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Welcome to the SS4E October 2016 e-news bulletin. Please feel free to forward this e-news bulletin to colleagues that you think would be interested in any of the items below. If you have any comments or suggestions on this bulletin or indeed any special requests for special software offers, please email them to SS4E.

News

  • Picademy@Google Glasgow 2016 - with the support of Google, Picademy is inviting you to apply for Picademy Glasgow, their free training programme which gives educators the skill to become a digital maker and create project-based learning experiences with your students. They are looking for enthusiastic people who want to learn how to use Raspberry Pis in the classroom and in community education programs. Learn, make and hack projects while learning important skills along the way such as decomposing problems, testing and debugging and building resilience. Graduate as a Raspberry Pi Certified Educator and join a supportive community of fellow graduates to guide you on your path to success. Please note Picademy is free to attend and all materials are provided. Attendees are responsible for travel and accommodation costs. You must be a professional educator in order to be considered for a place. Click here to apply. Please note numbers are strictly limited.
  • Google is inviting schools to participate in Expeditions, Google's immersive virtual reality platform that helps teachers bring their lessons to life, Schools can Sign Up here to epress their interest in the Expeditions Pioneer Team making a stop at their school. During the visit, the Expeditions associate will help teachers us a Google Expeditions kit (including VR viewers) and smartphones to take their classes on a journey of discover. Students can expore the heights of Machu Pichu and the halls of Buckingham Palace in immersive virtual reality. See how Google Expeditions has allowed young people to travel all over the world, whilst in their classroom in their classroom
  • Schools Visit Travel Subsidy - Scottish school may be able to get help with the travel cost of visiting heritage sites of national importance. The Scottish Government Heritage Education - School Visits Travel Subsidy can cover up to 75% of transport costs (up to £250) to visit the chosen site
  • Inclusive Technology have launched their 2016 Handbook. For an electronic version please click here and to request a printed version please click here
  • Ultimaker GB are offering Scottish school a FREE roll of PVA and FREE Postage and Package when they order a printer from them. They also offer a try before you buy scheme
  • Insight is launching its intelligent learning system that provides objective and details measurement and analysis of early vision and cognition behaviour which will be of interest to any involved in the assessment of students with complex needs. The Scottish launch is in Edinburgh on 6th October. To book please click here
  • Office 365 groups sync for Glow - It is now possible to sync teaching groups, registration groups from SEEMiS in to Glow Office 365
  • The First Minister's Reading Challenge - RM is delighted to be supporting the First Minister's Reading Challenge. Find out how to implement the FMRC in a straightforward and cost-effective way in Glow with the RM Books Recipe Card
  • See how Glow tools is helping pupils with additional support needs in North Ayrshire

Curriculum for Excellence

  • Charanga Musical School is a living cloud-based resource that brings together great music, modern pedagogy and the latest educational technology. It supports all aspects of music in school including Curriculum for Excellence, as well as providing children and their families with opportunities to continue learning and exploring music at home through Music World. For a FREE 30 day trial please click here. FREE training is offered to support Charanga Musical School and is delivered by Charanga's Scottish CPD and Training Manager. For more details, please visit the website at www.charangascotland.co.uk, and for any enquiries please email the UK Education Manager

FREE Resources

  • Field Studies Scotland have a range of free resources available on their website and offers a range of activities including Literacy and Numeracy in the Outdoors
  • MoneySense is a FREE impartial financial education programme for teachers, pupils and parents to use in the classroom and at home. The resources are linked to Curriculum for Excellence and are accredited by the PFEG (Personal Financial Education Group). Resources includes interactive activities, games, videos and lesson plans, activity sheets and videos

Competition

  • The VEX Competitions are presented by the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation. Teams of students are tasked with designing and building a robot to play against other teams from around the world in a game-based challenge. Classroom STEM concepts are put to the test on the playing field as students learn lifelong skill in teamwork, leadership, communications and more. Tournaments are held year-round at regional, state and national level. Champions go on to compete against the best in the work at VEX Worlds in April

Dates for your Diary

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