All posts by David Gilmour

Learning Technologist East Lothian Council

Using SoundCloud To Record and Share Audios

If you wish to create and share audios on the Internet, one of the easiest ways you can do this is with SoundCloud.

SoundCloud was originally created to share music, but it can be used for audio recordings you want to make with your class.

In this short Blog Post, I will show you how to do the following:

1.   Create A SoundCloud Profile
2.   Upload Audio Using Your Computer
3.   Upload Audio on Your Tablet or SmartPhone
4.   Embed Audio From SoundCloud in Your Blog

I hope you find this useful and would love to see what you can do with it.   If you click here you can see an of the first audios I did with St Martin’s Primary School. Continue reading Using SoundCloud To Record and Share Audios

Get Your Head Round Scratch – in Under 2 Minutes

catLearning to make a computer do what you want – known as programming or coding – is notoriously tricky. That’s why the people at MIT developed Scratch, a program to enable children to start learning, using the same approach as building Lego models.  This video provides an excellent overview of what it can do, and how it works.

You’ll find Scratch is installed on school computers, and can also now be used in a browser from the web site.

Featured image by Torriano Junior School.

Knox Academy Tots and Teens: an in-school pre-nursery

Knox Academy
Knox Academy

Haddington’s Knox Academy has, for the past two years, been running Tots and Teens, an innovative in-school pre-nursery staffed partly by secondary students.

The students will typically complete 39 hours work experience, providing an opportunity to develop a range of skills including working independently, communicating and taking responsibility. A qualification is earned, from Edinburgh College, for successful completion of the course.

This short video has been made by the award-winning Knox Kid Witness News students to enable others to learn from the Knox experience of running this new development. You can read a more detailed report on the Knox Academy web site.

New 2014 Theme: Ideal for Magazine Style Sites

 2014 Theme Screenshot
2014 Theme Screenshot

With the recent update of WordPress to V3.8, we now have the new default 2014 theme available. It has been developed to support a magazine style layout, such as shown here.

In 2014, our default theme lets you create a responsive magazine website with a sleek, modern design. Feature your favorite homepage content in either a grid or a slider. Use the three widget areas to customize your website, and change your content’s layout with a full-width page template and a contributor page to show off your authors. Creating a magazine website with WordPress has never been easier.

If you’re interested in using it, and need help getting started please contact  or leave  comment.