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!
Are you a teacher in a Stirling Council school? Are you interested in becoming a Google Certified Educator? Are you already certified at Level 1 and looking to progress to Level 2?
This year we are hosting two Google Bootcamps to allow staff to become Google Certified Educators at both Level 1 and Level 2.
Dates and venues:
Thursday 21 March and Friday 22 March (Bannockburn High School)
Thursday 16 May and Friday 17 May (Dunblane High School)
Staff wishing to sign up must have permission from their Head Teacher to be out of school and must attend both days of the course.
It’s here! Sign-ups are now live for Stirling Digital TeachMeet 2019!
14 March 2019, 4:30-6:30pm at CodeBase Stirling (8-10 Corn Exchange Rd, Stirling FK8 2HU).
Sign up here and please use our hashtag #TMStirling2019!
If you can’t join us in person, why not join out Google Meet?
Highland Council have produced (and kindly shared) an excellent series of resources aimed at supporting the use of G Suite in Science. However it’s not just for science teachers! There is some great guidance on using Sheets for keeping a record of marks, and Forms for tests.
If you are interested in joining the Digital Learning Network, just let us know!
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 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!
Things have been quiet on the blog front recently but there has been a lot going on! Including a STEM Day, a Digital TeachMeet and some exciting projects that have grown out of the Stirling Digital Skills Forum.
Click on the image below to view our Digital Skills Forum newsletter and find out more!
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:
The annual digital teaching and learning survey is now live via Glow Connect. There are versions of the survey for staff and pupils – please feel free to circulate round your schools and get as many people as possible to complete it!
Calling all schools using iPads in the classroom! There is an exciting event happening in Edinburgh on 31st March, looking at practical ways to enhance teaching and learning through the use of iPads.
Find out more and register here!