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CPD award in computing studies

The CPD Award in Computing Studies for Teachers

The CPD award in Computing Studies for teachers was created for primary teachers and secondary teachers for 1st and 2nd year pupils to give the confidence and skills to teach computing to pupils. More than 50% of our current cohort are primary school teachers. The course is open to any teacher with the relevant entry qualifications (degree and existing teaching qualification) who have an interest in computing.

 

There is normally a weekly lecture and support session that lasts for approx. an hour, or more if required, with further e mail support available. The sessions are certainly beneficial as they allow you to ask questions there and then. However, the course is designed to be taught when is convenient for all the students and all lectures and tutorial session are recorded for viewing at your leisure.

 

There is only one module delivered each semester with no time off required during the school day. The lectures are recorded for students unable to attend in person. All activity is carried out online the majority of which happens asynchronously. The modules have a notional 200 hours per module over the semester. It would depend on your previous experience on whether you needed all that time. If you were able to set aside a day at the weekend or a couple of evenings for study, you would not be far off what is required for achieving the award.

 

The Coding and Web technologies module will be delivered over 14 weeks and the semester will start Week beginning 29th August 2022 with an online induction with the course commencing week beginning 5th September 2022.

You can apply to join the course HERE or searching for the Computing  Studies for Teachers CPD award at https://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/ under courses.

 

The price is £215 per module, and this can be paid on a module-by-module basis. As the modules are 20 credits each if you were to do two in an academic year you may be eligible for SAAS funding. It is suggested contacting SAAS directly if you are planning to start next semester and confirm whether you would be eligible for funding.

 

The course does not carry any GTCS accreditation.

 

Please get in touch if you have any further questions

Gordon.macpherson.ic@uhi.ac.uk

Additional Teaching Qualification in Computing Studies CPD Award

Additional Teaching Qualification in Computing Studies CPD Award

The course is designed to allow you to teach computing within secondary schools as it has the required numbers of credits stated by the GTCS. The programme is designed to be a roll on roll off programme as each of the units are separate although designed to encompass what is involved in the computing curriculum by the end of the course.

The module, Computer Systems will be delivered over 14 weeks and the semester will start Week beginning 29th August 2022 with an online induction, with the course commencing week beginning 5th September 2022.

The courses are open to any teachers with the relevant entry qualifications (degree and existing teaching qualification) who have an interest in computing or cyber security.

There is normally a weekly lecture and support session that lasts for approx. an hour, or more if required, with further e mail support available. The sessions are certainly beneficial as they allow you to ask questions there and then. However, the course is designed to be taught when is convenient for all the students and all lectures and tutorial session are recorded for viewing at your leisure.

 

There is only one module delivered each semester with no time off required during the school day. The lectures are recorded for students unable to attend in person. All activity is carried out online the majority of which happens asynchronously. The modules have a notional 200 hours per module over the semester. It would depend on your previous experience on whether you needed all that time. If you were able to set aside a day at the weekend or a couple of evenings for study, you would not be far off what is required for achieving the award.

 

To gain accreditation with the GTCS you need to teach a certain number of hours in computing, and you would need to discuss that with your local head teacher, as we only provide the academic requirement. This equates to 0.42 teaching or 100 teaching days.

 

The price is £215 per module, and this can be paid on a module-by-module basis. As the modules are 20 credits each if you were to do two in an academic year you may be eligible for SAAS funding. It is suggested contacting SAAS directly if you are planning to start next semester and confirm whether you would be eligible for funding.

 

You can apply through the university web site located HERE or searching for the Additional Teaching Qualification in Computing Studies CPD award at https://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/ under courses.

 

Please get in touch if you have any further questions

 

Gordon.macpherson.ic@uhi.ac.uk

Introduction to Cyber Security for Teachers

Introduction to Cyber Security for Teachers – Funded places available!

The CPD award Introduction to Cyber Security, jointly funded by Education Scotland, was created for ALL primary and secondary teachers and designed to give background knowledge and understanding related to teaching basic cybersecurity and configuring an environment suitable for cybersecurity education.

The module allows you to get a basic practical understanding of cybersecurity and cyber resilience and the relationship between these two areas of security. This will enable you to have the awareness and confidence to support pupils and create practical activities and content. The module content is levelled at SCQF 7 however is appropriate for teachers delivering to BOTH primary and secondary pupils.

