St Oswald’s ASN Secondary
In this video the head teacher, Margaret MacLeay tells her story about how digital technology helps make a difference for the pupils and teachers at St Oswald’s.
The examples below are intended to help ensure educationalists can make well informed decisions and continue to effectively review the use of digital technology to support education in their local contexts.
Quote from Margaret MacLeay, Head Teacher at St Oswald’s ASN Secondary
” At St Oswald’s we aim to engage and motivate learners to use digital technology in a variety of ways which supports learning.
“Pupils are enthusiastic and enjoy learning in this way as it provides support for their literacy skills as all pupils in St Oswald’s have additional support needs.
“Staff support one another as their digital skills are varied.”
Milburn Academy – BBC Micro:Bit Project
Millburn Academy don’t have a Computing department so Martyn Crawshaw, Faculty Head of Science, stepped forward and offered to introduce in the BBC Micro:bit project to pupils. In this video find out how S3 pupils got involved to help teach their S1 peers about programming. Hear about the benefits and see the end results.
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Support Materials for Millburn Academy’s Micro:bit Project
Quote from Gavin Maclean, Rector of Millburn Academy
“We were keen to get involved with the Micro:bit programme as our S1/2 curriculum does not yet include coding. We were impressed at how quickly S1 pupils took to the devices and their creative ideas for using the technology. When S1 pupils took their Micro:bit home they were all able to write at least two scripts. As many staff were lacking in confidence to lead coding sessions we used some enthusiastic volunteers from S3 to help launch the programme and support classes.”
Gavin Maclean, Rector, Millburn Academy.
The main digital resources you used during the project:
“We used Google chrome as the browser to code the Micro:bits as it provided a stable platform across many devices and operating systems. The BBC Micro:bit website was useful but we used a school produced booklet (link below) as the website was not specific to direct learners to example codes. Google classroom was used to share materials around the S3 volunteer development group.”
Martin Crawshaw, Faculty Head of Science, Millburn Academy
‘How To’ Guide for Micro:bit
Elgin Academy’s Nibbles and Bytes Café
In this video the pupils and teachers of Elgin Academy in Moray tell us about their Nibbles and Bytes Café based in the library at lunch times to give pupils an introduction to digital literacy. The Librarian, Shelagh Toonen, launched the café as part of National Digital Learning Week with 3 other members of staff to guide pupils through digital activities such as online research, building animations and videos and a special Minecraft workshop.
Resources used in the Nibbles and Bytes cafe:
- Minecraft (Beta version of Minecraft Education)
- Cameras and tripods for film-making
- Books on digital learning and games
- Comics and magazines
Elgin Academy used Minecraft to get experts in from S3 to show S1/2 pupils how to do better.
A word from Shelagh Toonen, Librarian at Elgin Academy:
“The library helped to highlight and publicise some innovative and exciting ways in which digital technologies are being used to support learners.
This was a good introduction to digital literacy for many of our pupils and helped them to become more confident individuals. They were engaged in the breadth and challenge of the options we provided and they showed both engagement and a willingness to go forward, with further exploration of digital literacy.”
David Barnett, Head teacher, Elgin Academy:
“Digital learning plays a crucial role in the life of our school. Our young people use digital technology as part and parcel of learning and teaching, and are inspired by its imaginative use throughout the school.”
Stirling High – New technologies challenge for teachers
Alan Hamilton, PT for Business and Technologies at Stirling High believes that all learners need to be digitally literate and one way to achieve this is to use as much relevant and useful technology across learning as possible.
In this video we hear all about how Alan challenged teachers to try new technologies throughout National Digital Learning Week to share and highlight the many ways that digital learning positively impacts on classrooms.
The school have recently launched their 1:1 vision where every S1 pupil will receive their own Chromebook. The S1 Digital Champions are trying the Chromebooks out first and in this video we get some time with the Digital Champions to hear how they’re getting on.