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End of term Christmas ICT activities

For those of you looking for some festive activities for the last few days, you might be interested in these free resources produced by the website StudyLadder.  Normally, you have to create an account to get your hands on their resources, but there is no sign-in necessary for these ones.  There’s absolutely tons of them!

Grateful thanks to Sandra O’Neill at CALL Scotland for sharing these resources.


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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.
For more information and to book, go to

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


ICT news – May 2013 update

Have a look at the East Lothian Schools ICT Newsletter to find out what is going on in the authority. As always, we are happy to hear from you if you have any questions, suggestions or concerns.


Active learning Classroom resources Technology Tools

Earn £20 trying out the new ‘Magic Cloud’ ICT toy

The Magic Cloud is a soft (cloud shaped) cushion that you plug into a computer (USB). When small tags are placed on or near the Cloud, the computer detects them and plays digital media you have chosen e.g. a picture or video recording.  By sticking the tags on an object of your choice, you can link any object to any media on the computer e.g. a clay model linked to a child talking about it.  The software has been designed for children as young as 4 years to author independently. 

Andrew Manches (co-director PlingToys) is looking for P1 to P3 teachers to take part in a focus group to create ‘activity suggestions’ for using the Magic Cloud across the curriculum.  He can offer £20 per teacher for an hour session, which will be held in an informal venue. In the session, participants will play with the Magic Cloud and Andrew will ask for your ideas on how is might be used to address CfE objectives. Whilst the tool emphasises creativity, feedback from teachers has been for specific curriculum activity suggestions.

 If you are interested please email He will then email you with a list of possible times (evenings) for the focus group. As well as the £20, he  hopes this offers an interesting opportunity to play with a new form of digital technology (Near Field Communication / RFID).