In 2010 Learning and Teaching Scotland funded some work in six Scottish local authorities  to enable teachers to explore a Global Citizenship theme with pupils through a visual arts medium. The image used here is of one of the banners produced by Borestone primary school in Stirling. Education Scotland is the national body in Scotland for supporting quality and improvement in learning and teaching. The Wii lets you use the Wii Remote to play from the animal’s perspective in the different games. You can come across more than 30 African animals including: cheetah, crocodile, crowned crane, elephant, flamingo, frog, bat, gazelle, giraffe, hippo, hyrax, leopard, lion, ostrich, oxpecker, pangolin, rhinoceros, meerkat, tortoise, trout, vulture, warthog, wildebeest and zebra. Multiplayer mode gives players the choice to drive the vehicle or snap photos while playing with anywhere from 1 to 3 friends.
Photos collected are placed into an animated slide show presentation of informative articles. There are terrific photo opportunities due to the accurately presented flora and terrain from the Serengeti National Park in Africa.
During his presentation Tim games lots of ideas about how he has used African Safari with classes all over the UK. PowerPoint – In particular Tim mentioned how you can write in PowerPoint slides in the 2007 edition, which is useful for note taking within presenations. Switheroozoo - A great little website for learning about animals and even creating some of your own – what do you think of my ElicheetaZeb? Wordle - An old classic but Tim uses it in an interesting way to analyze note taking – watch the video to see how. As this years themes is climate change and to show my support I thought I would post five of my favorite climate change resources that should be being used in schools.
A great carbon footprint calculator aimed at children - thanks to Mr Evans for showing me this on his excellent blog. Finally, don't forget my melting men idea and what is your favorite resource to teach about climate change in schools? After work today I got to spend a few hours with Greg Whitby I was really impressed with Greg’s style, philosophy and passion for education.
All of our children and staff are allowed to use facebook, youtube, my space etc… But it is important to have robust network security and tracking. If you are interested in what Greg had to say – why don’t you listen to his presentation on the flashmeet re-play.
At the recent Handheld Learning Festival 2009 I was talking about the use of Social Media in Schools.
Following the success of our Games Based transition project using Guitar Hero last year in the Musselburgh Cluster. This afternoon all of the Primary Seven staff and a representative from each of the secondary schools were invited along to an initial briefing session to talk about how we ran the project in Musselburgh. As part of the project each P7 Class who want to take part in the project will get an X-Box and a copy of Guitar Hero World Tour. Case studies will give biology students  the opportunity to engage with cutting edge science, and to apply this to their learning in class. Case study resources will become available on the NQ section of the LTS website and also through the Biology NQ Glow group over the next few months.


