Category Archives: Active learning

‘Discovering Digital World’ Roadshow for s1-s3 pupils

Students in your region are invited to join us this spring for the “Discovering Digital World” roadshow series. An innovative event, FREE to attend for students in S1 – S3, produced by Young Scot in association with My World of Work.

The roadshows will showcase the exciting possibilities of a career in digital technology through hands on workshops and more. We will be welcoming groups of 15 or 30 students for registration and a travel contribution/ discount will be made available.

*Full programme details to be announced soon.*

This won’t be a regular run-of-the-mill careers fair, it will be an opportunity for students to get hands on with workshops, masterclasses and engaging demonstrations testing out products and dabbling in coding, designing and developing. Students will meet a whole range of employers and find out routes in to the industry, including career choices and opportunities. Students will find out just how rewarding a career in digital and tech is, with job earnings regularly above the national average.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/discovering-digital-world-tickets-20140391453

The invitation to attend is open to all students S1 – S3 and we would like to reach out to teachers to register, the event may be most suitable for students studying:

• Computing
• Computer Science
• Art & Design
• Media Studies
• Business Education
• Any STEM subject

Morning and afternoon sessions are open on the following dates:

• Aberdeen: 29/02
• Dundee: 03/03
• Oban: 11/03
• Inverness: 14/03
• Dumfries: 22/03
Edinburgh: 19/04
• Galashiels: 22/04
• Glasgow: 26/04

If you know of schools that aren’t able to make it along for one of the events – don’t worry, there’ll be other ways to get involved! We will be filming the events, hosting a live-streaming session and hosting Q&A sessions with employers on social media.

Full details for schools to register can be found here:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/discovering-digital-world-tickets-20140391453

Or for any questions about any aspects of the project please contact:
Sean Scott / Programme Co-ordinator at – seans@young.scot

Earn £20 trying out the new ‘Magic Cloud’ ICT toy

The Magic Cloud is a soft (cloud shaped) cushion that you plug into a computer (USB). When small tags are placed on or near the Cloud, the computer detects them and plays digital media you have chosen e.g. a picture or video recording.  By sticking the tags on an object of your choice, you can link any object to any media on the computer e.g. a clay model linked to a child talking about it.  The software has been designed for children as young as 4 years to author independently. 

Andrew Manches (co-director PlingToys) is looking for P1 to P3 teachers to take part in a focus group to create ‘activity suggestions’ for using the Magic Cloud across the curriculum.  He can offer £20 per teacher for an hour session, which will be held in an informal venue. In the session, participants will play with the Magic Cloud and Andrew will ask for your ideas on how is might be used to address CfE objectives. Whilst the tool emphasises creativity, feedback from teachers has been for specific curriculum activity suggestions.

 If you are interested please email andrew@plingtoys.com. He will then email you with a list of possible times (evenings) for the focus group. As well as the £20, he  hopes this offers an interesting opportunity to play with a new form of digital technology (Near Field Communication / RFID).

 

 

 

 

 

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Is your interactive whiteboard being used to it’s fullest potential?

 

If not, here’s your chance to get some great tips!

Teaching Literacy interactively  May 26  ECS190 4:15 – 5:30 Knox Academy

Teaching Numeracy interactively June 1  ECS189  4:15 – 5:30 Knox Academy

The trainer will run through the basic tools within ActivInspire software and demonstrate how a flipchart can easily be created using resources available within ActivInspire.  The focus will be on Literacy (session 1) and Numeracy (session 2).  Participants will learn how to find ready made numeracy and literacy flipcharts on Promethean Planet and how to download them to use in the classroom.  Useful tips will be provided on how to get pupils involved in the learning by actively engaging with the whiteboard activity.

This will be a hands on session allowing staff to ask questions while using the ActivInspire software.  Suitable for all Primary teachers with little or some experience.  Sign up on the CPDshare blog

Snow day activities

 

Aberdeenshire had so many snow days last year that a Glow Snow Group was created.  Pupils were able to log in to Glow and keep in touch with classmates and their teacher by posting stories, photos, doing quizzes and using Glow Chat.  Feedback from teachers was that their pupils spent many happy hours out having fun in the snow and then  logged into Glow to share their experiences.  Have a look at the Aberdeen Snow Glow Group for ideas  – could prove useful as it looks like we may have many more snowy days ahead!

(Photo credit:  MG Shelton – Flickr)