Category: Teacher

Using QR codes creatively within Williamsburgh Primary School

The following link showcases how QR codes have been creatively used within our school in order to enhance children’s engagement in learning and play, improve digital literacy across the curriculum, overcome written communication and interpretation barriers, provide opportunities for vertical learning through interactive displays, and deliver a sustainable and efficient method for staff training, to enhance our service provision. Evaluation and feedback on the success of these strategies is also included within this blog post. 

Link to presentation – https://bit.ly/3l0oU3z

 

15 June 2021, 15:45-16:30: Using Video to Support Learning and Teaching in the Primary Classroom

Please be aware these sessions are for practitioners across Scotland who have a Glow account. A staff Glow account will be required to access the webinar

This session will take a look at the extensive video materials created by Scottish educators to support learning and teaching. Primary colleagues will share how they have been using video content to enhance their teaching.

We will cover:

  • a brief overview of WestOS
  • the resources available to support delivery of 1st and 2nd level Literacy and Numeracy
  • opportunities to further refine and use video to support learners

Presenters at this session include William Brown (WestOS), Kirsty McCafferty (Primary teacher), Jennifer Lilley (Primary teacher)

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07 June 2021, 16:00-17:00, Glow Using Teams With Learners

Monday 7th June 4:00 – 5:00pm

Using Teams With Learners

About this event

Please be aware these sessions are for practitioners across Scotland who have a Glow account. A staff Glow account will be required to access the Microsoft Team where the session will take place.

Creation > Distribution>Grading>Feedback

This session aims to familiarise participants with Teams in Glow, and how it can be used to help you create collaborate classrooms and connect with colleagues, stay organised and have conversations all in one place.

In Teams you have access to all your apps and documents and can easily respond to chat and conversations even on the go and keeps you in the loop. Organise interactive lessons with built in Class Notebook

We will cover:

  • Accessing & Joining a Team
  • Conversations/Announcements
  • Files (Class Materials)
  • Channels
  • Setting up and Managing Meetings (used for live lessons)
  • Assignments
  • Set up Class Notebook & Add Insights Tab

Note – This session may be of particular interest to those practitioners who are new to Glow, returning to teaching or newly qualified practitioners preparing for 2021/22.

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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

 
 
 
 

office 365 webinar 16 june

16 June 2021 16:00 – 17:00, Introduction to using Glow and Office 365

Introduction to using Glow and Office 365

This session aims to familiarise participants with Glow, its core features and how it can be used for professional collaboration, learning and teaching.

We will cover:

  • personalising your Glow Launchpad

  • using OneDrive to create and share with learners and colleagues

  • an overview of the 365 suite and its features

  • the additional features which are available via Glow

This session may be of particular interest to those practitioners who are new to Glow, returning to teaching or newly qualified practitioners preparing for 2021/22.

Please be aware these sessions are for practitioners across Scotland who have a Glow account. Some products may not be available in your Local Authority, please check in advance.

Upon booking your ticket a link will be issued to you for you to join the Digital Skills Microsoft Team Site within Glow where the training will take place, this can take 24hours to process.

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Aberdeenshire EAL Header

Aberdeenshire English as an Additional Language (EAL) Service

aberdeen council logoIn Aberdeenshire, our EAL teachers have been working to find the best ways to support bilingual learners and their families throughout the pandemic, as well as class teachers. If adapting to the challenges of the pandemic and online learning were not hard enough, many children and families have also faced the language barrier, as well as perhaps not being familiar with the Scottish Curriculum and routines and norms that may be taken for granted as something all children and families will think of as normal. Over the last year, our EAL teachers have embraced new ways of working and have developed a range of resources and approaches. Telephone interpreting used to be very rarely used but has now seen demand skyrocket with a lot of positive feedback on its effectiveness in breaking down the language barrier and building relationships between school and family. On several occasions schools have been able to speak to parents who they had not previously managed to reach, and as a result have managed to overcome some barriers that had prevented families from accessing online learning. EAL teachers have also been supporting bilingual learners by sharing advice and resources with class teachers, and also working with some pupils through video conferencing, including teaching SQA ESOL courses. The service has also produced translated comments and videos to support families who may be having difficulty in engaging with online learning.

 

 

Translated comments

A range of translated comments were develo­­­­­­ped to support home-school communication and have been used to communicate one way information to families, with comments being successfully used to overcome barriers to engagement:

 

“Aberdeenshire EAL Service covers a wide geographical area with a number of rural remote communities where our families can be distributed and which can pose communication challenges, particularly when schools are closed to most pupils during this time. One of my larger small town schools, that has a wide catchment area, have a family who were not responding to school information circulars and letters home. I sent the school the translated comments information which included a translation and the school came back and said they found it very useful and were discussing whether to send the translations out to other EAL families across the school.”

Sue Clutterbuck (EAL Teacher)

 

Translated Text Graphic

Telephone interpreting

Translated letters have also been developed to communicate to parents when the school would like to make a call and offer options that the parent can highlight for when they would be available. This has resulted in several calls with parents being arranged when the school had previously found it difficult to reach the parents.

