1:1 Digital Learning at Gracemount High School

XMA worked with us recently to film a case study about 1:1 digital learning at Gracemount High School. The video outlines the many advantages of 1:1, describing how successfully embedding digital technologies in learning can impact on engagement and attainment. 

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Using Aurasma in the Classroom

Aurasma is a free app which uses Augmented Reality technology to bring an extra dimension or overlay to otherwise static images in the form of an “Aura”. Simply use the app to create a “trigger’ which when scanned links with an “Aura” which can be in the form of a photograph, video or work created in another app such as iMovie or Adobe Voice.

St Mary’s have used Aurasma to bring displays to life around the school…

Aurasma and other forms of AR technology have quickly surpassed the QR Code and is increasingly adopted by multinational companies to promote their products. Educators use Aurasma to bring interactivity to traditional 2D displays, embedding its use in learning and teaching. To get started with Aurasma click here, for further support look at Classroom Uses of Aurasma and more Augmented Reality Resources.

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Apps for Assessment

board-361516_1280There are some great apps to make assessment and timely feedback easier for teachers- the following are just a few! Baiboard HD is a fantastic, free, collaborative whiteboard tool. You can set up a session with multiple slides, go live and invite pupils to join by simply entering a code (no passwords required). Pupils are then able to respond in real time, allowing you to see very quickly who is or is not understanding the concepts you are trying to teach. Feedback can be typed, written and pictures can be sent instantly. This is a particularly great tool for classrooms with just one iPad per group.

Plickers is a great, free app which can be used in a classroom with just one iPad! It collects real time data which is great for quizzes, voting, evaluation of personal performance and much more. To find out how to use it and some ideas for classroom use click take a quick look at the early years and “Minds in Bloom” blog.

Creative apps can be used by pupils to display their learning. Apps such as ExplainEverything and Showme enable pupils to explain concepts. Book Creator, iMovie, Adobe Voice, Puppet Pals and Piccolage are particularly powerful apps which allow multimedia to be used to display individual and group learning as a culmination of a project or concept.

Below is an example of how Book Creator might be used to collect assessment and examples of work and pupil reflection over the course of a term or year.

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Content Creation Apps@Towerbank PS

Teachers at Towerback spent some of their professional learning time investigating creative apps for iPad. The apps included Book Creator, Explain Everything, Adobe Voice and Aurasma. These apps are great for using in any curricular context and the pupils and staff found them very user friendly. Each class were given the opportunity to use the apps in a variety of contexts- take a look at some of the ways the classes used them.

Literacy and Health & Wellbeing using Adobe Voice

As part of Book Week each stage wrote and illustrated a chapter of ‘The Unlikely Friendship’ which will be published and go on sale in Portobello. Linking this to their topic on emotions, P5 evaluated the project and showcased the work for the community using the free presentation app, Adobe Voice.

Maths in P7 using Explain Everything

Pupils in P7 have been learning about fractions. In order to teach their peers they created a video in Explain Everything which helped reinforce learning, demonstrate understanding and build confidence.

Health & Wellbeing and Expressive Arts using Aurasma

Aurasma uses Augmented Reality technology to bring pupils’ work to life. As part of their transition project P7 pupils identified their worries about moving to high school. They created artwork in the style of Roy Lichtenstein to represent these emotions, which they had ‘unpacked’ using Emotion Works cogs.

The art work became a ‘trigger’ for dramas, which the groups filmed to represent their worries. Parents were invited to school and used Aurasma to load the ‘overlay’ and discover what the worries their children experience during this time of transition, and tips for overcoming them!

20150326_164541753_iOSFor tutorials and classroom ideas for these and other content creation apps try these creative app resources.

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Register for the Spring Mathletics Challenge

NewMathLogo_whitetxt_CMYK_LRSpring into the new term with the Edinburgh Libraries Mathletics Challenge!

In partnership with 3P Learning, the Edinburgh Libraries Mathletics Challenge starts on 27th April 2015 and runs all week. Pupils in participating schools will be able to complete activities and live online challenges throughout the week. Participation certificates will be awarded to all students and there will be prizes awarded to top schools and students for both achievement and improvement.

The 3P Learning team will be contacting all Edinburgh primaries and manage all logins and registration for the event. Your school will also get full access to Mathletics free of charge for the week of the challenge.

This is a great opportunity to engage your students and get them excited about maths, with student and class results tracked throughout the week; you’ll be able to see exactly how your school has performed over the challenge.

It’s easy to get signed up, just register your interest on the Mathletics Challenge page: http://www.mathletics-challenge.uk/

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CPD April – June 2015

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Please click on the picture or the link below to get details of CPD course being offered by the Digital Learning Team this term.

Course flyer April to June 2015


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Unlocking the Thinking Behind Computing with CAS Scotland

Computing at School Scotland are offering a course for beginners in computing. This opportunity is aimed at primary teachers who want to build confidence and understanding in the delivery of computing outcomes and experiences, no previous experience is required!

This free event will run on Saturday 25th April 2015 10-4 at The University of Glasgow, with a follow up session on Saturday 6th June. You can find out more and book your place here.

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