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CPD course in Digitial Creativity: 23 November 2013: Edinburgh

Come along to Edinburgh University on Saturday 23rd November and learn about how to make web pages, edit videos, create computer game characters, design and print 3D objects, make mobile apps using Livecode or AppInventor, create visual programs or animations.  Lots of workshops for teachers of all subjects so please let your colleagues know (this time it’s not just the Computing teachers that get to have all the fun!).  There are also workshops that would interest Primary teachers.  All of the workshops involve free or open source software so you can then use what you learn back in class.
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You can choose up to two workshops (one am, one pm) from the following sessions:

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Vectorian Giotto is a powerful and free animation tool for creating 2D animations and interactive presentations. In this session you will explore the features of the tool whilst making short animations for science, literacy and foreign language, and discuss how the software can be applied to different curriculum areas. Animation is not just for art or computing classrooms, it can be an engaging medium across the curriculum.
Suitable for: Secondary teachers of all subjects at all levels.

Website Development
You will learn how to design and build your own website or web app using the latest web technologies including HTML5 and CSS3. No previous coding experience is necessary.  You will learn to code “by hand” using free open source tools.  By the end of the day, you will publish your new digital creation to the web and we will test it works across multiple platforms (desktops, tablets, smartphones).  After the session, we will keep your creation online, and we will show you how you can download it.  You’ll be ready to develop websites with your pupils as a way to consolidate learning or support topic or interdisciplinary learning.
Suitable for: Secondary teachers of all subjects at all levels.

Design and code behaviours for a video game character. This workshop will introduce the basics of programming for video games using the Python programming language. In this session you can create custom behaviours and animations for a video game character and build a virtual obstacle course.
Suitable for: Teachers of National 4 / National 5 Computing

MAKLab is Scotland’s first open access digital fabrication studio. During the workshop you can create a 3D model of an object of your choice in 3D software and then print the physical object on a 3D printer. The process of creating a 3D object is a memorable and meaningful learning experience. The cost of 3D printers has reduced and schools and local authorities are purchasing them as shared devices for use across the curriculum, particularly for product design, prototyping, model making and jewellery design.
Suitable for: Secondary teachers of all subjects at all levels, particularly CDT, Art and Computing.

Processing is an open source programing language, community and development environment. In this workshop you will learn how to rapidly demonstrate computational principles with striking interactive visual output. There will be scope to be responsive to the needs of the attendees and explore way of teaching elements of programming you find tricky. This will be hands on, fun and you will make something interesting.
Suitable for: Teachers of National 4 / National 5 Computing

Livecode is an easy to learn, open source, high level language for creating programs and mobile apps for a variety of platforms including Windows, iOS and Android. The LiveCode introductory session will take you through creating a short interactive eBook working with text, simple animation and using sound. You will then create a simple, side scrolling hot air balloon game working with moving background images to give the illusion of movement, controlling an on-screen element, and detecting collisions to collect bonus points or end the game when you collide with negative elements.These are activities that would be suitable for using with a National 4/5 Computing class. At the workshop you will also get resources for teaching Livecode with classes up to Higher level.
Suitable for: Teachers of National 4 / National 5 / Higher Computing plus other interested subject teachers

App Inventor
We have to provide students with an experience of Computing Science that’s not only accessible and exciting, but real world. What better way to do this than tapping into the mobile revolution? This workshop will provide an overview of the RSE/BCS Computing Science exemplification project and focus on how teachers might use “I Love My Smartphone” to introduce mobile app development in the classroom.
Suitable for: Teachers of National 4 Computing plus other interested subject teachers
This is a not for profit event.  If you have questions or queries about this event please email


English as an Additional Language on-line training opportunity

Are you looking for an English as an Additional Language or Ethnic Minority Achievement course, but can’t get the time out of school to complete it?

The EAL Academny have places  available for the September cohort of their on line course: Ethnic Minority Achievement. This is the only fully on line EMA course in the UK. Participants choose from a range of units according to their own needs. Discussion with other group members is crucial to developing a wider understanding of the issues affecting Black and Minority Ethnic pupils. Tutors guide this dialogue through discussion forums, which are central to each unit. Collaborative activities lead participants to successful approaches and effective practice, which are then tested and reported on by participants in their own institution. A range of units are available. The course starts with compulsory units on English as an Additional Language and Managing EAL and Ethnicity Data. Participants then choose a further four units from the following:

  • Refugees
  • Gender and Ethnicity
  • Parental and Community Engagement
  • Early Years and Diversity
  • African Caribbean and Mixed Heritage Achievement
  • Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Pupils

In response to course participant feedback they regularly add new units.  Currently they have units relating to Bangladeshi and East European achievement in development. The full six unit course costs £450 (exclusive of VAT) and gives a thorough and well supported grounding in ethnic minority achievement issues which are worked on at your own pace and in your own time.

The quality, experience and reputation of their trainers makes this CPD course one which is highly regarded throughout the education community both within the UK and abroad.

The EAL Academy has grown from the highly successful Islington EMAS team. It brings together specialists with expertise across the fields of English as an additional language, ethnic minority achievement and the teaching of academic language.

The team has extensive experience across primary and secondary phases and in special schools, and is currently engaged in sixth form work. It includes current and former school leaders, classroom practitioners, trainers and consultants.


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Promethean Webinars – improve your whiteboard skills

Promethean are offering a range of half hour webinars that you can log into at home and watch either live or watch the recorded session at a time that suits you. As long as you have registered you will be sent the live recording once the webinar is finished. 

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Tune in on-line to learn more about ActivInspire

 Have you been using ActivInspire, but find yourself lost? This session via webinar ** will provide you with a clear overview of each of the browsers and how to navigate through the program.

Date: Wednesday 27th February

Time: 8–8:45 p.m. (GMT)

The main objectives will be to (a)  Identify and explore the browsers in ActivInspire and (b)  Discover how to effectively use the features of each browser

Please register here:

** Think about a webinar as a way to attend a conference without leaving home. Using your computer and telephone, you can hear a presentation (like a conference call) and also see the presenter’s slides (watching over an internet connection). You won’t be able to see the presenter or the moderator, or others attending the program — and they won’t be able to see you. (A plus if you want to attend in your pajamas!)