Scottish Learning Festival: exhibition highlights
The Scottish Learning Festival exhibition is the biggest resources show in Scotland. With almost 200 exhibitors, it caters for early years to FE. At the centre is the Education Village, home to Education Scotland and the Scottish Qualifications Authority. Staff can answer questions on curriculum, assessment, inspection, continuing professional development, Glow or community learning. Interactive presentations by SQA and Education Scotland.
A great source for ideas, this area lets you to talk to teachers and education officers from different local authorities about their most successful projects. Last year, Renfrewshire had pupils at their Sparkles Nail Bar treating visitors to a manicure, while East Ayrshire had science teacher Morag Ferguson talking about an art-science project and her work across primary and secondary.
Stands LA22; LA4
Next to the Education Village is the showcase, where over two days schools will demonstrate their work. Sessions include multilingual approaches with nursery children and families; early-years learning through outdoor play; primary eco-schools on food and the environment; using Glow and other technologies for primary learning, teaching and assessment; and developing global citizenship.
My World of Work
Skills Development Scotland will demonstrate its new national careers website on its stand. With sections to find out about what type of person you are, building a CV, different careers, training and learning, it aims to reach schoolchildren in all corners of the country with the information they require.
Groupcall has a new app for teachers to see pupil information on the go. "Emerge", for the Apple iPod, iPhone or iPad can access student timetables, attendance records and behavioural data without a PC. A new contact system for parents, called "Messenger", will allow them to deal with issues in "real time" instead of waiting for a teacher appointment.
Sounds a winner
Phonak's DigiMaster 5000 loudspeaker, part of its Dynamic Soundfield classroom amplification system, has won the international Red Dot 2011 Product Design award over 4,432 other entries from 60 countries. The system amplifies the teacher's voice without increasing the overall noise level, allowing students with hearing impairment to hear clearly without any feedback.
Taste of espresso
Espresso Education, the digital curriculum provider for primary schools in the UK, is demonstrating how its Espresso Primary service supports Scottish schools and Curriculum for Excellence. Teachers can find video and multimedia resources, as well as support, lesson plans and activities. Four-week trials are on offer.
Easi-Ears from TTS is a digital audio system that allows a group of children to listen together - indoors or out. You can download content onto a remote-control base, which is then transferred into the headphones, or record your own. The set includes six pairs of rechargeable headphones, a remote control unit, docking station and software.