Category: Webinar Catch Up

Confidence, creativity, and curiosity in early level computing science: unplugged and outdoors.

This webinar focussed on how we create experiences and spaces that allows computing science to be embedded at the early level through play and where we can access a wealth of free learning and teaching resources to embed unplugged computing science at the early level. It explored a range of unplugged activity ideas and the concepts, approaches and key vocabulary of computational thinking.

This session welcomed 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 their learning environment.

There will be another follow-up session in January exploring programmable devices and online coding resources, followed by drop-in discussion sessions to ask questions and share practice.  Please look for the webinar sign up information at the Upcoming Webinars section of this blog. All webinar information for early level practitioners is also available here via this Sway

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

Staying Connected as an ELC Team: Microsoft & Google Collaboration Tools within the Glow Environment.

These introductory webinars focused on how ELC practitioners can make the best use of digital tools that are available to use via Glow to support communication and collaborative working. All other practitioners working with learners at any level were also welcomed to join these webinars and may find the content useful.

The first session focused on Microsoft Teams, Staff Notebook (OneNote) and Sway. Practitioners were guided through creating their own staff Team and shown how you can work in collaboration with colleagues in real-time, including setting up and joining video calls.  The session also covered creative ways to share important information such as newsletters and learning stories.

Focusing on G-Suite, the second webinar explored how ELC practitioners can communicate and collaborate with colleagues in real-time, on Google Docs, Jamboardand and through video calling within Google Meet. This session also explored creative ways to gather survey information for self-evaluation and how to share information such as newsletters and learning stories in Google slides. 

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

Supporting early level learners to digitally document their learning.

This introductory webinar was delivered to raise and support practitioner awareness of a range of digital tools that exist to support learners to document their learning, by allowing them to creatively capture their voice and interactions. The session was brought to life by real examples of rich media footage captured by whiteboard recording, green screen, interactive digital books, lip-syncing and storytelling apps. The webinar also focused on how the rich media can be collated collaboratively by practitioners and then shared with parents and carers via Glow. All other practitioners working with learners at any level were also welcomed to join this webinar.

 Please look for the webinar sign up information at the Upcoming Webinars section of this blog. All webinar information for early level practitioners is also available here via this Sway

Confidence, creativity, and curiosity in early level computing science.

This webinar was delivered to raise and support practitioner awareness of the National advice, guidance and where to access a wealth of free learning and teaching resources to embed computing science at early level. This session welcomed practitioners working with learners are in ELC or Primary School AND all other practitioners who work with learners at any level, with an interest in creatively embedding computing science their learning environment.  There will be two follow up sessions in the winter term exploring unplugged and outdoors computing science and programmable device and online coding resources, followed by drop-in discussion sessions to ask questions and share practice.  Please look for the webinar sign up information at the Upcoming Webinars section of this blog. All webinar information for early level practitioners is also available here via this Sway

Delivering Learning and Teaching from home – Webinar Catch Up

Webinar in partnership with practitioners from the Scottish Borders and Fife

During this session, practitioners from Selkirk High School in the Scottish Borders and Queen Anne High School in Fife share how they have been delivering learning and teaching to pupils in school while having to be at home.

 

 

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17 September 16:00 – 17:00, Unleashing Creativity Using Digital Tools

Find out how you can embed creativity and digital tools into your everyday lessons through this online webinar.

Creativity can be thought of as the colour that brings Curriculum for Excellence to life. The four core creativity skills run throughout the four capacities and are integral to the meta skills which are increasingly important in today’s workplace.

Find out how you can embed creativity and digital tools into your everyday lessons through this online webinar.

This session is open to all practitioners and aimed at any age or stage, touching on various areas of the curriculum.

Register here

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28 October 16:00 – 17:00, Developing Mapping Skills and an Understanding of Place with Digital Tools

Developing Mapping Skills & an Understanding of a Place with Digital Tools

Using free digital resources tools, this introductory session will demonstrate how you can use a range of virtual mapping and GIS tools to develop learning and teaching around Social Studies- People, place and Environment.

Register here

Northern Alliance language webinars

Northern Alliance, Language Learning Webinars

The Northern Alliance Sharepoint site offers an ongoing series of webinars to support practitioners both during the school closures and beyond.

Having previously delivered an Education Scotland/Northern Alliance joint ‘Languages using digital tools’ event at the Scottish Learning Festival in 2019, we felt that a webinar on this topic was more relevant than ever.  To enable a more in-depth look at the diverse range of digital tools available to support language learning we created a series of 4 webinars. We were also keen to look at where digital tools were being used successful in a languages classroom and to share stories and approaches from across the Northern Alliance.  These webinars were made available through the Northern Alliance CLPL sharepoint on Glow to Northern Alliance authorities and were also available to other Regional Improvement Collaboratives.

The sessions were,

Primary – using digital tools in Glow to Enhance and Capture Language Learning 

This session focused on,

  • Office 365 Web Apps​
  • Immersive Reader​
  • PowerPoint Record​
  • Forms​ – Creating self-marking quizzes
  • OneNote​ – Capturing learning, including pupil voice
  • Help and Support

Secondary – using digital tools in Glow to Enhance and Capture Language Learning

We were delighted to have input from Liegha and Fraser from the Language Dept at Meldrum Academy in Aberdeenshire. Liegha and Fraser shared the many ways they are using digital tools to engage learners and how these tools are embedded throughout their department.

  • Glow ​
  • Teams​
  • Office 365 Web Apps​
  • Immersive Reader​
  • OneNote​
  • Forms​
  • Meldrum Academy – Journey so far​
  • Help and Support

Primary and BGE languages – using G Suite to Enhance and Capture Language Learning 

We were delighted to have input from Gwen McCrossan, Languages Development Officer, Argyll and Bute. Gwen demonstrated how to create virtual classrooms to engage learners in a blended learning environment and how Google Sites can be used to exemplify learning.

This session also focused on,

  • How to access GSuite
  • Google Docs
  • Google Forms
  • Google Sites
  • Google Slides
  • Screen Record Tools
  • Help and Support

Primary and BGE languages – using mobile devices to Enhance and Capture Language Learning

This session focused on,

  • What is Rich Media?​
  • Why use Rich Media?​
  • Apps for creating Rich Media​
  • Sharing and saving content​
  • Help and support

    The Language Webinars were recorded and can be accessed via the Glow Site below.

    There are also links to resources mentioned in the webinars including language virtual classrooms and mobile app information.

https://glowscotland.sharepoint.com/sites/AberdeenshireCouncil/northernalliance/mfldevgroup

Susan Sey, Digital Skills Development Officer, Education Scotland

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Sylvia Georgin, Languages Development Officer, Aberdeenshire Council and

Languages Workstream Lead, Northern Alliance