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Lundavra Primary – Barefoot Computing

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In this video the teachers and pupils tell their story about how Barefoot Computing has made a positive impact on the whole school right from first level.

The Barefoot programme helps support Primary Teachers with understanding and teaching computing.

Supporting Materials for Lundavra Primary Barefoot Case Study

A word from Nick Thomson Head Teacher at Lundavra Primary:

“Computer Science has been a fantastic platform to engage our pupils’ interest and enthusiasm for learning, thinking and problem solving. The Barefoot resources gives schools and teachers the framework, knowledge and activities to help deliver this successfully. It has added another dimension to our work in creating a digital culture at Lundavra Primary.”

Below are materials provided by Barefoot as part of their Teacher Pack Assets. Simply click on the link to take you to the document. These include promotional posters, more information about Barefoot and other useful resources:

Check out this promotional video provided by Barefoot which features our very own Louise Foreman from Education Scotland taking about why digital skills are so important:

Become a Barefoot Volunteer

As a Volunteer you’ll be leading Workshops in your local area to help primary teachers get to grips with computer science. You’ll get all the training you need and you definitely don’t need to be an industry professional or tech expert, just a good communicator.

Click here for more information on becoming a Barefoot volunteer

 

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Mid Calder Primary – Anytime Anywhere Learning

In this video you’ll hear from Depute Head Teacher, Sarah Burton, as she explains the school’s approach to digital technology and the various simple techniques used to monitor and track attainment levels, improve communications with parents and maximise time.

Listen out for their Project Planetarium story where pupils were excited to get involved in this STEM based activity.

To support teachers we’ve listed the main resources Mid Calder Primary use for their digital learning and teaching. You’ll find these below the video. Along with this we have provided you with a link to the school blog and a link to a video the Digital Champions of the school put together which is just fantastic.

Happy viewing!

Supporting Materials for Mid Calder Primary Case Study

Mid Calder Primary blog posts about digital technologies can be found here.

The video which the technical troopers made about digital learning at Mid Calder Primary can be found here.

The following resources (hardware and software) are used in the school to support their level of digital learning and teaching:

Hardware:

  • Every class has access to a laptop and SMARTBoard, 4 netbooks/laptops
  • 3 classes share a class in a box of 16 netbooks and 5 iPads
  • Webcams and microphones

Software:

  • West Lothian Council software – Clicker, Comic Life, Audacity, etc.
  • Class Dojo
  • Purchased: Nursery online Journals, Didbook for P6-7, Purple Mash for P1-7, SumDog Reading and Maths P2-7, Education City – Early Level
  • Glow: Blogging, Yammer, Sway

A word from Sarah Burton, Depute Head Teacher:

“Education should prepare young people for jobs that do not yet exist, using technologies that have not yet been invented, to solve problems of which we are not yet aware.”  

Richard Riley

In Mid Calder Primary School, we share this vision and we believe that in providing learners with a rich range of learning experiences in the digital and physical world we are developing a range of skills, knowledge and attributes to enable them to be confident and competent in the world of learning, life and work.

West Lothian’s investment in infrastructure has provided us with the flexibility of an Anytime Anywhere Learning (AAL) wireless network which allows connectivity for school and personal devices alike.  This has enabled learners to be partners in their learning, offering a range of personalisation and choice opportunities whilst promoting Health and Wellbeing through the recognising of their rights and responsibilities.

Through our case study we hope you recognise the positive impact embedding digital technologies into the life and ethos of our school has had on our school community.

Sarah Burton, Depute Head Teacher, Mid Calder Primary School