Safer in 7 Seconds – Privacy Settings and Social Media

social-349568_640inEQE Group have created free ‘How to be ‘h2b’ safer‘ 7 second instructional videos. These videos demonstrate how to enable privacy settings, block users and report abuse on popular social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat. The instructions are quick, easy and include details for a number of platforms including iPhone/iPad, Android and web based sites. These videos are useful for pupils, parents and teaching and learning staff using social media.

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CPD Jan – March 2015

CPD coverThe latest courses offered by the Digital Learning Team can be seen here.

Please note that the Apple Professional Development(APD) courses are bookable directly from the links below the course details.

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Resources for Computational Thinking

What is Computational Thinking and why should we teach it?

How can I teach Computational Thinking?

There are many great resources which can be used to introduce the concepts of computational thinking and programming at primary level. Below are just a few to get you started!

“Unplugged” resources: computational thinking without computers

CSUnplugged has some excellent unplugged activities organised by concept, which lay the foundations for thinking used in computer science.

Barefoot Computing offers lots of great resources with clear instructions and lesson ideas, they include a number of unplugged and PC based activities.

Resources for the PC, which hosts the Hour of Code, has many easy to follow lesson plans and resources for all ages.

Code Academy offers free, comprehensive, step-by-step online lessons about coding in a number of programming languages.

Scratch is a well known resource which uses its own language to help children create interactive games. Scratch is also available to install on all BT managed machines in Edinburgh schools, for further help see your ICT Co-ordinator.

Resources for the iPad

There are a number of great apps to help children become familiar with how computers can be programmed including Scratch Jr, Hopscotch, Kodable and Daisy the Dino.

There are many other resources available, Google offers a search engine for educators designed to filter resources for teaching Computer Science. Though it is called Computing for High School it contains many primary resources too.

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Microsoft Office FREE for all Edinburgh pupils

imagesMicrosoft ‘Student Advantage’ is now available to all Edinburgh pupils. This means our pupils can all now download Microsoft Office for PC, Mac and iPad for free. All pupils need to download and activate this software is their Office 365 account details. Open the flyer below for more information.

Student Advantage (PDF)

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National Sumdog Contest

Sumdog-StarsSumdog have planned their biggest ever national maths contest to bring in the holiday season – it starts Friday 5th December.

The prize for the winning class is an iPad and every student who plays in the Holiday Contest will receive festive outfits for their on-screen avatar: Santa, snowman and reindeer! Teachers can enter here.

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Genius Hour and

Genius Hour is inspired by Google’s 20% time, in which a fifth of a Google employee’s week is dedicated to self directed and innovative personal projects. Adopted in the classroom this concept is an hour in which children research, document and present their ideas about a chosen ‘passion project’. This is a great way for pupils to become familiar with content creation apps for sharing their learning, whilst applying literacy skills in a new context. Find out more here.

One way of facilitating Genius Hour is to visit a website which encourages children to complete challenges using skills from scientific inquiry to code. Pupils can learn from others’ approaches and earn recognition for their efforts in the form of online virtual badges. For more ideas about how to incorporate and Genius Hour in the classroom click here.

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Computing at School Scotland Conference 2014


Computing at School Scotland are holding their annual conference at Edinburgh Napier University on Saturday 22nd November 2014.

This will be a great opportunity to learn new skills and make connections with colleagues who are successfully embedding skills in Computing Science in the classroom. For more details and how to book on the course see the flier from CASS.

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