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.
Sumdog’s free maths contest is back for Edinburgh schools on Friday 21st November and will run until the following Thursday.
This year you register as a whole class and compete against other classes across the city. Pupils who answer at least 100 questions will be given new legendary rewards. The contest takes around an hour and can be completed at school or home.
In order to join in the fun, teachers can register here. For further information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Digital Leaders are a group of pupils who support the use and development of ICT in school. The group can vary in size and be made up of children of any age (usually upper pupils in primary schools). The roles of the members may include the following:
- Contribute to the school website
- Blog on behalf of the school, individual classes or clubs
- Share their ICT skills with classes, pupils and teachers
- Heighten the profile of digital safety running whole school competitions etc
- Lead lunchtime ICT clubs
- Share up to date resources with staff i.e. app of the week, websites and creative apps
- Share troubleshooting tips for iPad users
- Carry out iPad house keeping duties i.e. clearing camera rolls at the end of term
With a growing number of iPads, pupils at Clermiston Primary have formed a Digital Leaders team. They applied and interviewed for the job and are supported by a teacher who helps them with the organisation of tasks, ensures members have relevant skills and meets regularly with the team. Suzanne Gilhooley, PT at Clermiston, used resources created by the National Grid for Learning Wales to help get the team up and running.
Download the Digital Leaders Pack to help your school set up a team. It includes information about the roles of Digital Leaders, how to get started, application forms and links to further resources. This is an excellent way to involve pupils in the whole school ICT strategy, develop pupil voice and skills for life and work.
Following on from the success of Programming for Primaries Week 2014 ComputerXplorers are running this initiative again in 2015. In addition they are offering free app programming sessions for primary school children and a free programming CPD session for primary school teaching staff. The week will run from January 26th to 1st February 2015. Click here for more information about the project and how to register.
Augmented Reality (AR) is technology which superimposes digitally generated information on to the user’s view of reality, this may take the form of a video, 2D or 3D image etc. AR works well with the iPad and a number of apps have been created which can be used creatively in teaching and learning, here are just a few examples.
The award-winning company, AR Flashcards, has created free flashcards which can be downloaded from the website. Once downloaded the app is used to scan the cards or ‘triggers’ to reveal a 3D image. There are two sets of free cards including the alphabet and dinosaurs. Once scanned, touching the image on-screen causes the letter/dinosaur’s name to be read out. Multiple cards can be viewed simultaneously allowing the alphabet to be used for letter recognition, ordering and the spelling of short words such as CVC/CVVC and sight words.
Chromville is a great, free AR app. There are five worlds on Planet Chromville, each with different themes. Currently there is one chapter (picture) for each world which, once coloured in, could act as a stimulus for both storytelling and creative writing. There are also customisable characters, which once personalised, could stimulate individual or collaborative digital storytelling.
Phonic Tricksters is a great app for consolidating and assessing knowledge of phonics in a fun and interactive way. Children will love chasing the Tricksters, who have stolen phonemes, around the room. In order to progress to the next stage they must identify the phoneme with a matching word. This app is free to trial and requires an in app purchase of 69p to unlock all the Tricksters.
Other interesting AR apps created by PBS Kids include Fetch! Lunch Rush, which practices addition to 20 and Cyberchase 3D Builder which, designed for 6-9 year olds, practices problem solving with 2D and 3D shape.
Primary 6B at Davidson’s Mains Primary School worked with retired Drama specialist Marjory Sweeney and film maker Brian English of “Movie in a Day” to make a movie in a day. The class experienced the entire process of film making including pre-production, production and post-production.
Prior to the day of filming the class received a script for which they had to audition and screen test actors, create sets, costumes and posters to publicise the event. On the day of filming the children were in teams and supported in filming, directing and editing the movie. They were taught how to get the best shot, how to film a picture and how to direct their actors. Using iMovie the editing team inserted music and cut scenes to create the final one minute film.
The day culminated in the premiere of the movie where pupils were able to celebrate success and receive feedback for future projects. ‘Movie in a Day’ is ideal for P6 pupils who can then develop and share their skills with younger pupils. Take a look at the final product produced entirely by the children!
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.