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Digital Schools Award Scotland

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Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP, Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science presented the first primary schools in Scotland to achieve ‘Digital School’ status with their award on 22/02/17 at Wormit Primary School.

The Minister met with representatives from the schools and from the Digital Schools Awards Scotland programme, speaking to them about the value of digital skills before presenting them with their award:

Digital skills are an integral part of our everyday lives, and as such it is absolutely essential that we give young people the opportunities to understand and use them properly. The Digital Schools Awards Programme is a fantastic example of industry supporting education in Scotland and helping ensure our young people develop the skills and opportunities to flourish.”

21 Schools have achieved this award to date and they are;

List of Awarded Schools

School Location Local Authority
Kelvinside Academy Glasgow Glasgow
Kirkton of Largo Leven Fife
Calside Primary School Dumfries Dumfries & Galloway
Dalry Primary School Dalry North Ayrshire
Our Lady of Good Aid Cathedral Primary School Motherwell North Lanarkshire
Echt School Echt Aberdeenshire
Lundavra Primary School Fort William The Highlands
Wormit Primary School Newport-on-Tay Fife
Bonhill Primary School Bonhill West Dunbartonshire
Kildrum Primary School Kildrum North Lanarkshire
Bathgate Early Years Centre Bathgate West Lothian
The Compass School Haddington East Lothian
Mearns Primary School East Renfrewshire East Renfrewshire
Whitehirst Park Primary Kilwinning North Ayrshire
Kingswells School Aberdeen Aberdeen City
Kinlochleven Primary School Kinlochleven The Highlands
The Edinburgh Academy Jnr School Edinburgh City of Edinburgh
Blackfriars Primary School Glasgow Glasgow City
Netherlee Primary School Glasgow East Renfrewshire
Beith Primary School Beith North Ayrshire
Rosebank Primary School Dundee Dundee

The event gathered media interest and was featured on STV news

More info leading up to the event and on the day itself is available on twitter from following users @Schools_Digital and @EducationScot and from following the hashtags #DigitalSchoolsAward #DigitalDifference

PROGRAMME BACKGROUND

Digital Schools Award Scotland is a national awards programme to promote, recognise and encourage the use of digital technology in primary schools. It builds on the progress already made at schools, by providing a pathway and resources for schools who are seeking to do more with digital technology to deliver the curriculum. The Digital Schools Awards programme is being delivered by HP, Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Intel and is recognised by Education Scotland.

For more info on the programme please visit https://digilearn.scot/2016/09/23/digital-schools-awards-now-launched/

The Big Bang Fair Scotland

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Location: Perth College UHI

Date: Tuesday 13 Jun, 2017

The Big Bang Near Me programme plays a vital role in inspiring the UK’s future scientists and engineers at a regional, local and school level. We encourage more people to take these subjects, as well as celebrating young people’s achievements in science and engineering through displaying their STEM projects and letting them talk with engineers and scientists, face to face.

The UK needs many more scientists and engineers and equipping young people with skills in science, technology, engineering and maths is key to their future employability. Students attending a Near Me fair really enjoy themselves too – with nine out of ten rating the event they attended as “good” or “very good”.

Zones will include:

  • Engineering
  • Construction
  • Food and Drink
  • Science and Maths
  • Career Zone – Companies to provide careers advise in their sector.
  • 15 minute presentation slots available to address small groups of young people.

There will also be a chance to experience a selection of STEM challenges available to schools including the ‘turbo charged’ National Final of the Bloodhound Scotland Rocket Car Challenge and Scottish Big Bang Competition final.

If you would like to attend this event please contact Energy Skills Partnership at info@esp-scotland.ac.uk

 

 

Apps for Good Scottish Event

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Apps for Good is an education movement that is powering a generation to change their world with technology. We partner with teachers in schools and learning centres to deliver our course to young people from 8 -18 years of age. Students work together as teams to find real issues they care about and learn how to solve them using technology. Since 2010 Apps for Good has been delivered to over 75,000 students in more than 1,500 schools across the UK and internationally.

Join us to celebrate the next generation of Scotland’s tech entrepreneurs.

On Wednesday 15th March, over 100 students from across Scotland will travel to Edinburgh’s Quincentenary Conference Centre to participate in Apps for Good’s first ever Scottish event.

The event will bring together the next generation of digital talent in Scotland under one roof in the heart of Edinburgh’s city centre for a day of networking and workshops. Teams of young people are working together and creating apps to tackle the problems & issues which matter most to them, and the event will provide them with the opportunity to engage directly with a range of invited guests, and the other participating Scottish schools.

We’re inviting you to join the Marketplace part of the event from 2pm – 4pm, giving you the opportunity to walk around the room and meet the young people who have been working on their app ideas. The students will be keen to practice their pitch and listen to any feedback and advice that you may have. You will also be able to cast your vote in our People’s Choice Award which will allow us to recognise the top three teams.

We would love to see you there to celebrate all of our students’ hard work!

