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Cardiovascular Disease (CVD)
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Cardiovascular Disease (CVD)

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Teacher and student resource pack covering the effects and causes of cardiovascular disease and medical methods for preventing it. Educational Level: SCQF Level 6 (CfE Higher Human Biology, physiology and health) Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a class of disorders that refers to any disease affecting the heart or the blood vessels. It can also be called circulatory disease. This resource pack focuses on the most common cardiovascular diseases (CVD). Other types of cardiovascular disease (CVD) include congenital heart disease (i.e. structural defects in the heart or vessels that are present when at birth), heart valve disease (i.e. disease that affects the valves that control blood flow in the heart) and infective diseases of the heart (such as rheumatic fever). This resource pack will not cover these diseases. Learning outcomes Covers the process of atherosclerosis, thrombosis, causes and effects of peripheral vascular disorders and control of cholesterol levels in the body. This resource was created as part of the as part of the Edinburgh Medical School outreach education. Authors: Amy Gray, Simon Walker & Kay Douglas. Unless otherwise stated, all content is released under a CC BY 4.0 license. Cover image is by Kay Douglas and is licensed under a CC BY license.
Graph Theory: Puzzles and Games
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Graph Theory: Puzzles and Games

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This resource is a set of worksheets about games and puzzles based on simple concepts in graph theory. The resource covers: the seven bridges of Konigsberg, the Shannon Switching game and graph vertex colouring. The resource is aimed at a general public level as formal mathematical knowledge is not required beyond counting, but younger audiences would need more guidance. This resource aims to provide a very basic introduction to graph theory. The activities are designed to get participants to become familiar with how problems can be simplified into graph theory problems and how that may be used to find solutions. In this resource: Graph Colouring: solving scheduling and allocating problems using graphs Instructor guide 4 Party Problems 3 Radio Problems Rivers and Bridges: based on the Bridges of Konigsberg problem Instructor guide Matching activity Worksheets for 4 real cities (including Konigsberg) Shannon Switching game: a simple game which is played on a graph Instructor guide PowerPoint explaining the game (with presentation guide) 4 Virus games Simple examples Design your own graph to win the game This resource was originally developed for the Edinburgh International Science Festival with the School of Mathematics. Authors: Francesca Iezzi, Ana McKellar, Lukas Cerny, Benedetta Mussati and Patrick Kinnear (with additional input from other members of the Maths Outreach Team), adapted for wider audiences by Ana McKellar. Unless otherwise stated, all content (including original images) is released under a CC BY-SA 4.0 license. Cover image is Four Color Problem by Jeff Kubina (Flickr) is licenced under CC BY-SA 2.0.
Food Production and Insects
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Food Production and Insects

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This resource is a set of 5 lesson plans with slides, an experiment (with worksheets for analysing the results) and assessment items. The target audience for this resource is for learners aged between 14 and 16 years. Entomophagy is the human consumption of insects as food - it represents a sustainable alternative to the environmentally destructive effects of livestock based protein. The lessons presented here are based around a project designed to test the food conversion efficiency and water footprint of mealworms. The lessons are presented as 5 individual lessons each 50 minutes in length. They are designed to be incorporated into the school’s curriculum surrounding the food production unit for National 5 students. Providing that classes are taught when the food production unit would normally be delivered, these lessons can act as a detailed blueprint of how to teach the two related subjects in tandem. This resource aims to cover the following Curriculum for Excellence benchmarks: SOC 4-09a - Having evaluated the role of agriculture in the production of food and raw material, I can draw reasoned conclusions about the environmental impacts and sustainability. SCN 4-03a - Through investigating the nitrogen cycle and evaluating results from practical experiments, I can suggest a design for a fertiliser, taking account of its environmental impact. (Particularly the points associated with “Explores and explains the possible impact of the use of fertilisers, for example, algal blooms.”) SCN 4-20a - I have researched new developments in science and can explain how their current or future applications might impact on modern life.   This resource was created as part of the GeoScience Outreach Course at the University of Edinburgh and was originally developed for the Trinity Academy in Edinburgh. Author: Danny Ashton, adapted by Ana Mckellar. Unless otherwise stated, all content is released under a CC-BY-SA 4.0 license. Cover image is Future food: insects (Krabi, Thailand 2015) by Paul Arps (Flickr), licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.
Adaptation and extinction of woolly mammoths
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Adaptation and extinction of woolly mammoths

