Is your interactive whiteboard being used to it’s fullest potential?


If not, here’s your chance to get some great tips!

Teaching Literacy interactively  May 26  ECS190 4:15 – 5:30 Knox Academy

Teaching Numeracy interactively June 1  ECS189  4:15 – 5:30 Knox Academy

The trainer will run through the basic tools within ActivInspire software and demonstrate how a flipchart can easily be created using resources available within ActivInspire.  The focus will be on Literacy (session 1) and Numeracy (session 2).  Participants will learn how to find ready made numeracy and literacy flipcharts on Promethean Planet and how to download them to use in the classroom.  Useful tips will be provided on how to get pupils involved in the learning by actively engaging with the whiteboard activity.

This will be a hands on session allowing staff to ask questions while using the ActivInspire software.  Suitable for all Primary teachers with little or some experience.  Sign up on the CPDshare blog

ICT Conference place on offer May 20, 2011

   The MIICE (?Measuring the Impact of ICT in Children’s Education) conference will be held at the University of West of Scotland, Paisley on May 20.  Have a look at the agenda  –  ??there are some thought provoking items on it and  lively discussions are guaranteed to ensue. East Lothian Council has two free places for any staff that have a specific interest in this topic.  Transport will be provided.  If you would like to attend, email  Shirley Lawson, Education ICT officer

Ode to ma wee sleekit iPhone…

 The Scottish Government has launched a free iPhone app which contains the complete works of the Bard in a searchable database – over 550 poems and songs in total.

It also features a glossary to help those unfamiliar with the Scots terms used, a guide to the traditional haggis supper and biographical information about the 18th century poet’s short but eventful life.

Culture Minister, Fiona Hyslop said: “This app uses the very latest technology to bring Burns firmly into the 21st century, with his enduring messages of human equality and international brotherhood now available to iPhone users the world over.”  Promoting Burns is a key part of the SNP Government’s marketing strategy, with the new £21million Birthplace Museum in Ayrshire set to open to the public this week.

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 to request installation.

Is your Interactive Whiteboard projector working?

There’s a new support and maintenance contract in place as of today so you can log a call with Matrix Display to get it fixed.  You will find information here on quick fix solutions before calling the Helpdesk number and some really useful good practice tips on looking after your equipment.  Pass the word on!