Category Archives: Resources for Teachers

National Digital Learning Week 2019

National Digital Learning Week returns for 2019

National Digital Learning week is back. This year the event will take place from Monday 13 to Friday 17 May.

For the fifth annual National Digital Learning Week all early learning and childcare centres and schools across Scotland are invited to take part in five curriculum focused challenges in STEM, Social Studies, Expressive Arts, Literacy and Numeracy. To ensure all teachers are fully supported to take part Education Scotland have developed a package of materials including activity suggestions and how to guides.

Schools that share their work are in with a chance of winning some exclusive Glow goodies. Simply tag @digilearnscot on Twitter and use #NDLW19 or upload directly on the Glow Blog.

For more information and to get started with the challenges visit the National Digital Glow Blog today!

Safer Internet Day 2019

This year’s Safer Internet Day has the theme “together for a better internet”. On the website there are resource packs available for all age groups, from 4-18. The resources include videos, assemblies, and various activities for children and young people to do.

In line with the theme of making the internet a better place, there are a couple of great resources that are moving away from the “e-safety” model to more of a “digital citizenship” approach, and encouraging young people to make the most of the opportunities technology provides.

BBC Own It has the awesome tagline “be the boss of your online life” and is aimed at 8-12 year olds. As well as advice about dealing with bullying and so on, it has lots of information about developing digital skills and creativity. It has a “friendly older sibling” feel to it, with lots of videos by YouTubers.

Google’s Be Internet Legends is aimed at 7-11 year olds. It includes the “Interland” game, resources for teachers and parents.

Both BBC Own It and Be Internet Legends are available for free online and can be accessed directly or via the tiles on Glow.

 

Last year’s Safer Internet Day post is still available, with lots of links to more resources!

Chromebooks and G Suite

As many staff will know, and some parents and carers may have seen in the local media, from August 2018 all S1 pupils in Stirling Council secondary schools will be issued with 1:1 Google Chromebooks. This is part of our Stirling Digital Learning strategy.

For more information, see our new pages:

Chromebooks: Information for Parents and Carers

Chromebooks FAQ

Chromebook Agreement

Chromebooks Risk Assessment

We will be adding more information specifically for teachers in due course, but for now check our our previous G Suite posts for some hints and tips!

Safer Internet Day 2018

It’s that time of year again! Safer Internet Day 2018 is on Tuesday 6th February.

Two Stirling schools will be taking part in a Skypeathon with schools from the Clackmannanshire, Falkirk, Stirling and West Lothian Regional Improvement Collaborative. Borestone Primary School and Deanston Primary School will be delivering presentations on an aspect of internet safety.  The Skypeathon will take place from 2-3pm on 6th February, and can be accessed via Glow by any school that would like to watch.

To find out more about the Skypeathon, see the Sway presentation below! (Credit: Malcolm Wilson).

The Safer Internet Day website has resources for teachers, including  education packs, videos and quizzes. You can also follow the #SID2018 hashtag on Twitter!

Internet Safety Resources

There are lots of resources out there to support teaching and learning about internet safety and digital citizenship.

The UK Safer Internet Centre has resources for young people, parents and carers, and teachers. Follow them on Twitter here.

The Young Scot 5 Rights Commission has come up with a report and framework on young people’s rights online. The 5 Rights would make a great way to structure a series of activities around digital citizenship, and there is a list of resources linked to the 5 Rights.

Young Scot have also put together some resources on their Choices for Life page, under Be Smart Internet Safety. You need to email CFLBeSmart@young.scot in order to get a link to access the resources.

CEOP‘s ThinkUKnow website has sections for children of different ages, parents/carers, and education professionals. It has lots of resources, and importantly also has the function to report suspected abuse online. You can also follow CEOP on Twitter.

Childnet has various resources for young people, parents/carers and teachers, including an inset day presentation for staff with activities, and this nice online reputation checklist. There is also a Digital Leaders programme, which is not free but which takes pupils through a training programme and links them up with other children around the country.

Self-Evaluation

For schools wishing to evaluate their internet safety, I recommend the 360 Safe tool. The site also has a template for a school internet safety policy.

Finally, the Digital Schools Award has a self-evaluation checklist that includes e-safety (you need to sign up your school to get a login, but I thoroughly recommending signing up for the self evaluation process!).

If you have any other suggestions for great internet safety resources, let me know in the comments or via Twitter!

