Have you caught the most recent LTS Research Round-Up? Some points of interest include:
I’ve also recently discovered the Teaching and Learning Research Programme’s Research Briefings. These are excellent summaries of the work which has been carried out under the Teaching and Learning Research Programme. Some highlights include:
Check out the new Scottish Government website which aims to support and encourage employers engaging with Young People.
LTS have added a new Science resource to Glow:
Glow Science is a new video-based learning resource designed to enhance pupils’ understanding of science in the modern world. Glow Science can be used in many different ways to support the Sciences experiences and outcomes as well as other areas of Curriculum for Excellence.
The first module to be released focuses on the Human Body and covers topics such as: brain, heart, pregnancy, senses, muscles, lungs, hormones.
The resource includes an area for teachers to provide ideas and tips on using the videos in the classroom.
Additional modules will be added to Glow Science covering the universe, chemistry, physics, biology, earth science, geology and weather to form a visual encyclopedia of engaging video clips that will help enrich the teaching and learning experience.
To log in to Glow Science click here:
If you don’t have a Glow login but want to find out more, click here:
Cast your mind back to the early stages of CfE, and you may remember that the ethos and life of the school as a community is described as the starting point for learning. But it’s not an easy thing to monitor and develop. That’s where A RIGHT blether, an exciting new development from Scotland’s Children’s Commissioner, Tam Baillie, could help.
Tam’s hosting a series of events around the country to launch a RIGHT blether. It’s a Scotland-wide project aimed at involving thousands of children of all ages – early years to 18 – in informing his work over the next four years. Yesterday’s Edinburgh event featured a contribution from CfE architect Professor Brian Boyd, who explained how conversations of this type not only underpinned CfE, they also helped promote cognitive development.
Tam explained that the strategic aims were to:
- raise awareness of UNCRC
- safeguard rights
- develop involvement and participation
Through a RIGHT blether, children would be able to:
- participate in votes, in various settings, with resource packs available
- create using words, photos, art or drama to tell him about their RIGHT brilliant thing – an example from their school or community where their rights are being respected
- meet Tam on his Commissioner’s Tour, either in person or on DVD
- vote throughout November 2010 on issues that most affect them, such as their homes, their learning environment in clubs or school, their neighbourhood and county
- celebrate the 21st anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child this November
If you’d like to find out more, visit http://www.arightblether.co.uk or contact David Gilmour, Lisa Shine or Sheila Laing.
Hands On: Using Museum Objects in the Classroom
Time 1.30pm – 3.30pm
Friday 26th February 2010
Museum of Flight
Do you want to learn about different ways of using museum objects? Have you considered the cross-curricular potential of a Victorian tin bath, or a 1960s mini-skirt?! This course will look at these issues and show you practical, easy ways of using simple objects to tell stories, inspire and excite.
This course will be tailored to those teachers participating, and will look at relevant curriculum topics, as well as passing on more general knowledge and skills. Each participant will be issued with a copy of ‘Hands On’, a booklet produced by Museums Galleries Scotland and will have a chance to explore Concorde as part of the session.
On completion of the course, participants will:
- Be confident about using museum objects in the classroom
- Have gained skills and knowledge associated with using objects for topics such as Romans, Vikings, Victorians, ‘When Gran was a Girl’ and WW2
- Be able to take back practical examples and activities to their classrooms
- Learn more about how schools can utilize museum resources
- Hands-on Introduction to Museum Objects
- Practice techniques and skills associated with using museum objects
- Explore topical loan boxes and other resources available from museums
- Group work to plan dissemination in schools
- Visit Concorde and put your new found skills to the test!
Cakes, tea and coffee provided!
If you’d like to come along, please email firstname.lastname@example.org