fromconcrete2cookers 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.
Edinburgh City Libraries have introduced ‘Library2go’, 24 hour access to hundreds of eBooks and audio books for free to read or listen to on your computer or mobile device. All you need is your library card, bar code number and pin number. (You may have to visit your local library and ask for your membership to be changed to include eBook usage.)
Up to 5 books can be checked out on to your device for 7, 14 or 21 days. Once the lending period has expired the book will check itself back in to the library – you don’t have to do anything.
You can access eBooks via ‘OverDrive’ on your computer (click here for info) or on an iOS or Android device by installing the appropriate app. iOS Device (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch) click here, Android device click here.
iPads These devices are the market leaders for tablets(£400). They have a fantastic interface, a multitude of educational apps and they are intuitive to use as highlighted in this article about their use in an Edinburgh school.
At the moment, the management of these devices does have some issues. They are not designed to be shared and require frequent ‘syncing’ . They are also linked to an apple ‘account’ and you need to carefully consider how many accounts you use and how they are allocated.
Android Tablets Android tablets are the main other alternative to iPads and their market share is increasing all the time. They are generally cheaper than iPads and also have many apps but the app store is not regulated so the apps can be of varying quality. The Toshiba tablets (AT-100 and
can be purchased whith management software which controls which apps and websites pupils can use.
Laptops/Notebooks Notebooks are just small laptops that are very affordable. The disadvantage is that they are not very powerful so in a couple of years they may run slowly and the small keyboards can be unsuitable for older pupils or large amounts of typing.
The difference in price between Laptops and Desktops has reduced considerably in recent years in terms of performance and price. Macbooks are more expensive but they remove the need for anti virus software
Ultrabooks are the latest generation of lightweght ultra thin laptops which are currently expensive
Chromebooks are provided by Google and allow you to access the internet 8 seconds after you switch them on. They include on-line technical support and a break fix contract for either £15 per month over 3 years or a 1 year deal at £350 each. They can only be used for on-line resources.
Prezi is a great free online tool for presenting. Teachers and students can sign up for an education account here. Prezi offers a unique way to create and share information and these can embedded in glow.
Prezi also has an app. which means that presentations can be created and shared on mobile devices.
Here are some examples of useful prezis others have made: