Friday, November 16, 2018

Scholar Tutoring Glasgow Revision Courses Dates

Scholar Tutoring offers a wide range of courses for students sitting SQA exam at National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher.
These courses range weekly, one day, three days or four days at critical times during the academic year.

Our courses run October, November, December, February, April and May.
For Prelims, we offer Weekly Classes, Unit in a day and Christmas School

For May exams we run, Unit in a day in February and Easter Revision over both weeks of the April Easter Holiday.

Grade Booster takes place Saturday or Sunday before the relevant exams, ensuring that the student is fully prepared and feeling confident to sit there SQA exams.

COURSES DURATION DATES
Weekly 8 Weeks Nov - Oct
Unit In a Day 1 Day Sunday 25th Nov
Unit In a Day 1 Day Sunday 2nd Dec
Christmas School 3 Days 27th, to 29th December
Easter Week One 4 Days 1st to 4th April
Easter Week Two 4 Days 8th to 11th April
Grade Booster 1 Day Saturday 27th April
Grade Booster 1 Day Sunday 28th April
Grade Booster 1 Day Saturday 4th May
Grade Booster 1 Day Sunday 5th May
Grade Booster 1 Day Saturday 11th May
Grade Booster 1 Day Sunday 12th May

Glasgow SQA Revision Courses

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Scholar Tutoring Glasgow Revision Courses Dates

Scholar Tutoring offers a wide range of courses for students sitting SQA exam at National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher.
These courses range weekly, one day, three days or four days at critical times during the academic year.

Our courses run October, November December, February, April and May.
For Prelims, we offer Weekly Classes, Unit in a day and Christmas School

For May exams we run, Unit in a day in February and Easter Revision over both weeks of the April Easter Holiday.

Grade Booster takes place Saturday or Sunday before the relevant exam, ensuring that the student is fully prepared and feeling confident to sit there SQA exam in a few days.

COURSES DURATION DATES
Weekly 8 Weeks Nov - Oct
Unit In a Day 1 Day Sunday 25th Nov
Unit In a Day 1 Day Sunday 2nd Dec
Christmas School 3 Days 27th, to 29th December
Easter Week One 4 Days 1st to 4th April
Easter Week Two 4 Days 8th to 11th April
Grade Booster 1 Day Saturday 27th April
Grade Booster 1 Day Sunday 28th April
Grade Booster 1 Day Saturday 4th May
Grade Booster 1 Day Sunday 5th May
Grade Booster 1 Day Saturday 11th May
Grade Booster 1 Day Sunday 12th May

Article Source Here: Scholar Tutoring Glasgow Revision Courses Dates

https://glasgow.scholartutoring.co.uk/revision-course/dates/

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Project Pals: The Perfect PBL Software for Project Based Learning

PBL Software Review

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis

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Project Pals is a powerful new tool that lets students organize projects. Starting from a template that you’ve designed to guide your students through the project, they can collaborate or work together to explore, learn, brainstorm, and create.

 

As I’ve been testing this app with my students, I’ve found some exciting features. In this post, I’ll share how this app works and my thoughts on how you can use it in your classroom.

This post is sponsored by Project Pals. All opinions are my own.

How to Start Using Project Pals

Project Pals PBL Software

Project Pals has started project templates or you can make your own projects from scratch.

First, Project Pals is free for teachers who sign up. I just clicked on the Google button and signed in with my Google account. Your first 20 projects

are free, so it’s easy to get started.

Your 20 free projects are counted by how many student projects you have. That means one collaborative project with 20 students counts as a single project, but 20 individual projects count as 20.

starter project in Project Pals

Each starter project template can be fully explored before you assign it to a class or customize it for your needs.

When you launch Project Pals, you can see the catalog of projects that you can use as “starter projects. You can copy these projects and use them with your students. In fact, I suggest using one of these to get started. Just click the image and click “clone” to start using it in one of your classes. You can also create your projects from scratch as I did with our podcast project.

Standards Aligned Project Search

These starter projects are aligned with Common Core standards and are already built for you. You can also tag and create your own standards to find them later.

Project Pals Common Core Standards Alignment

This digital citizenship project is aligned with several Common Core State Standards.

Tracking Student Participation

After a student creates the project from the template, they can add other collaborators. This

Project Pals participation statistics

When my students started seeing participation in the project, activity began increasing in the project workspace on Project Pals.

method of setting up collaboration is important — students are doing the creating and initiating. So have one student begin, and then add the other students on their team.

After the collaboration project has been established, you’ll start seeing statistics immediately.

Before I go into Project Pals’ many features, I should mention the feature that I’ve wished I could have forever in project-based tools. In the past, I’ve often used wikis to manage and track projects. However, this wouldn’t really let me see what the students were doing.

The easiest way to explain the power of tracking is to compare the Project Pals workspace to a wiki. On a wiki, each page has a history and a teacher can see which student added or made changes to a wiki page. However, Project Pals is even more powerful. Every single object added to a workspace — from a graphic to text to a photograph of some kind — each object has a “history.” This means that you can not only see who added an object, but who changed it. You just right click on the object and click the information button to see the history.

