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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 andrew@plingtoys.com. 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).

 

 

 

 

 

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Create a classroom banner using Microsoft Publisher

 ‘Banner’ is a popular piece of software that can be found in the Applications folder on Windows XP computers in primary schools.  All new computers are now operating on Windows 7 and the ‘Banner’ software is not compatible.  There is no money available to buy purpose specific software but there is a solution to this…at no extra cost.

 You can use Microsoft Publisher 2010 to design and print out a banner.  Full instructions can be found here

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New maths tool available…..

Microsoft Mathematics provides a graphing calculator that plots in 2D and 3D, step-by-step equation solving, and useful tools to help students with maths and science studies.

It provides a set of mathematical tools that help pupils get school work done quickly and easily. Microsoft Mathematics is designed to work just like a handheld calculator., students can learn to solve equations step-by-step while gaining a better understanding of fundamental concepts in pre-algebra, algebra, trigonometry, physics, chemistry, and calculus.

If you are interested in trying this out email ithelpdesk@eastlothian.gov.uk to request installation.

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Free “Directory of Open Access Journals” has over 5000 journals

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The Directory of Open Access Journals (http://www.doaj.org/) offers free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals in a wide range of subjects.

At a time of increasing pressure on school budgets, it’s good to hear that the directory has now reached the milestone of 5000 journals in  all subjects and languages.

Some possible uses in school include:

  • staff research and professional development : you can browse 340 Education Journals here, for example
  • making learning relevant: connections can be made with current real-world issues
  • student research: especially in fast-moving subjects
  • career guidance: journals are a good way to find out about possible future study subjects