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from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

The School of Engineering and Computing, University of the

West of Scotland would like to extend an invitation to join us

at our Paisley Campus for a CPD Away Day. Attendees will not

only be able to participate in our workshops but also have the

opportunity to network with colleagues from other Secondary

Schools and the University over a light lunch. To enable you to

plan for your CPD Away Day, we will ensure that your place is

confirmed by same day return of email.

To reserve your place please email:

Please contact Georgia Adam on 0141 848 3101 who will be happy to help with all enquiries. We look forward to welcoming you on campus.



Workshop focus is on detection of environmental radiation

where there would be an opportunity to use a range of stateof-

the-art radiation detector systems in order to learn how

these different systems can be used to locate and characterise

ionising radiation in our environment.


Session focus is on Arduino – programming for the real world.

The Arduino is an open software/hardware microprocessor

platform which can interact with the real world via digital and

analogue I/O using a variety of sensors, switches and actuators

(motors, servos, LEDs).


“An introduction to AVID Pro Tools for music and post

production” in support of the Music Technology National

awards will be provided through a tailored practical session.

In addition, AVID Pro Tools training and certification is available

at UWS presented by an AVID Certified Instructor.


Dr David O’Donnell, Lecturer in Nuclear Physics

Duncan Thomson, Programme Leader for Computer Networking

Colin Grassie, Lecturer in Music Technology.

Location: Paisley Campus

Date: Thursday 25th May 2017

Duration of workshop: 1000-1400 hours

Spaces available: Spaces are limited to 10 for each session

and given the anticipated popularity of the sessions, we will

offer places on a first-come, first-served basis.

Cost: We are delighted to be able to offer these ‘something

for the Teacher’ workshops with session fees waived on

this occasion to allow you to engage in hands-on activity

aligned to the Physics, Music or Computing Higher/ CfE /

National Qualifications.


The Big Bang Fair Scotland⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog


Location: Perth College UHI

Date: Tuesday 13 Jun, 2017

The Big Bang Near Me programme plays a vital role in inspiring the UK’s future scientists and engineers at a regional, local and school level. We encourage more people to take these subjects, as well as celebrating young people’s achievements in science and engineering through displaying their STEM projects and letting them talk with engineers and scientists, face to face.

The UK needs many more scientists and engineers and equipping young people with skills in science, technology, engineering and maths is key to their future employability. Students attending a Near Me fair really enjoy themselves too – with nine out of ten rating the event they attended as “good” or “very good”.

Zones will include:

  • Engineering
  • Construction
  • Food and Drink
  • Science and Maths
  • Career Zone – Companies to provide careers advise in their sector.
  • 15 minute presentation slots available to address small groups of young people.

There will also be a chance to experience a selection of STEM challenges available to schools including the ‘turbo charged’ National Final of the Bloodhound Scotland Rocket Car Challenge and Scottish Big Bang Competition final.

If you would like to attend this event please contact Energy Skills Partnership at



Apps for Good Scottish Event⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog


Apps for Good is an education movement that is powering a generation to change their world with technology. We partner with teachers in schools and learning centres to deliver our course to young people from 8 -18 years of age. Students work together as teams to find real issues they care about and learn how to solve them using technology. Since 2010 Apps for Good has been delivered to over 75,000 students in more than 1,500 schools across the UK and internationally.

Join us to celebrate the next generation of Scotland’s tech entrepreneurs.

On Wednesday 15th March, over 100 students from across Scotland will travel to Edinburgh’s Quincentenary Conference Centre to participate in Apps for Good’s first ever Scottish event.

The event will bring together the next generation of digital talent in Scotland under one roof in the heart of Edinburgh’s city centre for a day of networking and workshops. Teams of young people are working together and creating apps to tackle the problems & issues which matter most to them, and the event will provide them with the opportunity to engage directly with a range of invited guests, and the other participating Scottish schools.

We’re inviting you to join the Marketplace part of the event from 2pm – 4pm, giving you the opportunity to walk around the room and meet the young people who have been working on their app ideas. The students will be keen to practice their pitch and listen to any feedback and advice that you may have. You will also be able to cast your vote in our People’s Choice Award which will allow us to recognise the top three teams.

