Digital Dundee – One City, Many Technologists

Celebrating learning in technologies

May 25, 2017
by Mrs Mackay

Digital Dundee Technologies Educators Meet Up

As part of Digital Learning Week and Digital Dundee Learning Fortnight, the Digital Dundee Learning Team held our first Technologies Educators Meet Up sponsored by Outplay Academy and Code Club Scotland. The event was held at Outplay’s Offices in Vision building to allow educators from across the city the opportunity to see what one of the biggest Games Companies looks like on the inside and have a clearer understanding of what goes on within a games company when discussing digital workplaces with pupils.

Representatives from nursery, primary and secondary schools as well as Abertay University ( Liam Dick),  Code Club Scotland (Dr Lorna Gibson), Education Scotland (Louise Foreman) The Raspberry Pi Foundation (Oliver Quinlan) and Dundee Raspberry Pi Jam (Kerry Kidd) discussed and shared their experiences in Computing Science education.

Thanks to all presenters.



May 17, 2017
by Mrs Mackay

ICT at St Ninian’s PS

St Ninian’s Primary School have been very busy sharing their learning across the curriculum using Glow Blogs. Each class has their own blog which they use to share learning experiences with parents and the wider community. For Digital Dundee Learning fortnight and National Digital Learning Week we are highlighting their use of Glow Blogs and technologies.

This blog post highlights just some of their posts about their use of the Technologies curriculum. Click the title of each post to see their full blog.

P1 posted:

Watch this Space! Lights, Camera, Action!!

To help next year’s new Primary 1’s get to know our school and meet some of the children and grown-ups before they come in the summer, we are going to be working with the other classes to record a ‘Welcome to our St Ninian’s Family’ mini movie using our i pads.  Before we start recording we are going to share some of the things we were worried or unsure about before we came to school. We are also going to tell everyone what we love about our school.  Miss Thompson will then put it all together with the help of some older children. We can’t wait to see how it turns out!

P3 posted :

ICT learning

Today in ICT we practised more class learning through games. We are getting very good at logging on quickly and saving games as favourites so we can play them again and again.

Here are some of the games if you would like to play them at home:


More ICT fun

When we were in the ICT suite, we enjoyed playing these games to reinforce class learning, and saved them as favourites so we could find them easily again.

Here are the addresses, so you can play them at home if you would like to: choose materials 2


P 4/5 posted:


Today, we began to use the programme Scratch. This is a tool that allows us to control the movements of different characters or sprites. Coding means that we can tell the character what to do by creating a computer script. The script is like a jigsaw puzzle that we have to put together. The jigsaw puzzle or script needs to fit together in order for it to work.

We had amazing fun creating and adding sprites. We put in some funky background and we even made our sprites speak!

P4 posted ;

ICT Coding

During Thursday’s  ICT lesson we learnt about event handlers and created our own Flappy Bird game using them. Some of us got very creative and changed our games to make them more fun and unique. Next time we hope to try out different event handlers and play each other’s games. We are getting very confident at this coding business now. ☺



Today as part of the V&A Transition Project we worked with the A.M nursery boys and girls to design what cars might look like in 2068. We designed the cars on paper first then we used Textease to bring our designs to life.

May 17, 2017
by Mrs Mackay

Digital Scotland Fibre Showcase – DigiBus Tour

Three our of our Dundee Secondary schools are getting a visit from the BT Digital Scotland Fibre Showcase this week as part of our Digital Dundee Learning Fortnight and National Digital Learning Week 2017.

St John’s High School, Grove Academy and Morgan Academy are all hosting the bus for a day during which time pupils in Broad General Education will have the opportunity to visit the bus whilst hearing and seeing how fibre optic networks work, what the role of the BT Open reach engineers is and how Computing Science plays a part in this. They also get to find out about what is required to upgrade the existing  networks, landlines and internet connections which they may have in their home and what the content of the BT boxes are in the streets around where they stay.

These sessions are a valuable way in which our learners are developing skills for learning and work whilst getting to see and learn about real life applications of their computing science skills and understanding of networks. Many thanks to the Scotland Superfast Team at BT, the class teachers in secondary schools who are supporting their pupils with this visit and Alan Dobson, DCC City Development and Smart Cities Projects.


May 17, 2017
by Mrs Mackay

World Scratch Day and Scratch Dundee Day 13th May 2017

A part of the worldwide 10 year anniversary celebrations of Scratch Day, we hosted a Scratch Dundee Day ( #scratchdundee) to allow our learners across the city the opportunity to come and showcase their skills they have been learning in Primary School, Secondary School and at Code Clubs. We also encouraged anyone who hadn’t yet had the chance to use this fun and creative computing science language to come a try it out whilst being supported by a range of Code Club volunteers.

Using Central Library’s Opportunities Area we met with pupils from as young as P2 through to S2 who were there with their friends and families and who all enjoyed creating challenges and games whilst developing their computing skills. Several parents accompanied their children to the event and everyone joined in.

It was a super day and thanks go to all the fab volunteers who gave up their day as well as Central Library’s Alistair Wilson for supporting us in the venture and letting us share their library.

Should you want to know more about about starting a Code Club in your school or volunteering as a Code Club volunteer please go to





May 17, 2017
by Mrs Mackay

Dundee Primary Games Jam 2017

On Thursday 11th May 2017 15 teams of programmers and graphic artists of the future, came together from all across Dundee at the 3rd Dundee Primary Games Jam 2017 at the University of Dundee.  This extremely exciting event allowed these Primary Seven pupils to see a path for themselves as the young digital workforce in addition to developing and showcasing their computer science and graphic design skills.

