Family Literacies: Learning in Scotland

A leaflet about family literacies is now available on the Scottish Government website. The leaflet says parents’ learning helps children’s learning.

Family literacies learning describes work with parents to develop their own literacy and numeracy capabilities so that they can support their children’s learning. It builds on what parents and carers already do with their children, whether babies or teenagers. There is no one definition or way of delivering family literacies learning, and it may take place in a broader family learning context. It can involve working with parents alone, or with parents and children together.

New help for teachers on dealing with epilepsy in the classroom

The Scotsman reports: 

“People see you differently,” says 15-year-old Beth Mackie. “The teachers who were there when it happened said it was really scary and they didn’t know what to do.

“I had a seizure in the hall and my teachers really panicked. It was chaos when I came round. The first time I woke up, I didn’t know what happened and there were people running around, people shouting.

An early guide to the condition was paid for by the then Scottish Executive in 2004 and later revised in line with the Education (Additional Support for Learning) Act 2004.

About 2,800 copies of the latest guide have gone to every primary and secondary in Scotland, and requests have been made for another 1,200 copies, including one from an epilepsy specialist nurse in Northern Ireland.

 

No longer sparkling

The popular site for teacher resources, Sparklebox, has been shut down. I am grateful to bloggers  Julie and Brenden for this information.

Here is an extract from Brenden’s blog summarising the reasons why this site is no longer available:

The owner and operator of Sparklebox, Samuel Kinge (formerly Daniel Kinge), was accused of and found guilty of making and possessing indecent images of children, including the “abuse of babies”. What we know so far is that he was discovered with over 400 of these images, but the media are still picking up the news so there may be more to come. Samuel was sentenced on the 8th of January 2010 to one year in prison, of which he will serve 6 months, and restricted internet use for 15 years. He had previous similar offenses, more details below. After the previous offence, he faked his own death using a social networking site (posting “Daniel Kinge died on November 18”) in order to change his name and reinvent himself.

That’s life in the 21st century unfortunately.

Edublogs Awards 2009

The nominations for the 2009 Edublog Awards are open! Now in their 6th year, the Edublog Awards celebrate the achievements of edubloggers, twitterers, podcasters, video makers, online communities, wiki hosts and other web based users of educational technology. This year Classroom 2.0 is co-hosting the awards, and Elluminate is supporting the event.

In order to nominate blogs for the 2009 Edublog Awards you link to them. Full details are on the Edublog Awards site.

Nominations: Close Tuesday 8 December!
Voting: Ends Wednesday 16 December!
Award Ceremony: Friday 18 December!

The categories are:

  • Best individual blog
  • Best individual tweeter
  • Best group blog
  • Best new blog
  • Best class blog
  • Best student blog
  • Best resource sharing blog
  • Most influential blog post
  • Most influential tweet / series of tweets / tweet based discussion
  • Best teacher blog
  • Best librarian / library blog
  • Best educational tech support blog
  • Best elearning / corporate education blog
  • Best educational use of audio
  • Best educational use of video / visual
  • Best educational wiki
  • Best educational use of a social networking service
  • Best educational use of a virtual world
  • Lifetime achievement
Have some fun!
P.S . My personal blog happens to have been nominated for the Best Teacher blog here. Very flattering.