Our first ever Scottish event has been made possible after being awarded a grant from Digital Xtra, funded by the Scottish Government Digital Skills Business Excellence Partnership, who have provided Apps for Good with support to help us grow our after-school activities in Scotland.

Sign up via Eventbrite here

Money in a digital age

Teachers can put digital technologies at the heart of great learning in financial education by using a variety of software applications to

  • Keep financial records
  • Analyse information
  • Assess value for money
  • Prepare and use budgets
  • Make informed financial decisions
  • Simulate real life scenarios
  • Find specialist advice and information
  • Communicate with advisors and specialists

In an ‘enterprise context’ a number of schools have used and encouraged their young people to manage the finances of their healthy eating tuck shops by using ‘Excel’ on Glow.    A Fife school has used the software to manage cash flow, stock control and profit calculations.

At a personal level this can be exemplified by using a resource such as Money Talks, Family Finances which examines the inter-related finances of an extended family.   The on-line bank statements are based on ‘Excel Spreadsheets’ and young people can see  how changes in expenditure and income affect the end of month balance.  Items of expenditure can be more deeply researched using the Internet to compare best value for a range of goods and services.  This  links closely to the use of loyalty cards and text alerts which a number of banks and supermarkets use to keep customers informed of additional services being offered.  Other online services and technologies that young people should be aware of are

    • Paypal
    • Contactless technologies
    • Foreign currency conversion tables
    • Peer to peer lending
    • Crowd source funding and financing
    • Just giving – online support for charities
    • Paying or donating by text messaging – many organisations use this for television charity appeals.
    • Transport apps – Lothian buses is good example.
    • Wearable technologies

Government agencies also encourage the use of digital technologies for claiming benefits and the payment of taxes such as the ‘Vehicle or Road Tax’.

There are a range of potential risks to the use of digital that need to be recognised. In particular young people should be given the opportunity to discuss

  • Gambling apps
  • Pay day lending
  • Illegal streaming of videos and music
  • Digital security and keeping money safe
  • ‘Phishing scams’ involving email
  • Identity theft
  • Recognising secure sites

One of the main areas of risk is around the abstract nature of money and this may be an issue given that children and young people have access to mobile technology at a very early age.

 

Better Energy School Awards 2017

small-besla-photoJoin us in Glow TV on Tuesday 21st February at 11am as Total and the Young People’s Trust for the Environment launch Better Energy School Awards 2017.

Find out how your school can win £5,000 in this exciting competition that encourages environmental education for young people aged 5 – 11.
There will be an opportunity to ask questions and hear from 2016 Regional Winners, Hanover Street primary in Aberdeen. Find out more at https://betterenergyschoolawards.org.uk/

Last year 35,000 pupils across the UK took part in the competition. Encourage your school to do the same and join this growing number in 2017!

Sign up and join us in Glow TV – Better Energy School Awards 2017.

If you unable to join us for the live event you can always catch up with the recording at another time – Glow TV’s Watch Again.

Fife’s BIG Book Brains Quiz Final 2017

small-bbbq-2017Join nearly 130 primary schools in Fife on Tuesday 21st February at 10am for the final of the amazing BIG Book Brains Quiz, organised for the ninth year running by Fife Cultural Trust Libraries.

Reading Challenges and Quiz Heats have been taking place across Fife since last August and now we have 129 school teams who will come together to compete for the title of BIG Book Brains 2017. As well as winning some fabulous prizes, our champions have the chance to be ‘Librarians for a Day’ and select £500 worth of books for their school library sponsored by Scotia and Chameleon Books in Kilsyth.

You are all invited to tune in and rise to the challenge as you pit your book knowledge against the teams who have won through to the final in Rothes Halls, Glenrothes. Compered by Jonathan Meres, hilarious author of The World of Norm books, all schools joining us on Glow will have the chance to send a shout out to wish our teams good luck and the chance to win some great spot prizes. Don’t miss it!

Sign up to join in live – Fife’s BIG Book Brains Quiz Final 2017

If you unable to join us for the live event you can always catch up with the recording at another time – Glow TV’s Watch Again.

Mission to Mars iPad Event

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Mission to Mars is an inspiring, one-day, iPad event for schools and school leaders to provide excellent CPD and practical ways to take teaching and learning forward with iPad. The event will showcase the latest and most exciting tools for schools.

Glasgow 08.03.17

Edinburgh 31.01.17

This event will be a chance for schools to be inspired with ideas and hands-on experience of innovative and powerful ways to enhance teaching and learning for the students of today’s technological world.

This event is suitable for school teachers and leaders from both primary and secondary stages and across all subjects. It is suitable for schools at all stages of their iPad journey.

Workshop type – Keynote & practical, hands-on activities

Click here to book:  http://mars.xma.co.uk/index.php

Tweet about this event! #M2M

Co-fharpais Eadar-theangachaidh Ghàidhlig! Gaelic Translation Competition!

Tha an co-fharpais eadar-theangachaidh seo fosgailte do chlann is daoin’ òga a tha ann am Foghlam Luchd-ionnsachaidh agus Meadhan Gàidhlig.