The module will be delivered over 14 weeks and the semester will start Week beginning 29th August 2022 with an online induction with the course commencing week beginning 5th September 2022.

With the support of Education Scotland, we have funding for teachers to enrol on the module. The usual cost of the module would be £215. It is recommended you apply as soon as possible as the funding will be allocated on date of application.

The courses are open to any teacher with the relevant entry qualifications (degree and existing teaching qualification) who have an interest in computing or cyber security.

 

There is normally a weekly lecture and support session that lasts for approx. an hour, or more if required, with further e mail support available. The sessions are certainly beneficial as they allow you to ask questions there and then. However, the course is designed to be taught when is convenient for all the students and all lectures and tutorial session are recorded for viewing at your leisure.

No time off will be required during the school day. The lectures are recorded for students unable to attend in person. All activity is carried out online the majority of which happens asynchronously. The modules have a notional 200 hours per module over the semester. It would depend on your previous experience on whether you needed all that time. If you were able to set aside a day at the weekend or a couple of evenings for study, you would not be far off what is required for achieving the award.

 

You can apply for the course with this link:
https://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/courses/cpd-award-introduction-to-cyber-security/

Please get in touch if you have any further questions:

Gordon.macpherson.ic@uhi.ac.uk

23 May 2022, 16:00 – 17:30 Microsoft Tools for 21st Century Learning Design Session 3

23rd May 2022, 16:00 – 17:30 Microsoft Tools for 21st Century Learning Design Session 3

This four part series will support you in learning about the wide range of tools which are available from Microsoft. It will show how these tools can support learning and teaching and will link to the 21st Century Learning Design framework from Microsoft.

Session three will focus on tools to support attendees understanding of how some of the Microsoft products can develop skills in Real World Problem Solving and Innovation, Digital Tools for Learning and Skilled Communication for learners and staff alike. Each session in this series is unique and you may wish to dip and out of the series depending upon your needs and product knowledge.

This webinar aims to support practitioners looking to complete the Microsoft Certified Educator (MCE) professional development program and exam. Educators holding a MCE certification can prove they have the skills needed to provide rich, customised learning experiences for their students that incorporate critical 21st century skills using Microsoft tools.

Aims:

  • Ensures faculty/staff have basic understanding of Microsoft Education tools
  • Ensures faculty/staff can demonstrate how to successfully incorporate 21st century into lessons
  • Ensures faculty/staff know which Microsoft Education tools can support which specific 21st century skills

Products discussed and demonstrated in this session include Minecraft: Education Edition, FlipGrid, Microsoft Video Editor and Microsoft Voice Recorder which are not currently available in Glow.

An information and launch event for the MCE program is taking place on 27th April 2022. The online exams will take place throughout 6th -10th and 13th – 17th June.

To book your place at this launch event via Eventbrite, please click here.

To find out more or sign up to attend the launch events for either event for the Microsoft Certified Educator Program (MCE) on 27th April 2022, please click here. You will also find links to information on our Microsoft Office Specialist Program (MOS) offer on the MCE page too.

30 May 2022, 16:00 – 17:15 Microsoft Tools for 21st Century Learning Design Session 4

30th May 2022, 16:00 – 17:15 Microsoft Tools for 21st Century Learning Design Session 4

This four part series will support you in learning about the wide range of tools which are available from Microsoft and Glow. It will show how these tools can support learning and teaching and will link to the 21st Century Learning Design framework from Microsoft.

Session four will focus on tools to support attendees understanding of how some of the Microsoft products can develop skills in Digital Tools for Learning and Skilled Communication for learners and staff alike. Each session in this series is unique and you may wish to dip and out of the series depending upon your needs and product knowledge.

This webinar aims to support practitioners looking to complete the Microsoft Certified Educator (MCE)  professional development program and exam. Educators holding a MCE certification can prove they have the skills needed to provide rich, customised learning experiences for their students that incorporate critical 21st century skills using Microsoft tools. 

