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Ollie Bray
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Google My Maps is a powerful tool if you want to show custom information spatially. Like all the Google Tools it is very simple to use and can produce some powerful results. Here is a quick map that I pulled together this morning to show the locations of the various schools that Kingussie High School teaching staff are visiting today on their ‘looking outwards day’. The final result is a lot better than a list!

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Just wanted to flag up that the Google Family Link Android App is now available in the UK.

Parents can use it to create a Google Account for their child that is similar to their own and do things like manage apps, keep an eye on screen time and set a bedtime for your child's device. Tools like this are very important in the Family Learning agenda.

Follow the link for more information.
Google Family Link – Home
Google Family Link – Home
families.google.com

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Hello Everyone. I have been at the Dundee Headteachers Conference today and sharing ideas around curriculum design and how good curriculum design can have such a positive impact on attainment. All of this is, of course, enhance with the appropriate use of technology for learning & Teaching, Tracking & Monitoring, planning the learner journey, etc. Sharing the slide deck here in case they are of interest to the wider GEG Scotland Group.

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This looks Amazing - loads of scope here for games design in schools!

You can now build real-world games using Google Maps APIs. Learn how #GameDevelopers can bring the richness of Google Maps to @unity3d—one of the most popular mobile game engines.

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I have converted the 'Preparing students for the future of work' .pdf to a .jpg so it is easier to share on some networks. Some of the headline statistics are quite interesting and should spark a little bit of debate.

Link to article / report here: https://www.eiuperspectives.economist.com/talent-education/fostering-exploration-and-excellence-21st-century-schools
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Published this week & worth a read - Fostering exploration and excellence in 21st century schools.

"The need for education systems to evolve along with the demands of the global economy is certain. But the question of how to implement this change at the classroom level is less clear. The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) embarked on a research programme, sponsored by Google for Education, that explores the strategies that are most effective for developing 21st century skills and how technology can support such efforts.

In this report, Fostering exploration and excellence in 21st century schools, we discuss the findings of our research, which includes a global survey of 1,200 teachers and administrators from 16 countries around the world. The research programme builds upon the EIU’s 2015 study, Driving the skills agenda: Preparing students for the future, which assessed shifts in skills needs."

Link to report: https://www.eiuperspectives.economist.com/talent-education/fostering-exploration-and-excellence-21st-century-schools

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I have used these videos as a context for my first assembly back after the holidays for the last 5 years or so. If you have not seen them before they are worth a look, very well put together, the kids love them and they really make you think.

Here are the top ten 2017 search terms as well: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-42323702

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We had an enjoyable afternoon at Kingussie High School 'hacking & re-mixing' a varity of old Christmas toys. Some of the most sucessful were the ones with new LEGO exo-skeletons & sensors using our LEGO WeDo 2.0 kits that were programmed via bluetooth on the Chromebooks. We do all need more work on our sewing skills though!
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Royal Society follow up report titled, 'After the reboot: computing education in UK schools' was published this week. Key reading for all those interested in computing and computer science education - https://royalsociety.org/~/media/policy/projects/computing-education/computing-education-report.pdf

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Free XMA / Google Event at Stirling High School on 6th December 2017) - find out how schools and LAs can be supported to use G Suite and Chromebooks. Register FREE http://bit.ly/2AwwQ37
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