The Digital Learning and Teaching team will be at this year’s SLF with an exciting offering of activities available to all delegates across both days.
Visit the Education Scotland Stand
The Education Scotland stand will host a schedule of Glow focused activities available on both days. Digital is about supporting learning and teaching so we have arranged a timetable of inspirational and practical sessions for you to join in, learn something new and take your experiences back to the classroom.
To allow you to plan ahead we have put together a timetable of activity which will take place on both days. You can find this below.
On day 2 of SLF visit the STEM expo in the Lomond Auditorium. The team will be leading the Tinker Table to help you can build, create, design and inspire ideas to embed digital in every day learning and teaching.
Sessions run from 10.45 – 11.30 and again 13.15 – 14.00
We look forward to welcoming you to the Scottish Learning Festival.
ES Stand schedule:
|10:00||Improve workload and workflow
Come along and find out about the benefits of using Glow tools to save you valuable time and move towards a better work/life balance.
|Capturing Pupil Voice
Learn about formative assessment tools to capture the learning of young people to inform next steps and give them feedback.
|Internet Safety and Cyber Resilience
Understand the latest risks and threats and gain access to a wide range of resources, support and guidance through Glow.
Create and share interactive stories, animations, personal accounts, presentations and more through the use of Glow tools.
Use Glow tools to share and celebrate pupil learning and build digital learning portfolios.
Drones are devices which fly without a pilot on board – they are remotely controlled, either manually (perhaps from a mobile smartphone or tablet) or through programmed instructions. They can be very large and heavy (often carrying cameras, with a big battery capacity to enable long range in the air), or small, lightweight and able to be carried in the hand (with very limited battery capacity and air time but more suited to indoor use in a classroom). Devices suitable for the classroom will be lightweight and cause little issue if they fall from flying. Larger outdoor devices require more risk management and an understanding of the legal requirements as to where and how they can be deployed (for UK legislation about the use of drones see https://www.caa.co.uk/Consumers/Unmanned-aircraft-and-drones/ and https://dronesafe.uk/drone-code/
What can you do with Drones in the Classroom?
Drones provide an engaging way to develop mathematical and spatial concepts in the classroom – position, distance and movement in a real 3D environment, the classroom itself. Using coding to program a drone to take off, perform pre-planned movements and land safely, requires learners to put into practice measurement of distance, angle/turn, and spatial awareness – extending skills in coding programmable floor robots in another dimension.
Drones in the English Classroom – a podcast, with a verbatim transcript, of an interview with Santha Walters and on the blog by Vicki Davis about the experiences of getting started using drones in an English language classroom to teach writing, collaboration and more. There is helpful advice about how to get started, developing understanding of safety issues when having flying devices in the classroom, how to build on enthusiasm of the learners themselves to give them greater ownership of their learning, and handy technical tips for using drones in the classroom.
Learning Takes to the Skies – a blogpost by Matthew Lynch about using drones in the classroom. This describes the different skills being which are learned when using drones in a classroom setting and gives examples of drones in different curricular areas as well as cross-curricular.
Click on this link to browse various Tweets which have been shared about uses of drones which have application in educational contexts.
What do I need to get started?
So you’d need a drone (such as ones aimed at classroom use provided by companies like Parrot). And you’d need a smartphone or tablet device (such as an iPad or Android tablet) with an app (such as Tynker, Apple Swift Playgrounds or SpheroEdu) which controls the drone. Once these are connected the rest is down to what you are trying to teach – and the scenarios you wish to set up to support learning in a context. Can your learners program the drone to take off, make the outline of a square in the air and then land? Can they make different shapes in the air? Can they make the drone flip upside down? Can they go to above a specific location on the floor, hover, then move to another location before returning to precisely the same as the take-off point?
Here’s a video “Coding with students – Using Tynker and coding with Drones” by Richard Poth – showing how to use the Parrot Mambo minidrone using the Tynker app in a classroom.
As one of the key priorities in education, Developing the Young Workforce related contributions will feature prominently again at the SLF 2018 (19 – 10 September, SCCC, Glasgow). This year’s main focus will be on School-Employer Partnerships and STEM related learning around DYW.
Here is a list of key seminars:
Wednesday, 19 September
|Title||Presenters/education establishment||Room/ Time|
|School-employer and Local Authority partnerships: A partnership approach to delivering DYW||Donald MacLeod, Western Isles||Carron 1
|School-employer partnerships: Planning, sustaining and developing a whole school strategic partnership: what works and why?||Peter Smith, Wallace High School, Stirling||Carron 1,
|STEM/Numeracy: Linking the maths curriculum to the world of work||Alessio Gusmeroli, Skills Development Scotland||Dochart 1,
|School-employer partnerships: Collaborative multi-agency approach to DYW||Gill Geddes, Peebles High School, Scottish Borders||Carron 1, 14.00|
|Profiling in the context of DYW: New guidance and My World of Work toolkit||Klaus Mayer, Education Scotland and Derek Hawthorne, SDS||Carron 1,
Thursday, 20 September
Download our DYW Flyer with all related seminars here: SLF 18 DYW seminar flyer
Access the full SLF programme here: https://education.gov.scot/Documents/SLF2018conferenceprogramme.pdf
Register for the SLF and book your seminars here.