Task Management

Each project includes not only a workspace (more on that later) but also a Kanban-like task board like you would use in Trello.

Editor’s Note: Kanban is a method of task management for groups. Some people call it “task boards.” Here’s a YouTube video I made some time ago about this method of collaborating on projects using a tool called Trello. For those of you familiar with Trello, this task board feature is built right into Project Pals.

Students create tasks and assign them to themselves or one another. They can assign dates and priorities, and drag them from “to do” to “in progress” and “done.” This is a powerful dashboard for looking at the project work and for teaching students a Silicon Valley-style system of tracking projects.

Trello Kanban agile task project management student board

This task board is based on principles used in silicon valley called “agile software development” using tools like a Kanban board. (See information in the video.)

Basic Features in Project Pals

When entering a project, you’ll see several links:

  • Project Details – explain the details and include an introductory “trailer” to start the project.
  • Standards – include the standards aligned with this project.
  • Supporting Materials – the rubrics, materials, and handouts for this project.
  • Tasks – the task board that we’ve already discussed.
  • Presentations – the collaborative presentations created by group members for this project.
  • Statistics – the details of recent activity and the pie chart breaking down participation.
  • Evaluation – information on the rubrics for this project.
  • Workspace – where students brainstorm, work, and collaborate. The heart of any project in Project Pals, this is where students typically spend most of their time.
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The dashboard for each project includes project details, standards, supporting materials, the task board, a group presentation tool, statistics about participation, and the evaluation rubrics. The workspace button takes students to the primary work area although they will also work in the dashboard on tasks and their presentations.

Working Together in the Workspace

Students work together in the workspace. As you can see in the example below, they were brainstorming about names for their podcast. First, they added their thoughts. Then another student organized the thoughts as they discussed them in class.

Student brainstorming board in project pals

Here’s a copy of the student brainstorming board in Project Pals.

Project Pals analysis tools

Built-in analysis tools are ready to add to your project.

There are so many features inside Project Pals, including:

  • Components – charts, explanatory units, and graphics that you can add for students to use.
  • Events – step-by-step processes including examples like photosynthesis or a sequence of events in a piece of literature. (See video below.)
  • Analysis – some typical methods of analysis are included and ready to add for students to analyze pieces of a project.
  • Scenes – a typical way to group things in the workspace.

Who Can Use Project Pals?

When experimenting with this tool, I found that I couldn’t really compare it to anything on the market now. For example, some parts work like Wikispaces used to, but not quite. Some parts let you attach Google Docs and other tools, so the tight integration with Google actually adds project management on top of the collaborative tools that we’re already using.

Project Pals is perfect for any student capable of using an electronic tablet, Chromebook, or device to create and share. Usefully, it can easily let students add the graphics and everything they might create in apps on those devices.

However, Project Pals does something that no other tool does – it creates the collaborative workspace, task boards, and connective space to let projects thrive and grow.

I hope you’ll try Project Pals and let me know what you think! I’m excited by what I see. I think this is a novel approach to project management. Students are creating and collaborating while their teacher coaches them — just the way projects should be!

Disclosure of Material Connection: This is a “sponsored podcast episode.” The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I believe will be good for my readers and are from companies I can recommend. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

How to Revise for Prelims

As the evenings draw darker, and your teen’s time at school is ever busy, you might be wondering how they’re going to get stuck into some revision for their prelims. You may already know that it’s wise for your child to prepare for these, but with a full timetable- and festive season on its way- it may be tricky to find the time!

 

Practice Papers / Past Papers

Your child will soon start to notice that they are asked to practise their examinations papers, again and again. Whilst it can start to seem like they know the style of questions like the back of their hand (this is a good thing,) there is reason to believe that it is one of the most effective ways to revise.

This is because, not only does your child put their learning and knowledge into coherent answers, but they also have the chance to rehearse timings and techniques. This is a vital part of being successful at examinations.

In preparation for prelim exams, your child should certainly consider tackling some practice papers and putting their exam technique to the test!

Revision Courses

As a revision provider, we know that our revision classes are hugely beneficial: therefore, we include courses specifically for prelims. We do this because we know there are many conscientious students hoping to achieve high grades. Revising well for prelim exams also sets your child well on their way for graded exams come Spring-time!

For pupils with January prelims our Christmas courses are a fantastic way of revising over just a three day period, so you teen still gets the chance to rest, relax and relish in the spirit of the festive break! By attending our courses across the 27th, 28th and 29thof December, your child has the opportunity to revise intensively, with a small group of other students. Each session is led by a subject specialist: providing structure, revision materials, exam practice and support. This can make a major difference to your teen’s prelim exam results.

This year, our SQA courses will deliver 6 hours of revision, covering: English, Maths, Chemistry, Physics and Biology (at National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher.)

