Create Mobile Apps

AppShedCreate mobile apps for free with AppShed, an intuitive and flexible tool that enables anyone to build content based web apps. Now you can have your own app on any smartphone (Apple iOS, Android, Blackberry and Windows 7). Step-by step instructions and interactive learning make app creation easy for complete beginners and experienced app developers alike.

No installation required – apps are created in a web browser. Learn how to use AppShed here: Edinburgh schools – if you want to go further than the free version, please get in contact with the Digital Learning Team to discuss.

Free Sumdog Training for Edinburgh Schools

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Sumdog are offering free teacher training in Edinburgh Schools. Training sessions can take place on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday between 9am and 6pm. Sessions will last between 30-60 mins and will focus on making sure you are getting the most out of Sumdog’s teacher functions. There is no minimum number for training – one to one sessions are fine! Maximum numbers are 25 members of staff.

Training sessions will cover how to use Sumdog as a student and give further information on using Sumdog as a teacher. Trainers will explain more complex functions such as setting default skills, running reports, creating activities and monitoring live lessons.

To book a session contact or call 0131 226 1511 and speak with Steph Mann.

The places are offered on a first come first serve basis so if you are interested get in touch soon!

Sumdog are also developing an Edinburgh Training blog which will be growing as they visit more schools. Check it out here

From Concrete 2 Cookers

fromconcrete2cookersfromconcrete2cookers is an exciting and timely game which encourages children to explore their school environment and spot ways of reducing the school’s carbon emissions. The players will make decisions based on knowledge gained in the course of the game and their available budget, which increases as they answer questions correctly.

The game is aimed at CfE levels 2 and 3, helps address experiences and outcomes in Science, Technologies and Social Studies, and was developed in conjunction with Heriot Watt University and Edinburgh schools.

You can find out more here:

Sumdog launch Snowball App

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Sumdog – their HQ is right here in Edinburgh!

Introducing Sumdog’s new iPad App – Snowball! Already used by hundreds of school students in Edinburgh, and millions of pupils across the UK and the USA, Sumdog is an online world of free educational games designed to motivate your students to practise maths, and now also reading and writing. These are now also accessible on the iPad.

Most of Sumdog’s maths games are free, however the premium games normally require a subscription. We are delighted to be teaming up with Sumdog to announce that “unique to the City of Edinburgh Council and Los Angeles School District, Sumdog’s next five premium games will be free on iPads.  The first of these games, called Kiteboarding, is set on the beaches of LA. Kiteboarding will be added to the Sumdog App available in iTunes before Christmas.”

We look forward to some exciting collaborations!…

Edinburgh Safer Internet Day Competition

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We are inviting all children and young people to show their understanding of the phrase ‘Let’s create a better internet together’, in creative ways. This could be in the form of a poster, a song, a film, a podcast, a comic strip or any other creative way to spread the message.

Entries can be submitted by a class, an individual or community group. Prizes of iPad Minis will be awarded to winning establishments!

Winning entries may be used in the ‘Speak up, Speak out’ public protection awareness campaign, and winning participants will be invited to attend the Safer Internet Day event on 11th February.

All submissions need to be received by Friday 31 January.

Entries should be submitted to:
E-mail Address:
Postal Address: Anna Mitchell, Digital Learning Team, Wester Hailes Education Centre, 5 Murrayburn Drive, Edinburgh EH14 2SU

Download a poster with all these details by clicking here: Safer Internet Day

For more information on Safer Internet Day, including free downloadable packs for schools, visit this website

For further guidance on Internet Safety, including Curriculum Planners and resources, click here.

Bannockburn Film Competition


As part of the programme of events to mark the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn, the National Trust for Scotland (NTS) are launching the Battle of Bannockburn Short Film Competition to encourage school pupils to create new works which interpret Bannockburn from their own perspective.

For centuries the events that took place at Bannockburn on the 23rd and 24th of June 1314 have inspired and influenced people. Through art, song and the written word pieces have been created to commemorate those fateful days.

Entries can be made using live action, any form of animation or anything else pupils can imagine and create. Entries do not need to portray events during the battle, they can be set in any place or time. The only limitation is length, films can be no longer than five minutes (including any credits).

Films must be created by the pupils themselves. The prize for the winning entry will include film making equipment and inclusion as an online resource on the Battle of Bannockburn website. The winning entry will be chosen by a judging panel, which will include a public online vote.

Terms and conditions, pupil permissions and entry forms are all available here

For more information or just to tell us how you are getting on email Tania at