We would love to see you there to celebrate all of our students’ hard work!

Our first ever Scottish event has been made possible after being awarded a grant from Digital Xtra, funded by the Scottish Government Digital Skills Business Excellence Partnership, who have provided Apps for Good with support to help us grow our after-school activities in Scotland.

Sign up via Eventbrite here

Mission to Mars iPad Event⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog


Mission to Mars is an inspiring, one-day, iPad event for schools and school leaders to provide excellent CPD and practical ways to take teaching and learning forward with iPad. The event will showcase the latest and most exciting tools for schools.

Glasgow 08.03.17

Edinburgh 31.01.17

This event will be a chance for schools to be inspired with ideas and hands-on experience of innovative and powerful ways to enhance teaching and learning for the students of today’s technological world.

This event is suitable for school teachers and leaders from both primary and secondary stages and across all subjects. It is suitable for schools at all stages of their iPad journey.

Workshop type – Keynote & practical, hands-on activities

Click here to book:

Tweet about this event! #M2M

UK Safer Internet Centre’s Online Safety Events⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog


Delivered by the South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL), and in partnership with the Scottish Government and local Child Protection Committees, Online Safety Live is a programme of events designed exclusively for professionals working with children and young people and they’re completely FREE.

The events are two hours long and cover a broad range of online safety topics. At the end of the event all delegates receive access to an online resource area containing links to all the materials mentioned, signposting to sources of help and support as well as a live copy of the presentation itself.

SWGfL are returning to Scotland in March this year to deliver sessions in the following areas:





East Ayrshire




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Scottish Education Awards 2017 Nominations Now Open – Learning Through Technology Award⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog


Learning Through Technology Award

The Scottish Education Awards recognise schools and centres that have developed a vibrant and progressive culture and climate of continuous innovation.

The culture and ethos should promote respect, ambition and achievement while improving outcomes for all learners in ways which eliminate inequity.

Do you know a school or centre that can respond to the statement above and in detail to the questions below? Then why not nominate them for the Learning Through Technology Award?

Nominations should include practical activities and projects that the school or centre has undertaken, detailing the impact these strategies have had on pupils, staff, parents and the community.

  • In which of the six areas of the technologies curriculum do you think your establishment is sector leading?
  • In what ways are learners using the technologies to develop skills for learning, life and work?
  • How is learning supported by the technologies in other curriculum areas?

Describe the outcomes of these approaches in terms of impact on:

  • children and young people
  • the whole school community
  • the wider community

Nominations close at 12 noon on Wednesday 15 February 2017


Teachers/STEM Ambassadors: Introduction to BBC micro:bit NXP East Kilbride⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog


NXP in East Kilbride (formerly Freescale) has a number of components on the micro:bit and they are keen to let teachers know more about the device, how to programme it and what it is capable of.  By matching their team of STEM Ambassadors with STEM Ambassadors from BT and other organisations, they are delighted to host this event on behalf of Science Connects.

This event will be held:

Date: Thursday 19th May

Time: 4 – 6:30pm (registration from 3:30pm)

Venue: NXP East Kilbride, G75 0TG

Teachers will have the opportunity to try out the devices in hands-on sessions with STEM Ambassadors and  this will be your opportunity to discuss with Ambassadors where micro:bits can be used to their full potential.  You can make the link with Ambassadors at this event and encourage them to visit your school to take ideas and projects further.

There are spaces for 35 secondary school teachers from all over the West of Scotland at this event, and they can be from any STEM related dept, not necessarily computing related.  However, due to space limitations we can only accept 1 teacher from each school.  Please liaise with your colleagues as to who is best to attend. If more than one wishes to attend please let me know and I will add names to a waiting list.

Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis so register on Eventbrite today, using this link.

Consultation – new “Skills for Work in the Textiles Industry” Qualification⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog


New textiles qualification – we need your views!

