Susan Ronnie, a teacher at Kirklandneuk Primary in Renfrew, has created and excellent list of online resources to help deliver maths and numeracy. Resources are linked to the Experiences and Outcomes. Click here to visit Susan’s site on Delicious.com.
If the above link does not lead you to the site, visit delicious.com and type @renfrewshiremaths into the search box.
The ICT in Education Excellence Group has submitted its final report to the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning. This report explores the future of Glow, post December 2013. A copy of the report can be obtained by clicking here.
The Cabinet Secretary would like to hear your views and thoughts in relation to the report and its recommendations. I would encourage you to respond to the Cabinet Secretary’s request for feedback. Arrangements for sending feedback can be found by clicking here.
QR (Quick Response) codes are becoming more common in newspapers, magazines and on advertising posters. They are also starting to be used in school activities. An example of a QR code can be found below.
If you have a QR reader on your Smartphone, ipad or tablet and you scan this QR code you will be taken to the start of this blog.
Click here for further information about how you can make use of QR codes to support your puils’ learning and to enhance communication with parents.
An Internet search will uncover a variety of ideas to promote the use of QR codes in your classroom. Some examples can be found by clicking here.
The new Glow service will offer free access to Microsoft Office 365, which includes Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Outlook. Further information about what is included in this resource can be found by clicking here.
The first component of Office 365 that will be rolled out in Inverclyde is Outlook, which should take place between the 1rst and 4th of March.
Twitter is a simple way to increase communication between the school and pupils and parents. At present you are unable to access Twitter via the education network but we hope to provide access soon. Some schools have already set up Twitter accounts, administering their accounts via Smartphones or from their home computers.
So far the following establishments have set up Twitter accounts.
Clydeview Academy: @clydeview_a
Notre Dame High School: @ndhs1
Gourock Primary School: @gourockpr
The Inverclyde QIO team also has a Twitter account: @InverclydeQIO
The Woodland trust website has a variety of resources that teachers can use to get their pupils to explore the area surrounding their school.
Click here to visit the website.
SCRAN provides educational access to digital materials representing Scottish material culture and history. The website hosts 370,000 images, movies and sounds from museums, galleries, archives and the media. It can be used as a superior form of clip art or for particular learning applications. For learning, there are Pathfinder Packs for instant use; and tools such as Curriculum Navigator, Albums, Stuff, Create, Multicreate, Mini Website and Slides to let you discover, store, design, assemble and share your own learning resources.
Click here to view a demonstration of how to use SCRAN. You can use your Glow user name and password to log on to SCRAN. Click here to visit the site.
NRICH is an on-line resource, based at the University of Cambridge, that promotes the learning of mathematics through problem solving. The resources are particularly useful for providing the more able pupils with appropriate challenge in maths.
Click here to visit the website.
Audacity is a free, easy-to-use audio editor and recorder for Windows. The editing commands are similar to those used in Word, which allows pupils to use the program with the minimum of instruction.
The program can be used by puils to make their own presentations during topic work. It can also be used to record evidence to include in the puil profile in areas such as language, literacy, drama and music.
Clcik here to find out more information about this piece of software and click here to access tutorials.
If you have Windows 7 then you can make use of Windows Live Movie Maker for video presentations and for animations.
Click here for further information.