It is National Digital Learning Week in Scotland, a great opportunity to celebrate the great learning going on in Edinburgh schools and Early Years’ settings. To showcase this learning why not share on Twitter @DigitalCEC #NDLW2018 and send us some examples we can share on the blog to firstname.lastname@example.org. And don’t miss the TeachMeet hosted by Tynecastle High School on Thursday 17th May 5-6.30pm. See below for more details and book your place here.
As those iPads that are compatible should now be updated to iOS 11(.2.6) why not try out some powerful features for iPad and the classroom.
Below is a round up of the key ones which we think would be useful with short videos to get you started.
A significant update sees the dock become more customisable: include more apps, quickly open recently most recently created files and drag and drop files.
Drag and Drop
The new drag and drop feature makes iPad seem a little more like the desktop experience, though it will take a little practise!
Did you know you can have multiple screens visible when working across apps? It makes creating much quicker.
Scan QR codes from your Camera
There is no need to download a separate app you can now open up a QR code directly from the the camera on your iPad.
Document scanner built in to Notes app
An often neglected, but useful native app now has a document scanner built in- handy
Want to create some app demos for learners, or get them to do it? You can now screen record as a built in feature of iOS 11. For detailed information and tips visit 9to5mac.
Things you might have missed…
Mark Up in Photos
This has been around for some time but is a hidden gem! You can mark up photos, add text and magnify areas of interest…
Enabling Air Drop in iOS 11 has changed slightly, find out how here.
World Book Day is this Thursday and has become a firm fixture of the school calendar, so why not celebrate the love of reading with digital technology? Here are a few ideas and resources to get your creative juices flowing…
Get started by visiting the World Book Day website which includes learning experiences for all stages, inspiration and ideas for whole school events.
Using iPad for World Book Day
- Create book reviews in Book Creator or trailers in iMovie. Then use the front covers of the books as triggers in HP Reveal (formerly Aurasma) so that when you scan the cover the book pops up! Find out how here
- Retell or create alternative endings for well known stories in Adobe Spark Video.
- Create a book quiz in Kahoot , Plickers or Socrative.
- Use ChatterPix Kids to bring your favourite book characters to life.
- Create a presentation about your favourite author in Sway or Keynote.
To celebrate, the award winning Teach Your Monster to Read app is free to download all this week. Plus they have excellent printable resources, table top games and the desktop version of their app is always free!
About Safer Internet Day
SID is celebrated globally in February each year to empower children and young people to use technology responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively. Co-ordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre, SID achieves a huge impact because of the collective activities of people right across the UK. For more information about Safer Internet Day in Scotland, contact Jess McBeath: email@example.com.
To help schools, charities, youth groups, police services, libraries and wider run activities for Safer Internet Day (SID) on the 6 Feb 2018, UK Safer Internet Centre have created Education Packs and complementary SID TV films. These free packs include lesson plans, posters, presentations, activities and more!
Last year’s campaign reached 42% of children (aged 8-17) and 23% of parents in the UK. There were over 500,000 downloads of the education packs and other resources. Crucially, 48% of teachers who participated in SID said it led to disclosures of potential safeguarding issues online.
Get your pack
There are tailored education packs for:
- 3 – 7s
- 7 – 11s
- 11 – 14s
- 14 – 18s
- Parents and carers
- Guidance pack for educators
You can download the packs at https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/2018/education-packs.
To view and book on to the courses that are being offered by the Digital Learning Team please see our DLT Course Flier.
Please note that these courses are for staff at the City of Edinburgh Council only and are available to book through Eventbrite.
A guest post by Dana Henderson, Principal Teacher, Clermiston Primary School
On Friday 17th of November, there was a quite a bit of excitement at Clermiston Primary. Safer Internet Day UK (SIDUK) approached us and asked if we would like to be filmed for their 2018 education pack – we jumped at the chance as we use their videos every year. The packs are used all across the UK to teach children about internet safety. In fact, Peter from SID told us that last year over 1 million children watched their videos, which is VERY exciting!!
Peter, Chris and Gareth set up a mini film set in our ICT suite. It looked so different! We started off with a workshop about what kinds of games we play online, who we speak to and how we might react to people saying things to us. Peter showed us pictures from different games and social media, some we use all the time and some we’ve never heard of.
After the workshop, we all helped to make an advert for Safer Internet Day and then Peter chose 6 of us to film mini interviews based on how chatty we had been in the workshop. It must have been a difficult choice, as we all had something to share!
Chris and Gareth will now take the footage and edit it for the education packs that will be put on their website. We have also been invited to present at the SIDUK event at the City Chambers on Friday 8th of December. We can’t wait to see the finished product!
Create, Connect and Share Respect
A Better Internet Starts with You!
Safer Internet Day
Tuesday 6th of February 2018
Guest post by UK Safer Internet Centre
Event: Safer Internet Day Planning Scotland
Date: Friday 8th December 2017
Location: City Chambers, Edinburgh
Time: 11:00 – 13:00
The UK Safer Internet Centre invites you to our Safer Internet Day planning event in Edinburgh. Safer Internet Day is celebrated globally in February each year to empower children and young people to use technology responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively.
Safer Internet Day (SID) achieves a huge impact because of the collective activities of people right across the UK. Schools run sessions for students, parents and staff; companies engage with employees, customers and partners; police services, charities, government and wider reach out through their networks; celebrities add their voice; and individuals across the UK connect with their families and friends.
Co-ordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre, last year’s campaign reached 42% of children (aged 8-17) and 23% of parents in the UK. There were over a million views of SID video content, 70,000 tweets, and over half a million downloads of SID educational resources. We aim to make Safer Internet Day 2018 on February 6th even bigger and by working together we can have an incredible impact across Scotland.
Come along to our planning event at the historic Edinburgh City Chambers to hear directly from the UK Safer Internet Centre about the SID 2018 campaign. The BBC will be there to showcase a newly launched BBC online service aimed at helping 9-12’s safely and confidently explore digital spaces. This event is a great opportunity to network, share and be inspired by others’ plans for the day. Whether you are a school, charity, public sector organisation or private company, there is something you can do to play a part in the day. We will be delighted if you can join us and a range of leading organisations as we plan for Safer Internet Day. Please book here.
For more information, contact Jess McBeath: firstname.lastname@example.org.