Aug 182015
 

IMG_6200There are still 10 places up for grabs at the Millport Geography Fieldwork weekend.

DATE: Friday 4th September (evening) to Sunday 6th September

Complete the Survey Monkey form to book a place. Attendance will be confirmed by email: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FFZC5ZY

Funded by Education Scotland, this FREE residential course is held at the Field Studies Council site on Millport. http://field-studies-council.org/centres/scotland/millport.aspx 

View a full programme of the weekend here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxVoIjf7S3-XblVuOFN3SnNmYVk/view?usp=sharing

This is an excellent oportunity for secondary geography teachers who wish to develop their skills and confidence keadng fieldwork activities.

IMG_6194Field Studies Council Scotland delivers Environmental, Biology, Adventurous Activity and Geography courses for over 5000 students a year. This course builds on this expertise and aims to introduce participants to a range of different fieldwork activities which can be used with secondary school students. Attendees will consider how to structure ‘traditional’ observational fieldwork, geographical investigations and sensory fieldwork aiming to engage students more effectively with the places they are studying and interacting with. The course will also explore how to incorporate the effectiev use of formative assessment and technology into fieldwork.

year-of-fieldwork-logo-gradient_187x398September 2015 to August 2016 is the Year of Fieldwork. http://www.field-studies-council.org/outdoorclassroom/yearoffieldwork.aspx

The principal purposes of the Year of Fieldwork is to:

  • Highlight examples of good practice and the support that we, and others, provide to support schools to enhance the fieldwork that they provide.
  • Encourage more schools to undertake geographical fieldwork at all phase of the curriculum, and examination classes.
  • Raise awareness of the value of fieldwork to geographical education and the benefits that it provides to young people.
  • Promote the benefits of fieldwork as a valuable and transferable skill across a range of subject areas.
Aug 112015
 

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Junior Academy is a virtual program for exceptional students interested in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Successful applicants gain access to an exciting community of student peers from across the globe, as well as mentoring from leading STEM practitioners. Each year, Junior Academy students compete in global challenges to solve real-world problems with the chance to win cash prizes and an all expenses paid trip to New York City for a two-day summit. The Junior Academy aims to network thousands of the world’s most promising young STEM talent and provide them the support they need to stay engaged and eager to excel. The program is open to students ages 13–19 from around the world.

This free program is sponsored by the PepsiCo Foundation, ARM, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, and others. We are currently recruiting students for the program which begins this autumn; applications are due on August 31, 2015.

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Education Scotland have helped fourteen girls from Scotland to take part in the Global STEM Alliance’s 1000 Girls, 1000 Futures project also organised by the New York Academy of Sciences.

1000 Girls, 1000 Futures, is a $2 million commitment to target and accelerate the STEM workforce of tomorrow by developing one of the world’s most valuable resources – its women. The goal is to empower the next generation of female professionals in science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM).

FINAL 1000 Girls 1000 Futures leaflet_Feb 2015

1000 Girls, 1000 Futures is a transformational program with an emphasis on mentoring, designed to engage and inspire female high-school students to study STEM subjects and pursue related careers, and is part of the Global STEM Alliance of the New York Academy of Sciences. For these young women, mentorship provides STEM role models. Successful mentoring relationships lead to career and personal satisfaction, accelerated advancement, and higher salaries.

 

Aug 112015
 

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Higher Physics Professional Learning Videos

Education Scotland in partnership with the Scottish Universities Physics Alliance and SSERC has developed a series of nine professional learning videos focused on new content in Higher Physics.

Featuring some of Scotland’s most talented physicists, they have been designed to provide high quality, accessible professional learning. The videos cover Special relativity, The big bang, Gravitational waves, Collider physics, The standard model, Hubble’s law and nuclear fusion along with two providing guidance on experiments for the Higher Physics assignment.

These videos are available from Education Scotland’s NQ Higher Sciences website.

Included in the resource, kindly shared by SSERC, are the videos of two recent SSERC meets on Hubble’s law and Collider Physics.

Education Scotland would like to thank all of the contributors who gave so freely off their time.

Aug 042015
 

Numeracy Hub ImageThe Numeracy and Mathematics Team in Education Scotland have organised a series of modules and sessions in Glow TV throughout the coming session looking at different aspects of learning and teaching in this curriculum area.

You can register for the first of these sessions now in Glow TV:

25th August
Module 1- Session 1 Planning for progression – Using the National Numeracy progression Framework. Register now.

1st September
Module 1- Session 2 Planning for progression – Planning Effective Learning, Teaching and Assessment.
Register now.

8th September
Module 1- Session 3 Planning for progression – Effective Feedback and Assessment Evidence.
Register now.

15th September
Module 1- Session 4 Planning for progression- Plenary
Register now.

3rd September
Module 2- Numeracy across Learning – Numeracy across Learning.
Register now.

17th September
Module 3- Numeracy and Mathematics in Early Years.
Register now.

All of these sessions take place from 4pm – 4.45pm.

