Tag Archives: Digital Learning

New and improved Glow Connect website

We are proud to share with you today the new and improved official Glow website Glow Connect

The site provides Glow customers with information on the educational benefits of Glow, easy access to the main Glow login screen, and help and guidance on the various services Glow offers. We hope you enjoy using the site and find it valuable for keeping up to date on all things Glow

Equality & Inclusion: Good practice exemplars

The following four good practice exemplars have been published on the National Improvement Hub to highlight initiatives that help learners requiring additional support to develop skills and find employment.

Exemplar 1: Enable Scotland’s ‘Stepping Up’ programme

This innovative employability programme offers comprehensive support for young people aged 14 to 19 who have learning disabilities which takes participants from an initial investigation of the world of work, through a process of discovery and planning for their future, to engagement with employers in real workplace settings. Find out more here.

Exemplar 2: ‘Thinking Digitally’ – a new resource

This credit rate module by Lead Scotland allows candidates to develop relevant digital skills and build confidence operating in online environments.  More on this here.

Exemplar 3:  ‘TOPs’ – training opportunities for young parents

This programme run by Rathbone Training, a UK-wide voluntary youth sector organisation which supports young people aged 16 to 24 who have disengaged from society, aims to help young parents in their personal development. More here.

Exemplar 4: ‘Community Action and Leadership Award

This is a course created by the charity Lead Scotland so that more people can learn how to influence change and make a difference within their communities. More information here.

National Digital Learning Week 2017: Connecting with the world of work

We’re delighted to announce that National Digital Learning Week 2017 (NDLW 17) will take place from 15-19 May 2017. This year the theme of the week will be ‘Digital Difference’ and throughout the week we’ll be asking you to share and celebrate the digital approaches which make a positive impact on classroom practice.

The week will be packed with inspiring case studies from Early Learning and Childcare through to Senior Phase and beyond showcasing how digital makes a difference throughout the entire learner journey equipping young people for work. There will be online events and activities giving everyone the opportunity to get involved whether you’re a digital leader or simply just starting out and looking for some digital inspiration.

On the run up to the week we’ll let you know more details about how you can get involved. Meantime, we would ask that you put the dates in your diary and start to think about what you might do as a class or whole school to celebrate National Digital Learning Week 2017.

Visit www.digilearn.scot for the latest

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Join the ever growing Computing Science Glow Community

 

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Computing Science is an incredibly exciting and inspiring area of the curriculum and it is essential that teachers and learners across Scotland benefit from the wealth of opportunities offered by the subject. The Glow Technologies Professional Learning Community provides teachers and learners with anytime, anywhere access to a wealth of contemporary, creative and engaging computing science online materials, resources and presentations.  All materials are tailored to levels within broad general education and senior phase enabling easy and quick access to the most relevant resources.  Watch videos and hear how teachers are enriching their learning experiences through the creative and interdisciplinary use of computing science.  Join this well-established Glow community today!tech-image

https://glowscotland.sharepoint.com/sites/PLC/technologies/SitePages/Computing%20Science.aspx?WikiPageMode=Edit&InitialTabId=Ribbon.EditingTools.CPEditTab&VisibilityContext=WSSWikiPage

 

 

 

 

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!

Digital Xtra Fund now open!

digital world eyeThis new fund will support Scotland’s drive to attract more young people into digital careers by widening access to extracurricular and enrichment activities that bring technology to life.

The new Digital Xtra fund will be dedicated to ensuring that every child across the country has the opportunity to benefit from exciting and challenging digital activities such as after school coding clubs, competitions and innovative classroom programmes.

The £250,000 fund will be administered centrally by Skills Development Scotland and will accept applications from a wide range of organisations across Scotland such as education providers and schools, the voluntary sector and employers. 

Applications and full criteria and documentation are available online via the Public Contracts Scotland website.

Deadline for applications is 12:00 noon on Friday 17 June 2016.  All questions or queries should be submitted via the Public Contracts Scotland portal.  Any issues with registration please contact PCS helpline direct on 0800 222 9003

 

 

BBC Build It Scotland

The BBC Build It Scotland project is up and running and is a wonderful opportunity for Primary and Secondary schools to get involved with Technology and explore the Built envirnonment around them. The project is part of the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design and the Festival of Architecture.

To find out more about the Project go to www.bbc.co.uk/builditscotland where you can sign up and browse through the resource area.

