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Google Education Roadshow @kingussiehigh #NDLW17 #digitaldifference⤴

from @ OllieBray.com

Kingussie Event - OB Keynote

Well it is the end of National Digital Learning Week in Scotland (#NDLW17).

I started the week by hosting and keynoting the Scottish leg of the Google in Education UK Roadshow at Kingussie High School and finished the week by having my latest resource 'Leading a Digital Learning Strategy' published by the Scottish College for Educational Leadership (SCEL) as part of their Framework for Education Leadership. More about that here.

The Google Event had a real buzz about it on Monday and it was great to have an opportunity to work with the wider roadshow team, who are currently touring the UK as part of the Google in Education Fuel the Future Tour. A special shout out must go to Louise Jones, Oli Trussell, James Leonard and Dean Stokes for their excellent presentations - I certainly learnt a lot and realised that there are lots more features within G-Suite for Education that we could be exploiting at school.

It was also great to have 20 local authorities represented at the event and a good blend between practitioners, local authority advisors and policy makers. I am interested to see what G-Suite looks like within Glow when it becomes available as part of the productivity suite in August this year.

Kingussie Google Event - May 2017

The theme of this years National Digital Learning Week was making a #digitaldifference and for a little school in the middle of the Cairngorm National Park I think we certainly punch well above our weight in terms of making a #digitaldifference. The map below is a nice illustration of just some of our influence in the last week.18527383_10158619884970702_49681753105711023_o

 

Google Education Roadshow @kingussiehigh #NDLW17 #digitaldifference⤴

from @ OllieBray.com

Kingussie Event - OB Keynote

Well it is the end of National Digital Learning Week in Scotland (#NDLW17).

I started the week by hosting and keynoting the Scottish leg of the Google in Education UK Roadshow at Kingussie High School and finished the week by having my latest resource 'Leading a Digital Learning Strategy' published by the Scottish College for Educational Leadership (SCEL) as part of their Framework for Education Leadership. More about that here.

The Google Event had a real buzz about it on Monday and it was great to have an opportunity to work with the wider roadshow team, who are currently touring the UK as part of the Google in Education Fuel the Future Tour. A special shout out must go to Louise Jones, Oli Trussell, James Leonard and Dean Stokes for their excellent presentations - I certainly learnt a lot and realised that there are lots more features within G-Suite for Education that we could be exploiting at school.

It was also great to have 20 local authorities represented at the event and a good blend between practitioners, local authority advisors and policy makers. I am interested to see what G-Suite looks like within Glow when it becomes available as part of the productivity suite in August this year.

Kingussie Google Event - May 2017

The theme of this years National Digital Learning Week was making a #digitaldifference and for a little school in the middle of the Cairngorm National Park I think we certainly punch well above our weight in terms of making a #digitaldifference. The map below is a nice illustration of just some of our influence in the last week.18527383_10158619884970702_49681753105711023_o

 

Open Education is Changing the Rules [Video]⤴

from @ OllieBray.com

OPen Education

Nice little video here on Open Education. Funny to think we are not pushing this more in Scottish Schools or that it doesn't seem to be part of any overall strategy (colleges and Universities are a lot further ahead of course).

We missed such a big opportunity at the start of the roll out of CfE - a real lack of vision and leadership from the top and perhaps a lack of understanding from those on the ground?

As Local Authorities (normally in their individual silos) across Scotland continue to invest in resource development and increasingly open and distance learning courses, perhaps the 'open' part needs to be the priority? At least insist that any money spent on resource development is done on the condition that the authors use a 'Creative Commons' Licence?

 

I strongly believe there is place for both Open and Commercial Education Products (in fact even commercial can be open!). 

Unfortunately, we still live in a society where so many good education tools get suppressed by their commercial rivals. Maybe BBC Jam isn't exactly a great (or particularly pure) example of an Open Education but its a good example of how the learner lots out in the long run and the public purse suffered as a result.

As we move into a position this year in Kingussie where we can start really thinking about how we digitise our curriculum to the maximum benefit of our leaners we will also aim to do this by opening up the resources we develop to the eider education community. 

Dead Man Cycling – the inspirational story of David Smith, MBE [@DSmithGB]⤴

from @ OllieBray.com

David Smith Bike

If you watch one thing on the television over the next 25 days then watch 'Dead Man Cycling'.

The hour long documentary tells the extraordinary story of Gold medal-winning Paralympian (and former Kingussie High School Pupil) David Smith, MBE. 

If you live in the UK you can watch the programme for the next 25 days on BBC iPlayer.

Gold medal-winning Paralympian David Smith has faced many struggles in his life and career. The professional karate champion, athlete, bobsleigh brakeman, rower and now cyclist faces the biggest battle - for his life.

David Smith was born with clubfoot and came close to having his feet amputated at birth. After spending his first three years learning to walk in special boots and plaster casts, a career in Olympic sport seemed doubtful. However, that was just a hurdle he needed to get over and it was not going to hold him back.

David from Aviemore in the Scottish Highlands, is nothing if not determined. Despite his disability, he has succeeded in following his sporting dream first representing the UK at karate, Scotland at athletics and the UK at bobsleigh before deciding that rowing offered him the best possible chance of living his dream of Paralympic stardom.

However, nine months before London, David was diagnosed with a rare tumour on his spinal column and battled to regain fitness after life threatening surgery. Determined to win gold again, this time in cycling in Rio, David received devastating news that the tumour had returned and another battle against the potentially lethal illness started.

Dead Man Cycling follows David over the 18 months before, during and after his second spinal surgery. It is an emotional story of David's sheer inner strength and utter determination as he fights to live and ultimately regain fitness.