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Three lessons covering, adaptation, survival characteristics and the extinction of the woolly mammoth with comparison to living elephants. Includes presentation slides and student worksheet with answers. Educational Level: SCQF Level 2 (Biodiversity and interdependence, SCN 2-01a) This resource bundle includes: Lesson 1: Woolly mammoths and the ice age Lesson 2: The pygmy mammoths Lesson 3: Comparison of African elephant and the woolly mammoth Created as part of the School of Geosciences’ Outreach Programme, which allows students in their final year to work in partnership with a local school to develop a set of lesson plans. Author: Chloe Young, adapted by Cecily Plascott. Unless otherwise stated all content is released under a CC-BY 4.0 license. Cover image: Model of Mammuth primigenius at the Royal BC Museum by Iain Reid is licensed under CC-BY-SA-4.0.
Christian Parables teaching resource.
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Christian Parables teaching resource.

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These are teaching resources for use in Religious and Moral Education, and describe some of the parables of the Christian faith as told in the New Testament. Although the resources have been created in consultation with Education Scotland and Scottish school teachers, we hope they will also be useful to teachers in other parts of the UK (or even beyond). The resource is structured to meet the Education Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence standard for RME. The resource is divided according to the three structuring principles of the experiences and outcomes for RME in Scotland: Beliefs, Values and Issues, and Practices and Traditions. Keywords are also provided to indicate the particular relevance of the story. The file contains six parables in PDF format, sorted by the principles stated above, and an introduction to parables. Resources provided as part of the project Approaching Religion Through Story are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License. They are free to use, copy and adapt for all non-commercial purposes. More RME resources can be found at http://www.storyandreligion.div.ed.ac.uk/schools/resources/ , and more OERs from the University of Edinburgh can be found at open.ed.ac.uk . Cover images is Parable of the hidden treasure, by possibly Rembrandt; possibly Gerard Dou, licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.
Stories from Hindu Traditions
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Stories from Hindu Traditions

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These are teaching resources for use in Religious and Moral Education, and describe some of the stories of various Hindu traditions. Although the resources have been created in consultation with Education Scotland and Scottish school teachers, we hope they will also be useful to teachers in other parts of the UK (or even beyond). The resource is structured to meet the Education Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence standard for RME. The resource is divided according to the three structuring principles of the experiences and outcomes for RME in Scotland: Beliefs, Values and Issues, and Practices and Traditions. Keywords are also provided to indicate the particular relevance of the story. The file contains six stories in PDF format, sorted by the principles stated above, and an introduction to the Mahabharata (or Mahābhārata, pronounced ma-haa baa-ra-ta), one of the great epics of India. The Descent of the Ganges also has an accompanying PowerPoint presentation for illustrative purposes. Resources provided as part of the project Approaching Religion Through Story are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License. They are free to use, copy and adapt for all non-commercial purposes. More RME resources can be found at http://www.storyandreligion.div.ed.ac.uk/schools/resources/ , and more OERs from the University of Edinburgh can be found at open.ed.ac.uk . Cover image is Mahabharata, 1852, Miniature 11, from The University of Edinburgh collection, CC BY 3.0.
Bees and Biodiversity
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Bees and Biodiversity

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Three lessons on the contribution that bees make to our planet on the topics of pollination, bee diversity, and hexagons in the bee hive (STEM activity). Lesson 1: Flower structure and pollination Lesson 2: Types of bees Lesson 3: Why bee hives are made up of hexagons Includes lesson plans, activities, presentations and worksheets. Curriculum for Excellence: SCN 1-02a, SCN 1-02b, SCN 2-01a, MTH 1-16a, MTH 1-16b, MTH 2-16a. Author: Natasha Michaelides, School of GeoSciences at The University of Edinburgh, in collaboration with Ratho Primary School, with thanks to Amy Dixon (class teacher, science specialist and STEM advisor).
Sea Level and Climate Change
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Sea Level and Climate Change

