Posted in Dyslexia, Literacy and English

Read Write Inc. in Edinburgh – Film Premiere!

red carpetTo celebrate the success of the Read Write Inc programme, and further support schools to build on these positive results, Hilary Aitken (Literacy/Dyslexia Support Team) and Alastair McArthur (Multimedia officer) worked with schools and pupils to create a Read Write Inc training film. This was launched at the Filmhouse Cinema on Tuesday 26th April.

All teachers and children from the  schools involved in making this film were invited to the premiere alongside Councillor Paul Godzik and City of Edinburgh Council staff.  It was a great success and thoroughly enjoyed by all. The children were awed into silence on seeing themselves on the big screen and thoroughly enjoyed the tea party afterwards.

More information

Read Write Inc is Edinburgh’s  P3 to P5 literacy intervention programme  for pupils with literacy difficulties.   Read Write Inc uses phonics to help children to learn to read and write while developing a wide range of vocabulary. By participating in the programme, many pupils have been able to develop learning skills to access the full curriculum and have improved their reading confidence.  For more info, see our Read Write Inc page.


Posted in English as an Additional Language (EAL), Literacy and English

The BookTrust website

Are you aware of the BookTrust website?


There are many excellent resources available, covering nursery to secondary.  These include:

and much more!  Take a look!

Posted in Dyslexia, ICT, Literacy and English, Training and events

CPD – Powered by Clicker

The Powered by Clicker Course has been re-arrangedfor the 27th Novemebr 2015. booking available through the CPD directory.

This session will give an overview of the many ‘Powered by Clicker’ add-on resources that are available for Clicker 6.

Resources appropriate for use at Early, First and Second Levels will be shown including:

• Clicker Phonics
• Oxford Reading Tree
• Trackers – encouraging reluctant readers
• New to English and Next Steps to English
• MFL French and Spanish – listening, talking and writing activities
• Find Out and Write About – comprehension and research on a range of popular subjects

Posted in ICT, iPad, Literacy and English

Clicker Apps now have OneDrive integration

Hello everyone!

I hope you are enjoying the last few days of the holidays.

Clicker appsJust a quick titbit for you to hopefully get you enthused about the new session.  While we’ve been off, Crick have enabled school account OneDrive integration for their Clicker apps.  There was a OneDrive option previously, but this was just for personal accounts and didn’t work for us.  This new update means that it is now really easy for you to create resources using the Clicker desktop software and share it with the app.  Hooray!  However, you should be aware that you will be able to see if not open all the files in your OneDrive if you connect the Clicker apps to it so, as always, ensure that you manage your data responsibly.

Do let me know if you try this – I have tested it and it works like a charm.  Hopefully we can build up a bank of great resources that we can share.

Best of luck for the new school year, everyone!

Posted in ICT, iPad, Literacy and English, Visual impairment

SMART kapp® board available to trial!

Hello everyone,

This morning I flexed my spacial awareness brain muscles as I figured out how to get a brand-spanking new SMART kapp® board into my Ford Fiesta.  Thankfully, I managed it without breaking it, so I’m now able to tell you all about it.

The SMART kapp board in action

The SMART kapp® board is an exciting new piece of kit that allows you to capture handwritten notes and send them to mobile devices, tablets, laptops or desktop computers in real-time.  Learners can then save these notes as PDFs or images for perusal later. Continue reading “SMART kapp® board available to trial!”