There is lots more also going on in the National Numeracy and Mathematics Hub within Glow as well so why not visit it now? – National Numeracy and Mathematics Hub

Aug 042015
 

Baillie Gifford ImageGlow TV is off to the Edinburgh International Book Festival again this year to cover author sessions from the Baille Gifford programme and you can join us too live from your classroom from Monday 24th August.

This year we are covering 13 different events ranging from events suitable for Primary 2 all the way up to sessions for S4 students. Why not visit the Glow TV schedule to find out more and regsiter to join us live from Charlotte Square in Edinburgh?

We look forward to ‘seeing’ you there!

Jul 212015
 

Kodukup_Main_Lockup-01-300x100Hands up – which Scottish primary school took on 300 schools from all over the UK and won hands down?

 

Dunoon Primary School, who fought off the cream of game designers from Scotland, England and Wales to take home the Kodu Kup, Microsoft UK’s computer programming competition– taking the prize to Scotland for the first time.

Dunoon Primary School’s Pro-Gamers team of three eleven- and twelve-year-olds – Olivia Robertson, Lewis MacKay and Aidan Purdie – fought off challenges from schools across Scotland to win the Scottish Microsoft ‘Kodu Kup’ at West College Scotland on 17 June.

They then packed their bags to take on the national finalists at a hotly contested match hosted by Microsoft at their UK headquarters in Reading on 13 July.

Kodu Kup winnersThe team wowed the judges with their exciting game Rural Racers, created from scratch, and impressed them with a business case, marketing plan and promotional goods.

The win comes hot on the heels of last year’s Scottish primary winners Cardross Primary, who were the first Scottish school to be invited to the UK final, where they lifted the Judges Choice Award, and who were placed third this time. Rosneath Primary’s team Diamond Dogs were also Scottish finalists.

This success follows a technology showcase event hosted in Dunoon by the council’s learning technologies team, attended by 150 primary pupils and their parents. The aim of this event was to encourage young people to think about future career opportunities in the technology sector in addition to showcasing their talents.

Dunoon Primary’s Pro-Gamers team – P6 pupils Olivia Robertson and Lewis MacKay and P7 pupil Aidan Purdie – had a lot to say about their games based learning.

Chris Forrest, Managing Director, Microsoft Scotland, said, “Huge congratulations to the KoduKup 2015 UK Champions, Dunoon Primary’s ‘Pro -Gamers’ – it’s truly wonderful to see these young people be inspired by technology. It’s all the more impressive when you know that the children and their families have put off their summer holidays to compete! I’d also like to recognise the talent and commitment of all the entrants who have worked so hard, as well as the schools and teachers who have backed them.”

Argyll and Bute Council’s Policy Lead for Education and Lifelong Learning, Councillor Rory Colville, said, “This is a marvellous achievement. The award demonstrates there are no limits when self-motivation and teamwork combine to create a pathway to learning that heightens the power of deduction. This project provides young people in our schools with excellent ICT skills, and improves their understanding of computer programming and how technologies work, all of which are essential to their future.”

The council’s Executive Director of Community Services Cleland Sneddon said, “We are very aware that almost every field of employment now relies on technology. Through our education and youth services the council is providing young people with every opportunity to realise their potential. This project is important to the economy of Argyll and Bute as the council wishes to offer our young people as much choice as possible in where they live and work.”

Lewis MacKay Aidan Purdie and Olivia Robertson at the Scottish final

PHOTO- Dunoon Primary School Pro-Gamers (l – r) Lewis, Aidan and Olivia with Mary Peek, a classroom assistant who runs the school computing club and accompanied the pupils to both the Scottish and UK final.

Notes

The Kodu Kup is a national game creation competition organised by the Microsoft Educator Network, and is aimed at all children in the UK aged between seven and 14. Students plan and create their games and are encouraged to assess and give one another feedback. 480,000 students throughout the UK have been using Kodu Kup. The long-term goal of this project is to capture the imagination of young people, to showcase what can be created and inspire through technology.

Argyll and Bute Council’s learning technologies team have been providing additional exciting computer science related learning opportunities for young people at primary level. The team were awarded a silver award under the category of ‘Improvement and Innovation in Learning’ at the council’s 2014 excellence awards.

Jul 212015
 
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The BBC micro:bit is a pocket-sized computer that you can code, customise and control to bring your digital ideas, games and apps to life.

Measuring 4cm by 5cm, and designed to be fun and easy to use, users can create anything from games and animations to scrolling stories at school, at home and on the go – all you need is imagination and creativity.

BBC_micro_bitThe BBC micro:bit is completely programmable. That means each of its LEDS can be individually programmed as can its buttons, inputs and outputs, accelerometer, magnetometer and Bluetooth Smart Technology.

The BBC and partners are developing a wide range of support resources for parents, teachers and group leaders. These include projects and ideas on using the device straight away, so children can get coding in minutes.

There will be examples of both formal and informal learning resources. Informal learning resources will be usable outside the school environment, whether that’s at home, events or enthusiast groups or clubs.

