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Book now! 7 Nov: Early Learning & Getting Ready for School – early years’ practitioners’ event

Boy and girl playing with puzzles at a nursery table
Photo by MKJ Photography

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.

Book your place now! Email or phone 01620 829 947.

Booking closes on 3 November 2014

Cross-posted from eduBuzz What’s On?

Wiki*edia Projects in Schools, for Teachers – and a Hallowe’en TeachMeet!

EduWikiScreencap This Friday at 2pm, teachers in the Edinburgh area are invited to join an exciting open session at the fully-booked EduWiki Conference 2014.

TMeduwikiAnd if you can’t make that, there’s also an Edu Wiki Hallowe’en Edition TeachMeet at 7pm in Edinburgh. More on that, incuding sign-up link, here

Photo of Daria Cybulska, WMUK Programme Manager
Daria Cybulska, WMUK Programme Manager

The 2pm session,  Workshop C: Wiki*edia Projects in Schools (for students under 18) is led by Daria Cybulska, Wiki Media UK Programme Manager.

If you’re interested, you’re encouraged to contact Ally Crockford at



Ally Crockford: Cropped still taken from File:National_Library_of_Scotland_-_The_GLAM-Wiki_Revolution.webm by Joe Sutherland and User:Rock drum (CC-BY 3.0) for use in publicising the EduWiki Conference

Ally Crockford, Wikimedian in Residence at the National Library of Scotland explains the connection in a guest post on the Engage for Education site.

There’sWikivoyageWikidataWikiversityWikinewsWikiquote, and Wiktionary, too. They’re all hosted by the Wikimedia Foundation, a non-profit organisation that develops and maintains the open content on these sites provided free of charge.

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:



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 (




New “Google for Education” Newsletter

google_logo_41 for Education

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.

You can read the first edition as a PDF here: Welcome to the Google for Education newsletter

It includes the sign-up link, or you can just sign-up now here.