About This BlogNational Qualifications in the Science subjects are being modernised and updated in line with Curriculum for Excellence. Each of these small-scale pilot projects picked a theme and an art form to work with, and then teachers and students worked together to create artworks – usually with a local Scottish artist to lend their expertise. Their project focused on traditional tales and pupils produced a variety of work based on tales from many countries.
Inclusding, nvestigating the hyena during a midday thunderstorm, observing giraffes in a hidden valley from a helicopter and meeting a family of elephants as they take care of their young. If you disturb too many animals or get to close to them, your Wii Remote will rumble at varying degrees, making it harder to take a steady picture. Bloggers are asked to take a single day out of their schedule and focus it on an important issue.
The Climate MysteryThe climate mystery from Microsoft and the Discovery Channel is a great resource and set of mini games.
Learning and Teaching Scotland Climate Change WebsiteThere are some great resources on the LTS Climate Change website that are specifically aimed at Scottish Schools. But these sources can also be wrong and the errors are often just corrected in a re-print of the encyclopedia or as an apology by the newspaper months or years later. East Lothian Council have made the investment in games based learning and have started to roll the project out across the rest of the Authority. The process was important, as students learnt more about their chosen theme during the creative process, and the end products were often really impressive.
The participants then travelled up to Glasgow for the Scottish Learning Festival, to see their work on display in the Gallery space and meet the Cabinet Secretary.
By doing so on the same day, the blogging community effectively changes the conversation on the Web and focuses audiences around the globe on that issue. Google Climate Change ResourcesGoogle has produced a great set of on-line resources in the build up to the Copenhagen Climate Summit. But I can’t quite believe how few schools are using it in the build up to the Copenhagen Climate Summit. One of the points from my presentation was that I felt that schools should have their own Wikipedia article about their school and the wider school community.
Then there was an opportunity to test out some of the equipment and to discuss the project in clusters. LTS has been able to display some of the finished works at the Scottish Learning Festival and at national conferences during November, and we intend to make further use of these assets in 2011. My argument for this was not only in itself does this present an opportunity for a fantastic cross-curricular project but it also can contribute to the positive ethos of a school. Many schools already have Wikipedia articles written about them and some of them present a negative picture of the learning community.During my presentation this message was tweeted out by a few people in the audience and then in turn re-tweeted. I think we should train examining and experimenting skills far more often than other children and even adults will copy and paste those mediocre entries in their presentation without questioning validity. Encouraging Wikipedia users to look at the discussion forums that accompany each article to see if we agree or disagree with the justification for the sources.4.
Looking carfully at the original reference of articles (normally to other on-line sources).


We should be teaching young people to follow the chain of references backwards to assess the credibility and validity of the original source. I'm so very scared this will be the ultimate rectification of the copy-and-paste mentality. Getting our students to understand exactly how a good wikipedia article is produced.I think good wikipedia article is produced by groups of people collaborating. The authors reach a compromise by allowing everyone who wants to put their own point of view across.
The task presents a great opportunity for teachers to actually work with children to produce a good, well researched, appropriately referenced and collaborative article. Some researchers at the University of Colorado would argue that some articles are more actuate than similar articles in Britannica. By doing this we will avoid the creation of a ‘mediocre’ entry as Bart suggests and also teach children more about how Wikipedia works.
Wikipedia is also more up to date in terms of real time events – for example when Pluto was declassified as a planet in 2005 Wikipedia was up-dated almost straight away. There is of course difference between up to date and accuracy.However, the simple truth and answer to the accuracy question is that, like books, WIkipedia is full of mistakes! But this is why we need to need to teach young people how to use it as a resource properly. But, if used appropriately and combined by sound pedagogy from the classroom teacher the results of using such resources can be outstanding. You only have to look as far as some of the great Wiki work going on at Perth Academy, Scotland led Neil Winton and his team to get a good understanding of the power of these tools.A difficulty that we have is training teachers in this new technology and the pedagogy that is associated with it. The East Lothian Teachmeet Roadshows are and excellent and sustainable example of this.I’m a bit concerned that Bart seems to think that I’m suggesting that young people shouldn’t be taught to read and write? I’m not – but I am suggesting that Wiki’s and other engaging technology can be used to improve literacy and numeracy skills in young people. Again I’ll sight Neil Winton and his department as an example here.I partly agree with Bart about his point about children presenting work in PowerPoint.
I don’t think there is anything wrong with getting young people to submit work as a handwritten piece, word processed, as a web page, as a video, as a podcast, as poster or as a newspaper report. Bart seems to be worried about a ‘cut and paste’ culture but banning wikis won’t stop this.
Only by good teaching combined with instilling the idea of intellectual property and copyright in young people will we be able to reverse this shift in culture.To be honest I don’t think there is any point in banning Wikipedia in schools.
Students will continue to access it when they go home or on their mobile phones and therefore still use it to gain knowledge (no matter how accurate this knowledge is). If we ban Wikipedia in schools how can we ever teach young people to use this resource in a safe and responsible way?
In my experience these are people who don’t really understand how it works and teachers need to understand how Wikipedia works so they can pass on this knowledge to their students.The first thing that teachers need to understand about Wikipedia is that it openly acknowledges that it might not be accurate.



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