Category: Webinar Catch Up

This is micro:bit – Session 1 Recap 27th April, 4pm

Here is a very quick recap of session one from This Is MicroBit.
Pete (@PeterMarshman) introduced attendees to the microbit and the makecode editor.
Attendees were taken through some getting started activities where we explored code blocks and the simulator.  The presentation Pete used  through the session can be accessed below. He has updated it to show the solutions for each of the activities that we did. Feel free to use / download as you wish. All the links to the activities are on the slides.
Top Tip: you can use the search function above the block categories to help find commands.
Eg typing “bright” will show all the commands associated to the term
Other Useful Links
Tutorials – you can work through simple to complex tutorials on the makecode site – Microsoft MakeCode for micro:bit (microbit.org)
Lessons – multipart lessons that use microbit – Lessons | micro:bit (microbit.org)
Projects – stand alone small microbit projects – Projects | micro:bit (microbit.org)
Mr Croughan from North Lanarkshire shared some pathways mapping work with us.  You will need to be a member of the team to access these
A few people asked about ipad / bluetooth with microbit. This link will get you started. iOS app | micro:bit (microbit.org)
Looking forward to seeing you at our next session!

11th May 4  -5pm Workshop 2 – Health and Wellbeing learning with the micro:bit

18th May 4- 5pm Workshop 3 – Embedding micro:bit across our primary and secondary curriculum

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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.

Content (This is Digital Learning and Teaching professional learning programme 2)

As educators it is our responsibility to make effective use of digital technology to deliver high quality teaching, engaging learning and effective assessment.

Resource creation is often overlooked as a key skill when sharing content with learners. As educators, we have all been guilty of creating something with form over function. It looks good but doesn’t flow, it flows, but doesn’t have the visual elements or sometimes is just a page of text. 

When designing our learning resources having a feel for form and function can lead to the creation of some highly effective and concise content. This process of having clearly defined visual and text/audio elements is called Dual Coding.

Dual Coding is an excellent strategy that you can employ when developing materials for your learners.

Apps such as PowerPoint for example, have a number of in-built tools which can be used to better format slides for presentations or screen recordings.  Tools such as designer, smart art, built in icon and image  searches can help develop content in a clear, concise way. the video shows how this can be used easily

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Below you will see some suggested clips to watch and some images you can download to give you a better understanding of some of the considerations to comply when developing content – these aren’t essential but will help you be best prepared to take an enquiring approach and engage in discussions on Tuesday.

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

this is cyber resilience: professional learning webinars

This is Cyber Resilience and Internet Safety (May 2022) professional learning programme

As educators it is our responsibility to ensure our learners are taught how to be cyber resilient and safer online.

This four-part professional learning programme is designed to develop educators’ knowledge of cyber resilience and internet safety skills and knowledge required to support with learners live their best online lives.

The course links in with other Education Scotland cyber resilience resources and training, such as the Teacher Toolkit, Digital Schools Award Scotland and Cyber Resilience Mentors certification.

The four sessions are:
09/05/22 – episode 1: How We Use the Internet

16/05/22 – episode 2: Devices and Accounts

30/05/22 – episode 3: Online Behaviours

06/06/22 – episode 4: Cyber Security

 

COURSE IS FULLY SUBSCRIBED

03 March, 4pm, Cyber Citizen – online cyber safety resources – Palo Alto Networks

Palo Alto Networks will provide a showcase of their Cyber Citizens programmes, a free cyber security resource for educators.

Cybersecurity skills are becoming more relevant than ever before. Children spend a lot of time online, from using online learning platforms, accessing content from the web, through to using social media platforms and messaging apps to communicate with friends and family. Young people need to be armed with the right information to help them navigate their online interactions, and to do so in a safe and secure manner.

This is why Palo Alto Networks developed its Cyber Citizens programme to provide the cybersecurity basics students need to have safer online experiences and become good digital citizens. Lessons are designed so they can be facilitated by anyone, regardless of their knowledge level, with each module tailored to a specific age group.

This event, which has been organised in partnership with Education Scotland and Palo Alto Networks, will showcase the Cyber Citizens material and enable teachers to understand how they will be able to deliver the content in their own classrooms

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