Microsoft Learning Event Series

The Digital Learning Team will be hosting a series of events in collaboration with Microsoft. Microsoft Teacher Ambassador Natalie Burgess will join the team to run two learning events for staff in Edinburgh Council schools where they can learn about some of the new developments from Microsoft Education. These will run from 1.30-3.30pm on Friday 12th may and Friday 26th May. You can sign up here.

 

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

Innovation Centre for Education Launch

On Friday 21st of April the Digital Learning Team launched the Innovation Centre for Education.

The centre was put together in collaboration with CGI and XMA. It showcases digital technology available to schools through the refresh with CGI, as well as devices that can be purchased through other suppliers. The items on show include apps and accessories for iPad, Virtual Reality headsets, programmable toys, laptops and desktops.

Guests at the launch included representatives from Edinburgh schools, CGI, XMA, Apple and Edinburgh Council. They had the opportunity to find out the aims for the centre and how it was created, they also had a chance to try out all the kit in the room and chat to the Digital Learning Team.

The Innovation Centre will soon be opening for schools in Edinburgh to book a visit. This will provide an opportunity to try out the available technology and work on the digital strategy for schools, with the support from the DLT. Schools will be informed when they are able to book sessions.

We would like to thank CGI, XMA and Edinburgh Council in their support with this project.

DigiMap for Schools

A number of schools in Edinburgh are embarking on the use of Digimap for Schools. This resource supports social studies outcomes at Primary level and geography at Secondary level.

The service includes:

  • Seamless Ordnance Survey mapping covering all of Great Britain
  • Historical 1-inch maps from the 1890s and 1950s with transparency sliders for comparing maps of different periods
  • Over 60 step-by-step teaching resources
  • A suite of annotation tools for GIS and mapping fieldwork results
  • Print maps at A4/A3 and save work online or to your local system
  • High resolution aerial imagery covering GB
  • Extensive annotation tools
  • Ability for students to interrogate, manipulate and save maps and upload fieldwork results from a CSV file
  • Follow up support for staff development

A simple single login means that pupils can access maps anytime, anywhere via an easy to use web interface. For more information and prices for your establishment visit Digimap for Schools.

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.

The Math Learning Center Apps

The Math Learning Center have created some excellent resources for supporting numeracy and maths. Their apps are available for iPad or can be accessed via a web browser on a PC, but even better they are completely free. The web based versions can be used for whole class lessons or to support groups with the interactive features. You’ll no longer have to go searching the maths cupboard for the long lost geoboards and elastic bands, concrete materials for counting and 2D shapes!

Number Rack

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Fractions

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Math Vocabulary

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Pattern Shapes

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Number Line

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GeoBoard

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 Number Pieces

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Number Frames

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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