Members of the Specific Learning Difficulties Network along with colleagues from Education Scotland, Dyslexia Scotland and the CLD Standards Council have recently developed a free online learning opportunity to increase awareness of dyslexia in CLD practice. This module will launch in July 2018 on the Open University website. The module will be available to anyone within a CLD role wishing to undertake professional learning around the issue of dyslexia and will incorporate links to current practice based on practitioners experience, teaching strategies and resources. For further information please contact Lindsay MacDonald.
Bord na Gaidhlig has produced a new National Gaelic Language Plan. This sets out priorities for increasing the numbers speaking, learning and using the language.
The central aim of the Plan is to encourage and enable more people to use Gaelic more often and in a wider range of situations. The key messages, aims, priorities and new commitments contained in the Plan all contribute to achieving this increased use of Gaelic.
John Swinney, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills said “I am very pleased to launch this new National Gaelic Language Plan which reflects Gaelic’s unique and important contribution to many areas of Scottish life. It is vital that we have clear agreed priorities and continue to work together to increase the numbers speaking, learning and using the language. I would like to commend Bòrd na Gàidhlig for the work they have done in completing this Plan and I look forward to the opportunities for innovation, co-operation and progress prioritised in the plan over the next five years.”
Amongst the priority areas for the next five years are:
- Initiatives targeting the use of Gaelic by young people
- Increasing the contribution Gaelic makes to the Scottish economy across different sectors
- Increasing the demand and provision for Gaelic Education
- Developing Gaelic medium workforce recruitment, retention, training and supply
- Gaelic in the family
- Gaelic Language Plans developed and implemented by public bodies; and
- Promotion of the social, economic and cultural value of Gaelic
For more information, please see the National Gaelic Language Plan 2018-2023
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.
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
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
’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
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.
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.
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.
“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)
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.
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.
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 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.