Forms can be used to create Quizzes (which allow assessment and feedback) or Forms (which collect information, such as evaluations). They can contain text, images and videos, which makes them engaging and accessible to more learners. A Quiz can also be set with correct answers and this will automatically assess and provide feedback to learners, which is ideal for metacognition. They are easy to duplicate and share between staff which can support moderation, ensure assessment is proportional and comparable between classes or levels.
Mind Your Money
When so much spending is done online, or digitally even when in-store, surely it makes sense that we explore how cyber resilience can help us look after our finances? The UK Strategy for Financial Wellbeing aims for more ‘children and young people getting a meaningful financial education’ and we believe that cyber resilience forms a significant part of this.
This presentation explores the links between financial education and cyber resilience and ideas, such as:
- explore how to make better spending decisions
- understand how advertisers and influencers encourage us to spend our money
- learn effective strategies to keep our money as safe and secure as possible
By taking the time to understand how children and young people spend their time and money online, while reflecting on their own online habits, practitioners can make learning more reflective and representative of what their learners experience. By linking these curricular areas, the learning becomes more engaging, relevant and realistic.
Cryptography is the study of constructing and analysing protocols that prevent third parties or the public from reading private messages. Encryption is used to secure our digital devices and services – whether that’s passwords, emails or social media – it takes information or data and disguises (encrypts) it, so that only the person who is supposed to access it can (be decrypting).
This wakelet contains links to cryptography resources that may be engaging for learners in numeracy and mathematics, computing science or social studies contexts – for example, Alan Turing and the mathematicians at Bletchley Park who decrypted hidden messages during WWII.
There are lots of other examples of encryption and cyphers throughout history – do you know of any?
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.
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.
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.
BT and Barefoot Computing provide free resources for teaching computational thinking. You can register for free at Barefoot Computing and use these great resources to add exciting new contexts to your numeracy and maths.
There is so much maths in computing and that presents excellent opportunities for interdisciplinary learning. Why not plan to introduce directional language through these engaging challenges form code.org? Learners simply drag blocks of ‘code’ together like jigsaw pieces to solve mathematical puzzles. There’s help videos and hints for each challenge and even an educator section to support you teaching it.
Here are some great places to start your maths/coding adventure:
Pre-reader challenges – Ice Age
The Ice Age-themed ‘pre-reader’ challenges only ask learners to use one or two blocks of code at a time and the directions are represented by arrows, so they can start to code without needing to read.
Introducing directional words – Star Wars
This Star Wars-themed challenge introduces the use of directional words on screen. So as your learners develop confidence with directional language, they can try more challenging code too.
Exploring degrees – Frozen
This Frozen-themed challenge introduces the use of degrees and angles to control the characters on screen.
We have delivered number of webinars with our Numeracy and Mathematics colleagues in the past year – those webinars can be viewed on this playlist.
We have also created bitesize tutorials on the tools and approaches we use in these webinars – these can also be viewed here:
Quick Wins for Numeracy, January 2021
We delivered a workshop on the use of mathsbot virtual manipulatives and Google Jamboard to develop learners’ numeracy understanding. Using these tools allows you learners to model their thinking with a range of manipulatives that they might use in class. Jamboard, or OneNote in O365, act as a virtual whiteboard where learners can use ink, photos, and a range of other tools to show their thinking, collaborate with peers and access teacher feedback online.
This short tutorial video demonstrates how to use Windows Snipping Tool with Mathsbot manipulatives to create graphics for Jamboard, OneNote or Forms quizzes:
This webinar recording is aimed at teachers, primarily in the Primary sector, but could be adapted to the Secondary Numeracy & Maths classroom. The aim of the session is to demonstrate ideas for delivering and assessing Numeracy & Maths in a blended approach using digital tools available in Microsoft O365 on Glow. Delivered in partnership with the Education Scotland Maths officers,
The Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge is a great resource to develop your learners to the pattern spotting and problem solving skills required for maths (and it also lends itself to cyber security education too!) The questions are in the form of engaging puzzles that start off relatively easy – so every student can have a go and should get something out of the competition.
The Bebras Challenge was actually the starting point for the Scottish Cyber Champions, the Greenwood Challengers – find out all about their journey here:
Teacher of Maths
Kyle Academy, South Ayrshire
Waking a Digital School
As with all schools in Scotland, Kyle Academy closed our doors on Friday 20thMarch with very little warning, and quite literally, no time to prepare. The final week was spent ensuring that those who were still able to attend school, had a note of their Glow login details and knew how to access Microsoft Teams.
For some staff, they had already been using Teams with a handful of classes, but for most, they hadn’t logged into Glow for a very long time! This was going to be a challenge!
As the ‘Digital Champion’ in school, and the only MIE Expert, I knew it was time to step up and offer support to the school community. This has been a huge task, but I feel very proud of where we are now!
Read more on the MIE Scotland blog