Technologies

More than 12 million fall into UK digital skills gap

BBC report that More than 12 million fall into UK digital skills gap.

The report, from charity, Go On UK, lists five Basic Digital Skills, all of which involve online safety issues:

  • Managing information: find, manage and store digital information and content
  • Communicating: communicate, interact, collaborate, share and connect with others
  • Transacting: purchase and sell goods and services; organise your finances; register for and use digital government services
  • Problem-solving: increase independence and confidence by solving problems using digital tools and finding solutions
  • Creating: engage with communities and create basic digital content
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National Digital Learning Week 2015 article on Glow

Last week there was a letter in my tray from one of our DHT’s from Education Scotland about their initiative called ‘National Digital Learning Week 2015’. This particular event celebrated the use of technology in schools. What better way than promoting the work librarians make to their school community than a Wiki on Glow? As librarians, we use technology every day, so I thought, why not promote this very fact?

Have a look.

https://digilearn.wikis.glowscotland.org.uk/Spanish+Dictionary+Mission+and+iPads+at+Taylor+High

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Las Fallas

2013_0226_1245The Modern Languages Department decided to study Las Fallas for their Added Value Unit in S3 and contacted me for LRC involvement following the success of the pinatas with S1. Las Fallas is a Valencian fire festival in honour of St Joseph.

And so, Cardinal Newman Does Las Fallas was born.

Naturally we had to seek permission to build a bonfire for the traditional destruction of the Ninot, or model. After the Headteacher had picked herself up off the floor and told us we were mad, she tentatively agreed.

We arranged a visit from the Community Fire Safety Officer, who explained the Health and Safety aspects of our idea and assisted with planning.

2013_0226_1244Game On!

In Valencia, they burn well known and political characters, so after considering various local dignitaries we agreed that a mythological character would be more appropriate. And so we’ve built a 9′ tall Devil from papier mache and chicken wire!

 

Pupils from the Technical Department created the body, and created a passeo or palanquin for participants to carry.

To add a Scottish flavour we’ve booked a pipe band to play along with our own musicians.

Meanwhile, the pupils are studying the fire festival of Las Fallas in their Spanish classes. Each pupil has been asked to write an essay in Spanish about the festival, and the most interesting contributors (six male, six female)will be invited to participate in the event itself.

Watch this space!

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