They also have the ‘Bright Spark’ series of films which profile a range of people who have STEM related careers to help young people make links between what they are doing and the real world opportunities open to them (2 of 7 available now but more following in the next 2 weeks) http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03kgp7n

In addition, Hamilton College offer some tips from their own experiences with Build It Scotland http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03cdgdw

Our Glowblog – we’d love to help build a community with schools who are really engaged and this would be the perfect place to do so https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/glowblogs/bbcbuilditscotland/

 

Social Studies Digital Learning Day

Small - SS Digital DayOrganised and funded by Education Scotland, this session aims to engage practitioners in lively professional dialogue about the success and challenges of using digital learning in the Social Studies classroom. Join us live from Stirling Management Centre on Saturday 21st March from 10am – 12.15pm.

Find out more on the dedicated wiki.
Hashtag: #DigiLearnScot

Register in Glow TV to take part live on the day – Social Studies Digital Learning Day.

Digital Learning Day on Glow TV

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The 50 places for the Social Studies Dgitial Learning Day in Stirling were snapped up in a day.

But you can take part in the presentations and conversations by registering for the event on Glow TV.

Saturday 21st March

10:00 – 12:15

Register  here:

http://bit.ly/digidayglowTV

You can also share ideas on the Wiki for the event. Log on with your Glow details.

https://digitalsocialstudies.wikis.glowscotland.org.uk/

A full programme for the day can be downloaded here:

http://bit.ly/Ddayprogramme

 

Social Studies Digital Learning Day

laptop-online-learningDate and time:

Saturday 21st March, 2015

9:30 – 15:00

Where:

Stirling Management Centre, Stirling Court Hotel

Organised and funded by Education Scotland, the day aims to engage practitioners in lively professional dialogue about the success and challenges of using digital learning in the Social Studies classroom. Download the full programme here: http://bit.ly/Ddayprogramme

There are 50 places available on a first come, first served basis and the day is open to all primary teachers and secondary Social Subject teachers. Book your place now: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2STXHJS

This is a free event, including a free lunch. However, delegates will be required to meet their own travel costs.

0911f6a762ac45e393b0c08706b2b061_400x400Keynote Speakers

1) Active History

Russel Tarr – Head of History at the International School of Toulouse

Russel will share the digital applications and programs he has developed for his websites www.classtools.net and www.activehistory.co.uk. All of these have been designed for the students in his own history classroom.

2) Digital Commonwealth 2104

Professor David McGillivray – Chair in Event and Digital Cultures

School of Media, Culture and Society, University of the West of Scotland

Jennifer Jones – Project Coordinator, Digital Commonwealth 2014

David and Jennifer will share the success of the Digital Commonwealth to engage learners in developing and applying skills in digital media.

3) Digital Learning with the BBC

BBC Learning Online

Learn about new online resources to support CfE, the success of School News Report and the creativity of BBC Scotland’s L.A.B.

4) Reconnecting with Glow

Glow Futures Team, Education Scotland

The Glow team want to highlight some of what’s on offer and would like to invite delegates to have a fresh look at how Glow can help support learning and teaching.

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  • Apps and Maps Annette Iafrate, Geography teacher, Gryffe High School, Houston

As one of Microsoft’s Innovative Educator Experts, Annette will share her passion for digital learning through using a variety of apps on tablets and ipods that integrate ICT seamlessly into her lessons, as well as creating class textbooks in OneNote.

  • Digital StorytellingPhilip Donnolly, Education Manager, Scottish Film

A former Senior Lecturer on Glasgow University’s Initial Teacher Education programme, Philip has long been a passionate innovator and exponent of digital technology in the classroom.

Delegates will learn simple but powerful methods for pupils to use Digital Video to reinforce curricular learning across all ages and contexts of Social Studies. Delegates will develop skills in voice overs, selecting still and moving images, and using video editing software.

  • Online MappingCarol Blackwood, Digimap For Schools

Online mapping can be the starting point of any lesson that has place as a concept. Carol will show delegates how to get pupils to be creative and present information to demonstrate their understanding of something they are being taught.

  • Citizen JournalismAnna Brocklehurst, Sky Skills Studio (TBC)

A team from Sky Skills Studio will show delegates how to combine a range of digital and presentation skills to develop learners abilities to research, debate and report on news and politics.

 

Directions:

http://www.stirlingcourthotel.com/stunning-location/Getting-Here/