Coding resources for early years and primary

There has been a flurry of interest in coding and computational thinking at Early, First and Second level since the publication of the new Technologies Experiences and Outcomes. This post is an attempt to signpost some of the great resources that I have found out about recently.

The Stirling High School Learning Community is taking part in a pilot project with SSERC to develop coding mentors within each nursery and primary school, working closely with secondary computing colleagues. A lot of the resources I’m about to mention were demonstrated in the two CLPL sessions we have had with SSERC so far; the others I found out about yesterday at the Learning Through Technology conference!

Teachers’ Guide for Early Years and Primary

Firstly, if you’ve not already seen it: TeachCS.Scot. This website is the home of a fantastic teachers’ guide that links the Es and Os to the benchmarks and has lots and lots of suggestions and links to resources.

Coding Unplugged

Create-A-Face is a great activity where pupils use “if” statements to program a robot face.

The fantastic Jam Sandwich Bot activity involves using commands to program a person acting as a robot to make the perfect jam sandwich.

One of these teachers is actually a jam sandwich robot…

Marching Orders requires one partner to follow instructions precisely to recreate an image the other partner can see. For extra challenge try it with the Doodle Monsters!

If, like me, you are a big Pirates of the Caribbean fan, then you will appreciate the Treasure Maps activity. There is another version (with video) here.

Ozobots

Ozobots are little robots that follow a line drawn on paper and can be programmed using different combinations of colours.

An ozobot in action!

The ozobot in STEM page has resources for teachers, and Ozoblockly can be used to program the ozobots using block programming.

Programming on iPads

One of the workshops I attended at the Learning Through Technology conference was the excellent Mission to Mars, which introduced me to the Tynker iPad app. This can be used for block coding and also as an introduction to Swift. Another app to try is Swift Playgrounds.

I also got to have a go with a Sphero robot. These are more expensive than the ozobots, but they can be programmed using either Tynker or the Sphero Edu app. Plus, they contain sensors that can be used for investigations and experiments. AND you can get a BB8 Sphero robot. What’s not to love?

Finally, check out the iBook store for a number of resources for teachers, including Get Started With Code 1 and 2, and Learn to Code 1 and 2.

EduTech Scot 2017

Yesterday I was lucky enough to attend the EduTech Scotland conference in Glasgow. It was a fantastic event, with lots of inspiring talks and great ideas shared. Check out the #edutechscot hashtag on Twitter to see some of the chat.

I could write at great length about all the amazing presentations and interesting workshops I saw, but instead I’m just going to point out a few really cool resources that I learned about yesterday.

  • The first keynote was given by Amanda Regan of the European Space Agency. Did you know the ESA has an entire education website?  Bonus – she showed this lovely slide as part of her talk:

  • The second talk was by Prof Judy Robertson and was about the new Technologies Experiences and Outcomes. She pointed out a brilliant resource, a new teachers’ guide to Early, First and Second levels. It can be found at teachCS.scot. It really is a fantastic resource, co-authored by Kate Farrell, and contains lots of links and suggestions to activities and resources, mapped to the Es and Os and benchmarks.
  • Janice Feighery spoke about how Ireland’s digital strategy has been implemented, and pointed out Google’s Computer Science First resource. The activities are aimed at pupils between 9 and 14.
  • Lynne Biagioni gave a presentation about Scholar. This is a great revision and study resource for secondary pupils in a variety of subjects.
  • One of the workshops I attended was a demo of Wevideo by Erik Raestad and Nick Cox of XMA. This is a cross-platform video editing app.  There is a free version available, although of course it will be more limited, but worth checking out!
  • There was a wonderful presentation from Lee Dunn of the Digital Schools Awards, along with two of the headteachers from the original Digital Schools. Definitely worth registering your school, and there is a secondary version coming!

This is not an exhaustive list of all the great ideas I learned about, but it’s all the resources I noted down to link to! Do click on some of the links above and check them out.

I’ll leave you with this thought, also from Amanda Regan’s talk:

Technologies Professional Learning Community

Networking and sharing resources with other teachers is perhaps the most valuable form of professional learning, particularly in a subject like Computing Science, which is ever-changing!

The Glow Technologies Professional Learning Community is a great place for primary and secondary teachers alike to find and share resources and advice. Really worth checking out for any teacher grappling with the subject! It also contains useful links and lots of resources about computational thinking.

It’s not all about computing, however! Teachers of any of the technical subjects can find help and resources here.