Tag: Oct20

Using Easi-Speak to develop storytelling and writing by Lynn Eileen Allison, Hoddom Primary in Dumfries and Galloway

We have been using film literacy and voice-recording to develop our learners’ comprehension of a text.

 

We watched this video: Dragon Slayer | A Short Film by Robert Kuczera and then used stills from it after the viewing to ‘read it’. The pupils in the class were given one picture each to make notes about what they
could see in their photo. They were then asked to put the photos in order that they felt the story took
place.

Having put the images in chronological order they were asked to use their notes to narrate the story by using an Easi-Speak microphone, which in a previous lesson they had been taught how to use, to record and download. Listening to what had happened, it was passed onto the next speaker to build upon the story with their own ideas.

The class loved developing the story and sharing their narration with other classes. So, the following week  they were given a storyboard with fewer shots and asked to retell their story by adding a twist to the story line. Once again, the children enjoyed developing their personal story, with the ideas they had previously generated as a class.

 

This is the story board they used:

Bebras Computing Challenge at Portlethen Academy

post by Ian Simpson (@familysimpson), Faculty Head of ICT at Portlethen Academy (@portyacad)

What is the Bebras Computing Challenge?

The Bebras Computing Challenge is a long-running international competition which promotes the importance of computational thinking and problem solving skills in a wider world context. It is organised in over 50 countries and designed to get students aged 6 to 18 from all over the world excited about computing.

Students have to employ a variety of problem-solving strategies in order to complete up to 18 challenges in the allotted time. High scoring students may be lucky enough to qualify for a celebration event which, in previous years, has taken place at Hertford College, Oxford.

Why we entered the competition

At Portlethen Academy all S1-3 students take part in the competition, with those in senior phase given the chance to participate as part of their Computing Science or Mathematics classes. Every individual who takes part receives a digital certificate from the University of Oxford which can be printed out in school or at home and those who achieve scores in the top 25% of the cohort are invited to take part in the TCSOCC Challenge in February as recognition of their strong computational thinking skills and to increase their exposure to computer programming problems.

Faculty Head of ICT Ian Simpson has coached groups of students to take part in the Bebras Computing Challenge since 2013. “To get the best out of the groups it shouldn’t be an add on or break from ‘normal lessons’, it is in the school’s best interest to embed teaching of computational thinking skills and prepare for the challenge using the practice challenges or the Perfect Day app.”

What pupils learnt from it

Seven students from S1 and 2 scored highly enough in the 2019 challenge to receive an invitation to the celebration event at Hertford College in January 2020. Thanks to support from contacts at Total and Aberdeenshire DYW six were able to travel to Oxford to take part in the final round, experience Computing Science sample lectures and find out more about life as a student at the University of Oxford. Ian Simpson added “This was the first time that such a high number of students from a state school in Aberdeenshire had qualified for the final round. It was a surprise in some ways but testament to the hard work the students put in preparing for the challenge.”

As well as giving students the chance to think creatively and apply their knowledge from across a variety of subject areas the Bebras Computing Challenge helps build student resilience. These skills have increasing demand in further and higher education and will serve them well in the workplace of the future. Taking part in the final round also gave the students increased confidence in their own abilities and, on the drive back to Heathrow, many were sharing strategies they had learned from other participants to improve on their scores next year.

Sign up for Bebras here.

 

Race for the Line Event by Liz Dighton at Boroughmuir High School

On a rather cold, but thankfully dry, Wednesday all 220 of our S1 pupils were involved in an inter-disciplinary project which was part of the National BBC micro:bit Model Rocket Car Challenge called Race for the Line.  Over 400 schools from all over the UK are participating in the competition.  The inspiration behind the national project is the Bloodhound car which is attempting to beat the 1000mph world land speed record and also inspire the next generation of engineers to get involved in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.  #STEM 

In Design and Technology classes leading up to the Race Day, pupils worked together in teams of 4 to make a foam rocket car creating a design folio which showed how they had considered aerodynamics, friction etc.  In Computing classes the pupils programmed the Micro:bits which were used to carry out the timing mechanism on the race track and in Science they explored the forces which would be applied to the cars. 

On Race Day we were joined in school by a team from the Royal Navy who are based at Rosyth and are members of the crew of the new aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales.  The Navy team equipped each car with a solid fuel rocket and setup the Race Track in the playground.  Each class took turns to race their cars and the times were recorded for each car.  The Navy had brought along one of their PT instructors so to keep warm pupils carried out a fitness test with a couple of our S1’s managing to reach the fitness standard for the Royal Navy while wearing their school shoes!!!  After racing the cars the pupils then used our new Dual teaching space on the 3rd floor to create some posters to summarise their learning in this project.  Some of these are now on display in the classrooms around the school. 

The top 3 car teams went forward to the Regional Final on the 3rd of May when they competeagainst all of the teams from other school in East Central Scotland @ the Royal Navy facility at Rosyth and 3 also qualified for the Scottish Final at the Barracks at Redford.   

 

 

 

Ada Lovelace Day – Opening Opportunities with Digital Technology by Emma Hedges

Digital technology skills are one of my favourite things to teach because of the opportunities and experiences they provide pupils with. I have taught children who struggle with putting pen to paper, however when provided with the correct technology they flourish. The technology we use in the classroom has allowed my pupil’s imaginations and creativity to come to life and it has boosted the confidence of shy children, allowing them to become more animated and involved with their learning.

