Preparing for meeting with class this afternoon, squashing images with ImageOptim. Back when I started teaching pupils to blog the first thing I taught them was to resize images for faster upload & download. We relay on bandwidth & servers now, not sure if that is an advance?
At Lochend Community High school they strive to open up opportunities for all of young people regardless of ability or background. They have a strong focus on Developing the Young Workforce across the whole school and through their links with colleges, universities, employers, local business and other organisations. They want to embed work related learning opportunities across the whole school. They continue to expand and develop skills through a range of activities in and out of the classroom with a particular focus on ‘closing the gap’. They are empowering young people to develop their skills for Life, Learning and Work. This strategy involves establishing ever-increasing local, regional, national and global partnerships to support all curricular areas to provide real- life contexts for learning.
How have they done this?
Working with young people and partners to embed opportunities and developing skills across the curriculum.
Enhance young peoples understanding of different career routes ,offering curricular programmes and regular engagement with employers.
Actively collaborate with partners to develop and deliver a curriculum that supports the development of young peoples employability and career management skills.
Reviewing the work placement model in line with the ‘Work Placement Standard’,creating bespoke opportunities tailored to the needs of all young people.
Allowing young people to find out about potential employers. Young people have the opportunity to talk directly with representatives from industry and education.
Partnerships with City of Glasgow, Glasgow Clyde, Glasgow Kelvin, West College Scotland, GCU, UWS, UoG, Strathclyde, Stirling and Glasgow School of Art. Each year group has a short presentation and an opportunity to meet with the Further and Higher Education representatives to ask questions about courses, entry requirements and education beyond school in general. Parents of senior phase young people are invited to attend.
All young people are given interview skills training and mock interviews from their business partners.
Salters Chemistry Festival
In partnership with University of Glasgow, Salters Chemistry and Royal Society of Chemistry, young people are given experience of working in a working laboratory carrying out investigations and experiments.
Chemistry Careers Event
In partnership with Glasgow Science Centre, UWS and Royal Society of Chemistry young people learn about laboratory techniques, discuss career pathways and alternative routes into careers in Chemistry
STEM Glasgow/Jacobs Engineering Challenge
In partnership with DYW Glasgow, West Partnership, Glasgow City Council and Jacobs Engineering young people are involved in real life engineering challenges. Working with partners to create a solution to plastic pollution while investigating and learning about careers in the sector.
Young people have the opportunity to develop skills, inform subject choice and change perceptions about STEM, raising awareness of how studying STEM related subjects can lead to rewarding careers.
In partnership with Glasgow Kelvin College young people explore STEM related careers with input from various organisations. Young people take part in practical activities to enhance skills and knowledge of STEM based careers.
In partnership with STEM Ambassadors S1 young people are involved in weekly activities which promote learning and careers in STEM. Links are made to STEM careers and young people are encouraged to explore and research career pathways.
Making links between numeracy used in subjects across the school and how numeracy is used in the world of work. Using partners such as credit unions, Barclays Bank, Santander, Mott McDonald, NHS, Marks and Spencer to showcase Maths in the world of work.
Young people have the opportunity to learn and practice numeracy tests for apprenticeships, colleges and universities.
P7 Maths Challenge
Young people work in teams to learn about Maths in the world of work.
Young people working collaboratively, researching existing products and designing a new product to present as part of the competition. The winners will have their product marketed, displayed and sold in Aldi stores across the country.
Quality Meat Scotland Chef Visit
Chef visit to work with S2 young people, demonstrating and embedding skills as well as sharing their experience of working in the hospitality industry
ZooLab Junk Bus
Delivered in partnership with Zoolab Junk Bus young people learn about the production of some of our favourite foods.
GHA/ Loretto Afternoon Tea
Partnership with Glasgow Housing Association and Loretto Housing allowed young people to work with local partners and allowed an opportunity to experience working in this sector.
Developing an understanding of the textile industry and the available progressions pathways.
Marks and Spencer – Work Placement Programme.
The partnership was set up to strengthen the link between employers and young people, building confidence and supporting the transition between school and the workplace.
30 young people have had the opportunity to apply and experience a work placement in the retail sector. Many young people have secured part time jobs as a result of the experience.
Glasgow Kelvin College Pathway
As part of the S2 options process, young people will be offered the opportunity to attend Kelvin College for one afternoon per week throughout the school session. This partnership programme allows young people to participate in a college based course alongside their school studies. This will not only enrich their learning experiences but will provide them with qualifications in the form of SCQF Level 4 units. Young people enrolled in these courses will also be considered as an internal applicant for any further courses.
RUTS aims to equip young people with the confidence and skills, raising their aspirations. RUTS are currently delivering a bespoke personal development/employability, this is achieved through motorcycle and bicycle based programmes tailored to the individual needs of the young people.
NHS @ Work
Young people S1-S6 have the opportunity to attend an NHS@Work Event showcasing the careers available within the NHS, dispelling some of the myths about working in the NHS.
Educational support and guidance programme designed to widen access to higher education.
FARE are a voluntary organisation based in Easterhouse . They work with communities to improve the lives of children and families. FARE are employed within the school, engaging with a number of projects and programmes that link to the DYW agenda.
Young Enterprise Company Programme –
The Company Programme is the ultimate business experience for S5 and S6 young people. They set up and run their own company and develop a range of skills throughout this entrepreneurial experience.
Career Ready is a programme that prepares young people for the world of work. The model links young people to employers through master classes, mentoring, workplace visits and internships.
