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

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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,, and 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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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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