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An eight-part project about sea level change since the ice age. Covers glaciation, global warming and isostasy. Includes lesson plans, presentations, workbooks and a template for a timeline poster to illustrate the content of the eight sessions. Educational Level: SCQF Level 3 & 4 (SCN 2.05, 3.05a, 3.05b, 2.17a, 3.20b, 4.08b, SOC 2.07a, 3.07a, 4.07a, 2.08a, 3.08a) This resource bundle includes pdf and editable versions of the following: Lesson plan Learning context Part 1: Introducing the Ice Age Part 2: Finding Evidence for the Ice Age Part 3: The Ice Age and sea-level change Part 4: Coming out of the Ice Age Part 5: Introducing isostasy Part 6: Isostasy and sea-level change Part 7: Current sea-level change Part 8: The impacts of current sea-level change Presentations Lesson slides Isostatic uplift Timeline display Timeline components Student workbook (and version with model answers) Photograph sets and question sets This resource was created as part of the GeoScience Outreach Course which is a 4th year undergraduate course in the School of GeoSciences aiming to provide students with the opportunity to develop their own science communication and engagement project. This resource was originally created for Boroughmuir High School Author: Roseanne Smith, adapted by Stephanie (Charlie) Farley and Martin Tasker. Unless otherwise stated, all content released under a CC BY-SA 4.0 license. Cover image is Getz Ice Shelf by NASA/Dick Ewers, licensed under CC0.
'Attention and Advertising Tactics' Psychology Resource
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'Attention and Advertising Tactics' Psychology Resource

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Presentation with activities about different forms of advertising technique including inattentional blindness, change blindness and Pavlovian conditioning. It also contains short biographies of the two coauthors and details of their academic involvement in psychology. Educational Level: SCQF Level 3 and 4 This resource was created as part of Psychology Outreach and Engagement (in partnership with the School of GeoSciences) which allows undergraduate psychology students to develop new projects aimed at meeting the needs of local community partners as part of their degree Authors: Agniete Pocyte & Lorna Camus, adapted by Tomas Sanders Unless otherwise stated, all content is released under a CC-BY 4.0 license. Cover image is Times Square by Eric Salard (Flickr) is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.
Climate Change Game
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A card game to develop HOTS (Higher Order Thinking Skills) using climate change in the Alps. Learners discuss whether a fictional ski instructor should exchange his skis for bicycle wheels. Included in this guide is ‘Meet the Scientists’, about the real climate scientists. For learners aged 11 to 14. Educational Level: SCQF Level 2 - 3 (SOC 2-12a, SOC 2-13a, SOC 2-14a, SCN 2-20b, SCN 2-20a, MLAN 2-09a, LIT 2-02a, LIT 2-08a, LIT 2-09a) This resource includes: A practitioner guide (PDF and Word versions) Details about learning outcomes Instructions on running the activities Items to be printed off or photocopied to play the game A Meet the Scientists section about the real climate scientists who are Richard Fromm, Jack Schaeffer and Viktoria Engel. Map board for playing the game on Presentations Presentation 1: Setting the Scene: an introduction to Germany, its language and Richard’s dilemma. Presentation 2: “Where is that place?” - Map skills Presentation 3: How to play the Board Game Help Richard decide if he should exchange his skis for bicycle wheels. This resource was created as part of the School of GeoScience Outreach. Author: Kay Douglas. Unless otherwise stated, all content is released under a CC BY 4.0 license. Cover image is Aerial tramway La Grave France by NielsB (Wikimedia commons), licensed under CC-BY-SA-3.0.
Introduction to the Brain
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This resource contains a workshop with activities about the structure and functions of the brain and what happens when it goes wrong. It also contains short biographies of the two co-authors and details of their academic involvement in psychology. It is intended for learners studying the Scottish National 5 Psychology curriculum. Learning outcomes Name and locate the different lobes of the brain. Understand the functions of each brain, and their real-life applications. Actively work in a team with a common goal. Understand the implications of brain damage, such as the case of Phineas Gage. In this resource This resource bundle includes pdf and editable versions of the following: Practitioner Notes: contains in-depth notes as to the characteristics and composition of the brain, along with several support videos that may benefit learners. Also included are the rules for the “Brain Game” Brain Cut Out: a single page with a coloured image of the brain, as required by the “Brain Game” Brain Function and Lobe Names: for use in the “Brain Game” Clue Cards: a set of clue cards for use in the “Brain Game” Clue Card Answers: the corresponding answers to go along with the Clue Cards in the “Brain Game” Meet the Psychologists: a single page document with a short description and picture of the two authors of this resource This resource was created as part of Psychology Outreach and Engagement which allows undergraduate psychology students to develop new projects aimed at meeting the needs of local community partners as part of their degree. This resource was developed in partnership with Craigroyston Community High School, Edinburgh. Lorna Camus, an MA Hons Psychology student and Agniete Pocyte, a BSc Hons Psychology student, produced and delivered the resource with the help of Eric Freund, a teacher at Craigroyston Community High School. We are indebted to Eric, but we would also like to thank his 1A and his 2C classes for their participation and enthusiasm. To find more Open Educational Resources from the University of Edinburgh, visit open.ed.ac.uk. Author: Lorna Camus and Agniete Pocyte, adapted by Kay Douglas and Andrew Ferguson. Unless otherwise stated, all content is released under the CC BY 4.0 license.
Tackling Mental Health
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Tackling Mental Health