Skills for Work in the Textiles Industry

Working with colleagues in industry, colleges and schools, the Scottish Textiles Skills Partnership has identified an opportunity to develop a new qualification – Skills for Work in the Textiles Industry.

This new award will:-

  • introduce learners to a range of job roles within the textile manufacturing industry
  • develop their knowledge of the journey taken by textile products from raw material to finished product
  • develop practical skills used in the textile manufacturing industry
  • develop learners to become effective job seekers and employees
  • develop a positive and responsible attitude to work
  • develop communication and team-working skills

A Qualification Development Team – with representatives from schools, colleges and industry – has been working to draft the content of this proposed new award and we would like now to consult with the wider school and college community to get your feedback.

The survey can be accessed here and will take no more than 10 minutes to complete.

If you have any questions, please contact Fiona Kennedy at

Pass it on Week⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

PIOW 2016 Logo

How your school can get involved in Scotland’s most exciting environmental week

Get donating, swapping, sharing and repairing for Pass it on Week

Pass it on Week is Scotland’s annual week for helping the planet by keeping items in use for as long as possible – by passing things we no longer use on to someone else.

Why should my school get involved?

Extending the life of products has a massive environmental benefit, so Pass it on Week is a great opportunity to educate children about climate change in a really practical way by looking at the things we own and don’t use, thinking about the impact making things have on the planet and taking action to get the greatest possible use out of things.

What sort of things can I do?

You can do all kinds of activities for Pass it on Week:

  • Hold a swap shop with the pupils. This could be for books, DVDs, computer games, toys or clothes.
  • Hold a swap shop aimed at parents, for passing on or swapping school uniforms that children have grown out of, or items like football boots and other sports equipment.
  • Hold a charity donation – bring in the social benefits of passing things by collecting for a local charity.
  • Hold a second hand sale and raise money – for the school or another good cause.
  • Do basic repair sessions, such as showing children how to sew a button back on a piece of clothing.

What resources are available?

Get ideas – Download our Pass it on Week toolkit for ideas of what kind of event you could put on.

Plan your event – Download our ‘how-to’ guides for more info on planning a repair café, a swish, a table top/car boot sale, an upcycling workshop, a give box or a lending library.

Promote your event – We have a range of posters, including empty belly posters, general PIOW posters, ‘Donations Welcome’ posters for collections, specific posters for those holding either swap shops, repair sessions, a swish or upcycling workshops and web banners and email footer. Download them from our resources page (links in the right hand corner under ‘Related Items’).

Register you event online

You can register your event on the Pass it on Week website and let everyone know what you’re doing. We can also shout about it for you then – our national call to action will be to go to the website and find out what’s happening in your local area. Even if your event is not open to the general public, it’s still good to register it so local media can see what schools are doing in the area – you might get in the paper! Register your event in our online events listing.


If you’ve got any questions, please contact Miriam Adcock:

Play your part and enjoy Safer Internet Day on 9 February 2016⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

Safer Internet Day (SID) is the flagship event under the Better Internet for Kids strategy. What started as a European event under the EC Safer Internet Programme has turned to a huge International event that in 2015 reached more than 28 million people in Europe and 60 million worldwide. One out of three internet users are children!


From cyberbullying to social networking, each year Safer Internet Day aims to raise awareness of emerging online issues and chooses a topic reflecting current concerns. Thousands of exciting events and activities take place in all European countries and worldwide– with more than 100 countries taking part. The aim is to gather children, students, teachers, parents, policy makers, decision takers to engage, raise awareness and help to make internet not only safe but also a better environment to be in.

For SID 2016, the focus of the day is “Play your part for a better internet”, reflecting the fact that we all have a role to play. How can YOU play your part?

You can support the day by joining in the thunderclap campaign.

If you are active on twitter you can use a “special” badge – check here how to create your badge

Safer Internet Day on Twitter

When tweeting use these hashtags – #SID2016, #Iplaymypart and #playyourpart

To discover resources on online safety and more information about the network of European Safer Internet Centres visit the Better Internet for Kids portal.

To find out what is happening in your country check the Safer Internet Day website.