 

“I supported a teacher in one of my schools in using the telephone interpreting service for the first time. By using the translated letters we had produced, parents were able to tell her when they would be free and she was able to call them and speak to them for the first time through an interpreter.”

Ian Brownlee (PT of EAL)

 

Our service has been strongly encouraging schools to use telephone interpreting and in general the feedback has been great (see examples of feedback in the picture below).

 

Telephone Interpreting Graphic

 

Translated Videos

We also worked in partnership with Aberdeenshire’s Learning Through Technology Team to develop translated videos that guide pupils/parents on how to log in to glow and how to use Microsoft Teams and Google Classrooms. The videos were produced in the top five most common languages in Aberdeenshire and have been successfully used to support some families in overcoming barriers to accessing and engaging with online learning:

“They used the link, watched the video and it worked! Bingo. ️”

Sarah Jane Bennison (EAL Teacher)

“I sent the video on how to connect to google classrooms to 2 of the P1 teachers from one of my schools, I made sure they had a direct access to the video, so they didn’t have to look around for it. They sent the video to the parents of P1 pupils with little English, who had not been engaged and 1 child the following day was online and the other child the week after.”

Amanda Blackburn (EAL Teacher)

Colleagues in other local authorities have also  given positive feedback on the videos:

“Of course, we have also been signposting homes to the brilliant videos on the use of ICT/GLOW/Teams on the Aberdeenshire site!”

“I’ve watched the translated glow videos your service have made – they are amazing! Would you mind if I shared that link with some of our schools?; the teams one and logging into glow are so valuable right now.”

 

Translated Video Screen Shot

 

 

Some aspects of online learning and supporting pupils remotely have of course been challenging and we are continuing to try to find ways to support bilingual learners, their families and teachers through the continually evolving circumstances. However the above examples have been successes that we were really happy with and delighted to share.

Ian Brownlee

Principal Teacher of English as an Additional Language

Aberdeenshire EAL Service

Using Microsoft Forms to Support Learners and Assess Understanding

Gayle Badger is a Biology and Science teacher from Johnstone High School in Renfrewshire.

She has been using Microsoft Forms to support and assess learners understanding of the course content. Forms has allows her to create a variety of questions and provide instant feedback for them. This has been extremely beneficial and has received great feedback form learners and parents about how the instant feedback has guided their learning and next steps. Forms also allows Gayle to embed video and picture content that can be used to flip the learning or even to provide support to incorrect answers on the quiz, allowing learners to revise their answers more independently. 

“It is definitely my go to now for checking understanding and I also use it as a ‘live’ lesson to go over answers , especially with seniors where they can see where they may have gone wrong with their answers.”
 
Pupils have said that they find it useful to have the teacher go over answers ‘live’, after completing the form, as they benefit from hearing her ‘going through the process’ of how to pick out data from the problem solving questions – just like they would do in class.
 
 
Here are two examples for different stages:
 
 
 
 
 

25 Feb, 16:00 – 17:00 Implementing Digital Citizenship with Common Sense Education

Learners need digital citizenship skills to participate fully in their communities and make smart choices online and in life. Teachers need resources to keep up with today’s fast-changing media and technology landscape. Common Sense Education has a free Digital Citizenship Curriculum that offers a whole-community approach to media balance and well-being. The resources support teachers and prepare learners to think critically and use technology responsibly to learn, create and participate in the digital world. The curriculum is guided by the research of Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and addresses current issues students face, including cyberbullying, online privacy, hate speech, news literacy, and more. The resources include real-life scenarios, new videos, and engaging activities that help students explore complex topics.

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10th Feb, 2021, 16:00 – Independent Learning Strategies in a Digital Environment

You will require a glow login for this webinar. Book Here  

This introductory session, aimed at primary and secondary setting staff, will explore how to develop independent learning strategies and how digital technologies can play a central role to build the skills required to develop self-regulated learners providing ownership and mastery of their learning.

Hear from an experienced practitioner supporting learners to develop independent learning strategies.

National eLearning Offer Webinar available to watch online

Webinar Overview

The webinar giving an overview of the National e-Learning Offer is now available to watch again.  This webinar provides

  • an overview of the live, recorded and supported elements of National eLearning Offer by Joan MacKay from Education Scotland
  • an overview of the live element by Jacqui Yule from e-Sgoil
  • an introduction to to the recorded element by Paul Downie from WestOS
  • inputs from three teachers sharing how they are making use of the recorded content available to support learning and teaching

Recordings

Introduction: Joan Mackay, Education Scotland

Live Element: Jacqui Yule, e-Sgoil

Recorded Element: Paul Downie, WestOS

Practitioner Input: Tina Visovan, Biology

Practitioner Input: Julie O’Sullivan, Biology

Practitioner Input: Claire Cassidy, Modern Studies