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Digital Learning in January professional learning

The Education Scotland Digilearn team will be here to support educators throughout 2021 with online professional learning. Details of sessions will be provided here, along with meeting links.

Monday 25th January

‘No More Worksheets’ with Forms and Quizzes workshop (O365 and G Suite)

Lunchtime drop-in any time between 1230 – 1330

This session will explore the use of Forms to create learning materials for you class. We’ll look at how to make a quiz, add videos and other content and have create some example questions or quizzes based on the ideas you share, ie. what multiple choice questions would you use for a Romans quiz, or why would I use text input for science?
We’ll look at examples with O365 and G Suite Forms.
This session will require a Glow login and will be recorded.

Join the call on Monday here.

 

Wednesday 27th January 2021

4pm Quick and Easy Numeracy Wins for Online Learning

This webinar will explore some quick and useful strategies for teaching numeracy in and out of the classroom. It will also focus on digital tools to support you deliver this learning during the current online learnign phase. A Glow login is required for this session.

Sign up here

Wednesday 28th January 2021

4pm, Evidencing Learning Using Built In Tools on iPads

This session will look at tools which can be used to evidence learning and engage with learners. The session will look at the free, built in iOS features on iPads that can be used to capture learning, gather feedback and share experiences for all.

 

Sign up here

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Wednesday 20th January 2021

4PM Cyber Resilience & Internet Safety in the context of online learning.

Join this webinar to help you to identify and manage possible risks associated with online learning. There will be an opportunity to ask questions, have discussions, and share practical strategies throughout this webinar. This is a repeat of the same webinar delivered on 6th January.

 

Tuesday 19th January

4pm – Google Classroom for Beginners – Delivered by Google trainers for Scottish education

Aimed at teachers and teaching assistants working with children who have not used Google Classroom much or at all to manage learning in one place.

Your own G Suite for Education account may not be allowed to join the demo Classroom based on your school’s settings, so you will have the option of using a demo account or be a student in the Classroom. You can also follow along and create a Classroom of your own in your own G Suite for Education account as Google trainers go through the content.

 

Monday 18th January

4pm – Online Learning in O365 and Teams (Glow) for Primary Schools


An overview of O365 and Teams in Glow and how to use it for creating flipped learning activities in the primary school, including numeracy and literacy examples.

Thursday 14th Jan 2021 

4pm Digital Educator Certification Courses and Resources

Take a tour of the Apple Teacher, Microsoft Innovative Educator and Google Educator courses that are available to educators, along with the resources and training that go with them.

Tuesday 12th Jan 2021 

3pm ELC Practitioner Webinar: Staying Connected as an ELC Team with Gsuite in the Glow Environment.


Make the best use of the digital solutions you have access to within Glow to remain connected as a staff team. This webinar will focus on real time, collaborative working in; Google Drive, Jamboard and Meet. 

 

4pm Online Learning in G Suite and Classroom (Glow) for Primary Schools

An overview of G Suite and Classroom in Glow and how to use it for creating flipped learning activities in the primary school, including numeracy and literacy examples.

 

Monday 11th Jan 2021 

3pm ELC Practitioner Webinar: Staying Connected as an ELC Staff Team with Microsoft O365 in the Glow Environment.  


Make the best use of the digital solutions you have access to within Glow to remain connected as a staff team. This webinar will focus on real time, collaborative working in; Teams, Staff Notebook and Sway.  

 

 

Friday 8th January

Online Learning in O365 and Teams (Glow) for Primary Schools

An overview of O365 and Teams in Glow and how to use it for creating flipped learning activities in the primary school, including numeracy and literacy examples.

Delivering New Content Online

This webinar will look at how practitioners might deliver new content to learners in an online environment.  This will cover what a flipped/asynchronous delivery mode might look like  and what a live/interactive session might look like.  This may be more suited to secondary practitioners.

 

ELC Practitioner Webinar: Supporting ELC families to communicate in real time digitally with Padlet.  

This webinar will show how you can create an instant, real time collaborative environment, where families with the link can communicate, mark make, share media and work together on. 

Thursday 7th January

11:00am – 12:00pm OneDrive familiarisation and collaboration

How educators and learners can make best use of OneDrive for sharing and collaborating. Glow login required

1:30pm – 3:00pm – Online Learning in G Suite and Classroom (Glow) for Primary Schools

An overview of G Suite and Classroom in Glow and how to use it for creating flipped learning activities in the primary school, including numeracy and literacy examples. Glow login required

2:00pm – 3:00pm – Delivering New Content Online

This webinar will look at how practitioners might deliver new content to learners in an online environment.  This will cover what a flipped/asynchronous delivery mode might look like  and what a live/interactive session might look like.  This may be more suited to secondary practitioners. Glow login required

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Wednesday 6th January 2021 

12pm – Cyber Resilience & Internet Safety in the context of online learning.  

