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OneNote Class Notebook at Tynecastle High School

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From Skitch blur cMartyn Call, acting PT Maths at Tynecastle High, has been using Class Notebook with his Nat 5 Class this year.

Each pupil accesses OneNote via the App on their iPad.

Each pupil has their own area within class notebook for their classwork making it a virtual jotter.

 

 

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When teaching the whole class Martyn uses the smartboard and anything he does automatically appears in the ’Content Library’.

This means that the pupils are not required to copy anything down.

He can also easily add the Success criteria and he has personalised the ‘tags’ to distinguish the type of task that they are allocated.

 

 

 

The Notebook can also be used for tracking.

 

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Tasks carried out in a jotter can easily be captured and embedded in Class Notebook.

 

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The pupils in the class said:-

“It’s better for revising and note taking and you can do your homework in one area and it allows you to draw directly on to the app.”

“I like it because it tracks what I do well and what I need to work on.”

“The benefits are it’s better for revising and no paper. Learning is easy – you don’t need to use your jotter.”

Martyn commented that:-

“OneNote allows me to interact with students in real time. Teaching with OneNote (which syncs with student iPads) has been great in building up class notes. The content library and personal spaces allow me to give out homework and feedback easily.”

OneNote is also being used in these other areas of the school:-

Physics – use as textbook

PSE – use as portfolio

PE – textbook and peer feedback

For more information on OneNote Click here:-

http://onenoteforteachers.com/

 

 

Content Creation Apps@Towerbank PS

Teachers at Towerback spent some of their professional learning time investigating creative apps for iPad. The apps included Book Creator, Explain Everything, Adobe Voice and Aurasma. These apps are great for using in any curricular context and the pupils and staff found them very user friendly. Each class were given the opportunity to use the apps in a variety of contexts- take a look at some of the ways the classes used them.

Literacy and Health & Wellbeing using Adobe Voice

As part of Book Week each stage wrote and illustrated a chapter of ‘The Unlikely Friendship’ which will be published and go on sale in Portobello. Linking this to their topic on emotions, P5 evaluated the project and showcased the work for the community using the free presentation app, Adobe Voice.

Maths in P7 using Explain Everything

Pupils in P7 have been learning about fractions. In order to teach their peers they created a video in Explain Everything which helped reinforce learning, demonstrate understanding and build confidence.

Health & Wellbeing and Expressive Arts using Aurasma

Aurasma uses Augmented Reality technology to bring pupils’ work to life. As part of their transition project P7 pupils identified their worries about moving to high school. They created artwork in the style of Roy Lichtenstein to represent these emotions, which they had ‘unpacked’ using Emotion Works cogs.

The art work became a ‘trigger’ for dramas, which the groups filmed to represent their worries. Parents were invited to school and used Aurasma to load the ‘overlay’ and discover what the worries their children experience during this time of transition, and tips for overcoming them!

20150326_164541753_iOSFor tutorials and classroom ideas for these and other content creation apps try these creative app resources.

Register for the Spring Mathletics Challenge

NewMathLogo_whitetxt_CMYK_LRSpring into the new term with the Edinburgh Libraries Mathletics Challenge!

In partnership with 3P Learning, the Edinburgh Libraries Mathletics Challenge starts on 27th April 2015 and runs all week. Pupils in participating schools will be able to complete activities and live online challenges throughout the week. Participation certificates will be awarded to all students and there will be prizes awarded to top schools and students for both achievement and improvement.

The 3P Learning team will be contacting all Edinburgh primaries and manage all logins and registration for the event. Your school will also get full access to Mathletics free of charge for the week of the challenge.

This is a great opportunity to engage your students and get them excited about maths, with student and class results tracked throughout the week; you’ll be able to see exactly how your school has performed over the challenge.

It’s easy to get signed up, just register your interest on the Mathletics Challenge page: http://www.mathletics-challenge.uk/

Edinburgh Libraries Mathletics Challenge

NewMathLogo_whitetxt_CMYK_LRSpring into the new term with the Edinburgh Libraries Mathletics Challenge!

Edinburgh Libraries are teaming up with 3P Learning, the creators of Mathletics, to run a free online maths competition for learners in schools across Edinburgh.

The event is open to all Edinburgh schools; and additionally Edinburgh Libraries are offering their members free access to Mathletics, the world’s most used mathematics website, after the challenge.

As well as a huge variety of fun maths learning activities, learners can compete online against other students from Edinburgh and around the world to test their maths skills.

The Edinburgh Libraries Mathletics Challenge starts on 27th April 2015 and runs all week. Pupils in participating schools will be able to complete activities and live online challenges throughout the week. Participation certificates will be awarded to all students and there will be prizes awarded to top schools and students for both achievement and improvement.

The 3P Learning team will be contacting all Edinburgh primaries in the coming weeks and will be managing registration for the event. Your school will also get full access to Mathletics free of charge for the week of the challenge. This is a great opportunity to engage your students and get them excited about maths, with student and class results tracked throughout the week so you can see exactly how your school is performing. Keep an eye out for communications from 3P Learning soon.

Sumdog Contest: Friday 20th June – Thursday 26th June

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As the school year comes to a close a great way to keep your class motivated and consolidating maths skills would be to join in the free Sumdog contest. The contest opens at 8am this Friday and runs until Thursday 26th June. Children will compete with their peers across Edinburgh for a chance to win some great prizes. Click here to join the contest, if you have any questions or need help joining contact lynsey@sumdog.com.

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!…

NRICH Enriching Mathematics Project

The NRICH Project aims to enrich the mathematical experiences of all learners. NRICH is a team of qualified teachers who are also practitioners in RICH mathematical thinking. NRICH promotes the learning of mathematics through problem solving.

We provide engaging problems, linked to the curriculum, with support for teachers in the classroom. Lynne McClure has mapped NRICH activities to the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence first and second level experiences and outcomes, and Susan Ronnie from Kirklandneuk Primary School updated Lynne’s original document. The new version can be downloaded here.

At NRICH we believe that:

  • Our activities can provoke mathematical thinking.
  • Students can learn by exploring, noticing and discussing.
  • This can lead to conjecturing, explaining, generalising, convincing and proof.
  • In a classroom, the students’ role is to focus on the mathematics while the teacher focusses on the learners.
  • The teacher should aim to do for students only what they cannot yet do for themselves.