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Vocal Recall app for verbal feedback

Vocal Recall is a free app which allows you to capture audio and link it to pre-made QR codes. You can either purchase the codes or simply have them sent to your email address for free, in seconds. This is a really simple way to give learners feedback on their work and save time in the process! This app works on both Apple and Android devices. QR Codes can be read using a QR Reader or if you have updated to iOS 11 a QR reader is built in to the camera.

@vocalrecallapp has created an advent calendar template which could include a message behind each door and for more ideas…

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The company privacy policy can be found here but it is good practice not to record personal data where unnecessary.

Clermiston PS get involved with SIDUK 2018!

A guest post by Dana Henderson, Principal Teacher, Clermiston Primary School 

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On Friday 17th of November, there was a quite a bit of excitement at Clermiston Primary. Safer Internet Day UK (SIDUK) approached us and asked if we would like to be filmed for their 2018 education pack – we jumped at the chance as we use their videos every year. The packs are used all across the UK to teach children about internet safety. In fact, Peter from SID told us that last year over 1 million children watched their videos, which is VERY exciting!!

Peter, Chris and Gareth set up a mini film set in our ICT suite. It looked so different! We started off with a workshop about what kinds of games we play online, who we speak to and how we might react to people saying things to us. Peter showed us pictures from different games and social media, some we use all the time and some we’ve never heard of.

After the workshop, we all helped to make an advert for Safer Internet Day and then Peter chose 6 of us to film mini interviews based on how chatty we had been in the workshop. It must have been a difficult choice, as we all had something to share!

Chris and Gareth will now take the footage and edit it for the education packs that will be put on their website. We have also been invited to present at the SIDUK event at the City Chambers on Friday 8th of December. We can’t wait to see the finished product!

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Safer Internet Day

Tuesday 6th of February 2018

Safer Internet Day planning event Scotland

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Guest post by UK Safer Internet Centre

Event: Safer Internet Day Planning Scotland

Date: Friday 8th December 2017

Location: City Chambers, Edinburgh

Time: 11:00 – 13:00

Cost: Free

The UK Safer Internet Centre invites you to our Safer Internet Day planning event in Edinburgh.  Safer Internet Day is celebrated globally in February each year to empower children and young people to use technology responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively.

Safer Internet Day (SID) achieves a huge impact because of the collective activities of people right across the UK. Schools run sessions for students, parents and staff; companies engage with employees, customers and partners; police services, charities, government and wider reach out through their networks; celebrities add their voice; and individuals across the UK connect with their families and friends.

Co-ordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre, last year’s campaign reached 42% of children (aged 8-17) and 23% of parents in the UK. There were over a million views of SID video content, 70,000 tweets, and over half a million downloads of SID educational resources. We aim to make Safer Internet Day 2018 on February 6th even bigger and by working together we can have an incredible impact across Scotland.

Come along to our planning event at the historic Edinburgh City Chambers to hear directly from the UK Safer Internet Centre about the SID 2018 campaign. The BBC will be there to showcase a newly launched BBC online service aimed at helping 9-12’s safely and confidently explore digital spaces.  This event is a great opportunity to network, share and be inspired by others’ plans for the day. Whether you are a school, charity, public sector organisation or private company, there is something you can do to play a part in the day. We will be delighted if you can join us and a range of leading organisations as we plan for Safer Internet Day.  Please book here.

For more information, contact Jess McBeath: jess.mcbeath@swgfl.org.uk.

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

 

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.

Digital Leaders @ Fox Covert RC Primary

Ciara and Lucy, Digital Leaders at Fox Covert RC share their experiences of the iTeach Digital Leaders Lab in this week’s guest post!

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Fox Covert RC Primary Digital Leaders

In our school everyone is part of a pupil group. This year our Pupil Council and ICT Group joined together to become the Digital Leaders. At the start of the year we had a meeting to discuss what we wanted to achieve. Some of the ideas we came up with were; creating tutorials on how to use apps, making sure our iPads have the apps they are supposed to have and raising funds for new iPads.

One of our first jobs was to use Meraki to download the apps we needed. Then we organised the apps into folders so we could find them easily.

We found out that iTeach were planning their first Digital Leaders Lab in Scotland and we were very excited. The day of the trip we had to get to school by 8.20am because we had to travel to George Watson’s. When we got there we had snacks and were told what we were going to do. Digital Leaders from Tynecastle High School showed us iPad tricks and tips in small groups. Then we had a Kidsmeet. Digital Leaders from some of the schools showed everyone one they use. We prepared a short presentation showing how we use iMovie and even prepared a short trailer.

After that, we split into two workshops and learnt lots of interesting things. One of the workshops demonstrated how to use a robotic ball called Sphero, that you could program using the app Lightning Lab. The other workshop was about how to create trailers using iMovie. Ten of the children in our Digital Leaders Group attended the training. We learned a lot and thought it was a very successful event!

At assembly, we shared our experience with the other Digital Leaders and the rest of the school. We are planning our own Kidsmeet to share more tips and tricks with all of our classes. We would also like to arrange some drop-in sessions to show people how to use other apps.

Check out Fox Covert RC Primary’s guide to using iMovie and sample their wonderful work below!