Join this webinar to help you to identify and manage possible risks associated with online learning.  There will be opportunity to ask questions, have discussions and share practical strategies throughout this webinar.

 

3pm – ELC Practitioner Webinar: Making home learning content accessible via Microsoft Sway

This webinar will show how Microsoft Sway can be used as a digital story telling tool to create accessible and interactive learning stories full of rich media including photo, video, voice recordings and embedded web content.

 

Tuesday 5th January 2021 

Managing a Digital Day in the Primary School

05/01/21, 330pm, Teams (Glow)

This session will look at how a digital day could look with ideas on planning, delivery and assessment of learning. The focus will be on establishing routines and activities that can be used to create routine for learners and develop educators’ confidence with a few ideas for the basis of online learning.

This will be followed by other sessions that will explore other sectors, curricular areas and digital skills.

Online Classrooms

Here is a reminder of our Making Your Virtual Classroom More Real webinar from November this year – covering all things from setting assignments, online content and assessment of digital learning.

This is backed up by research, which Edutopia recently published as ‘the Secret to High-performing Virtual Classroom’ here (#8):

  • “make it easy for pupils to access materials”
  • “organize virtual classrooms even more intentionally than physical ones”
  • “teachers should use a single, dedicated hub for important documents like assignments”
  • “simplify communications and reminders by using one channel like email or text”
  • “reduce visual clutter like hard-to-read fonts and unnecessary decorations throughout their virtual spaces”

(Edutopia, 2020)

 

Digital Fire Drill: preparing for online learning

Are you preparing for online learning in January? We loved this guide from Marr College in South Ayrshire about ‘digital fire drills’. These guides allow for teachers and learners to be prepared for online learning by making clear the processes and expectations.

Take a look at this tweet from Miss Wylie, a teacher and digital leader at Marr:


The Digilearn CRIS Podcast – episode 1

Here is our very first podcast, where we discuss cyber resilience and internet safety – and what the difference is between them. We also have a chat about what progression in, and application of learning, might look like in CRIS learning.

 

Listen to the podcast here

 

Hopefully you find it useful; and if you want to hear us talk about any particular topics, let us know at on twitter @digilearnscot.

 

January 2021. New Webinars for SEIC Practitioners. CEOP Thinkuknow Introduction Course.

Starting early in 2021 the Digital Skills Team will be offering practitioners from each RIC to join us in a series of webinars covering the CEOP ThinkuknowUK Introduction Course.

First up, the course will be delivered across the South East Improvement Collaborative in Jan/Feb. More dates to follow🗓️

Please open the PDF below to access more information and sign up form.

SEIC Thinkuknow information Jan 21

 

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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.

Webinar catch up: Supporting early level learners to document their learning.

This confidence raising, demo session was offered based on practitioner evaluations and requests.
It provided 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 looked specifically at the iPad apps covered in the webinar recording.

For future webinars, please explore the signup information at the Upcoming Webinars section of this blog.

All webinar information for early level practitioners is also available via this Sway

18 February 2021 – Confidence, creativity, and curiosity in early level computing science: programmable devices and online resources.

This webinar will be delivered twice with AM and PM options.

This is the third webinar of the early level computing science sessions. This webinar will focus on how we can provide experiences that allow children to tinker, create, debug, collaborate and persevere with porgrammable devices and online coding resources, at the early level through play and where we can access a wealth of free learning and teaching resources to embed computing science at early level through play.

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 computing science.

Morning webinar 10am via Google Meet

Gmail login required.

Please sign up via Eventbrite here.

 

Afternoon webinar 4pm via Microsoft Teams 

Glow login IS NOT required.

Please sign up via Eventbrite here.

 

If you would like to catch up on the first two webinars of this series please click on the webinar recordings below.

Webinar 1: an introduction to early level computing science

Webinar 2: unplugged and outdoors

Practitioner Examples of Blended Learning in Primary – Webinar

Andrew Boulind and Rory Buchanan, St Joseph’s Primary School, Aberdeen

We shared 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 looked at the tools and pedagogy used in this first term (August – October), the digital tools used and their impact on their learners. 

Recorded Webinar – Practitioner Examples of Blended Learning in Primary

 

      PowerPoint Presentation – Practitioner Examples of Blended Learning in Primary