Tag Archives: Technology

Tackling the Technology Gender Gap Together 2017⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

Wednesday 29th March 2017 – 09.30am until 2.30pm (including lunch and networking)  University of Strathclyde’s Technology & Innovation Centre,  99 George Street Glasgow G1 1RD

The theme of this event is to share good practice, and for you to take away new ideas and approaches to encouraging more women into technology.  During the event you will hear from schools, tech clubs, colleges, universities and employers who have all been successful in engaging and supporting females into digital technology.  Ms Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP, Minister for Higher Education, Further Education and Science, will also present a ministerial address highlighting the importance of tackling the gender gap.

This is an opportunity to:

  • Hear about best practice from organisations who have been successful in encouraging females in digital technology
  • Attend workshops that will allow you to discuss and learn more about these successful strategies and how you can incorporate them into your own plans
  • Network and form new partnerships with organisations who could support your own gender plans and strategies
  • Discuss how we can jointly work towards making a real and lasting impact in this area

To secure your place at this event please register here where you can view agenda and workshops

Apps for Good Scottish Event⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

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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

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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:  http://mars.xma.co.uk/index.php

Tweet about this event! #M2M

Office Lens….through a lens!⤴

from @ The H-Blog

It’s been a while since I blogged (a freshly minted child and 2 house moves will do that kind of thing to you….) but I saw something this week that made me think “People need to know about that. I should stick it on my blog.” Given how inactive I’ve been on here for so long, there may be a fundamental flaw in my logic there, but we’re going to let that slide for the moment….

 

Office Lens – did I mention it was free?

 

The thing that I saw was down to Ian Stuart. I had been asking some questions about OneNote and Class Notebook, and obviously Ian is the Go-To-Guy for such queries. He came out to visit me at school (many thanks Ian!) and ran through a few things with me. One of them was the amazing set of ‘Learning Tools’ available as a plugin for OneNote, and given our iOS situation he showed me the free Office Lens app too, but gave the caveat that it was only available in an iPhone version – although this could be used on the iPad like many iPhone apps.

After I got home, I went to download Office Lens to my iPad and found out that the info Ian had given me was inaccurate. There was an iPad version of Office Lens available! Turns out that it had literally just been released that day. I must have been one of the very first people to download it
(and did I mention it was free?).

So what does it do?

Well, put simply, if you have a piece of text, you point Office Lens at it, take a photo of it and it will then read it to you and also covert it into an editable document. See the pics below for an idea of how it works.

 

First, frame your document in the camera, and capture an image using the onscreen red button.

A thumbnail will be displayed of the image you just captured. You can now take more pictures, if you have more pages to scan.

Choose where you want the image to be sent.

Let’s start with the Immersive Reader.

The conversion is reasonably quick, on a decent signal at least.

Immersive Reader provides a clean and pretty clutter free interface.

Press the play button, and the text will be read out to you. The speed of the reading can be varied to suit your individual needs.

          

The current word being spoken is highlighted as it is read, and you can make the speech faster or slower to suit.

Did I mention it was free? And we’re not finished yet…..

If you have a compatible OneDrive account – like I don’t know, a school account or through Glow – then you can upload the scanned document to Word through OneDrive….

…where it just happens to become fully editable text. As with any OCR technology, it’s not perfect – but it is pretty good.

As an easy to use app which is simple and user friendly, it’s mightily impressive. And did I mention it was free? Get it for iOS at http://tiny.cc/OfficeLens

It’s also available as an Android or Windows (naturally) app, but I haven’t seen them up and running. Definitely worth a look though.

So, that’s Lens. What about ‘through a lens’?

Well, an interesting thing happened when I was showing a colleague how Lens worked. This technology, which would have been jaw-dropping a couple of years ago say, is free to download and easy to use – and I’m listening to myself say “Yeah – it’s a shame you can’t change the colour of the background it’s reading from, or how the highlighting works. And I wish you could add a Scottish accent….”

And then I stopped and listened to myself. I smiled, and thought about what the app is capable of and what our reaction was to seeing. And it’s a telling glimpse of where we are. We are insatiable. It doesn’t matter how good a piece of software, or hardware or work is, we always want it to do more, be more, achieve more. Which is good, in a way, and where progress and improvement comes from. But sometimes you just need to stop for a minute and say good job, well done.

So Microsoft; good job, well done.

Raspberry Pi Code Club Free Training⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

Science Connects is delighted to host The Raspberry Pi Foundation at the University of Glasgow for a Raspberry Pi CPD training workshop based around Code Club. During this session you will learn to understand key programming concepts and apply them using Scratch.

This introductory workshop is suitable for Primary teachers and Secondary teachers with no prior knowledge of coding.  Upon Completion of this course you will be a “Raspberry Pi certified educator”. 

