Islay- Gaelic Robots, Ecology mapping and Google meet with the Maldives

For digital learning week #NDLW19 we are carrying out lots of digital activities here at Port Ellen Primary on the Isle of Islay.  We have STEM Robotics-Gaelic and English, Digital ecology mapping of the school grounds, Literacy and IDL with Google Meet, Numeracy Graphing with Gapminder online and Digital Story Telling using Sway.

Today there was a Gaelic robotics transition session with children from the Gaelic medium unit at Bowmore primary and the High School, with Spheros, Marty and Mocro:bits thanks to @DigitalXtraFund.

We have also started surveying the school ground’s ecology in partnership with @islayinht and hope to produce an interactive Prezzi map of where different plant species can be found.

As part of our ongoing plastics topic we are holding a Google Meet with scientists from the Maldives on Tuesday, linkng 3 different countries in order to find out about the latest research into the effects of plastics on whale-sharks from another island.

Generation Science will be joining us later in the week to deliver Robot constructor workshops for P4-6 in school, and P7s at a transition event in High School.

We will be telling superhero stories using Microsoft Sway and preparing to film our superhero tales using greenscreen and imovie for our leavers assembly.

Finally, in our long term Endeavour projects we have to apply a new digital skill to our learning.  Some people have been designing video games on Kodu; we have gymnastics, triathalon and world geography Book Creators; a powerpoint recipe book; microbits and electronics being built; and several imovie documentaries from survival to marine aquariums to magic maths.

If you want to find out more about Islay and Port Ellen see the Book Creator made by P1-3 by clicking here