Category Archives: Ideas

TeachMeet comes to East Lothian

TeachMeet is coming to East Lothian!! It’s about time the teachers of East Lothian got together to have our own TeachMeet.

What is TeachMeet? TeachMeet is an informal gathering of teachers. The idea is to network and share ideas. Anyone can come. Anyone can present. Ideally, these presentations should be about what’s going on in classrooms. Have a look at the this great movie from BrainPop which explains it better than I can…
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What’s with the CfE tagline? TeachMeets have often focused on the use of ICT in classrooms in the past. While this is clearly important, we’d like to try and broaden the spectrum a little for our TeachMeet. We’d like to encourage presentations on any new ideas teachers have been trying out in our classrooms, whether they involve technology or not. This is why we’ve given our TeachMeet the ‘curriculumforexcellenceedition’ tag line.

When and where is it? It’s on Thursday 4th February 2010 from 6pm to 8pm at the Scottish Seabird Centre in North Berwick.

What can I do? You can just come along and listen and chat, please sign up though. You could sign up to give a 2 minute presentation, or even a 7 minute presentation. Or, you could sponsor the event.

I hope this all makes sense, if not please give me a shout.

See you there?

Scotland’s History Online

A new online portal has been launched to help pupils, teachers and the general public learn more about Scotland’s history.

Scotland’s History Online covers a range of subjects, from prehistoric through to 21st Century Scotland. With more than 200 topics that include links to over 1,000 other online sources and a wide range of interactive supporting materials, the resource could be one of the best of its kind anywhere in the world.

The website was developed by Learning and Teaching Scotland working extensively with a number of prominent historians and education bodies. Click on this link to access the site

There is also an audit model available for planning the Scottish Dimension of your Social Studies experience and outcomes to ensure a coherent and progressive experience  click here to access

Using YouTube

If you’re anything like me, you’ll be really glad that YouTube is unblocked in our schools, but often struggle to find something to do with it! There are so many videos on the site it can be really hard to find something useful – especially when you’re looking for ideas and don’t even know what you’re searching for.

This is why I was delighted to find out that Ideas to Inspire have assembled a large number of YouTube videos which you could use in your classroom.

I thought it was worth drawing particular attention to the following video from the presentation on this blog. It seems to sum up what we are trying to do with Curriculum for Excellence and also demonstrates that we are not alone.