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.
The event started with refreshments and a “getting to know you” activity involving chucking a ball of wool around the room.
The main part of the event consisted of 4 different sessions, each involving a choice of learning conversation. These were really informal and generated some excellent discussion on themes such as growth mindset and Teach Like a Champion. There were three workshops on a digital theme. Alan Hamilton led a discussion on how Stirling High School is creating a digital culture. John McMahon spoke about the impact of Video Enhanced Reflective Practice (VERP) on behaviour in his class. And finally Mary Jalland told us about how she had been using Twitter and Skype with her class.
We finished up with a “snowball” activity to share some of the new ideas we had discovered.
Somehow I don’t think you’ve heard the last of Pedagoo Stirling!
Thanks very much to Mrs Lochore and Mrs Pert for organising, Allan’s Primary School for hosting us, and all the people who led and took part in learning conversations!
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:
For those of you exploring how to use G Suite, it’s worth checking out the G Suite Learning Center. There are lots of tips and how-to articles – go to “Learn by Product” at the top to find out about particular tools (Classroom, Docs etc).
For those who have not yet seen it on Twitter, next Thursday (30th March) we are hosting a Google Roadshow at Wallace High School. There will be the opportunity to see Google Classroom in action, try out a Chromebook, and discuss how G-Suite can be used in school. Colleagues from other Local Authorities are welcome!
So you’ve set up a Google classroom (see this post for a link to a handy video showing you how to do that). How do you go about setting work for pupils and collecting it in?
The second video in the series by Google classroom guru Dean Stokes explains all sorts of things you can do with Classroom. This includes Read & Write, a Chrome extension that is free for teachers and which can be bought as a subscription for pupils.