Gheibhear postairean do naoi luchd-saidheans Albannach ann am Beurla agus ochd ann an Gàidhlig air an Ionad Leasachaidh Nàiseanta. Tha aon a dhìth ann an Gàidhlig- Alexander Graham Bell.

Tha cuireadh a’ dol a mach gu clann is daoin’ òga eadar-theangachadh gu Gàidhlig a dhèanamh air an sgeul-goirid aig Alexander Graham Bell. ’S e cothrom air leth a tha seo airson d’ obair a bhith air a cho-roinn aig ìre nàiseanta agus seasaidh am postair agad ri taobh na h-ochd sgeulachdan-goirid luchd-saidheans a tha air an Ionad Leasachaidh Nàiseanta mar tha. Dh’fhaodadh gun toireadh an obair agadsa taic do luchd ionnsachaidh na Gàidhlig air feadh Alba!

Lean an ceangal seo, is gheibhear an teamplaid bàn ri chleachdadh agus am postair Beurla.

Bu chòir innteartan a chuir gu  EDSCFE@EducationScotland.gsi.gov.uk ron 3mh latha den Mhàirt.

Thèid an neach-buannachaidh ainmeachadh aig an Language Show Live anns an SECC air Dihaoine an 10mh latha den Mhàirt. Às dèidh sin, thèid am postair suas air an Ionad Leasachaidh Nàiseanta ri taobh na postairean Gàidhlig eile.

Ma tha clann a’ gabhail pàirt anns a cho-fharpais seo, tha iad ag aontachadh gun tig an obair aca a cho-roinn air na seirbhisean air loidhne aig Foghlam Alba, le an ainm agus ainm an sgoil far a bheil iad. 

Tha an cò-fharpais seo a’ tighinn a mach bho Foghlam Alba ann am com-pàirteachas le SCILT.

This translation competition is open to all children and young people in both Gaelic Learner and Gaelic Medium Education.

There are nine English and eight Gaelic posters of Scotland’s scientists available on the National Improvement Hub. One of the Gaelic posters is missing- Alexander Graham Bell.

Children and young people are invited to translate a short biography on Alexander Graham Bell into Gaelic. This is an exciting opportunity to have your work shared nationally and to feature alongside the other eight scientist biographies available on the National Improvement Hub. Your work could support learners of Gaelic across Scotland.

Please follow this link to the National Improvement Hub to access the blank template to be used, the English version and the other eight biographies.

Entries should be submitted to EDSCFE@EducationScotland.gsi.gov.uk by the 3rd of March. Please include your name and school with your entry. 

The winner will be announced at the Languages Show Live at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre on Friday the 10th March.  It will feature on the National Improvement Hub thereafter. 

In entering the competition children and young people agree to have their work on our online services, along with their name and the school they attend.

This competition is being launched by Education Scotland in partnership with SCILT.

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Financial Education, Numeracy and Mathematics

The ability to work with numbers is an essential part of being financially capable. This has been recognised recently in a number of support materials recently published by Education Scotland. The first of these is the National Numeracy and Progression Framework. This includes a progression pathway on money (linked to the experiences and outcomes for money in Curriculum for Excellence) One of the key aspects of this framework is the concept of understanding finance in a digital world.

As well this there is also a set of benchmarks that will support teachers in assessing learning. These Benchmarks were published in August 2016 as draft documents. There is currently an online consultation which can be accessed via the National Improvement Hub. This consultation will close on 31.3.17 and the final Benchmarks will be published in June 2017.

There are many activities that will support young people’s learning across a number of different levels to ensure that financial education can provide memorable experiences and powerful messages. In a number of practical situations the following opportunities can be provided

  • budgeting
  • investigating value for money
  • deciding on costings for design and manufacture
  • discussing types of bank cards and costs involved
  • designing coins/notes – shapes, patterns, etc
  • taking part in money games
  • investigating exchange rates
  • discussing various methods of payment and costs involved
  • using tally sheets and producing graphs/pictograms
  • engaging with money transactions – different combinations of coins and notes
  • comparing prices
  • using Automated Teller Machines (ATM) and other ‘money’ machines
  • calculating profit/loss

In addition to this engaging with numeracy and mathematics helps young people make the jump from dealing with concrete examples to the much more abstract nature of ‘money in the digital age’.

Safer Internet Day 2017

small-safer-internet-dayJoin Police Scotland on ‘Safer Internet Day’, Tuesday 7th February at 10.45am to find out more about Cyber Safety. They will be providing information and tips on how to stay safe on line and what to look out for.

They will use information from their Choices For Life (CFL) website and the UK Safer Internet Centre which can be accessed both at school and at home. During the session you can ask them any cyber safety questions that are concerning you or you are interested in finding out more about.

Register to take part in Glow TV – Safer Internet Day 2017

If you unable to join us for the live event you can always catch up with the recording at another time – Glow TV’s Watch Again.