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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DLT Recommends: Online Resource Roundup

Here at the DLT we often get asked to recommend resources that teachers will find useful, so we decided to make a shortlist of blogs and websites that we use to gather new ideas and inspiration. If you don’t already do so, signing up to blog newsletters that interest you can be a great way to find new ideas as blogposts are emailed to you as soon as they are published. Please feel free to comment below if you’ve got a recommendation that we haven’t included.

 

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What is it?

“A comprehensive website and online community that increases knowledge, sharing, and adoption of what works in K-12 education.” Run by the George Lucas Education Foundation.

Why we like it:

Edutopia covers all aspects of education, not just digital technologies, and often has thought-provoking and helpful articles which encourage teachers to re-think and evaluate how things work in their classrooms. Although it is very focused on the American education system, there is lots of content about teaching and learning that apply globally.

 

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What is it?

“My blog will share creative ideas to raise standards across the curriculum using technology.”

Why we like it:

This is a blog written by a practising primary school teacher who is great at coming up with practical ideas and ways to incorporate digital technologies meaningfully into your teaching.

 

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What is it?

“With 20 years classroom experience including that as a teacher, middle leader, lead teacher, assistant headteacher and responsible for some of the UK’s most renowned edtech deployments, Mark is a passionate advocate for developing the modern educator’s toolkit.”

Why we like it:

Mark is particularly good at sharing ideas about how to use iPads in different contexts and highlighting new apps that can be used for learning. He has also got a big Twitter following in the education world where he is good at sparking online discussions about pedagogy.

 

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What is it?

“A 5th grade ELA teacher now exploring 1st grade – loving all things Daily 5, Guided Math, & Writer’s Workshop!”

Why we like it:

This blog is full of ideas for teaching and learning. As this practising teacher uses a workshop approach there are some great ideas for using technology in groups, which is perfect for primary classes that only have access to a few iPads!

 

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What is it?

“Transforming education through innovation is at the heart of what I do. Creating what no-one else has created, or being the first to make a connection, is what I love.”

Why we like it:

Paul has created lots of high-quality videos that can be found on his YouTube Channel with ideas for using apps across a range of curricular areas.

 

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What is it?

“Learning in Hand is an educator’s resource for mobile and digital learning. It was started in 2002 as part of Tony Vincent’s classroom website. At first focusing on Palm handhelds, Learning in Hand now encompasses all kinds of digital and mobile learning.”

Why we like it:

This one is for teachers who are confident and regularly use technology in the classroom and want to take ideas to the next level. Tony Vincent doesn’t tend to focus on classroom ideas but has lots of ideas to enhance your own resources, definitely worth a look from ime to time.

 

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What is it?

She is known for her practical presentations dealing with pedagogically sound practices for the embedding of technology seamlessly into teaching and learning. Kathy’s passions are online tools to support classroom instruction, the role of emerging technologies in the classroom, infographics, tablets in the classroom, assessment and rubrics, copyright and intellectual property, and gadgets of any type!

Why we like it:

This site blends the theory and practice of teaching and learning perfectly. There is literally a guide to everything, but we particularly like the iPads4teaching section. It has lots of great ideas for learning and practical ideas for organisation too.

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What is it?

Microsoft Office blog showing new developments for OneNote that can be used in education. There are also posts showing how schools around the world are using OneNote.

Why we like it:

There are great ideas for how to use OneNote in the classroom. It is also interesting to see the new developments like the Class Notebook add-in and the Learning Tools add-in.

Subject-specific resources:

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What is it?

“I’m Patty Palmer, founder of Deep Space Sparkle, and my passion is to help you teach art to kids. I’ve been teaching public school art for 13 years and helping in the classroom long before that. Deep Space Sparkle came along in 2008 when I discovered that blogging was a way to share what projects worked for me in the art room.”

Why we like it:

This is a fantastic resource to support the teaching of Art. Patty Palmer is a specialist art teacher and has organised lesson ideas by year group, subject and art technique. It is a great place to get inspiration for IDL topics and with step by step guides on how she teaches it is a great way to help build skills in art with your learners.

 

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What is it?

“Creative STAR Learning Ltd was established in 2007 by Juliet Robertson to provide Support, Training, Advice and Resources on almost all aspects of outdoor learning and play, hence the STAR in the company name.”

Why we like it:

Creative STAR Learning is a fantastic resource for outdoor learning ideas. The blog keeps you up to date with the latest global thinking on outdoor learning and the ideas are well organised to support learning across the curriculum outdoors.

 

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What is it?

The Literacy Shed is home to a wealth of visual resources that  we have collected over 10 years as a primary school teacher.   I trawl YouTube, Vimeo and other sites looking for suitable resources to  use in the sheds. The sheds are broadly thematic but sometimes a resource could go in 2 or more sheds, I slot it in where I think it works best.

Why we like it:

This is a great resource with videos, ideas and other digital resources organised broadly in to themes or “sheds”. The short videos can be used to stimulate some excellent creative writing, teach skills such as prediction and inference in reading and there is even a Edtech Blog Shed to keep you up to date with the best ways of using tech in the classroom!

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Digital Safety @ St Margarets PS

P4/5 at St Margarets have been learning about how to stay safe online. They completed a series of lessons, researched safety tips for different age groups and used creative apps to display their learning for others.

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The class started off by answering key questions about digital safety to assess prior knowledge. They answered the questions on Post-its and the answers were collected and organised using the Post-it Plus iPad app. The app is free and great for collecting all the assessment information lurking on your desk!

Once this activity was complete the class were organised in to mixed ability groups. They decided what age group they would research, broadly organised to Early, First and Second Level. Using appropriate websites found in our digital safety planners (sent using the Chirp app) the class researched key information for staying safe online, whilst applying skills in note-taking they had recently been learning. When doing any research it is a good opportunity to test the reliability of a website and discuss its appropriateness. Resources for teaching critical awareness can be found here.

Each group used the easy to use, free app ChatterPix Kids to create animated video messages to share their learning. They then used Book Creator to add text, images and sound clips to host all their content.

The pupils were able to share their learning with their parents at a recent open morning which proved to be a great success! Take a look at one of their books below.

 

 

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