CPD September – December 2014

Flyer for blog

Please click the link below to download the flyer of upcoming CPD courses offered by the team. There are new courses in Office 365, Meraki and Programming for Primaries.

DLT Course flyer 2014

To see them in the CPD directory click here.

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Digital Safety Workshops @ Clermiston Primary

IMG_0443Last term Primary 5 at Clermiston Primary School worked on a Digital Safety project. Groups were assigned CfE levels Early to Second. Using resources from the Digital Learning Team website they researched information, games and apps suitable for their target audience.  They shared safety tips using the creative apps Book Creator, Adobe Voice, Keynote and iMovie. The groups ran workshops with children from across the school, sharing what they had created and showing them apps and activities they could access on the iPad. Children who attended share their top tops in the video below.

The project was a great success and just the start of some great ideas Clermiston Primary have planned for raising the profile of digital safety and using iPads as a tool to enhance learning and teaching across all levels.

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360 Degree Safe – free digital safety tool

360 Degree Safe is a free, award winning, digital safety review tool designed by SWGfL’s E-Safety Team. It allows schools to review current digital safety provision and, on a five-point scale, provides benchmarks for improvement in the following areas:

  • 360 logoPolicy and Leadership (Responsibilities, Policies, Communications and Communication Technologies)
  • Infrastructure (Passwords, Services)
  • Education (Students, Staff, Parents and Carers)
  • Standards (Monitoring)

Key Features of 360 Degree Safe Scotland

  • Progress. A summary of the school’s progress in digital safety is readily available and easily accessible.
  • Resources. Clear advice and resources are provided to support improvement.
  • Engagement. Multiple users can be registered to contribute to this online, working document.
  • Benchmarking. Continuous feedback on progress is provided by benchmarking progress compared to other schools.
  • Action Planning. Records and reports next steps which can inform the school development plan.
  • Reports. Progress Reports can be downloaded immediately in a variety of file formats.
  • Celebrates. Once registered a “Commitment to E-Safety” certificate can be printed and displayed.
  • Accredits. Once reaching the required standards a school can apply for an external evaluation and, if successful, will be awarded with the E-Safety Mark. (This application incurs a cost)

Find out more

Visit www.360safescotland.org.uk where you can register for free, experiment with the tool and watch short instructional videos.

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Sciennes Primary – the 1:1 iPad classroom

Sciennes Primary was part of the City of Edinburgh 1:1 pilot scheme which began in March 2012. Then in P5, one of the current P7 classes has experienced the use of iPads for the entire period, with all pupils in P7 now experiencing 1:1 at school and home. Before moving on to high school some pupils from each of the P7 classes have had the opportunity to reflect on the use of the iPad and the impact on their learning.

Fiona Barker, Wendy French and Forrest Howie, P7 teachers, have normalised the use of iPads in teaching and learning and the children view them as indispensable to their learning. The P7 pupils talk positively of the impact on their ability to be creative and use apps that best support their learning. Online sharing space allows the class to receive work and files that flip traditional learning. This space is used to store work and receive feedback in an online environment. The children enjoy the ability to edit work instantly, create high quality pieces and share these with their families at home.

The pupils view technology as “the key to the future” and realise how innovative their teachers, and they as learners, have been able to be in a 1:1 learning environment. Take a look at the following video which captures a snapshot of the pupils’ learning journey with iPads.


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Sumdog Contest: Friday 20th June – Thursday 26th June


As the school year comes to a close a great way to keep your class motivated and consolidating maths skills would be to join in the free Sumdog contest. The contest opens at 8am this Friday and runs until Thursday 26th June. Children will compete with their peers across Edinburgh for a chance to win some great prizes. Click here to join the contest, if you have any questions or need help joining contact lynsey@sumdog.com.

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Using QR Codes – Tollcross Primary School

What is a QR code?

A QR (Quick ReQR Codesponse) Code is a two-dimensional barcode which stores information, this can be basic text, pictures, video files or a link to a website. When scanned by a mobile device, with a QR reader, this data becomes available on the device. Many QR readers are available in the App Store. Also, Kaywa.com, mobile-barcodes.com and beetagg.com allow you to generate your own QR codes for free.

Tollcross Primary School QR Code and Outdoor PE Project

Using funding provided by Education Scotland Tollcross Primary School has developed a technologies project focused on enhancing core skills in PE. Children worked collaboratively to plan a route of activity stations with three levels of difficulty at each. The groups created QR codes which, when scanned, provide instructions on the movements which should be carried out. This project has been a great learning experience for the children involved. They have been motivated by the use of iPads and iPod Touches as part of their learning, worked collaboratively with one another and received, and acted upon, feedback from other local primary school children.

The project was highly commended at the Edinburgh Education Awards and is a finalist for the Scottish Education Awards for creativity. Visit the school blog to find out more. For lots more ideas about using QR codes in the classroom click here.

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CPD May-June 2014

Flyer picThere are a variety of CPD opportunities available this term. These include a new course in Office 365.  Click here to download our flyer.

To see them in the CPD directory click here.

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