For more information click here

http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/mediapacks/microbit

To register click here

www.bbcmicrobitschoolregistrationform.co.uk

Jul 132015
 

A key message from the recent Attaining Creative Solutions event was that if we want to engage learners, close the attainment gap and help young people develop the skills they need in order to thrive in an unpredictable and fast changing world, we can’t afford not to be creative.

This National Creative Learning Network event brought together senior education staff and practitioners from local authorities across Scotland with operational and strategic responsibility for attainment, employability and/or creativity and provided them with the opportunity to explore how they could use creativity to address these challenges in their local context.

The event was facilitated by Paul Collard, CEO of Creativity, Culture and Education, who drew on international research, policy and practice to discuss the importance of creativity in learning and its impact on learners’ attainment and the development of employability/career management skills.

Also featured was the launch of a new publication by Sir Tim Brighouse and education consultant David Cameron, ‘Ten challenges to becoming a truly creative school’, which became the focus for discussion sessions on how participants might work together to use creativity in their own roles in order to improve outcomes for learners.

 

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Creative Conversation Panel

An early evening Creative Conversation, We can work it out, featured Hywel Roberts, curriculum innovator and author of ‘Oops! Helping Children Learn Accidentally’, Andy Gray, Head of Schools and Communities, City of Edinburgh Council, Paul Collard and David Cameron. Film footage of this conversation which summed up the key messages of the day can be seen here: http://bit.ly/creativeconversationsplaylist

 

 

Dr Alasdair Allan, Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland’s Languages attended the evening conversation and was pleased to show the Government’s support for Scotland’s Creative Learning Plan. He commented that creativity is vital to the future of Scotland, both economically and in terms of culture and wellbeing – it can engage young people, tap into and develop their potential and have a powerful impact on attainment. Dr Allan stated that ’We want the best in creative learning to be an entitlement for all our young people’ and emphasised the Scottish Government’s confidence in the teaching profession to work collectively to continuously improve.

The following day National Creative Learning Network members met at Jupiter Artland for an inspiring day with Hywel Roberts who shared ideas and practical advice on using creative approaches to engage learners. The group explored the creative learning potential of Jupiter Artland’s education activities and heard from senior staff from Corstorphine Primary and Balerno Community High School on how they are embedding creativity within teaching and learning across the curriculum.

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Feedback from the two days has been overwhelmingly positive. There is a strong sense of recognition that engagement is key and that creativity is an essential element in engaging all young people in learning.

This National Creative Learning Network event was delivered in partnership with Edinburgh Creative Learning Network, and was part of the Emporium of Dangerous Ideas programme. It was supported by Education Scotland in partnership with Creative Scotland.

Jul 102015
 

Small - Like?A social media “Who Dunnit” for S1 classes – 4 friends + 4 phones = What could possibly go wrong?

This interactive drama, along with accompanying lesson materials for teachers, was produced by Forth Valley Health Board’s inTER-ACT team (with support from Falkirk Community Trust and Education Scotland) and was piloted with some pupils in Falkirk Council. The ‘Who Dunnit’ drama centres around four actors playing the roles of S1 friends and their use of mobile phones and social media – “what could possibly go wrong!”

The interactive drama (presented online as a series of soap-style dramas interspersed with audience responses) is imaginatively fluid to provide for the drama to unfold in different ways depending on the reactions and feedback from their audience. The whole package provides a powerful way to explore the issues around pupil use of mobile devices and social media.

Please visit the Like? page in Glow to download the classroom activities, engage in discussion with others and watch the Glow TV broadcast – http://tinyurl.com/pn5avvh

Jul 012015
 

Poland 4It was unforgettable evening in Dalkeith as Midlothian hosted a glittering international event – the Grand Final of Midvision 2015.

Midvision is a competition for Midlothian primary schools which combines learning a modern language with technology, music, dance and creative design. The main focus of Midvision is modern languages and the project supports implementation of the Government’s policy on language learning –1 Plus 2 approach – which requires children to learn two languages in addition to their mother tongue. With a strong focus on developing language skills and digital literacy, MidVision also promotes skills for life and work.

Each of the 24 classes taking part in the project researched a different country from around the world finding out about its history, culture, geographical features, important events, famous people, and other features that makes that country unique. They also learned some key words and phrases. Then children produced a documentary film about their country which involved writing screenplays, filming, editing and directing.

Finally, each team composed a song to be performed in the language of their chosen country and they visited a professional recording studio where they worked with a sound engineer to record their song.

Twelve of the 12 songs were showcased at the Grand Final, which featured ‘Eurovision style’ performances from teams representing Brazil, South Africa, India, Egypt, Japan, China, Spain, Germany, Poland and the Netherlands. An audience of nearly 500 lucky ticket holders were also able to see some of the documentaries and learning journals produced by pupils as part of the project.

After an epic on stage battle, the team from Poland emerged as the winner of Midvision 2015.

For more information about Midvision contact Alan Wait, Schools Group Manager – Alan.Wait@Midlothian.gov.uk

You can view the whole event which was broadcast on Glow TV – Midvision Part 1 , Midvision Part 2

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