EY Foundation partnership
EY Foundation is a charity that works directly with disadvantaged young people,employers and social entrepreneurs to create and support routes into education, employment and enterprise. They support the school in world of work events, mock interviews and industry presentations. They also have a paid work experience programme called Smart Futures.
Working with a range of business partners, young people who are studying less than two National 5 qualifications are invited to attend a programme that helps develop crucial knowledge and understanding of the world of work.
Flexible Work Placement Model
Lochend offer a flexible approach to work placements, encouraging and supporting young people to source and secure their own work placement . There are also targeted placement opportunities available on WorkIT and via our business partners which are available to all young people.
Departmental DYW displays
Displaying potential careers and pathways relevant to their own curricular area. The Pupil Leadership Team have created a number of notice boards around the school to promote the DYW agenda. The boards also include live job/apprenticeship and work placement opportunities.
Lochend CHS Skills Framework
They established a systematic and progressive skills development framework that will be used across learning. Young people will have the opportunity to reflect on these on an on-going basis and incorporate them into their profiling activities. The Skills Framework will be displayed throughout the school.
During the academic year all staff took part in CLPL around the DYW agenda. Staff received an introduction to the Career Education Standards and an introduction to labour market Information.
All information relating to DYW and employability is advertised on Facebook and the DYW Twitter page. Parents engaged regularly with posts on Facebook which ensured that parents/carers/guardians were more aware of the range of opportunities and supports available.
Work Inspiration Visits
Young people have has the opportunity to experience the world of work and to find out more about career pathways:
|Art Galleries||Hilton Hotel Group||IBIS Hotel Group|
|Auchenlea Building Site||TIGERS Construction Training||STV|
|Glasgow Film Theatre||National Theatre of Scotland||Platform @ The Bridge|
|Emirates Arena||Braehead Shopping Centre||BBC Scotland|
|Glasgow Fort||Marks and Spencer||Glasgow Kelvin College|
|City of Glasgow College||Glasgow Caledonian University||FARE|
Increase the number of MWOW ambassadors
Engage in more profiling support
Recording achievements using My World of Work
“I developed so much confidence from taking part in a lot of these activities. I have met so many great people who have helped nurture me and give me the platform to learn. I have so many more contacts now than I did before.”
Here is your opportunity to host a TEDxGlasgow livestream! The livestream will take place on the 14th of June between 9:15am and 3pm and will be hosted on YouTube. We have developed this toolkit as a handy guide with all the information you need to help with your livestream event including information on the tech specs required to host a livestream event; the rules around hosting; your role; the programme for the event and some FAQs.
This year our theme is: Connection Whether it’s making them, breaking them, discovering them or searching for them, connections have shaped, and continue to shape, the world we live in. With the rapid advancements in technology, our world is more connected than it has ever been – physically, emotionally, digitally, scientifically and even metaphorically. Or is it?
The team at TEDxGlasgow focus on the TED ethos of sharing ideas, spreading knowledge, and supporting our community to translate this into bold, brave actions. Everything we do is attuned to generating a positive impact.
Gurjit Singh Lalli, shares his perspectives:
“What makes Glasgow unique are the people and their can-do spirit which is intoxicating. Scotland has growth in both businesses and entrepreneurs who are focused, not only on profit, but making a positive social impact, which aligns to a passion of my own. I aspire for a future where companies compete on the amount of good they do through positive change and social initiatives; the TEDxGlasgow event is a platform that will strive to continue inspiring an atmosphere, both locally and nationally, where this can happen”
Creating a legacy through Ideas Worth Doing
Being involved with TEDxGlasgow offers partners, delegates, speakers and volunteers a unique opportunity to contribute to powerful conversations. Either at our events or online, our talks have been seen by millions of people, and we’re passionate about supporting actions on ideas that matter. We asked Pauline Houston, our Head of events shares her thoughts:
“Partnering with the right individuals and businesses can have an incredible impact on your organisation, and we’ve been fortunate to have great people behind our mission and events. I am proud of the fantastic reputation that Scotland has globally from passionate companies, ready to speak up and challenge ideas as they do with us at TEDxGlasgow, and look forward to driving more positive impact from continued collaboration in new ways”
Researching the Impact of ideas
Our events provide a medium that combines a diverse range of people – thinkers, doers and innovators coming together, ready to be challenged. Designing a framework to measure outcomes from an event as unique as TEDxGlasgow has been an exciting experience, as well as an opportunity to hear directly from a wide range of individuals and organisations with amazing stories to share. Zebunisa Ahmed, our Impact Lead offers her insights:
“Both as a volunteer and through a career in data visualisation, I’m driven by seeing how good ideas can make a difference if given a chance – be that on an individual basis, organisationally or throughout society. As a team we want to inspire meaningful change, and I believe that good ideas can be vector for positive impact, spreading far beyond the event; it all starts with a conversation.”
The impact team get creative when measuring outcomes from the event and are keen to capture examples of the TEDx Glasgow community taking action, as seen in our impact report. We will continue monitoring how our ideas shared translate into actions with positive outcomes, and invite you to share your examples – the more personal or creative, the more we love hearing from you.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 A RADIATION:
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.
WORKSHOP B PROGRAMMING:
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).
WORKSHOP C MUSIC:
“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.
WORKSHOPS WILL BE FACILITATED BY:
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 /
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 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 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.
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
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….
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.
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.
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/