the first early level computing science webinar of this series. Please feel free to view it before attending this webinar if you wish (not essential).

If you do not have GMail access, the session is being delivered later in the day at 4pm via Teams within Glow. Please look at the other events listed in the upcoming webinars section of the blog: 

This webinar will also be recorded.

 All information for early level webinars is also available here via this Sway

Please click on this Eventbrite link to sign up.

30 November 2020, 16:00 – 16:45 Code Club H&WB and Environmental learning resources

A Glow Login is required to join this webinar. This webinar will take place on Glow, Education Scotland Digital Teams channel.

Join Dr. Lorna Gibson, Programme Manager, Code Club, while she shares new resources available for practitioners using coding to explore the environment, health and wellbeing, and more. Project demonstrations plus opportunity for questions.

Register here

03 November 2020 16:00 – 16:45, Experience running an online Code Club

This webinar will take place on Glow, Education Scotland Digital Teams channel. A Glow login is required.

Join Dr. Lorna Gibson, Programme Manager, Code Club, for an online session aimed at practitioners. Experience running an online club and try out the new health and wellbeing projects. This is a practical session followed by short Q&A

  Sign up here  

12 November 2020 16:00-17:00, Practitioner Examples of Blended Learning in Primary

The Webinar will look at the tools and pedagogy used in this first term, the digital tools used and their impact on learners.

About this Event

Delivered by Andrew Boulind and Rory Buchanan from St Joseph’s RC School, Aberdeen.

Open to all practitioners, Glow Login Required

The Webinar will look at how Blended Learning has been used on return at the start of this new session 2020-2021 and its impact on the learners. After having returned in August form Lockdown, we felt it was important to utilise the digital skills the learners had gained as well as improving pupil engagement, motivation, and challenge by using a blended approach to learning in the classroom. By maintaining this blended approach, we have been able to provide a differentiated and more personalised approach to learning.

Although technology has played an important part in our classes it has been important to create a stimulating environment in the classroom where the displays demonstrate a range of curricular areas and are accessible and used to reinforce learning.

By using our variation of Blended learning, the pupils have been leading the learning. It was vital for us that learning was relevant and built on previous online learning. The approach has made sure that pupils are aware of learning expectations and know how to be successful in their learning, whether online or in class.

Learners are engaging in various types of learning experiences, online, in class and in groups. Learners are encouraged to develop high order thinking strategies in their classwork using the and online activities. Due to the use of online assessment tools the Learners are aware of feedback and can act rapidly on this. Digital technology is a feature of learning with both in class as well as at home. After the lockdown and the possibility that they had more “textbook type activities” it has been important to provide them with activities that they can relate their learning to real life contexts.

The Webinar will look at the tools and pedagogy used in this first term (August – October), the digital tools used and their impact on their learners. They will be examples of activities and pupil work as well as practical ideas and applications to take away from the session.

Register Here

Mixed Delivery – A Quickstart Guide

We have gathered together information that will support practitioners who would like to include learners who are at home with learning that is happening in class.

This interactive PDF can be downloaded and shared with your colleagues.  Areas marked with the finger pointer will take you to linked resources for further information.

Alternatively, investigate the thinglink below

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DigiLearnScot Webinar Q&A with Claire Eade, Meethill Primary School, Peterhead

We have been speaking to teachers across Scotland to find out more about their experiences of using digital technology to support their learners. In this Q&A Claire Eade, Class Teacher at Meethill Primary School in Peterhead, shares what she has learned from joining webinars to build digital skills and the top tips she would give to other educators on using digital technology. Look out for more Q&As soon!

 

How has your use of digital changed since schools closed in March? 

My use of digital has changed a huge amount. I had used Teams a little bit before schools closed but not to the extent we then needed to. Initially I had no idea how to navigate Teams and upload assignments but taking part in the digital skills webinars helped me with this greatly.

 

Which webinar/s from Education Scotland’s DigiLearn team did you join and why?

I joined the webinar on using mobile devices to enhance and capture language learning and I joined webinars on using Teams. I also joined the webinar on Google Classroom in case I ever need to use that.  

 

Why did you pick these webinars in particular?

The descriptions for these webinars sounded exactly like what I needed to help with teaching the children on-line.

 

How was the experience of joining an online webinar?

They were absolutely brilliant. They were so easy to join. I was sent a link and I just needed to click on it to access the webinar. It’s up to the webinar attendees whether they switch their camera and microphone on. You’re given the opportunity to put questions in and if these aren’t answered at the time then the DigiLearn team will come back to you with an answer later. The webinars are recorded so you also have the option to watch it later which is great in case there is anything you have forgotten.

