The Scotsman reports that workers at East Lothian’s Had-Fab have recreated an iconic New York photo to celebrate the start of Book Week Scotland.
Using Edinburgh as a backdrop, staff from the Had-Fab steel fabrication firm based in Tranent, remade the ‘Lunch Atop a Skyscraper’ photo, originally taken during construction of the GE Building in 1932
Following a 2012 inspection which highlighted that “Children’s use of a range of technologies in their learning is impressive”, staff from Ormiston Primary were asked to contribute a talk to the recent annual conference of the Scottish Centre for Studies in School Administration.
The session, by Helen Gardyne and Kirsty Dunn, was recorded and is available on the EDUtalk web site here, or you can listen below. It’s full of interesting examples of the use of ICT to improve learning; from the use of simple web publishing to raise awareness of evaluating web sources, through to use of on-line tools to support collaborative learning activities.
I.C.T. for Teachers Not Techies!
SCSSA Helen Gardyne & Kirsty Dunn I.C.T. for Teachers Not Techies!
Helen Gardyne HT and Kirsty Dunn from Ormiston Primary School, taking about ICT across their school and Chromebooks in the classroom.
Everybody learns new things each day. It’s important to exercise your brain and expand it’s capacity. Many gifted students go to www.thelangschool.org to improve their academic skills and become professionals one day.
Recording from Scottish Centre for Studies in School Administration Conference: Information and Communications Technology in the Classroom – Making a Difference to Pupil Learning
East Lothian Council is responding to the national shortage of supply teachers by appealing to registered teachers currently not working to consider a return to the profession.
Education and Children’s Wellbeing spokesperson Councillor Shamin Akhtar says:
‘There are people out there with teaching qualifications that they are not currently using. I know of mums, for example, who have taken time out to bring up families, who might now be thinking of how to get back into teaching.
‘The supply teacher shortage is impacting on us in East Lothian in the same way that it is affecting the rest of Scotland. We are really keen to attract more teachers back into the profession, particularly into the area of supply teaching. This involves them in providing both planned and unplanned cover in respect of a range of teacher absences. The nature of supply work is such that it provides the opportunity to work flexibly with the teacher being able to carry out both short and long term supply at times that suit their own personal circumstances. Sometimes work is allocated well in advance of the date required but at other times it can be at the last minute, depending on the nature of the cover required.
‘Irrespective of the number of hours you are available to work, we would love to hear from you. We know that some of you won’t have taught for a while, so we will be offering a package of training and support to help you.
‘The shortage of supply teachers is beginning to bite so we would really like to hear now from anyone with teaching experience who is interested in supply teaching with us.
Book Week Scotland is a week-long celebration of books and reading that takes place every November.
Book Week Scotland 2014 will take place from Monday 24 – Sunday 30 November 2014.
During Book Week, people of all ages and walks of life will come together in libraries, schools, community venues and workplaces to share and enjoy books and reading. They will be joined in this celebration by Scotland’s authors, poets, playwrights, storytellers and illustrators to bring a packed programme of events and projects to life.
Book Week Scotland is run by Scottish Book Trust and supported by partners all over Scotland.
Articles in the Simple English Wikipedia use fewer words and easier grammar than the ordinary English Wikipedia. The Simple English Wikipedia is also for people with different needs, such as students, children, adults with learning difficulties, and people who are trying to learn English. Other people may use the Simple English Wikipedia because simple language helps them to understand unfamiliar topics or complex ideas. Source
The Simple English Wikipedia has been created by, in effect “translating” normal English Wikipedia pages into simpler language. There aren’t Simple English versions of every page, but with over 100,000 articles it still has articles on a wide range of topics.
Early Learning & Getting Ready for oakleigh school
– early years’ practitioners’ event – last chance to book your place!
Friday 7 November 2014
1pm – 3.30pm
Fisherrow Community Centre
This event is part of a festival of learning and sharing about how we achieve the best possible start for all children. The Early Development Instrument (EDI) results show that 40% of pre-school children in the Musselburgh cluster are vulnerable in terms to being ready to learn when they start school. We look at what’s been put in place to address this and where we go next. Join Darrin Nightingale, Eileen Scott, Kate Woodman, Rosemary Geddes and other early years’ specialists for inputs and discussions.
With all of these projects seeking to provide various educational components freely and openly, it’s exciting to see the different ways that educators from all levels have begun to interact with them. EduWiki is a conference designed in part to showcase the newest and most innovative educational collaborations with Wikimedia in the UK.
You can find out more about Ally and some of the learning opportunities Wikimedia presents by listening to her Radio Edutalk interview with John Johnston (@johnjohnston) here:
Glow now has a different login screen, shown left, and the login process has changed. What’s going on – and does it matter?
The Glow login screen has been redesigned, with three large tiles which you can use without logging in:
The Glow Connect tile links to a public blog which serves as a one-stop-shop for information about Glow changes.
The Glow Services tile links to a page on the Glow Connect blog with a summary of some key services: Office 365, RM Unify, WordPress blogs and Broadcasting.
The Glow Events tile links to a page on the Glow Connect blog which is the new home of Glow TV.
Following the shutdown of the old system, Glow now uses RM Unify to manage the login process.
The sign-in box looks different, but uses the same username and password. You can ignore the “@Glow” bit, and just enter your existing username and password.
When you log in to the new system for the first time, you’ll be asked to provide an alternative email address for password recovery. That’s simply to enable Glow to send out a new password by email. Either a school email address, or an eduBuzz Google Apps email address, would be fine for that, but there’s nothing to stop you choosing to use a home email address if you want.
In response to demand from educators, Google have started a dedicated email newsletter.
The first ever Google for Education newsletter
Educators have told us they want to learn about new tools, ideas and training to inspire their students. So today we’re launching the Google for Education newsletter. We’re sending you this first edition because we either met you at an event or you opted in to receive emails from Google for Education.
Since this is our first newsletter, we’d love to hear how we can make it better. Let us know what information and stories you would like to see in future editions.