(reposted from here: https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/glowblogs/glowgallery/project-type/east-dunbartonshire/) Bearsden Primary School in East Dunbartonshire are experimenting using Yammer as a social media channel for learners and learning. Athole McLauchlan, Acting Principal Teacher at the school, has provided a detailed response to our questions about the use and experience of Glow generally and Yammer specifically . What is it that you and your class are doing? – We are currently experimenting with using Yammer as a social media channel for learners and learning. We are learning from each other and other learners and teachers as we go. How…Continue Reading “MC Yammer”

This tweet provoked a really interesting and helpful debate about digital privacy. https://twitter.com/athole/status/720345548780244992 I have been acutely aware of the many school Twitter feeds publishing names and images of pupils together. And this left me uneasy. I have experience of using blogs and blogging with classes since 2007. My class even won a competition way back in 2010. http://godzillasden.blogspot.co.uk Currently at my school all classes are using ClassDojo and the Class Story very effectively. I pull a snapshot from each Class Story to share on…Continue Reading “Digital Privacy”

My P6 class has been cracking on with developing their 3D software skills for BBC Scotland’s Build It Scotland project. The aim is to use 3D CAD software like Tinkercad, SketchUp and Minecraft to build 3D versions of their favourite Scottish landmarks which will then be place on a virtual map of the whole of Scotland. It’s an ambitious and exciting project and has so far presented many real opportunities for enjoyable challenge, problem solving and PLAY using digital technology. Also, the tutorials on the…Continue Reading “Build It Scotland: part 1”

What’s a Rube Goldberg Machine? Well, until today, I didn’t know either. Think of the crazy inventions in Wallace and Gromit or the device that opens the gate door for Chunk in The Goonies, after he does the truffle shuffle! Rube Goldberg was an American cartoonist who drew cartoons that depicted the completion of simple tasks in ridiculously complicated ways. In the UK we would also call it a ‘Heath Robinson contraption.’ Why am I talking about this? Because of this music video by Ok…Continue Reading “Rube Goldberg Machine”