Vocal Recall is a free app which allows you to capture audio and link it to pre-made QR codes. You can either purchase the codes or simply have them sent to your email address for free, in seconds. This is a really simple way to give learners feedback on their work and save time in the process! This app works on both Apple and Android devices. QR Codes can be read using a QR Reader or if you have updated to iOS 11 a QR reader is built in to the camera.
@vocalrecallapp has created an advent calendar template which could include a message behind each door and for more ideas…
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: email@example.com.
Apps for Good is a technology education movement with a mission to grow the problem-solvers and digital makers of tomorrow. Their aim is to equip young people with the right digital and entrepreneurial skills to create technology for good, benefiting their communities and transforming their worlds.
Educators are upskilled via online CPD to deliver ‘App Development and Internet of Things’ courses to learners. The course is aimed at children aged 8-18. Students are challenged to come up with any problem or issue they are passionate about within their communities and learn how to solve it, through building a digital product. Through the Apps for Good programme students learn not just vital technical skills but the enterprise and employability skills to design, market, launch and pitch their products solving real-world problems.
Delivering Apps for Good is completely free, with all of CPD and teaching materials available online. Throughout the duration of an Apps for Good course, teachers can also request the support of an industry expert to join their classroom virtually to give the students some feedback, guidance on their ideas and careers advice. Students are also invited to enter the Apps for Good annual competition, with finalists invited to London to pitch their ideas to a panel of dragons. For more information download the Educator Welcome Pack or sign up here.
Tynecastle High School is an Apple Distinguished School and Regional Training Centre. Staff at the school have been using iPad to transform learning for a number of years and are offering some great professional learning opportunities this term.
All courses will be held at Tynecastle High School from 4-5.30pm. Click the links below for more details and to book a place for free!
Thursday November 2nd: Formative Assessment with Quizlet and Kahoot on iPad with Kirsty West
Tuesday November 7th: Pages for iPad with Jenni Robertson
Monday November 27th: Numbers for iPad (not just a spreadsheet…) with Jenni Robertson
Thursday November 30th: iTunes U Course Creation with Kirsty West
Monday December 4th: GarageBand in the Classroom with Sam Wallace
Wednesday December 6th: Creating Engaging Movies using iMovie (perfect for end of term assemblies) with Jenni Robertson
In addition to this training, educators can pursue professional learning in their own time with Apple Teacher. The programme provides high quality, online resources to support the use of iPad and Mac for learning.
Computing at School Scotland will be holding this year’s conference in Glasgow on Saturday 2nd September 2017.
What to EXPECT
The conference brings together educators from all sectors and is a great way to get a hands on with new resources, equipment and environments, meet other educators you can colloborate with in future and gain inspiration for the year ahead.
Nursery and Primary specialists at BGE Early, 1st and 2nd levels
- Hands on with Barefoot unplugged activities with one of the creators of the resources and expert Barefoot instructor- Jane Waite
- Working with the CS E’s and O’s and benchmarks- Judy Robertson and Kate Farrell
Primary and Secondary teachers at BGE 3rd and 4th levels
- Diving deep into primary programming- design for quality and independence- Jane Waite
- Hands on workshop of new unplugged activities for teaching the basics of parallel processing- Jeremy Singer and Louise Black
- Developing Computational Thinking with 3D Animations & Games in Alice- Quintin Cutts and Fionnuala Johnson
Secondary teachers for the Senior Phase and FE
- Teaching the level 6 Cyber Security NPA and learners experience of it- George Mullin
- Planning and advice for introducing the level 4/5 Cyber Security NPA’s in your school- Peter Liddle and Gareth Rae
To book your place click here
There are many excellent apps available for iPad that can be used in school. Here are a few that come recommended by the Digital Learning Team:
Cost: Free (Office 365 login required)
Description: OneNote is part of the Office 365 package and you will need to login before you can use it. It is a great organisational tool where you can can keep notes of meetings, to-do lists, lesson plans and many other things. You can alse use the camera to insert photos directly and then use the draw function to annotate the pictures.
Use OneNote Class Notebook if you would like to use OneNote to create a digital jotter system in your classroom, check out the guide here.
Cost: Free (Office 365 login required)
Description: Office Lens is a document scanning app, but it has many more uses than simply scanning. You can use it to take a picture of a whiteboard during a presentation and then fix the view so it looks like you are right in front of the board. Lens also features Optical Character Recognition, this means it can read text from pictures. Take an image of text and then choose Immersive Reader when you export it to have the app read the text out loud to you.
Learning Tools is a great simple app designed to be used in the classroom. It does not require wifi to function once downloaded and installed. Learning tools contains a mini whiteboard, traffic lights, countdown clock, multiple choice answers and stopwatch. It is simple to use and perfect for formative assessment.
Description: This app is perfect if you like brainstorming using post-its or collecting exit tickets from pupils using post-its. Collect all your post-its from students or colleagues and then take a picture of them using the app, it will recognise the post-its. You can now move the post-its around, add new ones or put them into groups. Keep the post-it board on your iPad or export it as an image if you want to use it for something else.
Plickers is great for formative assessment and can store the results your pupils give even if the teacher is the only person in the room with an iPad. Pupils are issued with cards that look like QR codes, dependent on how the code is rotated it gives different answers to a multiple choice question. The teacher puts a question on the board and pupils hold up their cards to be scanned by the teacher iPad. Teachers can create banks of questions to use over and over again and can look back at reports so they can track pupil progress.
Description: The built in Photos app for iPad includes some little known hidden features. The mark-up feature which allows you to draw or type on an image as well as magnify certain areas of the picture is really useful! Find out how to mark up photos here.