Last week we were lucky enough to have Leigh Craig from Google Education UK and Louise Jones from Cairngorm Futures visit Wick High School to judge this year’s cohort of Apps for Good teams to decide which teams were put through to the Apps for Good Scotland event in Edinburgh yesterday.
During the morning of our Dragon’s Den event (they weren’t exactly Dragons), teams pitched their ideas to them. All of this was live streamed in immersive 360 degrees on YouTube for parents, teachers and other pupils to view. All of our teams were incredibly professional in their approach and worked really hard on their ideas, business plans and coded solutions using Thunkable, a drag and drop app development language for Android (and soon to be iOS).
The teams chosen to attend Apps for Good Scotland were:
Runners up were:
After taking the 10 hour journey to Edinburgh on Tuesday, after a good rest we were all ready to pitch at Surgeon’s Hall on Wednesday.
Our teams did Caithness proud with how professional they were in the Marketplace, pitching to other entrants and industry experts. They all showed great teamwork, creativity and technical skills. I personally think our use of Thunkable really set us apart compared to other schools. Our teams were using Google Maps and Firebase cloud database APIs to share data between apps and update each other in real time. Kevin McDonagh from Novoda, an international app development company said that they use Firebase in their apps. How cool is that?! Not to mention that Hayley, who has only been coding for three weeks managed to create an AMAZING prototype that worked beautifully on the day. I would seriously recommend looking into using Thunkable, even if you’re not confident, there’s plenty of resources out there to use.
All attendees were given the choice to vote for their favourite team in a “People’s Choice” award and our very own Midge Forecast won second place. All of our teams were delighted to be taking part and will most definitely be using their makertplace experience to their advantage, should they make it to the UK Apps for Good finals.
Thanks to Chris Aitken, Computing Science teacher, at Wick High School for the above report. If any schools are interested in running the Apps for Good course Chris is happy to give you some advice on getting started. You will find his email in the global address book.
Some further information around the course and a case study from Wick High School is available below and also on the National Improvement Hub here.
Google has published a case study on the groundbreaking work being done in Highland Council working towards a 1:1 Chromebook model for every P6 - S6 pupil. This is the first case study to be published from Google for any school/authority in Scotland.
The report was written a few months ago and since then there has been significant developments in terms of active users and amount of devices across the authority.
Some update stats
Case study at a Glance
What they wanted to do
What they did
What they accomplished
The full case study can be viewed online here.
Huge congratulations to Lundavra Primary School in Fort William in recognition of their work on Digital Learning and Computing Science.
Lundavra PS is a relatively new school and has 1:1 Chromebooks for P5-P7. Having access to digital technology has allowed them to enhance learning and teaching and push forward a digital culture within the school.
Digital Schools Awards Scotland is a new national awards programme which aims to promote, recognise and encourage a whole school approach to the use of digital technology in primary schools.
Schools that successfully complete the programme will receive a nationally recognised Digital Schools Award accredited by Education Scotland. Register your school here or find out more about becoming a digital school.
Lundavra PS has also recently been involved with the Education Scotland Practice Pipeline. The Practice Pipeline pulls together a wide mix of examples which highlight the various ways digital technology can be used in learning and teaching.
This case study features the success they have had exploring Computing Science. In this video the teachers and pupils tell their story about how Barefoot Computing has made a positive impact on the whole school right from first level.
The Digital Learning Team will add news or examples of good practice on here so keep checking back for up to date info.