All posts in the ‘ICT’ Category
- October 16th, 2013
- Comments: none Tags: : Categories citizenship, community, early years, health and wellbeing, ICT, outdoor learning, primary schools, sciences, secondary schools, sustainable development, technologies
As promised, the activities to promote the Scottish Government’s ‘Ready for Winter’ 2013/2014 launch next week are NOW AVAILABLE to access.
Key messages for this year include: ‘Thinking Ahead’ and ‘Taking an Hour’ to prepare for severe winter weather in the community, at home, on the move and in the workplace. With the clocks moving back one hour on the 27th of October, let’s use this extra time pro-actively! Education Scotland are therefore working in partnership with the Scottish Government to ensure that Scottish schools are as ready as possible for winter.
Throughout next week (Monday 21st – Friday 25th October 2013), Education Scotland and the Scottish Government are asking teachers to run health and wellbeing sessions ranging from simple class lessons to larger projects. Everything you need to complete the free downloadable activities can now be found on the ‘Ready for Emergencies’ site: http://bit.ly/H3H6CJ
Show how ready you are!! Don’t forget to leave feedback on the activities you try throughout the week in the ‘contact us’ section of the ‘Ready for Emergencies’ website: http://bit.ly/18RetCB
- October 1st, 2013
- Comments: none Tags: Tags: film-making
: Categories creativity, europe, ICT, international, languages, social studies, technologies
The European Parliament, the European Commission and the EU have a great deal of influence on the lives of people living within the member states of the Union, but awareness of this is often limited or inaccurate. In this competition, teams of 4 students from S3 to S6 are asked to create a storyboard and produce a short podcast giving their suggestions for the content of a short film to raise awareness of the impact of the European Parliament on the lives of young people. Entries for this first stage must be received at SEET by 10th December.
Judges will pick six high-performing teams, who will then be invited to a media workshop run by project partners Radio Lingua. Each short-listed team will be awarded an iPad and given support to create their films. This is the ‘European Year of Citizens 2013′ and the students must consider how to describe what it means to be a young European citizen. One part of each film must be in a European language which is not the mother tongue of any team member. Each member of the top winning team will receive an iPad mini.
This is a great opportunity for our students to learn new skills and language, and to demonstrate their creativity in interpreting the competition brief and communicating a powerful message.
The Our Europe competition website has all the details.
- June 21st, 2013
- Comments: none Tags: Tags: european parliament, european union
: Categories creativity, europe, ICT, international, languages, social studies, technologies
Over the last few months, the Scottish European Educational Trust (SEET) has run a film competition for students at secondary schools. The ‘Our Europe’ competition invited teams of students to create a short film to raise awareness of the positive impact of the European Parliament on the lives of young people in the European Union. The competition website gives details and will host the winning entry soon.
This offered young people an opportunity to increase their knowledge and understanding of Europe and its institutions, develop their ICT skills, utlise their skills with modern languages and demonstrate their creative thinking. SEET worked with partner Radio Lingua to develop the concept for the competition and support the young people in their creative work. The project was supported by the European Parliament and Scottish Government.
Last week the two finalist teams, from Douglas Academy and Bearsden Academy, presented their videos to a judging panel in Brussels as part of a study visit to the city. Bearsden Academy were the overall winners; congratulations to all the schools and teams that took part.
The winning students are pictured below, with staff from SEET and the judges.
- April 10th, 2013
- Comments: none Tags: Tags: hate speech
: Categories citizenship, europe, ICT, international, languages, religious and moral education, social studies
In recent years the continuing development of the Internet, especially in the areas of mobile access and Social media applications, has enabled positive examples of free speech and ‘people’s voice’ but also many examples of Hate Speech. This form of Human Rights abuse “covers all forms of expression which spread, incite, promote or justify racial hatred, xenophobia, antisemitism or other forms of hatred based on intolerance” (Council of Europe definition). One current example might be Romaphobia and the abuse of Roma people.
Now the Council of Europe has launched an online portal for its ‘No Hate Speech movement’, as part of its programme of work with young people in support of democratic citizenship and Human Rights. This European youth campaign aims to combat racism and discrimination “by equipping young people and youth organisations with the competences necessary to recognise and react against such human rights violations”. The project is achieving this through training cohorts of young activists, raising awareness, lobbying policy-makers, etc. The campaign website includes presentation slides for local use as a stimulus for discussion and participation, accompanied by use of social media and YouTube channels to disseminate material and encourage action.
Teachers and others working with young people may find this campaign useful for students and young people learning about cyber-bullying and behaviour online, and also for citizenship issues such as equality and diversity. Adult learners could equally explore these issues from a community concern perspective.
- January 25th, 2013
- Comments: none Tags: Tags: development goals, global development, pupil voice, shape the future
: Categories africa, citizenship, health and wellbeing, ICT, international, learner voice, religious and moral education, social studies, sustainable development
The current United Nations Millennium Development Goals, which underpin international efforts to reduce global poverty and support development in many poor nations, will come to an end in 2015. There has been great progress, and there will be more in the intervening years, but it is already clear that in some of the 8 themed areas the targets will not be met. The international community is now considering the next set of Development Goals which will follow the MDGs. A High Level Panel on the Post 2015 Development Agenda is leading this work, and Prime Minister David Cameron is one of the co-chairs of this Panel.
