literacy

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!…

iPad Apps to enhance learning – Episode 8

Getting creative with I Can Animate’: Episode 8 in the ‘Apps to enhance learning’ series available online today.

Following on from the highly acclaimed first series of iPad video tutorials, ‘Getting to know your iPad‘, we are delighted to launch our second series: ‘Apps to enhance learning‘. Each tutorial will focus on a specific App and demonstrate why, plus a bit of how, you would use it to enhance the learning experience. Our eighth tutorial is called ‘Getting creative with I Can Animate’. If you missed our other episodes click here to catch up. Click here for more info on the I Can Animate website.

iPad Apps to enhance learning – Episode 7

Getting creative with Puppet Pals 2’: Episode 7 in the ‘Apps to enhance learning’ series available online today.

Following on from the highly acclaimed first series of iPad video tutorials, ‘Getting to know your iPad‘, we are delighted to launch our second series: ‘Apps to enhance learning‘. Each tutorial will focus on a specific App and demonstrate why, plus a bit of how, you would use it to enhance the learning experience. Our seventh tutorial is called ‘Getting creative with Puppet Pals 2’. If you missed our other episodes click here to catch up – there’s one on the original Puppet Pals…

iPad Apps to enhance learning – Episode 3

Getting creative with Book Creator’: Episode 3 in the ‘Apps to enhance learning’ series available online today.

Following on from the highly acclaimed first series of iPad video tutorials, ‘Getting to know your iPad‘, we are delighted to launch our second series: ‘Apps to enhance learning‘. Each tutorial will focus on a specific App and demonstrate why, plus a bit of how, you would use it to enhance the learning experience. Our third tutorial is called ‘Getting creative with Book Creator’. If you missed our other episodes click here to catch up.

iPad Apps to enhance learning – Episode 2

Getting creative with Puppet Pals’: Episode 2 in the ‘Apps to enhance learning’ series available online today.

Following on from the highly acclaimed first series of iPad video tutorials, ‘Getting to know your iPad‘, we are delighted to launch our second series: ‘Apps to enhance learning‘. Each tutorial will focus on a specific App and demonstrate why, plus a bit of how, you would use it to enhance the learning experience. Our second tutorial is called ‘Getting creative with Puppet Pals’. If you missed our first episode, ‘Getting creative with iMovie’, click here to catch up.

Infographics – what are they and how to make your own!

Information graphics, or infographics, are everywhere. They are used to communicate information, often stats and other data, clearly and quickly. Infographics are effective because of their high visual element – they appeal to the large proportion of visual learners.

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One example of a famous infographic is the London Underground map, but infographics can be found in journalism, on TV, for marketing products and services, for sharing information on social media sites and in education.

You can find fabulous examples of infographics at http://visual.ly/ (we particularly like the ones about the Titanic, Twitter, the telephone and Joey Barton).

“They’re amazing, but I’m not a graphic designer…” Don’t worry – even the most graphically challenged of us can come up with an eye-catching result using one of a number of online infographic creation sites such as: easel.lyinfogr.ampiktochart

How could you and your students use infographics to enhance learning? What could be represented in this way? Let us know what you come up with and we will post some infographics that you and/or your students have made here.

 

One Day Digital – free digital design opportunity for 13-16 year olds

One Day DigitalPlease share this with your students…

(click on the poster image on the left to download and share)

Are you 13-16 years old? Would you like to design and make your own app? website? animation? game? or try our a 3D printer?

Mozilla, BBC, STV, Young Rewired State, Coder Dojo and others are offering a FREE Saturday design and make session on the 30th of March in Edinburgh.

The only Edinburgh session with spaces left is Digital Storytelling Techniques with STV: Are you a budding journalist? Come along and take part in this session hosted by STV to find out more about the digital story-telling techniques they use to deliver the news. Timelines, maps, streams and info-graphics are used every day to help inform viewers, in this session you will use these tools to tell your story. Click here now to book your space before the session is full.

There are also other sessions taking place throughout March in Dundee, Aberdeen and Glasgow and there are spaces available on a number of different sessions, so if you can travel have a look and see what’s available.

http://www.nesta.org.uk/