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Using Digital Tech to Celebrate World Book Day

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.

Finally…a freebie!

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!

Safer Internet Day Education Packs

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: jess.mcbeath@swgfl.org.uk.

SIDTo 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.

Safer Internet Day planning event Scotland

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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

Cost: Free

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: jess.mcbeath@swgfl.org.uk.

Engaging Learners using OneNote

Blog post by Secondary Development Officer, Anna Kellner:

I have returned to teaching for two half days a week and am experimenting with the use of Class Notebook. I opted for the use of Class Notebook in an attempt to motivate learners who find maths a challenging subject. In the short time I have been using OneNote Class Notebook I am already aware of a number of advantages. These include pupils being able to access work anytime, anywhere, the efficient and easy monitoring and marking of work, the ability to differentiate material and provide timely feedback to learners.

How it worked…

I put notes into the Content Library so that pupils have something they can refer back to.

I then populated the pupil notebooks with corresponding sections containing questions on all of the topics.

Pupils worked independently on these questions whilst I monitored their work and marked everything they did from my own device.
If there was something that multiple pupils were struggling with then I would stop the class and go over the concept, these notes would go straight into the Content Library.

Whilst the pupil notebooks were populated with questions and tasks, for all of the upcoming topics, pupils did not have access to all of them at once.
To gain access to different sections pupils had to first complete the initial section, with the answers revealing the password to unlock the next stage. This allowed for self-paced learning and made differentiation inherent to the process, whilst ensuring learners’ knowledge was secure in each topic before moving on.

The class have been working well and they are engaged in their learning, they have also shown interest in accessing the notebook from home. The ability to constantly monitor and assess all pupil work has meant that I am aware of misconceptions at an early stage. Therefore I am able to scaffold and support individual learning needs.

For a guide on using OneNote Class Notebook click here.

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

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!

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.