Spring into the new term with the Edinburgh Libraries Mathletics Challenge!
Edinburgh Libraries are teaming up with 3P Learning, the creators of Mathletics, to run a free online maths competition for learners in schools across Edinburgh.
The event is open to all Edinburgh schools; and additionally Edinburgh Libraries are offering their members free access to Mathletics, the world’s most used mathematics website, after the challenge.
As well as a huge variety of fun maths learning activities, learners can compete online against other students from Edinburgh and around the world to test their maths skills.
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 in the coming weeks and will be managing 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 so you can see exactly how your school is performing. Keep an eye out for communications from 3P Learning soon.
To celebrate creating 10 million ebooks and World Book Day, Book Creator are giving away free copies of their apps until 5pm today. Simply comment on their blog post here about what book you would like to create.
Daqri have created a a great app which introduces the elements of the periodic table in an engaging way. Using six cubes, which can be printed and assembled for free, and the Elements 4D app pupils will see elements come to life like never before. More recently the company have developed a series of lessons suitable for upper primary and high school pupils which demonstrate how the app can be used for curricular purposes. There is an elementary, middle and high school series of lessons available for you to try out in your classroom!
A particularly powerful feature of the app occurs when two elements are allowed to react e.g. when Sodium and Chlorine triggers are placed next to each other they display the new compound, Sodium Chloride (salt). If you find this app useful in the classroom you may also like to try Anatomy 4D which brings some of the systems of the human body to life.
Sumdog’s first Edinburgh maths contest of 2015 will start Friday March, 13 and will run until the following Thursday! It’s free to take part and there are prizes to be won! It will take around an hour, and as students play online they can compete in school or at home.
In order to join in the fun, teachers can enter their class here. For questions, contact email@example.com
Last session P4 at St Peter’s Primary took part in the ‘Hour of Code’ and submitted the project to the Raspberry Pi Foundation. They were successful in winning five Raspberry Pis and, with the support of a parent, are exploring programming using Python during a lunchtime computer club.
What is Raspberry Pi and how might you use it?
When introduced to the Pi learners at St Peter’s started with the basics. This included how to assemble the Pi and as it is so small the pupils were able to see all the components that make a computer work. They then learned to connect and ‘boot’ the Pi and navigate the interface.
This led to the use of the free Minecraft program, Minecraft Pi. Pupils were very excited and motivated by this environment. They were taught how to use Python to carry out building tasks. Once this was mastered the pupils learned to edit and run a Python script to build and customise the size and building materials of a castle. They then learned to control the Python execution using conditional statements. By using their knowledge of Python the children are now able to bypass creating new worlds each time and much prefer working together to create castles and then demolish them with explosives! You can find out more about Raspberry Pi here and use these lesson plans to get you started. If you are keen to get a code club started in your school and don’t have the expertise Code Club connects schools with volunteer programmers, who are keen to support schools for free.
Microsoft Student & Staff Advantage is now available to all Edinburgh pupils and all learning & teaching staff. This means that all learning & teaching users can now download Microsoft Office for PC, Mac and iPad for free. All that is needed to download and activate this software is the user’s Office 365 account details. Open the flyer below for more information.
Office for staff and pupils (PDF)
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Safer Internet Day is on February 10th 2015. This is a great time to raise the awareness of digital safety and engage both children and parents in keeping safe online. The Safer Internet Centre UK have created some useful teaching packs for primary and secondary pupils as well as information for parents. These include lesson plans and resources for whole school assemblies. For a whole school, longer term approach to digital safety please see our curriculum planner which covers a progression and links to resources from 3-18.