Tag Archives: ICT

ICT in Education Excellence Group Report

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 Codes

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.

Audacity Audio Recorder

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.

Animation Program

Pivot Stickfigure Animator is a very simple animation program that should already be installed on all of your school’s computers. Pivot Stickfigure is an excellent resource to help meet outcomes: TCH 1-03a, TCH 1-04a, TCH 1-04b, TCH 2-04a, TCH 2-04b, TCH 3-04a.

Click here for further information.

Enter the following words in Google to access resources to help you use this program.

“pivot stickfigure animator user guide”

Falkirk Education Services

Malcolm Wilson, ICT Curriculum Development Officer for Falkirk Council Education Services, maintains an excellent blog to help support the development of ICT in primary schools. The blog contains a wealth of information and links to help the busy class teacher get the most out of ICT.  Malcolm’s blog was shortlisted in the Education Blog Awards 2012 “Most Influential Blog” category.

Click here to visit the blog.

Computer Suites

The use of computer suites in education is hotly debated topic. Some teachers love the convenience of having a class set of computers even though they have to wait until their allotted time to use them. Other teachers prefer to have the computers distributed between all of the classrooms so that they can access them in response to the needs of the pupils. Are the days of ICT class lessons over? Can a new skill/resource/activity be demonstrated just as well on the interactive whiteboard? What do you think? Read over the articles listed below and post your comments.

School computer suites: a bad idea?

Are computer suites required in primary schools?

Alternatives to school computer suites?

Computers in suites vs. computers in classrooms

How (not) to develop ICT literacy in pupils.

An international study examining the use of ICT in education.

Interactive Whiteboard

Interactive whiteboards are now common items of equipment in our classrooms. Teachers now consider them an indispensable tool in teaching and learning.

The software that comes with the whiteboard has a wealth of features to help class teachers in their work. Make sure that you are gaining the full benefit from the software that comes with your whiteboard. Promethean has published a variety of resources on their website for you to use in your classroom. they also offer on line training. Click here to visit the Promethean website and explore what the program has to offer.