Never known to do anything by halves, David sets himself the seemingly impossible goal of attempting to cycle one of the world's most notorious cycling climbs - Mont Ventoux. Not once, but three times in a day - all just six months post-surgery. But, will the Dead Man Cycling make it?

David's website is also really worth exploring. Not just to find out more about this extraordinary man but to explore some of his beliefs and routines that have allowed him to do so well. I particularly recommend the page (and sub-pages) on 'wellness'.

 

 

 

Practical Steps for Parents to Support Exam Results Day⤴

from @ OllieBray.com

ExamNews

Good advice from Skills Development Scotland that I have cross posted below. We are very pleased with the results at Kingussie High School - but not everyone will have got what they were looking for. The sound advice below will help you with your next steps - I'll also be in school this week if any current (or past) pupils need a hand with anything.

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[From: SDS / My World of Work]

It’s exam results day and your child might not have the results they hoped for or needed. Here are some practical steps you can take to support them:

1. Look for the positives

Be supportive. Reassure your child that they still have many options open to them; it might just mean that they take a different route to get the career they want. For example, instead of going to university to study engineering they might consider a Modern Apprenticeship.

2. Don’t rush a decision

The most important thing is not to panic. Encourage your child not to rush into any decisions. They need to take time to think about what they want to do next. My World of Work has advice to help them think about their next steps. My Strengths can help them see what they’re good at and offers career suggestions. They can also phone the Exam Results Helpline to speak to an adviser and talk about their options.

Exam Results Helpline

3. Let them take control

Resist the temptation to take the lead. Instead, encourage your child to research their options. If your child is feeling disappointed and worried, it’s good for them to take action and feel they’re actually working towards a solution themselves.

4. Understand the next steps

Understanding what options your child has can help you support them as they make their decision. We’ve listed a few below:

  • Appeals

    Your child's school or college can request a clerical check or marking review from the SQA as part of their Results Services. Don't wait too long as there are tight deadlines, particularly for pupils with conditional offers.

  • Clearing

    If your child didn’t get the results they needed for their chosen course, they could still get a place at college or university through Clearing. The important thing is to make sure your child doesn’t just grab the first thing they come across because it’s available and they have the grades. Encourage them to consider something they enjoy and make sure the courses on offer give them a definite route – if slightly different from first planned – towards their preferred career.

  • Resits

    Resitting exams in sixth year is always an option and having already been through a course, your child will have a very good idea of what’s actually required. College can also be a good option for resitting Highers. It’s a fresh start as well as a useful introduction to more independent study. Find out more about resits.

  • Modern Apprenticeships

    Your child might decide that they want to go straight into work and a Modern Apprenticeship (MA) is a chance for them to learn on the job and get a qualification at the same time. MAs cover over 70 different job areas including accountancy, engineering, journalism, ICT and sport and there’s no limit to where your child can go next. Find out more about Modern Apprenticeships.

  • Gap year

    A year spent travelling or working can add a great deal to a personal statement or CV. Sometimes it’s not just about getting the grades for a specific course or job. Working in hospitality, call centres or retail provides a valuable set of practical and soft skills that future employers, colleges and universities will look favourably upon.

What next?

Find more advice on how to help your child when they receive their results.

It’s also worth registering for a My World of Work account, which will give your child access to tools to help them with next steps.

[From: SDS / My World of Work]

New beginnings: Appointment as Headteacher – Kingussie High School⤴

from @ OllieBray.com

New Beginning

4th July 2013

An open letter to the pupils, parents / carers and staff at Kingussie High School and Grantown Grammar School

RE: With Sadness and Excitement…

I moved to Scotland from Plymouth in 1999 and spent a wonderful year living at Glenmore Lodge. It was the start of a long-term association with The Lodge and perhaps more importantly a relationship with the Cairngorms National Park and the Strathspey Valley. This area has always felt like home and over the years I’ve returned hundreds of times to visit lifelong friends and enjoy the beauty of the Cairngorms and the rapids of the River Spey.

In the turn of the millenia I had to move away from the Cairngorms in search of employment as a Teacher that was a little more substantial than casual supply work. I was eager to seek opportunities that would to allow me to move back ‘home’. As my career progressed in the central belt I first looked for Geography Teacher posts, then Head of Geography posts and then Faculty Head posts.

Finally, following a four-year secondment to our national education agency, Education Scotland where I was the National Adviser for Emerging Technology and three years as Depute Head at Musselburgh Grammar School in East Lothian. I applied for and was successfully appointed as Depute Head at Grantown Grammar School in June last year.

I can honestly say that the last 12 months at Grantown Grammar School has been the most enjoyable and rewarding of my professional career. I’ve had the opportunity to work with some wonderful young people, a passionate parent body and a dedicated teaching force, who are led by a hard working and kind Head Teacher, Irene Carson.

I feel genuinely sad to be leaving Grantown Grammar but I am equally excited to have been offered the Head Teacher post at Kingussie High School. A school which I have remained passionate about and interested in since assessing some of their Duke of Edinburgh Award Groups nearly 15 years ago!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody who I have worked with this year within the Grantown Grammar Learning Community and a further opportunity to introduce myself to members of my new Learning Community in the Kingussie High Associated School Group. I look forward to working with you and meeting as many of you face-to-face in due course.

End dates, start dates, contracts, paperwork, forms etc. are still to be confirmed / completed, so until we all know more - have a great summer (if it arrives!).

I am very much looking forward to my new adventure.

 

Ollie Bray

Twitter: @olliebray



A version of this letter also appeared in the Strathspey & Badenoch Herald on 4th July 2013.

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