Category Archives: Adult Literacies

Developing Gaelic literacy skills

Tuesday 7th February, Balnain House, Inverness; 09.15  – 17.00 Tutor: Roddy MacLean

Are you interested in developing your skills in editing and proof-reading Gaelic texts?  If so, this professional learning opportunity may be of interest to you.  It includes a focus on grammar and writing conventions.  For more information, or to register for the course, email John Storey, at the Gaelic Books Council.

Sgilean Sgrìobhaidh is Deasachaidh Gàidhlig airson nan Gnìomhachasan Cruthachail

Dimàirt 7 an Gearran, Balnain House, Inbhir Nis. 09.15 – 17.00 Neach-teagaisg: Ruairidh MacIlleathain

A bheil ùidh agad ann an obair-deasachaidh ceangailte ri leabhraichean no foillseachaidhean eile?  Ma tha, ‘s dòcha gum bi ùidh agad anns a’ chùrsa ùr seo.  Airson tuilleadh fiosrachaidh, no airson clàradh, cuiribh brath gu John Storey, Ceannard Litreachais agus Foillseachaidh.

Can we learn from Making Ireland Click – Literacy series

Making Ireland Click is a campaigning four-part series, guided by Ireland’s Digital Champion, David Puttnam.  on the skills  Irish citizens need  to be  digitally literate. Over four half hour episodes, the series deals with digital inclusion and showcases work around skills needed  to go online.

There are a range of useful adult learner resources, including videos on online banking and social media tips, available on the shows.
To learn more about Making Ireland Click see here

New literary magazine for Gaelic

STEALL is a new bi-annual Gaelic literary magazine. The first issue  will be published on 27th October and will include:

  • Reviews of new books
  • Short stories by Alasdair Campbell, Meg Bateman and others
  • The first chapter of Tim Armstrong’s new novel, the sequel to Air Cuan Dubh Drilseach
  • New poetry from Peter Mackay and Deborah Moffatt
  • Translations of the poetry of Biddy Jenkinson, one of the best poets writing in Irish Gaelic
  • A new song by Robbie Andrew MacLeod
  • An article on Gairm and Derick Thomson

The first issue can be pre-ordered online through Clàr and The Gaelic Books Council. For more information, see steall.online and gaelicbooks.org or follow @steallmag.

’S e iris litreachais ùr a th’ ann an STEALL, a bhios a’ nochdadh a h-uile sia mìosan. Anns a’ chiad iris, a thèid a chur air bhog air 27 an Dàmhair, gheibh sibh:

  • Sgrùdadh air leabhraichean ùra
  • Sgeulachdan goirid le Alasdair Caimbeul, Meg Bateman is eile
  • A’ chiad chaibideil de nobhail ùr le Tim Armstrong, a tha a’ togail air Air Cuan Dubh Drilseach
  • Bàrdachd ùr bho Phàdraig MacAoidh is Deborah Moffatt
  • Tionndaidhean air bàrdachd Biddy Jenkinson, tè de na bàird as fheàrr a tha a’ sgrìobhadh ann an Gàidhlig na h-Èireann
  • Òran ùr le Robbie Anndra MacLeòid
  • Aiste air Gairm agus Ruaraidh MacThòmhais

Gabhaidh a’ chiad iris òrdachadh ro-làimhe air-loidhne bho Chlàr agus Comhairle nan Leabhraichean. Airson tuilleadh fios, faic steall.online agus gaelicbooks.org, no lean @steallmag

National Coding Week 19th September 2016

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How to get involved with National Coding Week

Children are part of a confident “Digital Generation” having grown up with the internet, smart phones and coding classes. However, many adults have missed out on the digital revolution and feel left behind.

“The aim of National Coding Week is to give adults the opportunity to learn some digital skills”.

Children can inspire adults

Children are learning digital skills in school or through coding clubs such as Code Clubs and CoderDojos. We therefore would like these clubs to open their doors to parents for a one-off session in which the children will teach the adults some of the skills they have learnt.

Libraries can act as focal points

Libraries are in an ideal position to act as a focal point and can host a coding session. Either the staff can lead the session or someone who is confident and familiar with coding from the local community can share their skills. Read CILIP’s blog: Libraries — how they can improve our Digital Literacy

Schools can get involved

Children are learning coding but many parents don’t understand what their children are doing and many non-specialist teachers and governors feel they have missed out on these skills.

Web, app, creative and digital businesses can throw open their doors

Those with the expertise can share their skills and have fun teaching people the basics of coding. There are many training organisations who offer courses throughout the year. They can contribute to the week by offering taster sessions to encourage people to sign-up.

Tech Hubs

There are hundreds of tech hubs with amazing businesses working from them. The tech hubs are giving start-ups a platform from which to launch businesses and inspire others. These can be the perfect venue for the week and we would love them to be involved.

Advice:

1) Keep it simple — it might simply by showing people resources available on the Technologies Professional Learning Community  in Glow, Code.org or Barefoot Computing

2) If you are able to organise it, get a friendly local web development agency, ICT teacher or FE college tutor to lead the session.