We have been running Christmas School's since 2011. However, we have had some requests to offer support to pupils sitting prelims in December, if that is your child we have added Unit in a day courses to support them at this critical time.

To run the following courses, we need a minimum number of students to attend. The courses have been set up on a pre-booking system if you are interested in any of the courses please signup before the 15th of November.

Revisit the Learning

It’s wise to think of the school holidays like ‘pit stops’ during an exam year.

It’s an opportunity to ‘work on’ learning from the previous years and months. Where possible, encouraging your child to bring home books or utilise revision materials will help them. The hope is that your child feels confident in their knowledge come exam time, and so recalling what they’ve learnt- again and again- will help for prelims and beyond!

Revision doesn’t have to be dull and it doesn’t have to an exercise of writing things over and over again. In fact, active revision is often much more effective. Flash cards, audio tools and applying a bit of creativity to their revision is much more likely to help them learn.

On that note…setting aside specific days for revision, over the Christmas holidays, will bode well. As a family, you might have lots to fit in.

Signing up to specific days, like our revision courses, is a practical way to ensure your child has an allotted time to prepare for those all-important prelim exams!

Article Source Here: How to Revise for Prelims

https://glasgow.scholartutoring.co.uk/revision-course/how-to-revise-for-prelims/

How do I help my students use iPads? Teaching students to troubleshoot and use iPads effectively

Pana Asavavatana on Episode 388 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis

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Pana Asavavatana won the ISTE Kay Bitter Award for 2018 as a top technology using kindergarten teacher. In today’s show, she digs deep about how she teaches her students to use iPads.

Pana Asavavatana

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Pana Asavavatana’s Bio As Submitted


Pana is the PreK-1 Technology and Design Coach at Taipei American School. She is the creator of the Traveling Teddy Bear project (http://travelingteddybear.com/), founder of Twitter chat #IntEarlyEd (formerly #KchatAP), and 2018 awardee for ISTE’s Kay L. Bitter Vision Award.

Blog: http://mspanasays.com

Twitter: @PanaAsavavatana

 

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Monday, November 5, 2018

Are Smartphones in the Classroom a Smart Move?

Liz Kolb in episode 387 of the 10-Minute Teacher

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Liz Kolb reflects upon how far cell phones have come since she wrote one of the first books on cell phones in the classroom. Are Smartphones a good idea? We discuss the pro’s and cons.

387 Liz Kolb

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Liz Kolb’s Bio as Submitted


Liz is a clinical assistant professor in education technologies at The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI. She authored Toys to Tools: Connecting Student Cell Phones to Education (published by ISTE in 2008), Cell Phones in the Classroom: A Practical Guide for the K-12 Educator (published by ISTE in 2011), Help Your Child Learn With Their Cell Phone and Web 2.0 (published by ISTE in 2013), Learning First, Technology Second (published by ISTE in 2017). In addition, Liz has published numerous articles and book chapters on new technologies and education in prominent publications such as Education Leadership, School Administrator Magazine, Scholastic, Edutopia, ISTE’s Edtekhub, and Learning and Leading with Technology. Liz has done consulting work and has been a featured and keynote speaker at conferences all over the United States and Canada.

Liz is currently co-chairing an auxiliary committee for the U.S. Office of Education Technology on sustainable professional development in teacher education. She is a MACUL board member and a member of the COSN advisory board for mobile learning and emerging technologies. She is passionate about engaging students in education and leveraging learning opportunity through digital technologies. Liz is also the creator and coordinator of the Triple E Framework (http://tripleeframework.com), which is an open-source framework for K-12 teachers and administrators to use to assess the effectiveness of technology in lesson plans. Liz runs a blog at http://cellphonesinlearning.com

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Sunday, November 4, 2018

How to Hold Better Meetings

Rushton Hurley on Episode 386 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis

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Rushton Hurley gives us ideas for improving meetings. He also talks about how to improve communication between administrators and teachers (including how to get people to read your emails.)

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Book Giveaway: Making Your Teaching Something Special

Rushton Hurley’s Bio As Submitted


Rushton HurleyRushton Hurley has worked and studied on three continents as a high school Japanese language teacher, principal of an online high school, a teacher trainer, and a speaker. He founded and is executive director of the educational nonprofit Next Vista for Learning, which houses a free library of videos by and for teachers and students at NextVista.org. He is heavily involved in service efforts in his community and holds masters degrees in Education and East Asian Studies from Stanford University.

Rushton regularly keynotes at conferences and has trained and worked with teachers and school leaders around the world His fun and thoughtful talks center on inspiration and creativity; the connection between engaging learning and useful, affordable technology; the power of digital media; and the professional perspectives and experiences of teachers at all levels. His first book, Making Your School Something Special, was released by EdTechTeam Press in January of 2017. His second book, Making Your Teaching Something Special, was released in June 2017.

Blog: http://www.nextvista.org/

Twitter: @rushtonh

Related Show: How to Make Your Teaching Something Special with Rushton Hurley (Episode 166)

how to run a better meeting

 

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