Category: Primary School

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

 

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.

Register here 

27th May, 4pm Digital Schools Award – ELC & Primary

Join us to discover how the digital schools award framework can support your setting to lead digital learning, teaching and assessment. Hear from a DSAS validator and leaders from an ELC and Primary setting share how the framework helped transform and embed digital across the curriculum.

Digital Schools Awards is a national awards scheme to promote, recognise and encourage a whole school approach to the use of digital technology in schools.

The Digital Schools Award Scotland is a 3-step programme to help schools assess progress and recognise excellence in the use of digital technology at nursery, primary, special education and secondary level while providing practical support and encouragement.

A staff Glow account will be required to access the Microsoft Team where the session will take place.

Please sign up here

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

 
 
 
 

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

 

19 May, 16:00 – 17:00, Creating Google Sites To Share Learning Beyond the Classroom

Creating Google Sites To Share Learning Beyond the Classroom

19th May 2021, 4:00 – 5.00pm 

This session will introduce participants to Google Sites within Glow, demonstrate how to create a site and share it within or out with Glow.

This session will demonstrate how to create, customise and manage a Google Site. We will also highlight how your Google site can be used to showcase and share learning experiences beyond the classroom or school environment.

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. . A Glow ​account is required to attend.

A staff Glow account will be required to access the Microsoft Team where the session will take place.

Please sign up here

02 June, 16:00 – 17:00, Design for All, Creative Classroom Edition with V&A Dundee

Design for All, Creative Classroom Edition with V&A Dundee

2nd June 2021, 4:00 – 5.00pm 

Introducing design thinking, discussing what it means to be creative & how to apply design to your classroom regardless of stage or subject.

What does design mean to you? ​

This session will introduce attendees to what it means to be creative and how design can be explored within your learning environment. This session will highlight how developing design skills can support the development of critical thinking skills and creative problem solving. ​

This is a joint session between V&A Dundee and hosted by Education Scotland’s Digital Skills Team.

A staff Glow account will be required to access the Microsoft Team where the session will take place.

Please sign up here

22nd April 2021 Design Thinking with Tinkercad

Design Thinking with Tinkercad 

22nd April 2021, 4:00 – 5.00pm 

Demonstrating how Tinkercad can be used with learners to develop creativity and to introduce the use of Computer Aided Design within the Technologies Curriculum.

This session will take you on a tour of how to use the free CAD software, Tinkercad. We will also look at how digital design can support learners and how these tools can support creativity and learning across the curriculum.

A staff Glow account will be required to access the Microsoft Team where the session will take place.

Please sign up here

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

Microsoft Innovative Educators in Scotland

MIE Scotland Blog

Microsoft Innovative Educators in Scotland

Grow your professional learning network with a likeminded community who understands and supports you.

The community comprise of all sectors of education with Regional Improvement Collaborative (RIC) members, technical support specialists and Glow key contacts from local authorities around Scotland.

You can read the PDF embedded (best on desktop browsers) or download the PDF via the button.

Download the PDF here