Mission to Mars

The Mission to Mars event run by iTeach and XMA will be in Edinburgh on the 31st of March. Please see the information below for more details.

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An inspiring, one day iPad event for schools and school leaders to provide excellent CPD and practical ways to take teaching and learning forward with iPad. The event will showcase the latest and most exciting tools for schools.
The programme for the day will include:

  • Powerful and inspiring keynote speakers
  • A focus on some amazing ways to introduce coding across the curriculum
  • Hands-on ‘learning snapshot’ sessions
  • Practical take-away ideas for every classroom
  • A chance to see cost-effective, practical ways to implement the latest technology including 3D printing, sensors and programmable toys
  • CPD that truly supports integration into teaching and learning

This event will be a chance for schools to be inspired by ideas and experience hands-on innovative and powerful ways to enhance teaching and learning for the students of today’s technological world.
The session is suitable for school teachers and leaders from both primary and secondary stages and across all subjects.
It is suitable for schools at all stages of their iPad journey.

See the website for more information and booking information:
http://mars.xma.co.uk/index.php

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DLT CPD January-April 2017

CPD iconPlease click on the icon or here to view the courses that are being offered by the Digital Learning Team this term.
Please note that these courses are for staff at the City of Edinburgh Council only.

A separate flyer with CPD specifically for probationary teachers in Edinburgh will be emailed directly.

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Digital Leaders @ Fox Covert RC Primary

Ciara and Lucy, Digital Leaders at Fox Covert RC share their experiences of the iTeach Digital Leaders Lab in this week’s guest post!

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Fox Covert RC Primary Digital Leaders

In our school everyone is part of a pupil group. This year our Pupil Council and ICT Group joined together to become the Digital Leaders. At the start of the year we had a meeting to discuss what we wanted to achieve. Some of the ideas we came up with were; creating tutorials on how to use apps, making sure our iPads have the apps they are supposed to have and raising funds for new iPads.

One of our first jobs was to use Meraki to download the apps we needed. Then we organised the apps into folders so we could find them easily.

We found out that iTeach were planning their first Digital Leaders Lab in Scotland and we were very excited. The day of the trip we had to get to school by 8.20am because we had to travel to George Watson’s. When we got there we had snacks and were told what we were going to do. Digital Leaders from Tynecastle High School showed us iPad tricks and tips in small groups. Then we had a Kidsmeet. Digital Leaders from some of the schools showed everyone one they use. We prepared a short presentation showing how we use iMovie and even prepared a short trailer.

After that, we split into two workshops and learnt lots of interesting things. One of the workshops demonstrated how to use a robotic ball called Sphero, that you could program using the app Lightning Lab. The other workshop was about how to create trailers using iMovie. Ten of the children in our Digital Leaders Group attended the training. We learned a lot and thought it was a very successful event!

At assembly, we shared our experience with the other Digital Leaders and the rest of the school. We are planning our own Kidsmeet to share more tips and tricks with all of our classes. We would also like to arrange some drop-in sessions to show people how to use other apps.

Check out Fox Covert RC Primary’s guide to using iMovie and sample their wonderful work below!

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Have you met the Adobe Spark family?

Have you seen the great free apps made by Adobe? They have been around a while but have recently been relaunched. They include Adobe Spark Video, Spark Post and Spark Page. The apps are really simple to use, include built in copyright-free icons and images and easy to follow instructions on how to use the apps.

These apps allow pupils and teachers to create beautiful content and are a great way to share learning and teaching. Spark in the Classroom provides inspiration, teacher and pupil created content and lesson plans to get you started. Please feel free to add comments about how you have/might use these in the classroom.

 

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Webinar: Using OneNote to Support Children with Additional Learning Requirements

Anna Kellner, our secondary development officer, will be hosting a webinar for Microsoft on the 5th of October as part of becoming a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert.

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The webinar will go over the ways that OneNote can be used to support learners with additional needs, including using the Learning Tools and Class Notebook add-ins.
It will be live from 4-4.30pm, those watching live will be able to ask questions from Anna during the session. Don’t worry if you can’t make it, you can register and be sent a link to a recording of the webinar afterwards.

You can register here.

Please note that to view this from a council PC you will need to use Google Chrome, please see your ICT Coordinator about how to install it.

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Microsoft Classroom Pilot Launch

Last Friday a group of teachers visited the Microsoft Offices at Waverley gate in Edinburgh. They had a session led by Anna Kellner of the DLT with Natalie Burgess, Microsoft Teacher Ambassador and Andy Nagle, Microsoft Education. They are currently piloting Microsoft Classroom as the first teachers in Scotland to be using it with pupils.

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Anna Kellner, Leigh Gilmore, David Sansom, Liz Dighton and Jim Duchart at the Microsoft Offices

Microsoft Classroom is currently in its preview version, so the teachers will be providing valuable feedback to Microsoft about the product before it has its full launch in the near future. The Digital Learning Team are excited about the potential of this product and how it can help teachers and pupils in Edinburgh. We look forward to hearing feedback from our teachers and learning about how Classroom can have a positive impact on teaching and learning.

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Totally Techy Teaching Tips

ddmApp creators Duck Duck Moose have joined forces with Khan Academy making all their apps free to use!

Duck Duck Moose have created 22 apps to “encourage imagination, creativity, and learning in children”. These apps are mainly targeted at the early years and primary stages and are broadly categorised as curriculum, nursery rhymes, creative expression and play.

Best Picks

Draw & Tell

This is a great app offering different backgrounds and drawing tools with the added bonus of a voiceover recording feature. Like Explain Everything for primary pupils!

Chatterpix Kids

A creative and easy to use app which allows you to bring any picture to life for up to 30 seconds. Great for pupils to summarise learning, share ideas or explain concepts in a fun and engaging way.

Superhero Comic Maker/Princess Fairy Tale Maker

Nice and simple storytelling animation apps for young children with lots of pre-made templates to help scaffold the storytelling process.

Literacy & Maths

The literacy and maths apps on offer are well worth a look for reinforcing learning with Moose Math and Pet Bingo helping practise some early level SEAL concepts in different ways.

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