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Apple Professional Learning @ Tynecastle High School

Tynecastle High School is an Apple Distinguished School and Regional Training Centre. Staff at the school have been using iPad to transform learning for a number of years and are offering some great professional learning opportunities this term.

All courses will be held at Tynecastle High School from 4-5.30pm. Click the links below for more details and to book a place for free!

Thursday November 2nd: Formative Assessment with Quizlet and Kahoot on iPad with Kirsty West
Tuesday November 7th: Pages for iPad with Jenni Robertson
Monday November 27th: Numbers for iPad (not just a spreadsheet…) with Jenni Robertson
Thursday November 30th: iTunes U Course Creation with Kirsty West
Monday December 4th: GarageBand in the Classroom
with Sam Wallace
Wednesday December 6th: Creating Engaging Movies using iMovie (perfect for end of term assemblies) with Jenni Robertson

In addition to this training, educators can pursue professional learning in their own time with Apple Teacher. The programme provides high quality, online resources to support the use of iPad and Mac for learning.

CAS Scotland Conference

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Computing at School Scotland will be holding this year’s conference in Glasgow on Saturday 2nd September 2017.

What to EXPECT

The conference brings together educators from all sectors and is a great way to get a hands on with new resources, equipment and environments, meet other educators you can colloborate with in future and gain inspiration for the year ahead.

Nursery and Primary specialists at BGE Early, 1st and 2nd levels

  • Hands on with Barefoot unplugged activities with one of the creators of the resources and expert Barefoot instructor- Jane Waite
  • Working with the CS E’s and O’s and benchmarks- Judy Robertson and Kate Farrell

Primary and Secondary teachers at BGE 3rd and 4th levels

  • Diving deep into primary programming- design for quality and independence- Jane Waite
  • Hands on workshop of new unplugged activities for teaching the basics of parallel processing- Jeremy Singer and Louise Black
  • Developing Computational Thinking with 3D Animations & Games in Alice- Quintin Cutts and Fionnuala Johnson

Secondary teachers for the Senior Phase and FE

  • Teaching the level 6 Cyber Security NPA and learners experience of it- George Mullin
  • Planning and advice for introducing the level 4/5 Cyber Security NPA’s in your school- Peter Liddle and Gareth Rae

To book your place click here

 

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!

 

EdTech Blog – Paul Hamilton
Screen Shot 2016-06-20 at 15.43.43Paul Hamilton’s YouTube channel

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!

Free Programming Workshops from ComputerXplorers

computerXplorers1-150x150In conjunction with British Science Week (11 – 18 March) ComputerXplorers are offering free programming workshops for pupils which will teach them to program their own computer games.  In addition, teachers are offered a free ‘Introduction to Programming’ session designed to increase confidence in programming.

Schools wishing to sign up for free on-site children’s ComputerXplorers coding workshops or teachers’ computing CPD sessions on British Science Week’s digital day, Friday 11 March, should email info@computerxplorers.co.uk for more details.