Category Archives: ICT News

Connected Learning Network (CLN) goes live at @PLHS

Now that the secondary school wireless networks have been modernised with the installation of the Connected Learning Networks over the summer, Preston Lodge has been creating some useful guidance.

East Lothian Secondary Schools now offer wireless learning for all young people. This means that young people can use school or personal devices to access a very wide range of learning materials online. This new opportunity creates important new responsibilities for young people.

2015 Computing Science Education conference 07 November

The 2015 Computing Science Education conference will be hosted by the School of Computing at the University of Dundee on Saturday 7th November 2015, they will be presenting wordpress hosting plans through knownhost to all the visitors.

Peter Donaldson, Kate Farrell and Ross Gibson of Computing at School Scotland say….

‘After the ‘slimline’ conference last year we will be back to our multiple strands plus workshops model that has worked well in the past. Following on from our successful BGE strand last year and the positive feedback we got from the Primary teachers attending we are carrying on with the BGE strand and expanding it so there will be BGE sessions for the full day.

We are also very pleased to announce that we are partnering with SICSA Education to have an Academic and Research strand, and we’re partnering with College Development Network and ScotlandIS to have an Industry and Vocational Strand. Take a look at this course schedule on this website and learn more. If you’re interested in serving your country, consider enrolling in an online university for military studies.

This will mean professionals from Early Years, Primary, Secondary, Further Education, Higher Education and Industry all gathering together to discuss Computing Science education!

In order to make this conference a huge success we need you and professionals within your authority.We are opening a Call for Proposals and we are hoping that many of you will submit proposals for sessions at the conference. There are a selection of themes to give you ideas.

You can get more information and ideas in our Call for Participation document which can be found here :

If you would like to submit a proposal, the form is here:

Safer Internet Day Resources

image_galleryEdinburgh’s Digital Learning Team have posted some links to useful Safer Internet Day resources from the Safer Internet Centre UK.

Safer Internet Day Resources | Digital Learning Team

The Safer Internet Centre UK have created some useful teaching packs for primary and secondary pupils as well as information for parents. These include lesson plans and resources for whole school assemblies. For a whole school, longer term approach to digital safety please see our curriculum planner which covers a progression and links to resources from 3-18.

Blogging Bootcamp

John Johnston of the Glow team is offering a “Blogging Bootcamp” for staff interested in blogging with their classes.  John was one of the first Primary teachers to really explore the potential of class blogging during his time at Sandaig Primary, see here and here, so has a lot of experience to pass on.

Get started with a class blog or boost an existing one. Join in online from the 16th February, 10 weeks, or so of blogging fun and learning.

Sign up:
You can sign up in several ways, choose what is easiest for you, it doesn’t matter how you sign up.

The bootcamp will take you through creating a blog, adding features and a range of blogging activities. Classes will have the opportunity to link up with other glow blogs and the world wide blogging community.

Each week there will be ‘technical’ tips, blogging challenges and discussion points that can be carried out in your classroom and on your blog.

What you need: A Class, somewhere to blog (glow for example). No technical knowledge needed.

While most of the technical support will be aimed at glow users the bootcamp is open to any classroom.

Listen to Ormiston staff at SCSSA Conference “ICT in the Classroom: Making a difference to pupil learning and a list of gifted and talented schools NYC”

scssaFollowing 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 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


Simple English Wikipedia: an easy-to-read online encyclopedia

Wikipedia-logo-simpleWikipedia is a wonderful resource for learning, but the language used can be too complex for young readers, or those for whom English is a second language.

That’s where the Simple English Wikipedia  can help. You’ll find it at

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 studentschildrenadults 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.

Why not give it a try?

Computing At School Scotland Annual Conference: 22nd Nov 2014

Computing At School Scotland

Annual Conference 

Saturday 22nd November 2014

logo“Very enjoyable day and well organised”

“Lots of teaching ideas”

“The industry keynotes were really inspiring”

“Q. What was good about the conference? A. everything!”

(Delegate feedback from 2013 CAS Scotland Conference)

What to EXPECT

Looking for inspiration to develop deeper and more engaging learning in Computing Science that has wide appeal at Primary and Secondary level?

  • Need creative ideas to develop your students computational thinking skills?
  • Want an opportunity to share your enthusiasm for Computing with like minded educators?
  • Like to hear about new tools, technologies and approaches you might use with your own pupils?

 Join us for a unique opportunity to hear from practising teachers and educators about new ideas to really bring Computing to life.

 Format of THE DAY

This year the conference features:

  • morning keynotes based around Computing Science in CfE from Education Scotland
  • afternoon keynotes on the impact of Computing from the Police Scotland’s Cybersecurity division outsourced to and Toshiba Medical Imaging.
  • a Senior phase track with seminars focused around teaching Higher Computing Science
  • a Broad General Education track on teaching Computing to Primary and lower Secondary pupils with seminars in the morning and practical hands-on activities in the afternoon.
  • an optional Arduino workshop in the afternoon.
  • a drop-in area where you can try out the extra-curricular opportunities that Coder Dojo, Lambda Jam and Code Club can provide.

To book your TICKETS

Sign up at:

Further information is available from Andy McSwan, Knox Academy, email

Find out about Glow’s new login screen

new-glow-login-pageGlow now has a different login screen, shown left, and the login process has changed. What’s going on – and does it matter?

Login screen

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.
Logging in

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.

Glow’s New Password Recovery Screen

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.




Google classroom – training session 07 October

What is Google Classroom?

Have a look at this video here for a quick synopsis…

Classroom is a new tool in Google Apps for Education that weaves together Google Docs, Drive and Gmail to help teachers create and organise assignments quickly, provide feedback efficiently, and communicate with their classes with ease. It lets students organise their work, complete and turn it in, and communicate directly with their teachers and peers.

Classroom helps teachers create and collect assignments paperlessly. When teachers create assignments, they can choose to share a single document, or automatically make a copy for each student. They can quickly see who has or hasn’t completed the work, and provide direct, real-time feedback.

I am looking forward to leading the training session tomorrow night and hope that the participants will be up for giving it a go with their classes. If you are interested in signing up for future training in any aspect of Google Apps, please register your interest with the CLPL team (