Create Mobile Apps

AppShedCreate mobile apps for free with AppShed, an intuitive and flexible tool that enables anyone to build content based web apps. Now you can have your own app on any smartphone (Apple iOS, Android, Blackberry and Windows 7). Step-by step instructions and interactive learning make app creation easy for complete beginners and experienced app developers alike.

No installation required – apps are created in a web browser. Learn how to use AppShed here: Edinburgh schools – if you want to go further than the free version, please get in contact with the Digital Learning Team to discuss.

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Free Sumdog Training for Edinburgh Schools

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Sumdog are offering free teacher training in Edinburgh Schools. Training sessions can take place on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday between 9am and 6pm. Sessions will last between 30-60 mins and will focus on making sure you are getting the most out of Sumdog’s teacher functions. There is no minimum number for training – one to one sessions are fine! Maximum numbers are 25 members of staff.

Training sessions will cover how to use Sumdog as a student and give further information on using Sumdog as a teacher. Trainers will explain more complex functions such as setting default skills, running reports, creating activities and monitoring live lessons.

To book a session contact or call 0131 226 1511 and speak with Steph Mann.

The places are offered on a first come first serve basis so if you are interested get in touch soon!

Sumdog are also developing an Edinburgh Training blog which will be growing as they visit more schools. Check it out here

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Programming for Primaries

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ComputerXplorers is running a ‘Programming for Primaries Week’ from March 24th – 30th 2014. You can find out more by downloading the document from the link below. Programming for Primaries 2014

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CPD Opportunities for 2014

Digital CPD Jan 2014New year, new term, new CPD opportunities! Lots of iPad Professional Development and other CPD courses for you to explore. Click here to download our Term 2 CPD Flyer.

Click here to see the courses in the City of Edinburgh Council CPD Directory.

You don’t have to be from Edinburgh to attend – everyone welcome! Click here for more information. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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From Concrete 2 Cookers

fromconcrete2cookersfromconcrete2cookers is an exciting and timely game which encourages children to explore their school environment and spot ways of reducing the school’s carbon emissions. The players will make decisions based on knowledge gained in the course of the game and their available budget, which increases as they answer questions correctly.

The game is aimed at CfE levels 2 and 3, helps address experiences and outcomes in Science, Technologies and Social Studies, and was developed in conjunction with Heriot Watt University and Edinburgh schools.

You can find out more here:

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Sumdog launch Snowball App

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Sumdog – their HQ is right here in Edinburgh!

Introducing Sumdog’s new iPad App – Snowball! Already used by hundreds of school students in Edinburgh, and millions of pupils across the UK and the USA, Sumdog is an online world of free educational games designed to motivate your students to practise maths, and now also reading and writing. These are now also accessible on the iPad.

Most of Sumdog’s maths games are free, however the premium games normally require a subscription. We are delighted to be teaming up with Sumdog to announce that “unique to the City of Edinburgh Council and Los Angeles School District, Sumdog’s next five premium games will be free on iPads.  The first of these games, called Kiteboarding, is set on the beaches of LA. Kiteboarding will be added to the Sumdog App available in iTunes before Christmas.”

We look forward to some exciting collaborations!…

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ICT ASL Website Launch

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Edinburgh’s ICT ASL (Additional Support for Learning) new look website was launched last week. Please have a look by clicking here. The ICT ASL team would love to hear your feedback on the site and would also be please to hear from anyone who would like to contribute in any way, e.g. by writing a blog post or suggesting a useful resource to be added into the ‘links’ section. Contact details are on the ICT ASL website.

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