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Welcome to the SS4E September e-news bulletin of 2016. 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

  • Please be advised that as of the 31st August 2016, Education Scotland will no longer be processing Software orders and licences will have to be purchased directly through alternative suppliers. For existing software licensing schemes, schools and local authorities should contact Phoenix Software for Microsoft products and Academia for Adobe products. All licenses previously purchased through Education Scotland will continue to be valid and annual licenses will continue until their renewal date. Any questions please contact Education Scotland's Customer Services Team on 0131 244 4330 or by emailing enquiries@educationscotland.gov.uk
  • 3DMadeEasy have launched their materials to support Inventor 2016. Existing subscribers will automatically get access to these new materials free of charge. If you would like a free trial please contact Kim
  • Holy Rood High School in Edinburgh is hosting the first ever training event for the Autodesk Certified User Accreditation on 28th October 2016. If you would like more information on this event please contact Kim
  • imovesdance have just launched brand new schemes that will help your students learn history through dance. The schemes include World War 1, World War 2, Hip Hop and The Great Fire of London. In addition to those schemes they have also produced a dance inspired by The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson. You can check out a selection of lessons with a FREE 45 day trial, just sign up here
  • Breakthrough on VAT - Following lengthy discussions between BATA (British Assistive Technology Association) and HMRC and a VAT tribunal, HMRC have confirmed that mobile phones and computers will be free of VAT if they are preloaded with software designed solely for the use of disabled people
  • Discovery Education is organising four FREE workshops in Scotland aimed at helping teachers take control of their digital content, share proven teaching strategies and see how Discovery Education Espresso can support you with Curriculum for Excellence. Full day and half day places are available however places are limited so early booking is advised. Just click on the link to book your place in Glasgow, Ayrshire, Aberdeen and Fife
  • BrainPOP UK have posted a blog on how Pokemon Go can generate learning opportunities in the classroom

FREE Resources

  • Primary Games are offering one promo code for any of their 40 apps to your readers. Pick from the selection available on the Apple App Store and email admin@primarygames.co.uk with your choice
  • 3D Printers - for schools who are about to purchase a 3D Printer, Ultimaker operate a FREE loan scheme. For more information please contact Kim
  • Discovery Education Espresso is offering schools a free wall planner that can be used as a guide to key topical events taking place throughout the year. To get yours please click here

Dates for your Diary

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