The Angus STEM Festival featured shows from Aberdeen and Dundee Science Centres, as well as Generation Science alongside interactive workshops and stalls presented by local colleges, universities and STEM employers.
Organised by Raising Aspirations in Science Education (RAiSE) and Developing the Young Workforce (DYW), the festival also aimed to highlight the science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) career pathways available within Angus.
Jonathon Brown, the RAiSE Primary Science Development Officer, said: “It was a wonderful day and we were incredibly pleased with the numbers attending and the enthusiasm and participation from the young people and their families. These fun, informative sessions really help bring science to life and engage young people.”
Visitors were surveyed, with more than 90% reporting that the festival made them more interested in a future career in STEM and that it had increased their interest in STEM subjects. All of those questioned enjoyed the event.
RAiSE is a four-year pilot programme to increase the confidence and skills of teachers to teach effective and engaging primary science. More than 40 schools in Angus are engaged in the programme. It is funded and delivered by The Wood Foundation, Education Scotland and participating local authorities.
Calderglen High School’s Art, Design & Technology Faculty hosted its very first ‘Day of Design’. Initially inspired to participate in a Global Day of Design in order to raise the profile of the faculty, the team at Calderglen quickly grasped the opportunity to do more, much more!
Find out more in the school’s Day of Design Newsletter about their exciting partnership with Notosh and Scottish Power to challenge their pupils in problem solving and solution focused thinking in the school’s
This is the first in a series of four opportunities which allows DYW representatives, teachers and educators to gain in-depth insight into what SP Energy Networks look for in candidates.
The event will take place on 28 March 2018 and will run twice on that day. Attendees will have the choice of either a morning slot from 9-12 noon or an afternoon slot from 1-4pm.
The programme as follows:
- Two sessions per day AM/PM with 32 places open for registration on each.
- 30 minute presentation/interaction session on SP Energy Network activities and talent pipelines we have including Graduate, Craft Apprenticeship, Power Engineering, Engineering Foundation and Year in Industry programmes.
- 1 hour tour of the training centre inclusive of a hand skill and overhead line demonstration.
- Concludes with a 30 minute question and answer session.
The event will take place at the SPEN Training Centre in Cumbernauld:
ScottishPower Energy Networks, Dealain House, 72 Napier Road, Wardpark, Cumbernauld, G68 0DF
Booking should be made in the first instance through the Marketplace website. If you do not have access to Marketplace then please register your interest by contacting Alison Nimmo, DYW West Lothian at: Animmo@dywled.org
Future events are being planned for the following dates: 13 June, 14 Sept, 16 Nov 2018.
DYW Regional Group in Moray involved 15 pupils to plan, film and edit 6 films for use in any educational context to show young people what career opportunities are available to them in growth sectors in the local authority.
The films are focussed on 6 Growth Sectors identified in the Moray Skills Framework launched in May 2017 by the Moray Council. We now would like the film to be used as much as possible to inform our young people better about potential career paths available to them – examples of usage may be at careers events; to assist with the delivery of courses within schools/colleges; to generally promote the Moray area for work etc.
Please follow the link below and scroll down to the section that says “Careers in Moray – Films for Educational Usage”.
Teachers, Lecturers and Employers are more than welcome to use them to show to our young people in Moray the Careers Available to them. Please can you pass on this email to any of your colleagues who would find it of value to see or use the films.
The films are also available on our YouTube page. Please click on the links below for each video.
- Early Learning and Childcare Sector Film – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVtmjGMz6bU
- Food, Drink & Tourism Sector Film – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KvdIsrynuhc
- Engineering Sector Film – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6SYWiz89Tc
- Creative Industries & IT – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txfUIjYhay0
- Business/Professional Services Sector Film – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8ruawNL-mo
- Land Based Sector Film – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mX77i4dvNdM
Also, if you haven’t yet noticed on our social media pages, there is a number of photos that were taken from our Moray’s Aspiring Film Trainee Awards (MAFTAs) on Monday evening. This event launched the films and recognised all of the pupils involved in the project. You can find these photos on the Facebook page “DYW More in Moray” – https://www.facebook.com/DYWMoreInMoray/.
The latest event in a series of workshops and events on career pathways and skills development in the land-base, aquaculture and environmental industries, will take place on Thursday, 14 December, Westerwood Hotel, Cumbernauld (10am – 3pm). (contact: 01738 310164 or Scotland@lantra.co.uk)
Two recent LANYRA career workshops run for SDS career staff, teachers, DYW regional groups etc. were held in Perth & Lanark. Here are the links to the presentations from industry speakers :
LANTRA’s website offers plenty of information on exciting and rewarding jobs in this industry sector, especially for Modern Apprentices. Find out more by signing up for our quarterly newsletter or contacting us LANTRA directly.
And: The new rural skills video has just been published and can be viewed on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omCE4wlikqo
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