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Scotland’s School Data

Scotland’s School Data

Have you ever thought about rummaging through the publically available data on school education in Scotland?  It is now available in a very digestible format with lots of easy to follow visualisations. Here are some links that would be of interest to you... Covid19...

Distance Learning Resources

Distance Learning Resources

Some teachers have been trawling the web for resources to use in and around the classroom, especially during the covid-19 period. The pedagogy around distance/remote, online and blended learning has most certainly developed over the past 6 months with more to come!

Lightning Strikes

Lightning Strikes

It is amazing what pops up on news feeds when we have a weather event. There is a website that tracks lightning strikes in various parts of the world. I still need to look in more detail at how the data is gathered but this might be a good project for some of our...

literary responses to COVID-19

literary responses to COVID-19

For literary responses to COVID-19 from writers around the world, check out our Voices from the Pandemic series. This resource is for teachers, learners, parents and carers to use in Expressive arts / Health and wellbeing / Languages / Religious and moral education for Probably Early level / First level.

Discover Sharia and Islamic law

Discover Sharia and Islamic law

Discover Sharia and Islamic law, and learn more about some of the diverse roles they play in Muslim life. This resource is for teachers to use in Religious and Moral Education for For teachers of RME/RMPS at all levels..

Upside-down Faces

Upside-down Faces

Several parts of the brain are responsible for the recognition of aspects of the face. The fusiform gyrus in the temporal lobe does, however, appear to be particularly important in facial perception. In particular, the brain is exceptionally sensitive to small changes...

Data Education in Schools

Data Education in Schools

The Data Education in Schools team brings together leading educational researchers, professional learning and digital skills consultants, and business development expertise working towards a vision of improved data literacy across Scotland. We are part of Moray House...

Stacking rings – Mental health risk and resilience

Stacking rings – Mental health risk and resilience

A stacking rings activity to stimulate conversation around risk & resilience.

Our stacking rings activity was inspired by Dr Jehannine Austin’s jar analogy. 
We are born with a certain amount of genetic vulnerability (yellow balls), but over time, we also accumulate stressful experiences (orange triangles), which can tip us over into an active episode of mental ill-health (full jar).
Protective factors such as exercise and good sleep add ‘rings’ to the top of our mental health jar, and expand its capacity. 

Stacking rings – Mental health risk and resilience

Paper Chain People

A ‘paper chain people’ activity to stimulate conversation around stratified medicine

This activity was designed for a family science festival audience. 

Stacking rings – Mental health risk and resilience

Big Data Research Processes

A card-swiping computer game to explore the complexities of Big Data research. 

The premise of the game:

You are the researcher in charge of a Big Data project.
You need to keep Knowledge, Ethics, Money and People in balance (the symbols at the top of the game screen)
Make decisions by swiping each card (scenario) left or right (yes or no), but be warned, every decision has consequences.
Have you got what it takes to keep the world of big data in balance?
Tip: Gently the tip the card to read the possible answers

Neuroscience Resources

Neuroscience Resources

Here you will find a curated list of free online resources to help you teach neuroscience concepts in the classroom or revise at home. Furthermore, these resources are linked to specific points on your Biology syllabus to assist you in pinpointing exactly where they fit in.

Project Soothe

Project Soothe

The resource provides a collection of wellbeing tools designed by young Citizen Scientists aged 10-21 years old. Children and young people are invited to test these wellbeing tools as young Citizen Scientists and to use them as self-help tools at their leisure. Children and young people are also invited to submit their own soothing images to the Project Soothe’s database which will be displayed in a gallery on the website. 

Edinburgh Maths Circle

Edinburgh Maths Circle

The Edinburgh Maths Circle is an opportunity for children aged 5 to 16 and their families to join us for an afternoon of fun and stimulating hands-on mathematics. This post gives you instructions to sign up to the mailing list to be notified of future events.

The April Maths Circle has been cancelled due to the current situation. 

If you would like to be notified of future Maths Circle events, you can subscribe to the Maths Circle mailing list. To do that, please send an email to sympa@mlist.is.ed.ac.uk with no subject, and text:

SUBSCRIBE edinburgh-maths-circle Name Surname QUIT

You will then receive an automatic email, asking you to confirm your subscription.

If you need any further information, please contact Francesca Iezzi by phone (0131 650 5842) or email (francesca.iezzi@ed.ac.uk).

Number Recognition Snap!

Number Recognition Snap!

A simple “Snap” card game suitable for young children (early or 1st level), but also suitable for older pupils who are still practicing counting and recognising numbers from 0 to 10