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2019 Google Bootcamps

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.

Register here!

Pedagoo Stirling

On Friday we held our first ever Pedagoo Stirling event. We were kindly hosted by the lovely Allan’s Primary School.

The event started with refreshments and a “getting to know you” activity involving chucking a ball of wool around the room.

Getting to know each other with a game of Connect.

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.

Enjoying a great discussion about growth mindset.

 

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!

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:

Collecting work using Google Classroom

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.