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Two workshops covering what mental health is and how to promote it – aimed at learners aged 11 to 14. Includes workshop plans with presentations. Educational Level: SCQF Level 3 (HWB 3-01a, HWB 3-02a, HWB 3-03a, HWB 3-04a, HWB 3-05a, HWB 3-06a, HWB 3-07a) This resource bundle includes lesson plans (pdf and editable word version) and presentation for: Workshop 1: What is mental health? Self-reflection activity What influences by mental health? What is influenced by mental health? Workshop 2: Title Self-reflection activity Strategies for maintaining good mental health Red flags in mental health What is depression? What is anxiety? Quiz This resource was created as part of Psychology Outreach and Engagement which allows undergraduate psychology students to develop new projects aimed at meeting the needs of local community partners as part of their degree. Author: Melina Zavali Unless otherwise stated, all content is released under a CC BY 4.0 license. Cover image is Mental Health by Wokandapix, licensed under the Pixabay license.
Stories from Buddhist Traditions
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Stories from Buddhist Traditions

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These are teaching resources for use in Religious and Moral Education, and describe some of the stories of various Buddhist traditions. Although the resources have been created in consultation with Education Scotland and Scottish school teachers, we hope they will also be useful to teachers in other parts of the UK (or even beyond). The resource is structured to meet the Education Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence standard for RME. The resource is divided according to the three structuring principles of the experiences and outcomes for RME in Scotland: Beliefs, Values and Issues, and Practices and Traditions. Keywords are also provided to indicate the particular relevance of the story. The file contains six stories in PDF format, sorted by the principles stated above, and an introduction to Jakatas. The What’s It Tree and the Prince Vessantara stories both have accompanying PowerPoint Presentations for illustrative purposes. Resources provided as part of the project Approaching Religion Through Story are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License. They are free to use, copy and adapt for all non-commercial purposes. More RME resources can be found at http://www.storyandreligion.div.ed.ac.uk/schools/resources/ , and more OERs from the University of Edinburgh can be found at open.ed.ac.uk . Cover image is Vessantara Jataka, Narrative Scroll, by Anonymous (Thailand) is licensed under CC0.
Sow it, Grow it, Taste it
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Sow it, Grow it, Taste it

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An interdisciplinary approach to growing and tasting vegetables using experiences and outcomes in the sciences, health and wellbeing, numeracy and literacy. Young learners love to be practical and this resource encourages them to grow plants from seed, fruit and vegetable scraps. The learners are encouraged to taste what they grow, where possible, and to discuss their taste preferences. The additional activities suggested include possible scientific investigations, planting up old wellies, growing hanging baskets with salad & herbs or planting bulbs for a present. Encouraging young learners to recognise common fruits and vegetables and consuming five portions of fruit and vegetables daily is included. The Education Scotland website has a series of very useful links about ‘The Way We Grow and Catch Food in Scotland’. Suitable for Early Education under the Scottish CfE. Keywords: Biodiversity and Interdependence, Nutrition, Safe and Hygenic Practice, Food and the Consumer, Creating texts, Data and analysis, Number and Number Processes, ICT to enhance learning. EdUniOER Cover image is Raphanus sativus, red radish variant by Martin Kozák (Wikimedia), licensed under CC0.
Mental Health & Wellbeing Guidance Booklet
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Mental Health & Wellbeing Guidance Booklet

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This resource is a booklet with a collection of strategies for improving mental health and wellbeing, a list of youth support agencies and a section with templates to aid the completion of some strategies. The target audience for this resource is adolescents aged between 12 and 18 years. Educational Level: SCQF Level 3 The booklet aims to satisfy the HWB 3-02a, HWB 3-03a and HWB 2-06a benchmarks in the Health and wellbeing curriculum and includes a combination of strategies in different areas: Sleeping Stress and anxiety Self-esteem and body positivity Socialising Healthy lifestyle Online safety Author: Maria Teixeira-Dias at the University of Edinburgh. Unless otherwise stated all content is released under a CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
Fertilisers in Food Production
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Fertilisers in Food Production

