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Apple Teacher widens its reach⤴

from @ The H-Blog

Last year, when the iPhone 7 was launched I think, I had been reading about the new Apple Teacher program and got quite excited about signing up – only to find out that I couldn’t because it was for the United States only. It did give a page to keep checking back on that they promised to update as the program became available in other countries or regions – and I had even been remembering to check! The last time I checked it was after we came back from the Christmas holidays, and I was still faced with the single line of availability: United States

Anyway, last Thursday, I got an email notifying me that the Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE) programme was open to applications again. Remembering the heft of the application last time, I thought I would have a quick glance to see what was involved this time. Imagine my surprise to find that being an exisiting Apple Teacher was a prerequisite to applying to be an ADE !

 

When I dug deeper into things, I found that the list of countries had been updated (on January 24th, just in time for BETT?) and now included Australia, Denmark, Hong Kong, Ireland, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, Sweden and the United Kingdom as well as the United States.

So obviously I had to go and have a look.

An early stumbling block you might face is to do with your Apple ID. The Apple Teacher site states pretty specifically that it’s your own personal Apple ID you’ve to sign up with, and not an ID provided by your establishment. That’s fine for people like me – who surf the wave of our copious IDs with ease – but for some other teachers it may prove a bit more challenging.

Once you are through the sign-up hoop, you will find yourself logged into the Apple Teacher Learning Centre. Pick your device of choice – esentially iOS or Mac – and there are a set of tutorials and quizzes for you to complete to become an Apple Teacher. I can’t speak for Mac, but the iOS ones were:

  • iPad
  • Pages for iPad
  • Keynote for iPad
  • Numbers for iPad
  • iMovie for iPad
  • Garageband for iPad
  • Productivity with iPad
  • Creativity with iPad

Having completed the quizzes for iOS, I can confirm that they are not pitched at “Expert” level, the main plank of evidence being that I managed to pass them all. I got a very nice, shiny email for my trouble:

 

Interestingly, passing quizzes opens up more quizzes and the interface itself is pretty user friendly – as you’d expect from Apple. I’m looking forward to seeing how the site and the program develop, that’s for sure.

If you’re interested, you can sign yourself up for Apple Teacher at:

http://www.apple.com/uk/education/apple-teacher/

My World of Work Ambassadors Programme⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

Ambassadors act as champions for Skills Development Scotland’s award-winning career information and advice web service My World of Work, helping spread the word of the support it offers to their friends, fellow pupils, teachers, parents and carers.

Background:  My World of Work

My World of Work’ is a free, easy-to-run programme with ready-made resources that provides career education benefits for pupils, teachers, parents, carers and the wider school community.

If you haven’t used My World of Work before, it’s a fantastic resource, packed with tools, advice and information empowering users to make informed, confident career decisions.    My World of Work complements the Career Management Skills framework and Career Education Standard. There are also dedicated partner and parent sections equipping teachers, parents and carers with resources, information and advice to support young people with career decisions.

Initially trialled with a number of schools as a pilot project in 2014, the programme has developed in collaboration with teachers and pupils and is now available to all secondary schools.

The Ambassadors programme: 

This is an initiative open to learners  who want to share their knowledge and expertise on My World of Work with others.

The benefits for pupils

By volunteering to be an Ambassador, pupils gain valuable experience and skills that are transferable to the world of work.

They’ll improve at problem solving, taking the lead, planning and organising, working as part of a team, communicating with people and of course, gaining a deeper understanding of their own career management skills.

Their experiences can be used to contribute to wider achievement awards, such as the Duke of Edinburgh Awards as well as adding weight to profiles, CVs and UCAS applications.

We all know how important that real life experience can be, and the advantage it offers young people.

You only have to read the story of one of our first Ambassadors Michael Clark, whose experiences as part of the programme helped him to land a Digital Marketing Modern Apprenticeship.

He was told during his interview for the job that the experience he gained as an Ambassador ‘stuck out’ giving him ‘amazing’ additions to his CV.

The benefits of this programme aren’t restricted to pupils though; teachers and the wider school community also stand to gain.

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Ambassadors are in-house experts on My World of Work.

They’re a resource for teachers, other pupils, parents, carers and support staff to get help making the most of the web service.

By promoting My World of Work and career management skills across the whole school, Ambassadors also contribute towards the delivery of national frameworks Developing the Young Workforce, the Career Education Standard, How Good is Our School 4 and of course, Curriculum for Excellence.

It also offers schools the chance to showcase pupil achievements in newsletters, on social media, in local media and at awards ceremonies.

The benefits for teachers

The programme also supports the continuing professional development of teachers.