This is free CPD course for teachers and STEM Ambassadors and will be held: Glasgow University, 10th January, 5:00 -7:30pm

To Register please go to the Eventbrite page at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/raspberry-pi-code-club-training-tickets-29741372245

 This is free CPD course for teachers – http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/projects/raspberrypi/

Google Expeditions⤴

from @ John's World Wide Wall Display

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In early October my school had a visit from Google Expeditions. I’d been contacted to see if I would be interested and jumped at the chance.

Google Expeditions are a 3D VR ‘experience’ using google cardboard. I’d tried a few mobile apps using cardboard before but not in a classroom setting.

The plan was we would choose Expeditions that would fit into our learning.

On the day Kostas from Google turned up in Banton having traveled on public transport with the whole kit in a backpack. This consisted of one tablet, one router, a set of android phones with a google cardboard for each phone.

Expeditions are a set of several 3D VR ‘images’ that can be looked around. The images are broadcast from the tablet ( or a phone) to other devices on the local network. The Tablet is handled by the ‘leader’ the phones by the ‘explorers’. The leader controls which image/space the explorers see. The leader’s non-3D view includes some notes and discussion points.

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The devices need to be connected to the same network but they do not need to be online. The scenes are ‘served’ from the tablet. The tablet does need to be online at some point to download the scenes in preparation.

When in a space the explorers can look around by turning their heads or bodies. Moving forward and backwards has no effect.

The leader cannot control where the explores look in a scene but double tapping will show the explorers an arrow pointing to the object tapped (we saw that explorers would always follow these arrows).

We had chosen a couple of Expeditions that would fit with out learning, but did have the chance to explore quite a few.

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The pupils were very engaged immediately, the images are surprisingly ‘hyper real’ and the experience of turning round or just moving your head was delightful.

We collated some pupil responses on the class blog: Around the World in a Cardboard Box.

I’d chosen the spaces we looked at at fairly short notice, one did not really fit with my expectations the other was linked to a topic we had not then started. So for the point of view of linking into the learning and teaching I hadn’t planed well enough. From the point of view of exploring potential new technology and giving the pupils a glimpse of the near future.

I’d also feel that the resources might be a bit more valuable after the initial excitement had died down and the pupils used the system more than once.

So how would we use this past an exciting but brief test. Although the kit is relative inexpensive a class set would still be an major resource for even a large school.

I suppose it could be a share resource for a group of schools or local authority.

I wonder too if it could be used on a smaller scale, with less devices. At the end of last month I was talking to Will Tuft on Radio #EDutalk about ‘The immersive classroom’, this involves setting up classroom experiences, for example the aftermath of a hurricane, with props and tasks. I wonder could the cardboard be part of some such class. For example a group of ‘divers’ could take it in turns to put on the googles and explore the sea.

It could also just be used by a few children as a time.

I wonder if as well as the obvious exploration angle if it would be a rich resource for writing.

All in all an interesting experience, it will be interesting to see how this type of technology develops.

    They need subtitles, don’t they? A PedagooMuckle learning conversation⤴

    from @ Pedagoo.org

    Short films are brilliant contributions to literacy-rich classrooms. Combining storytelling, culture, creativity and tech all in one fabulous package, a short film is a carefully constructed text that can engage learners in the most unexpected ways. And some aren’t even in English! In this conversation we shared experiences and ideas for watching and making short […]

    They need subtitles, don’t they? A PedagooMuckle learning conversation⤴

    from @ Pedagoo.org

    Short films are brilliant contributions to literacy-rich classrooms. Combining storytelling, culture, creativity and tech all in one fabulous package, a short film is a carefully constructed text that can engage learners in the most unexpected ways. And some aren’t even in English! In this conversation we shared experiences and ideas for watching and making short […]

    ‘Design-Engineer- Construct’: The Engineering Challenge for Schools now SCQF credit rated⤴

    from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

    DEC ChallengeDesign Engineer Construct!®  has now been formally recognised in Scotland thanks to the key support of the Chartered Institute of Building, and is already piloting in Drummond High School in Edinburgh, Garnock Academy in Kilbirnie, and St Joseph’s Academy in Kilmarnock where student take up and attitude has been impressive.

    Comprising an introductory and intermediate programme of study, DEC! has been credit rated onto the SCQF by SQA’s Credit Rating Service at SCQF Levels 4 and 6, both carrying 16 credits. SCQF levels 4 and 6 correspond to level 2 and 4 on the European Qualifications Framework (EQF).

    DEC! offers young people numerous opportunities to access a wide variety of career pathways, thanks especially to the innovative ‘Adopt a School’ industry partnership scheme that brings professionals into the classroom to support teachers in educating the future of construction and changing the lives of young people. A wrap around teacher training programme is the icing on the cake.

    Find out more here.

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

    from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

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    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.