Category: Independent Learning

07 September 16:00 – 17:00, Explore the Digital Futures Skills Programme in Scotland- Microsoft

Microsoft’s Explore the digital future programme aims to prepare young people with digital skills for the technology-driven world of tomorrow, demonstrate how diversity helps build better technology, and how it can be used as a force for positive change.

Explore the digital future provides a creative approach to digital skills education, helping educators address the skills gap. It  features easy to deliver classroom activities, as well as Microsoft facilitated content and experiences.

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Webinar catch up: Technology Tools for Complex Needs with CALL Scotland.

This webinar was delivered by Claire Harrison from CALL Scotland, for education staff who are supporting learners with Complex Needs within an early years/primary context, on 20th April 2021.

This session demonstrated how simple to use, free digital tools can be used to create activities for learning and communication. We explored how these tools can be used to create learning experiences which support the development of Anticipation, Early Communication, Cause & Effect and Emergent Literacy & Numeracy. All of the digital tools covered are free to use and easy to share with families.

The technology tools covered in this session included TarHeel Gameplay, Google Slides/PowerPoint, Google Forms/Microsoft Forms, Google Jamboard and Thinglink.

You can access a PDF version of the slides here:

CH-Presentation-Education-Scotland-20APRIL21

 

Whiteboards and Notebooks

There are a number of virtual whiteboard/notebook tools within Glow and these are useful tools for learners to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding – making them effective assessment opportunities.

This video demonstrates how OneNote can be used to make online learning even more interactive.

This is an example of how O365 OneNote could be used with learners to demonstrate their understanding of number, using virtual manipulatives and annotating their thinking on their whiteboard.

O365 also has another dedicated whiteboard tool, separate from OneNote, and this can be used in Teams calls to share thinking and understanding. The whiteboards are automatically saved in your OneDrive and can be edited and annotated to provide feedback to learners.

This video looks at how OneNote could be used for online literacy and English learning, particularly around note-making, and how the educators can assess and provide feedback on this.

This video looks at how Jamboard could be used for online literacy and English learning, particularly around note-making, and how the educators can assess and provide feedback on this.

Assessment within Literacy and English

The videos on this page demonstrate some approaches to formative assessment and feedback with digital tools in Literacy and English learning. These approaches could be adapted to other subjects and we would welcome examples of this Get Involved – DigiLearn (glowscotland.org.uk)

There are a number of virtual whiteboard/notebook tools within Glow and these are useful tools for learners to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding – making them effective assessment opportunities.

We presented a webinar on the use of digital tools and platforms to support online learning and this segment looks at learning activities that could be delivered remotely and how this can be assessed and feedback delivered.

This video demonstrates the use of Jamboard to capture learners’ knowledge and understanding in an online reading context. The Jamboard allows use of ‘sticky notes’ which help learner organiser their ideas alongside others’. The text in this example is a film from the Screening Shorts catalogue available through Glow. 

This segment explores the use of G Suite and Classroom apps to deliver, assess and provide feedback on literacy and English learning.

In this video, Susan, a teacher from Glasgow, explains how she uses Forms to check learners’ understanding and then build on that to develop their knowledge.

This video looks at how OneNote could be used for online literacy and English learning, particularly around note-making, and how the educators can assess and provide feedback on this.

This video looks at how Jamboard could be used for online literacy and English learning, particularly around note-making, and how the educators can assess and provide feedback on this.

Assessment within Numeracy and Mathematics

The videos on this page demonstrate some approaches to formative assessment and feedback with digital tools in Numeracy and Mathematics learning. These approaches could be adapted to other subjects and we would welcome examples of this Get Involved – DigiLearn (glowscotland.org.uk)

There are a number of virtual whiteboard/notebook tools within Glow and these are useful tools for learners to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding – making them effective assessment opportunities.

 

This is an example of how O365 OneNote could be used with learners to demonstrate their understanding of number, using virtual manipulatives and annotating their thinking on their whiteboard.

Part 1 – We delivered this workshop on how to transfer Concrete Pictorial Abstract numeracy and maths teaching practice to the online environment. CPA can be supported effectively with interactive manipulatives and whiteboard/notebook tools.

Part 2 – This video demonstrates the concepts in Part 1 using Jamboard and OneNote to capture assessment evidence.

O365 also has another dedicated whiteboard tool, separate from OneNote, and this can be used in Teams calls to share thinking and understanding. The whiteboards are automatically saved in your OneDrive and can be edited and annotated to provide feedback to learners.

Book Creator is a platform external to Glow but can be effective for capturing learners’ thinking and allows them to create a meaningful end product to showcase their learning. However, it can be added to in an ongoing basis which makes it effective for formative assessment.

Forms and Quizzes

What are Forms?

Microsoft and Google both provide their own version of Forms that can be used to make forms or quizzes. Forms are created to capture information, such as evaluations, and quizzes are created for assessment purposes and can be assigned correct answers and feedback. Forms can include multiple choice, text or numerical input, or even file uploads (such as photos of working) for their answers. Questions can also include links to external sites or include videos form YouTube to facilitate flipped learning.
Feedback has suggested that learners engage with Forms because they adapt to any device, regardless of screen size.

This webinar recording explores the range of features available in Microsoft Forms but Google Forms has a very similar interface and options.

Creating Quizzes for Assessment

The videos in this section demonstrate how to split your Form into sections and add media to a question. The examples are for Microsoft Forms but Google Forms does the exact same and the instructions are almost identical.

Assignments

Assignments are a useful tool for effective assessment. They allow the educator to make clear the learning activities and instructions, including all relevant resources in one place, and enabling learners to respond in a variety of ways with different tools. These assignments can then be posted or shared to communication channels, such as Teams and Classroom, making them easy to access for learners.

Being digital means that it easy for learners to submit learning, the educator to assess it and add feedback then return it, and for the learner to make changes to improve it before submitting for further assessment. Assignments also allow the educator to keep track of all learners’ submissions in one place and to easily track progress with at-a-glance data.

 

Assignments, on both platforms, can contain:

  • Title
  • Instructions – perfect place to explain learning intentions and success criteria, as well as instructions
  • Materials – you can add web links, videos, documents (O365 and G Suite)
  • Rubrics – excellent for making success criteria and feedback clear and transparent for learners
  • Scheduling – time and date to be set and completed
  • Pupils – whole class or individuals only

Assignments using Teams

Assignments using Classroom

More with Assignments on Teams

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.