Ian Stuart (@islayian) and I first met David Christian at the Microsoft Partners in Learning Global Education Forum in Washington DC in November 2011. David was talking about Big History and we were instantly impressed with the quality of David’s presentation, his passion for education and how the concept of Big History fitted with the principles of CfE. You can see my short write up of his talk here.
Since Washington Ian has remained in contact with David and facilitated a conversation between him and Joe Wilson, Head of New Ventures at the SQA. Ian and Joe were keen to explore how we might get Scottish Schools involved in the piolet programme for 2012/2013 before the large scale worldwide rollout in 2013/2014.
The rest as they say is history and we are excited to announce that…
Winging its way out to Directors of Education and Headteachers today was a superb opportunity for three Scottish Schools and their science & social subjects departments.
To apply for this opportunity - we need an Education Authority’s nomination of three suitable schools.
The project will meet the travel and subsistence costs associated with the programme but will not provide cover costs for the induction programme.
Applications will be screened by panel drawn from SQA, Education Scotland and The Big History Project.
Applications should consist of one side A4 with a simple statement from each of three nominated schools on Why the Big History project appeals to them.
Attached to the application we need a name and short resume of the Science and Social Science Teacher nominated to take part in induction programme from each of the three schools. Given the tight timescale on this nominees need to hold a full British Passport.
Applications close on Monday 5th of March - successful applicants will be contacted to make travel arrangements on 7th of March .
Hosted by my good pal Jonathan Baggaley and with interviews from leading experts such as, Professor Tanya Byron, Dr Linda Papadopoulos and Reg Bailey, as well as key industry players from Facebook, Club Penguin and Moshi Monsters , the online guide aims to equip parents and carers with the tools to have those tricky conversations with their children to help keep their family safe online.
I'm not sure that the ants would be particularly happy about this research project but the final result is really quite amazing.
Basically, researchers pump concrete into a giant ant hill. It takes a little bit longer than they expect (3 days to be precise) and they get through 10 tonnes of concrete.
Then they leave the concrete to set and three weeks later start excavating the site to revile what the inside of the colony looks like. The result is an intricate structure, equivalent in labour to humans building the Great Wall of China.
Worth a watch and a great resource to support the teaching of science.
I’ve been enjoying Anthony Salcito’s (Vice President of Microsoft Worldwide Education) new daily edventures blog. The idea is to post a profile every day of an educator / thought leader that Anthony meets during his 2012 travels to schools and education systems around the world.
Anthony was over in the UK last week speaking at the Learning Without Frontiers Conference in London (Great job Graham and the team BTW!). During his visit he also made a trip north to Scotland to visit Scottish Government, Education Scotland and the SQA. I bumped into Anthony at the Education Scotland offices n Glasgow and we managed to have a great off-the-cuff chat about education networks, gaming in education and playful learning. I think that Microsoft are likely to have big plans for this space and the Kinect SDK for Windows and their new Kinect Playful Learning titles are just one part of this.
Anyway, today I’m the latest person to feature on Anthony’s daily edventures blog - so a huge thank you for your kind words and encouragement. You can read the full piece here.
I agree with you Anthony… there has never been a more exciting time for education and the opportunities to innovate are greater than ever before.
The Scottish Education Awards celebrate the hard work and success which takes place in Scottish education. They recognise the achievements of people who dedicate their lives to children and young people and showcase the valuable work and innovation in Scottish classrooms. Nominations close on Friday 2 March 2012.