The lead teacher or teachers can raise their profile inside and outside of school, as well as improve their networks, depending on the types of events that are organised.

It also offers the opportunity to gain experience outside of subject area expertise, particularly in leadership, project management, communication and the delivery of events.

Getting started

Teachers can find all the resources for the My World of Work Ambassadors programme in their My World of Work account as long as they are registered as a partner.

The scale of the programme can be adapted to suit individual schools and resources, and we’re already seeing some great examples of best practice.

At St Paul’s RC Academy in Dundee, Ambassadors are supporting S1 pupils after their move from primary school to create their own My World of Work accounts, and promoting the career education tools for primary 5 to 7 pupils with cluster primary schools.

The principle teacher responsible for Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) at St Andrews & St Brides High School in South Lanarkshire is ensuring succession management by running small groups of Ambassadors across the senior phase, ensuring expertise is retained as part of the culture of learning.

At Alva Academy in Clackmannanshire, the intention is to have one ‘lead’ Ambassador and up to 20 ‘subject’ Ambassadors to help link faculties and subjects directly to the extensive resources within My World of Work.

We also have a number of schools who prefer to start off ‘small’ with just a couple of Ambassadors to promote My World of Work at parents’ events. The important thing is that the programme works for the school and its pupils.

shirley-davison-pdiIf you have questions about getting started or want to find out more please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me on shirley.davison@sds.co.uk

 

Senior Phase Benchmarking Tool now available⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

What is this?

This tool has been developed to help you evaluate your current approach to planning the senior phase of the curriculum and to consider any necessary improvements/actions.

It can be used by stakeholders in their planning and, with staff, for professional development.

Who is this for?

​All stakeholders engaged in supporting young people in the senior phase.

Download(s)

PDF file: Senior phase benchmarking tool (1.24 MB)

Word file: Senior phase benchmarking actions (20 KB)

Career Education Standard – Learning Resources: An SDS update⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

CES Learning resMarie Lloyd works in Organisational Development at Skills Development Scotland and is part of a team working with Education Scotland to develop Career-long Professional Learning (CLPL) modules built around the Career Education Standard:  “We all want young people to go on to fulfilling careers when they leave school.”

Every day, through Curriculum for Excellence young people are learning skills for life and work. Supported by teachers and practitioners like you, they are making connections between what they learn in the classroom and how it applies to the world of work.

You are their support and Skills Development Scotland can be yours.

We are working closely with Education Scotland to develop a series of professional learning resources linked directly to the Career Education Standard. These will help you develop and maintain your awareness of the labour market, different learning and career pathways and the employability skills young people need to develop.

Whether you’re working at a nursery, in a primary or secondary setting, at a college, as a private training provider, a social worker, as part of the third sector or community learning and development, or in a specialist learning or residential setting – these resources are for you.

You can now access the first of what will be a suite of four modules through Education Scotland’s website.

It will help you to understand the purpose and aim of the Career Education Standard, the entitlements for children and young people and the role you’re expected to play along with parents and partners.

Two further modules will be added in April.

The first looks at Labour Market Information (LMI), the facts and figures that show us where job opportunities will be, and in what sectors in Scotland. For example, LMI tells us a predicted 11,000 BBC Make it Digitalnew jobs will open up each year until 2020 in Scotland’s digital technology sector. The module will provide you with an understanding of LMI, how to access it, how to use it in the classroom and the benefits it brings for a young person’s learning.

The second is on Career Management Skills (CMS). These are the skills that young people need to help them make informed career decisions throughout their lives. SDS Careers Advisers focus on identifying an individual’s career management skills, and those they need to develop further, during coaching sessions. These are also skills that can and should be developed across the curriculum as a day-to-day aspect of learning.

Homepage 1By the end of May the fourth and final resource will look at My World of Work and the resources it offers teachers and practitioners. My World of Work is already widely used by pastoral care and guidance staff but this resource will explore how all teachers can use it to access valuable information about learning and career pathways and the current and future labour market.

These four learning resources can be used independently, relatively informally with a small group of self-selected colleagues or more formally as part of an agreed area for improvement across a department or the whole school.

Through this process of awareness-raising and individual or collaborative reflection, we hope you will be better able to consider how the entitlements and expectations described in the Career Education Standard relate to your current practice and better equip you to more fully integrate learning about the world of work into your lessons in a way that is proportionate, manageable and sustainable.

Professional Recognition: Engineering STEM Learning⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

Professional Recognition is a means for teachers in Scotland to engage with Professional Enquiry at a master’s level in pedagogical or subject specific areas. Our year-long programme will allow teachers to gain Professional Recognition in an area of expertise which is accredited by Primary Engineer and moderated by the GTCS (General Teaching Council for Scotland). The programme is funded by Skills Development Scotland.

