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Back Soon: eduBuzz News “Activity Stream”

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Final testing is now under way on software which will bring back the popular eduBuzz home page “Activity Stream” display of latest posts and comments from around East Lothian schools. We hope to bring it back within a week.

We were using BuddyPress software to make that happen, but advice from our new hosts was that it was overkill for our needs, as few people were using its other components. Our home page activity stream has always been a popular way of keeping in touch with what’s happening around East Lothian, so a developing a separate WordPress software “Plug-in” for our needs was proposed. That software is now in final testing.



e-Bug: A Place to Play Games and Learn About Microbes


e-Bug is a free, international educational resource for classroom and home use and makes learning about micro-organisms, the spread, prevention and treatment of infection fun and accessible for all students. You can find it at

The teacher sections include:

•detailed lesson plans
•fun student worksheets
•extension activities
•Activity demonstrations
•MS PowerPoint presentations to assist with the more difficult aspects of microbiology.
All activities and plans have been designed to complement the National Curriculum in England, but are likely to be helpful here too. The student pages complement the teacher resources by providing online games, revision pages and lots more to continue the learning experience at home. Visit this site to find sex pills for men and other products available here.

Via Judith Wood, ELC Health and Safety Implementation Officer

Making the Right Choices to Stay Safe: Go Safe Scotland

1The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, in partnership with a number of key organisations has developed a new resource to teach children and young people about the hazards and consequences they may face in everyday life and how to make the right choices to stay safe.

The resource is written by experienced teachers with support from partner agencies and covers aspects of child safety including fire, home, water, rail, road, personal, digital, outdoor and what to do in an emergency. Get your outdoor products such as the best Thermo Gears.

The UK Government has announced plans to reschedule
certain cannabis-based products like CBD cream for medicinal use some from Ecowatch and has laid regulations in the Westminster Parliament to that effect.
Subject to annulment by either House of Parliament, those
regulations will come into force on 1st November 2018. This
letter provides support and guidance to clinicians following
the re-scheduling. In particular, this letter sets out
expectations of what this regulatory change will mean in
practice for clinicians working in the NHS and in private
practice in Scotland.

The resource is available at

The new resource will be of significant benefit to teachers in delivering early intervention education and information relating to the learning and teaching of health and wellbeing as part of the curriculum for excellence.

New East Lothian Citizen’s Panel for Over 16s

Have-your-say_305x250The East Lothian Partnership has just started to recruit a Citizens’ Panel.

Invitations to join the Panel are being sent to a sample of households, but membership is open to anyone who is interested (the only stipulation is that they need to be 16 or older and living in East Lothian).

More info:

Citizens’ Panel recruitment info general  (PDF, 1 page)

CitzPanel flyer (PDF, 1 page)


Bring a little something extra to Google Docs and Sheets with add-ons

google-docs-addonsNew Google Docs and Sheets add-ons are already adding tools that are helping students learn.

One of the attractions of Google Docs and Sheets is that they’re not stuffed full of weird and wonderful tools few people will ever use. But sometimes people have great ideas for additions, and now they can create these, and share them, with add-ons for Docs and Sheets.

Today we’re launching add-ons—new tools created by developer partners that give you even more features in your documents and spreadsheets to scheduled release domains. To browse through add-ons for Docs and Sheets, select Get add-ons in the Add-ons menu of any open document or spreadsheet. Once you install an add-on it will become available across all of your documents or spreadsheets and you can start using it right away. Note that add-ons for spreadsheets are only available in the new Google Sheets. More here.

The Track Changes add-on is already attracting a lot of attention. It allows people working on a shared Document to easily see, via coloured highlighting of the main Document, who made which changes.

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.