Click here to get involved!

Learning Families – Intergenerational Approaches to Literacy Teaching and Learning

“All of the programmes featured in this publication by the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning  share valuable experiences and lessons. They reflect a view of effective learning families whereby each child is a member of a family, and within a learning family every member is a lifelong learner. Among disadvantaged families and communities in particular, a family literacy and learning approach is more likely to break the intergenerational cycle of low education and literacy skills..” (Elfert and Hanermann 2014)

http://uil.unesco.org/fileadmin/keydocuments/Literacy/en/learning-families.pdf

https://familylearningscot.wordpress.com/

Family Learning Research

This report presents findings from a study of family literacy programmes in England carried out by the National Research and Development Centre for Adult Literacy and Numeracy (NRDC) at UCL Institute of Education (IOE) between July 2013 and May 2015. This mixed-methods study was funded by the Nuffield Foundation and explored: 1) the impact of school-based family literacy programmes on young children’s progress in reading and writing; and 2) how parents translate and implement what they learn in these classes into the home literacy environment. This study provides evidence that after attending family literacy sessions children improve their literacy skills and there are positive changes in the home literacy environment.

http://www.nrdc.org.uk/?p=838

https://familylearningscot.wordpress.com/

Community in Action in Castlemilk

Learners from a Castlemilk adult learning group, The Only Way is Up, celebrated the completion of the first SCQF level 4 accredited course based on Counting on a Greener Scotland (COGS)  at Whitelee Wind farm.   They are pictured with   Heather Reid who presented their certificates and WEA tutor Alison McLachlan.    Learners evaluated the pilot course resources and their  feedback will inform future provision.

Counting on a Greener Scotland
Left to right- Karen, Alison, Frannie, Heather, Madge, Marie, Anna and Annmarie. Maggie, Anne and Mary were unable to attend the ceremony

The Only Way is Up  is supported by the WEA, Ardenglen Housing Association, Clyde College and South Area Literacies Partnership. Education Scotland funded the development and design of the original numeracy educational  pack Counting on a Greener Scotland  which was developed by WEA with Heather Reid. Counting on a Greener Scotland  focuses on weather, climate change and energy.

CEITIDH – FIRST GAELIC COMPUTER VOICE

Ceitidh Computer Voice

Ceitidh is now available from CALL Scotland’s Scottish voice website alongside “Heather” and “Stuart”, the two Scottish computer voices. Heather and Stuart are also licenced for the entire Scottish Public Sector.

The new Gaelic computer voice is licensed for the Scottish public sector, so it can be used by students in schools, colleges and universities, NHS patients, and employees in the public sector. CALL also has permission to distribute the voice to charities.

The Gaelic voice works on Windows and Macintosh computers and can be used to:

  • read Gaelic web sites, ebooks, textbooks, SQA exam papers and other curriculum resources;
  • check writing, emails, and social media posts – proofreading by listening can improve spelling and grammar;

The voice will be particularly helpful for Gaelic speakers with dyslexia, reading difficulties and visual impairment, but it should also be useful for anyone learning or working in Gaelic.

UNESCO International Literacy Day 2015 at the Glasgow Science Centre

The choice of the Glasgow Science Centre reflected two UNESCO themes for 2015:

  • Literacy and Sustainable Societies and
  • International Year of Light and Light Based Industries
Minister with Literacy and HR
Joined Up Working

Dr. Alasdair Allan, MSP, Minister for Learning Science and Scotland’s Languages provided the keynote speech and launched the Scots Language resource, biographies of famous Scottish scientists in Scots and English. Of special interest is the Scots Scientist James Clerk Maxwell who predated Einstein and contrGlasgow Science Centreibuted to the understanding of light.

Dr Allan said: “Literacy, has a massive effect on the sustainable development of communities around the world.

“Literacy attainment is a key focus in Scottish education and raising the levels of literacy learning is something we’re aiming to address with the Scottish Attainment Challenge.”

Professor Sue Ellis, University of Strathclyde, co-author of the research Closing the Attainment Gap has highlighted the importance of understanding and teaching different literacy strategies for different subjects.

A key impact was the raising of awareness of the UN Sustainable Development Goals as a meaningful context for learning

The benefit of interdisciplinary learning was the theme of the key note address from former BBC presenter scientist Heather Reid OBE.  Workshops reflected this interdisciplinary approach.

 

SCQF Learner Survey

The SCQF Partnership is currently undertaking research to evaluate how the SCQF is being used by learners across all areas of education including school, college, university, CLD and those currently in employment. We would like to establish the level of knowledge of the SCQF and how it is being used by learners to make decisions on their learning and plan their learning pathways. We would also like to establish if there have been any changes in the levels of awareness and understanding of the SCQF since we last conducted this research in 2013.

This is the short on-line survey link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SCQF_Learners

The closing date is Friday 18 December 2015.