If you have taken part in a Primary Engineer training day you can undertake the Professional Rcognition for free. If you would like to find out more about the programme click on the link below.

 Professional Recognition

Live webcast: DYW – Equalities and Inclusion, 3 Feb 2016⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

RoadmapWhen is it?  Thursday, 3 February, 4 – 5 pm

Who is this for?  Head teachers, teachers,  employers, parents/carers and anyone one else interested/involved  in the development of career education from 3 -18.

Where?  Live on Glow TV

About the Glow Meet:

This interactive session will  bring you key information about the Equality and Inclusion agenda in connection with Developing the Young Workforce.

You will hear from Charlotte Govan, project officer for Improving Gender Balance with a particular focus on STEM career pathways. She will share some of the latest facts and initiatives with you and direct you to resources to help you develop this agenda in your specific context.

The session will also provide an overview of the ‘Modern Apprenticeships for All’ programme delivered by Oumar Akram from BEMIS.

Time will be set aside for you to ask questions about the presentations as well as the wider Developing the Young Workforce agenda.

Hope you can tune in and join us.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) – Free event for education professionals⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

FASD

Free Event for Education Professionals

10.00 – 15.00

17 November 2015

COSLA, Edinburgh, 19 Haymarket Yards, Edinburgh, EH12 5BH

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is the leading known preventable cause of permanent learning disability worldwide and is caused by maternal use of alcohol during pregnancy. Affected children can have a wide range of physical, growth and neurobehavioural problems which impact on their everyday lives and limit their independence.  Often teachers are the first professional to notice a child has difficulties.

As part of a programme of events over the last 4 years, the Scottish Government has arranged a free event for nursery and primary school teachers. The event’s keynote speaker is Dr Ana Hanlon-Dearman – a Developmental Paediatrician from the Manitoba FASD Centre in Canada. The Scottish Government has worked closely with Dr Hanlon-Dearman in moving FASD forward in Scotland. Dr Hanlon-Dearman has a wealth of experience working with schools in Manitoba, and will be discussing their work supporting children and young people, as well as tools that have proved successful.

For further information or to book a space on the event, please contact Jamie.garden@gov.scot 0131 244 4634.

Education Scotland Website links to Care Inspectorate ‘Hub’⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

Care Inspectorate

The Care Inspectorate’s ‘Hub’ offers a ‘one-stop-shop’ to help those working in the care sector, including those in childcare, keep up-to-date with good practice and policy, provides tools and guidance to help you carry out your own research and shares innovative practice, all designed to help improve professional practice, and, most importantly, benefit services.

Find below some of the key features of The Hub that can help you keep up-to-date with all the latest policy developments and resources available to support your everyday practice and ongoing knowledge of the care sector in Scotland.

Knowledge – a central library, wherever you are

Also available as a mobile version on mobile phones and tablets, The Hub’s Knowledge section is a portable online library for when you are out and about.

It provides a visual library of good practice and policy documents, with a user-friendly search function and detailed tagging options that allow you to search the library for the publications most relevant to your work.

A series of policy portals encourage you to browse the major developments in policy areas related to the services the Care Inspectorate regulates and inspects.

The Knowledge section also features the weekly Adult and Health or Children and Young People Bulletins to keep you up-to-date on the latest news in the sector, and has a built-in newsfeed from the Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (IRISS).

This complements a range of research tools to help you carry out your own research, including an embedded Social Services Knowledge Scotland (SSKS) search portal and a series of IRISS resources to support evidence-based work practice.

There is also a new section on the National Care Standards, which the Care Inspectorate uses to check the quality of care services and contain lots of information on what a service must do or provide to make sure that you or someone you know experiences a good quality service.

Innovation – hear the voice of people using services

The Hub’s Innovation section features a collection of video case studies that showcase innovation and good practice taking place in care services across Scotland, highlighting the positive experiences of people using these services. These videos will be regularly updated over the coming months.

Anyone who has experienced excellent care or services that believe they’re delivering something innovative can submit their story to The Hub for consideration.

Improvement – supporting continuous improvement

Aimed at supporting continuous improvement in the delivery of care services, The Hub’s Improvement section features information on Centres for Excellence courses and training.

It also has toolkits and resources produced by the Care Inspectorate, the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC), Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS), Education Scotland and NHS Education for Scotland (NES).

My Account

New to The Hub, My Account is a password protected area of the site that allows users to save documents and create their own personalised library of resources.

You can access The Hub via Education Scotland’s ELCC page of the website.