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Brief project covering both the life cycle of plants and where food comes from. The project involves growing baked beans ingredients and includes different recipes for having a baked bean “bake-off”. This resource contains a class workbook and a practitioner’s guide. Educational Level: SCQF Level 2 (SCN 2-02b, SCN 2-03a, SCN 2-14a, HWB 2-35a) This resource is a project covering both the lifecycle of plants and where food comes from. The project involves growing baked beans ingredients and includes different recipes for having a baked bean “bakeoff”. The resource covers the following topics: Where food comes from How food grows? How climate affects food production How seasons affect food production How chemicals affect our food This resource was created as part of the GeoScience Outreach Course which is a 4th year undergraduate course in the School of GeoSciences aiming to provide students with the opportunity to develop their own science communication and engagement project. This resource was originally designed for South Morningside Primary School. Author: Emma Fairlie, adapted by Stephanie (Charlie) Farley. Unless otherwise stated, all content is released under a CC BY 4.0 license. Cover image is Baked beans in tomato sauce by Mk2010 (Wikimedia) is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.
Earth’s materials: volcanic eruptions
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Earth’s materials: volcanic eruptions

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Four lessons giving an introduction to volcanoes and various aspects of geology: Volcano Experiments, “The Debate to Save Heimaey”, Volcanic Eruption Research, and a Field Trip. Educational Level: SCQF Level 2 and 3 (SCN 2-17a, SCN 2-19a, SOC 2-07b, SOC 3-07a, TCH 2-02a, LIT 2-02a, EXA 2-14a) This resource makes use of a variety of educational approaches to introduce learners to volcanoes and various aspects of geology. There are four lessons in this resource that lead on from one another. Lesson 1: Introduction to Volcanos Lesson 2: Eruption of Eldfell - The Debate to Save Heimaey Lesson 3: Volcanic Eruption Research Lesson 4: Arthur’s Seat Field Trip Created as part of the School of Geosciences’ Outreach Programme, which allows students in their final year to work in partnership with a local school to develop a set of lesson plans. Author: Isla Simmons Unless otherwise stated all content is released under a CC-BY 4.0 license. Cover image is: Fissure eruption in Holurhraun (Iceland), 13. September 2014 by Joschenbacher (Wikimedia), licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.
Pokemon Average Posters
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Pokemon Average Posters

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A set of three posters aimed at Primary School learners that lay out different techniques for finding averages, using the example of Pokemon Hit Points. The posters cover mean, mode and median methods, include graphs to visually show averages and information about the advantages and disadvantages of each. Also included are versions of the posters that are editable in PowerPoint. For these to display correctly users will need to download the following free font https://www.urbanfonts.com/fonts/Pokemon__Normal.font Key words: Mean, Mode, Median, Average, Graphs, Pokemon Created as part of the School of Geosciences’ Outreach Programme, which allows students in their final year to work in partnership with a local school to develop a set of lesson plans. To find more Open Educational Resources from the University of Edinburgh, visit http://www.open.ed.ac.uk Authors: Kay Douglas, Tomas Sanders and Rebecca Shannon Unless otherwise stated all content is released under a CC-BY 4.0 license
Psychology Research Methods
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‘Psych Research Methods’ is a resource that ties into the Scottish National 5 Psychology curriculum. It includes detailed presentation slides and notes covering 2 lessons, including student worksheet and in class activities. Key words: Psychology, Research Cover image is
How to conduct Wikipedia Editing training
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How to conduct Wikipedia Editing training

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This resource contains two items, a detailed lesson plan and an accompanying slideshow/deck. Created by The University of Edinburgh’s Wikimedian-in-Residence, Ewan McAndrew, the plan should assist any Wikipedia trainer in how to run a Wikipedia editing training sessions. If you’re located in the UK, please message Wikimedia UK (info@wikimedia.org.uk) to let them know you are planning to run a training session as there are signup sheets, feedback forms and Wikimedia swag materials they can provide you with along with guidance about best practice. They can also potentially link you with Wikipedians in your area to help out at the session. Cover image is Editing Wikipedia by Veronica Erb on Flickr, licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.