Technology allows learners to engage in their education in ways that haven’t always been possible. I hope that this will allow my pupils, who may previously have disengaged from education, to go on to explore avenues that wouldn’t otherwise have been possible.

 

Fun fact: Ada Lovelace and I share a birthday, just a few hundred years apart!

@MissHedgesVPS

Every Tuesday In October – CEOP Thinkuknow Introduction Course

As part of Cyber Security Awareness Month, the Digital Skills Team at Education Scotland will be hosting weekly drop in CEOP Thinkuknow webinars, for practitioners each Tuesday in October at 4-5pm. 

The webinars will take place in the Education Scotland Digital Team, within Glow.

If you would like to join the Team, please click on this join link. 

No sign up is required.

Spaces are limited to 300 but do not worry if you miss out, the webinars will be repeated. 

We hope to see you at one, two, three or all four of the webinars.

Scots Language Resources

March 3, 2021

Lydia Markham, a member of the National Adult Literacies Network and CLD practitioner, shared these resources to support learning of the Scots language. View the resources Read more

08 March 2021, 16:00: Computing Science: National Qualifications Asessment and Quality Assurance

March 2, 2021

You will require a Glow login for this webinar. During this webinar you will hear from two teachers about how their schools and local authority are approaching assessment and quality assurance of Computing Science National Qualifications. They will look at the methods implemented to ensure consistency across our local authority… Read more

22 March,16:00 – 17:00, Computing Science – Tackling unconscious bias and gender stereotypes

March 1, 2021

You will require a glow login for this webinar. This session is designed to provide an introduction to the theory of unconscious bias and gender stereotypes and to challenge thinking and practice. We will look at how biases form and their effects on our own behaviours, on pupils and on… Read more

Webinar catch up. Early Learning & Childcare Practitioner webinar with NCSC: Cyber Security for Childcare providers: why it matters and top tips.

February 26, 2021

Webinar recording from Friday 26th  February 1300-1330. Early Learning & Childcare Practitioner webinar with NCSC: Cyber Security for Childcare providers: why it matters and top tips. All childcare providers want to create a safe and secure environment for the children in your care. As we become ever more reliant on… Read more

23 March, 15:45 – 16:45 How to Deliver Psychology NQs remotely/online

February 25, 2021

This webinar will look at how practitioners might deliver content to learners in an online environment. About this Event You will require a glow login for this webinar. This webinar will look at how practitioners might deliver content to learners in an online environment. This will cover an overview of… Read more

09 March 15:45 – 16:45 How to Deliver RMPS NQs remotely/online

February 25, 2021

This webinar will look at how practitioners might deliver content to learners in an online environment. About this Event You will require a glow login for this webinar. This webinar will look at how practitioners might deliver content to learners in an online environment. This will cover an overview of… Read more

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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

29 October 2020 16:00 – 17:00, Staying Connected as an ELC Team: GSuite Collaboration Tools via Glow.

Afternoon Webinar – Thursday 29th October 2020 4-5pm

A Gmail login is required to join this webinar.

This session will focus on how ELC practitioners can make the best use of digital tools that are available to use via Glow. Focusing on G-Suite, this webinar will explore how you can communicate and collaborate with your colleagues in real-time, on Google Docs, and Jamboard. This session will also explore creative ways to share important information such as newsletters and learning materials in Google slides. All other practitioners are also welcome to join this webinar but please note that it will not cover Google Classroom or Assignments.

Please sign up via Eventbrite here.

28 October  2020 10:00 – 11:00, Staying Connected as an ELC Team: MS O365 Collaboration Tools via Glow

Morning webinar – Wednesday 28th October  2020 10 -11am

A Gmail login is required to join this webinar.

This session will focus on how ELC practitioners can make the best use of digital tools that are available to us via Glow, to remain connected as a team. This webinar will explore Teams and Sway within Microsoft Office 365. You will be guided through creating your own staff team and shown how you can work in collaboration with your colleagues in real-time. The session will also cover creative ways to share important information such as newsletters and learning materials. All other practitioners are also welcome to join this webinar but please note that it will not cover Class Teams or Assignments.

Please sign up via Eventbrite here.

07 October  2020 16:00 – 17:00, Supporting early level learners to digitally document their learning.

Afternoon Webinar – Wednesday 7th October  2020 4-5pm

Gmail login required.

In this introductory session, you will find out about a range of digital tools that exist to support learners to document their learning, by allowing them to creatively capturing their voice and interactions. The session will be brought to life by real examples of rich media footage captured by whiteboard recording, green screen, interactive digital books, lip-syncing and storytelling apps. This webinar also focuses on how the 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 are also welcome to join this webinar.

Please sign up via Eventbrite here.

07 October  2020 10:00 – 11:00, Supporting early level learners to digitally document their learning.

Morning Webinar – Wednesday 7th October  2020 10-11am

Gmail login required.

In this introductory session, you will find out about a range of digital tools that exist to support learners to document their learning, by allowing them to creatively capturing their voice and interactions. The session will be brought to life by real examples of rich media footage captured by whiteboard recording, green screen, interactive digital books, lip-syncing and storytelling apps. This webinar also focuses on how the 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 are also welcome to join this webinar.

Please sign up via Eventbrite here.