Pupils were given two presentation from leading industry experts James Wood of Bluedoor Games and Kenny Lowe of Bright Solid.

James, a Bafta award winning programmer shared his school and career pathway into the Games industry as well as the key skills he feels the pupils should develop if they wish to succeed in this field. He also, spoke about how transferable a lot of the soft skills such as communication are and how Computing Science is a valuable tool as it can support learning in lots of way.

Kenny, Head of Emerging Technology in his company inspired listeners by expelling how they will be the creators of the new advances in computing science and society itself. As computing scientist and digital creatives they will shape the machines, process and design of the future environment.

After these presentations, learners had two and half hours to code and design a game which would either resolve or encourage the resolution of a Health and Wellbeing problem within their community. They had the choice of any aspect of the Curriculum for Excellence Health and Wellbeing Curriculum and this allowed them to all create unique games for our judges to look at and explore.
Judging was carried out in pairs by industry experts;

•Dr Lorna Gibson – Code Club Scotland Co-ordinator , Raspberry Pi Foundation

•Kenny Lowe – Head of Emerging Technologies, Bright Solid

•Dr Karen Petrie – Associate Dean for Learning & Teaching (School of Science & Engineering) University of Dundee

•James Wood – Bluedoor Games

•Lesley Morrison – Computing Science Department, Dundee and Angus College

•Louise Foreman – Digital Skills Team, Education Scotland

All judges were hugely impressed by the skills our primary pupil

demonstrated in such a short amount of time. and the atmosphere, focus

and creativity in the labs was fantastic.

During the pupils’ lunch session each school met with the judges and shared their process of creating their game with the judges. Once each group had been marked, the final three teams presented their games in a  packed lecture theatre to their peers, visitors and leading figures from industry and other Local Authorities. Their fellow pupils then voted for the final order of winners using Plickers to will vote for the team they think should win, based on their concept, game and graphics.

The winning teams were;

1st Place Rosebank Primary School

2nd Place Claypotts Castle Primary School

3rd Place St Joseph’s Primary School

Notable mentions from creativity and skill in graphics went to

  • Our Lady’s Primary School
  • SS Peter and Pauls Primary School
  • Rosebank Primary School

The three winning teams each received four BBC Microbits, a 3D printed trophy an Hello World Magazine and several Code Club and RM goodies. The overall winning team Rosebank PS also received a Raspberry Pi Complete Kit and will go on a work experience visit to Outplay Entertainment.

All participants received a certificate for taking part and were a credit to their schools!

To see what schools, and visitors tweeted during their day Google or search the Twitter hashtag#loopdundee .

A huge well done and thank you to all the pupils, staff, teachers, supporters, sponsors and visitors who came along and made the day very special.







Secondary Games Jam

May 10, 2017 by Mr Christie | 0 comments

Six of our Dundee Secondary schools brought teams of 4 digital technologists to take part in the first Secondary Games Jam on Tuesday 9th May. The teams were set a challenge by Alan Dobson DCC Business Development Officer to devise, code and promote a game using Scratch on the theme of Smart Cities. Pupils were assisted by a group of mostly student volunteers from Abertay and D&A College. The games were judged by a panel of experts including professionals from YoYo Games, Brightsolid and CodeClub Scotland. First place was awarded to Braeview Academy and second place to Morgan Academy.

May 8, 2017
by Mrs Mackay

Digital Dundee Learning Fortnight Day One

Digital Dundee Learning Fortnight (8th – 19th May 2017) got underway with two events at Abertay University. This morning 200 primary pupils from Blackness PS, Craigiebarns PS, Dens Road PS, Fintry PS and Rosebank Primary came along to a Presentation and Question session which allowed them to see a wide range of ways in which computing science can be applied. The topics covered during the 20 Years of Gaming event ranged from Cyber Resilience to the Internet of Things, Rockets and Space Balloons to the difference between plays and games. The pupils all had the opportunity to go around the Abertay Graduate Degree Show and have hands on sessions on a huge range of projects from this years students.



This evening several educators from across the authority and beyond attended a Digital Dundee Education Network Event. This was a super way to see and hear how the new updated Technologies Curriculum can to progress into career pathways at Universities such as Abertay. It was fascinating to hear about all the fantastic courses on offer and how students and lecturers would be willing to support schools (some have already been out to Dundee schools). It was also a great way for our practitioners to make useful links for skills for learning, life and work events and learning opportunities as we are all looking to develop as fluid transitions as possible between stages and educational establishments. Attendees were also given a tour of the Degree Show to reinforce the range of applications where computing science and A huge thank you to everyone who came along and to Abertay University for allowing our pupils and staff this opportunity.


May 8, 2017
by Mrs Mackay

Digital Dundee Learning Has a New Logo

 To mark the launch of Digital Dundee Learning Fortnight we have a new logo! This will help you to identify events which are being organised by us. We hope you like it and we wondered if over the fortnight your school Digital leaders perhaps wanted to create a digital logo for their school.


Logos should be in some way linked to your school identity and refer to something digital (ours is ‘the cloud’). We would love you to upload your entries to this blog or tweet them using the hashtags #digidundeelearningfest.


There will be a microbit for the winning entry and judging will take place on Wednesday 24th May 2017. Good luck to all your graphic artists of the future!

May 1, 2017
by S. Dundee


This blog is a way to share the learning and teaching going on all across Dundee in Technologies. It is a public space to share great practice, achievements and inspiring opportunities in all aspects of the Technologies Curriculum.

2017 marks the launch of the first Digital Dundee Learning Fortnight which will run between 8th – 19th May 2017. There are a range of events planned but would love to hear what you will be doing in in technology during this time and beyond.

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