Aims

  • Ensures faculty/staff have basic understanding of Microsoft Education tools 
  • Ensures faculty/staff can demonstrate how to successfully incorporate 21st century into lessons 
  • Ensures faculty/staff know which Microsoft Education tools can support which specific 21st century skills 

Products discussed and demonstrated in this session include MakeCode Arcade, Sway, Whiteboard and Translator

To book your place at this launch event via Eventbrite, please click here.

To find out more or sign up to attend the launch events for either event for the Microsoft Certified Educator Program (MCE) on 27th April 2022, please click here. You will also find links to information on our Microsoft Office Specialist Program (MOS) offer on the MCE page too.

16 May 2022, 16:00 – 17:00 Microsoft Tools for 21st Century Learning Design Session 2

16th May 2022, 16:00 – 17:00 Microsoft Tools for 21st Century Learning Design Session 2

This four part series will support you in learning about the wide range of tools which are available from Microsoft and Glow. It will show how these tools can support learning and teaching and will link to the 21st Century Learning Design framework from Microsoft.

Session two will focus on tools to support attendees understanding of how some of the Microsoft products can develop skills in Real World Problem Solving and Innovation for learners and staff alike. Each session in this series is unique and you may wish to dip and out of the series depending upon your needs and product knowledge.

This webinar aims to support practitioners looking to complete the Microsoft Certified Educator (MCE)  professional development program and exam. Educators holding a MCE certification can prove they have the skills needed to provide rich, customised learning experiences for their students that incorporate critical 21st century skills using Microsoft tools. 

Aims

  • Ensures faculty/staff have basic understanding of Microsoft Education tools 
  • Ensures faculty/staff can demonstrate how to successfully incorporate 21st century into lessons 
  • Ensures faculty/staff know which Microsoft Education tools can support which specific 21st century skills 

Products discussed and demonstrated in this session include OneNote, Tags, Forms, Calendar and Planner

To book your place at this launch event via Eventbrite, please click here.

To find out more or sign up to attend the launch events for either event for the Microsoft Certified Educator Program (MCE) on 27th April 2022, please click here. You will also find links to information on our Microsoft Office Specialist Program (MOS) offer on the MCE page too.

09 May 2022, 16:00 – 17:00 Microsoft Tools for 21st Century Learning Design Session 1

9th May 2022, 16:00 – 17:00 Microsoft Tools for 21st Century Learning Design Session 1

This four part series will support you in learning about the wide range of tools which are available from Microsoft and Glow. It will show how these tools can support learning and teaching and will link to the 21st Century Learning Design framework from Microsoft.

Session one will focus on tools to support attendees understanding of how some of the Microsoft products can develop Knowledge Construction, Collaboration, Self-Regulation and Skilled Communication for learners and staff alike. Each session in this series is unique and you may wish to dip and out of the series depending upon your needs and product knowledge.

This webinar aims to support practitioners looking to complete the Microsoft Certified Educator (MCE)  professional development program and exam. Educators holding a MCE certification can prove they have the skills needed to provide rich, customised learning experiences for their students that incorporate critical 21st century skills using Microsoft tools. 

Aims

  • Ensures faculty/staff have basic understanding of Microsoft Education tools 
  • Ensures faculty/staff can demonstrate how to successfully incorporate 21st century into lessons 
  • Ensures faculty/staff know which Microsoft Education tools can support which specific 21st century skills 

Products discussed and demonstrated in this session include Teams, Word, Powerpoint, Edge and Bing

To book your place at this launch event via Eventbrite, please click here.

 To find out more or sign up to attend the launch events for either event for the Microsoft Certified Educator Program (MCE)  on 27th April 2022, please click here.You will also find links to information on our Microsoft Office Specialist Program (MOS) offer on the MCE page too.

27 April 2022, 15:30 – 16:00 Microsoft Office Specialist Program (MOS) Information and Launch Events

Microsoft Office Specialist Program (MOS) Launch, 27th April 2022, 15.30 – 16.00pm 

This Informative launch event from DigiLearnScot, Microsoft and Prodigy (Microsoft exam and training partners) will guide participants through the program structure and sign up process for the Microsoft Office Specialist Program (MOS).  This is one of two certificated professional learning programs which are being offered without charge for a limited time to Glow users with exams taking place in June 2022. 