The Department for International Development has challenged Secondary schools acros the UK to engage pupils in the discussion about what the next set of goals should be. Its ‘Shape the Future’ competition, launched this week with the support of the Scottish Government, targets pupils from the first three years of secondary school. Each team of up to five students will discuss the issues and formulate ideas for the next goals. The team will then create a short presentation of their proposals in multimedia form. The deadline for this first stage is 28th March.
Five schools will be shortlisted for the second stage, and given mentor and workshop support to refine their proposals and prepare a final presentation. These school teams will gather in London to make their final pitches to an Expert Panel. The winning team will work with Oxfam on a special project over the subsequent months.
The challenge represents a great opportunity to get young people engaged with development issues that will change the world they will live in.
A dedicated resource pack for schools, to assist with taking part in the Shape the Future challenge, will soon be available to download from the Global Dimensions website. There are also many links to global citizenship resources and organisations from our own Education Scotland website.
An information sheet for teachers at Scottish schools is available for download and distribution.
- November 28th, 2012
- Comments: none Tags: Tags: european citizenship, european parliament
: Categories europe, ICT, international, learner voice
The competition invites schools “to offer students the chance to work on an engaging interdisciplinary project, combining Modern Languages with Modern Studies and Media/ICT”. Each team will consist of two S3 and two S6 pupils, and in the first round they will work together to produce “a storyboard and an audio or video pitch describing what makes you a European and how the European Parliament affects you”. The best teams from the first round will then get the opportunity to make their film, working with media professionals from Radio Lingua. The final round participants will pitch their film to experts in Brussels.
- September 26th, 2012
- Comments: none Tags: : Categories curriculum areas, europe, ICT, international, languages, modern languages
Today is European Day of Languages 2012, and schools and organisations across the European Union will be running special activities to celebrate the excitement and value of foreign languages. Here in Scotland, SCILT is running a competition for schools to recognise their achievements in organising EDL activities which demonstrate four criteria: creativity and innovation; pupil voice and responsibility; interdisciplinary learning; and partnership working or parental involvement.
Education Scotland has launched ‘Passeport pour la Francophonie‘, a new resource for primary school practitioners which offers an introduction to the French-speaking world and resources for learners. It has a particular focus on France, Gabon, Egypt, Madagascar and Polynesia.
The European Commission has published a report on foreign language learning which indicates that children start their learning at an increasingly early age in European nations.
Scottish Government recently announced increased support for the teaching of modern languages in Scottish schools.More
- September 25th, 2012
- Comments: none Tags: Tags: climate and energy, food, school improvement
: Categories curriculum areas, ICT, mathematics, renewables and climate change, sciences, sustainable development, technologies, waste
Education Scotland’s new-look Schools Global Footprint Calculator is now live and can be viewed at: http://www.educationscotland.gov.uk/schoolsglobalfootprint
This key online resource has had a significant refresh with many improvements made to the calculator to make it even easier to use.
The school estate is responsible for an estimated 50% of greenhouse gas emissions from local authorities. The online calculator allows learners to measure the ecological and greenhouse gas footprint of their school in relation to six topic areas: food, water, energy, buildings, transport and waste. Learners are also encouraged to develop innovative approaches to reducing their impact on the environment and promoting sustainable lifestyles in the wider community – from tackling the school run to growing and eating their own produce to reduce food miles.
In addition to providing an exciting real life context for delivering the experiences and outcomes, the resource greatly supports Eco-Schools activities and provides learners with skills for learning, life and work as Scotland move towards a low-carbon future.More
- June 12th, 2012
- Comments: none Tags: Tags: emergencies, Glow Meet, water
: Categories citizenship, curriculum areas, ICT, Uncategorized
Presenters on the day will include the Stewart Borthwick (Strathclyde Emergency Coordination Group), Paul Hendy (Scottish Flood Forum) and Sally Dempsey (Red Cross) who will be providing exiting background information on a variety of national as well as international approaches to emergency situations and will answer any questions on the issues arising.
This Glow TV event is aimed at learners from upper primary to upper secondary (but relevant for senior school as well)
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- May 30th, 2012
- Comments: none Tags: Tags: climate and energy, CPD
: Categories CPD, curriculum areas, early years, expressive arts, ICT, primary schools, renewables and climate change, sciences, sharing practice, social studies, sustainable development
This comprehensive case study developed in partnership with Rhu Primary School in Argyll and Bute shows the climate change can provide an excellent context for learning even with the youngest learners.
The case study is a description of an extended, collaborative early and first level interdisciplinary study on climate change undertaken by the Primary 1, 2 and 3 classes at the school.
The study was called Polar Lands and was based on the book ‘Who will save us?’ by Rebecca Morch. It incorporated the themes of enterprise and sustainability. The project also involved parents and community partners from the planning stage right through to the evaluation of the success of the learning.
This study exemplifies the following characteristics of interdisciplinary learning:
- Choosing a theme or problem which requires knowledge and skills from different curriculum areas, aspects of a curriculum area or subjects
- Capitalising on themes for development across learning, including developing global citizenship
Click here to see the full case study and accompanying videos.More