 

What have you learned from joining these webinar/s to build digital skills?

I’ve learned that it is not essential for me to be face to face with the children to teach them. When schools closed I thought I really needed to be in front of the children to teach them but I’ve learned that we can absolutely teach them on-line.

 

How did you use these skills to support your learners? Tell us more.

These digital skills have helped me to support my learners in many ways. For example I’ve learned how to use screen capture so that I can show my pupils videos or PowerPoints. I can also record commentary over a PowerPoint so that I can highlight and explain different points to my pupils. I can also use the whiteboard tool to actually demonstrate examples to them and aid their understanding.

 

How have you used Glow to help you support learning at home?

I found Glow very useful for finding resources. For example, I found a great resource for teaching activities in French through Glow. I also saw posts from teachers on social media suggesting resources they had found using Glow which I could then go and look up. Glow has also been very useful for communication as my class regularly contacted me through my Glow email while schools were closed.

 

From your experience, what top tips would you give to other educators on using digital?

My top tip is don’t be scared! Don’t be scared to ask questions especially on the DigiLearn Teams group. It doesn’t matter what the question is, and you might think it is a silly question, but there is always someone else wanting to ask the same thing. I posted a question recently asking about how to archive my Team and I got a response back really quickly. It’s important to make use of the expert knowledge out there as there is always someone who can answer your question.

Delivering Learning and Teaching from home – Webinar Catch Up

Webinar in partnership with practitioners from the Scottish Borders and Fife

During this session, practitioners from Selkirk High School in the Scottish Borders and Queen Anne High School in Fife share how they have been delivering learning and teaching to pupils in school while having to be at home.

 

 

Stay Organised with Wakelet

I would like to share with you, my fellow educators, a tool I have discovered recently. riverbank primary school logoIt is called Wakelet. Before, I used Pocket and it was good, but it had its limitations.  

Wakelet is a website and an app. It allows you to curate websites, tweets, pictures,  blog entries, newspaper articles, links, videos, songs, and other items in your Google Drive.  

You classify everything into collections. 

Regarding privacy, you can make these collections private, you can share them with certain people or you can make them public. You can choose the degree of privacy for each collection. Wakelet has a variety of uses: 

For example, Wakelet is a great timesaver, and will put your memory at rest. We can stop relying on remembering everything.  With Wakelet’s collections, you will not lose a thing.  

 Curation is a specially useful feature of Wakelet. As a teacher you read useful articles, websites, watch videos, do CPD etc. You will discover that curating  those items to refer back to and/or share with others is something easy and quick to organise and to find afterwards. You’ll stop saying : ” where did I read that?”. 

 I have a Wakelet colleague in South Africa who I met at the Microsoft Educator centre and again at Twitter.  I never thought before of the enormous possibilities that Wakelet offers to our profession. We share our Wakelet collections in such an easy way. We share ideas, projects, learning, digital literacy tips and good advice. Collaborating  with others is one of the perks of Wakelet. Colleagues can contribute to your collections and you can contribute to theirs. They can add to your list. 

In upper primary and in secondary it can be an exciting tool to to use with the learners. As a teacher, you curate information for the learners to use and master in an online or blended our in the class environment, while the learners can do the same as they organize research projects from a wide variety of digital resources and express themselves by using all the features of Wakelet. to reflect on and connect to previous learning experiences. Wakelet fosters communication. You create a hub for your learners, where they can be confidently  interacting with their classmates about the topic you or they have chosen. Online resources, pieces of work, videos, podcasts, photographs can all be great samples of the work that is being done in the classroom.  

Wakelet’s latest creation is called spaces, it helps you to be top notch organised. Several collections are part of a space and you again can choose its privacy. 

Come and ride the #WakeletWave with us. Once you start, you won’t be able to stop using it. Wakelet is a great tool to keep you prepared. As a Wakelet community Leader, let me know if I can support you with any queries you may have. You can find me in Twitter @pilararqued and Wakelet at https://wakelet.com/@MrsArqued

Webinar Catch Up – Mixed Delivery in a Secondary School Setting

Webinar Recording in partnership with practitioners from Queen Anne High School in Fife

During this session, practitioners from Queen Anne High School in Fife shared how they have been delivering live lessons to learners in class and those joining remotely who have not been able to attend school.

The webinar has been cut into three smaller parts for ease of access.

Many thanks to Gareth Surgey, Sarah Clark and Nicola Copland for sharing their experiences with us.