The Microsoft Office Specialist Program (MOS) provides industry-leading assessments of skills and knowledge through our project-based testing, giving you real-world exercises to appraise your understanding of Microsoft Office. Microsoft Office Specialist courses provide targeted training and support every step of the way and can support practitioners in maximising the impact of these tools which may be available on their own or local authority network in addition to Glow.

Course material is provided via LearnKey video courseware which will enhance the learning experience. It provides self-paced on-demand video learning material for all the Microsoft Office Specialist Programs. These expert learning solutions are easy to use and interactive. They help prepare you for certification success and include: 

  • Video-based e-learning courseware 
  • Interactive labs 
  • Prescriptive study guides 

 Through GMEtrix, practice tests will be available prior to users completing the exam you book onto in June 2022. These performance-based assessment and test preparation tools help individuals achieve certification credentials. Many of you will be anxious to assess your knowledge of applications prior to taking the certification exams. Practice Tests that are powered by GMetrix: 

  • Enhance learning through self-paced practice questions 
  • Build familiarity with the testing environment 
  • Increase confidence towards certification exams 
  • Better prepares you to pass certification exams 

Click here to book your place at this launch event in order to find out more about the MOS program and how to register for the online exams which will take place throughout the 6th -10th and 13th – 17th June.

To find out more or sign up to attend the event for the Microsoft Certified Educator Program (MCE) on 27th April 2022, 16:00 – 16:30pm – please click here.

27 April 2022, 16:00 – 16.30 Microsoft Certified Educator Program (MCE) Information and Launch Events

Microsoft Certified Educator Program (MCE) Launch, 27th April 2022, 16.00 – 16.30pm 

This Informative launch event from DigiLearnScot, Microsoft and Prodigy (Microsoft exam and training partners) will guide participants through the program structure and sign up process for the Microsoft Certified Educator Program (MCE).  This is one of two certificated professional learning programs which are being offered without charge for a limited time to Glow users with exams taking place in June 2022. 

Microsoft Certified Educator (MCE) is a professional development program that bridges the gap between technology skills and innovative teaching. Educators holding a MCE certification can prove they have the skills needed to provide rich, customised learning experiences for their students that incorporate critical 21st century skills using Microsoft tools e.g.

  • Ensures faculty/staff have basic understanding of Microsoft Education tools 
  • Ensures faculty/staff can demonstrate how to successfully incorporate 21st century into lessons 
  • Ensures faculty/staff know which Microsoft Education tools can support which specific 21st century skills 

Microsoft Certified Educator: Technology Literacy for Educators certification exam is an intermediate-level examination intended to be a valid and reliable measure of competencies as measured by the 21st Century Learning Design (21CLD) framework. Passing the Technology Literacy for Educators (62-193) exam also gives educators a credential to differentiate themselves with current and future employers. 

Click here to book your place at this launch event in order to find out more about the MCE program and how to register for the online exam which will take place throughout the 6th -10th and 13th – 17th June.

To find out more or sign up to attend the event for the Microsoft Office Specialist Program (MOS) on 27th April 2022, 15:30pm – 16:00pm,  please click here.

Planning (This is Digital Learning and Teaching professional learning programme 1)

As educators it is our responsibility to make effective use of digital technology to deliver high quality teaching, engaging learning and effective assessment. This video at the top explains our definition of digital learnign and teaching versus digital literacy – one we plan and one we plan with.

Further down the page you will see some suggested clips to watch and some pages to read on digilearn – these aren’t essential but will help you be best prepared to take an enquiring approach and engage in discussions on Tuesday.

Episode 1 – Planning

  • Using digital to plan – how do you involve learners, colleagues and families?
  • Planning for digital literacy
  • Planning with digital tools

PRIOR KNOWLEDGE – before this episode, you may find it beneficial to consider:

Collaboration helps “build social capital among teachers and other educators improves student learning… it also improves the ability to initiate and implement change, as ideas spread and last beyond a few individual brainwaves.” – A. Hargreaves and M. T O’Connor

In the same paper they also state that “The strongest case for digital technology in education or life, however, is when it uniquely provides something of value that cannot be offered in any other way.”

We agree with both of these points – digital allows us to store, collaborate and publish documents instantly and across the world. Being able to share planning this way means that we can get, and share, new ideas from a much wider setting than ever before. So, how can we implement digital in our planning for better collaboration?

Read the full paper