Technologies and Digital Learning are vital aspects of our curriculum and we want our children to confidently use their developing skills across their learning experiences. In March 2018 we were delighted to successfully achieve our Digital School Award. This programme aims to support, encourage and recognise schools in their use of digital technologies across the curriculum.
At Giffnock, our children benefit from regular access to our a range of technology through our whole school WiFi access. This includes utilising a suite of technology including and for example, laptops, Chromebooks, iPads, Kindles/ Kindle Fires and our mobile ActivPanel. We also retain our computer suite with desktops to facilitate larger group learning activities. We aim to regularly review, update and adapt what we enable the children to learn with and through in the fast moving aspect of the curriculum. During early 2018, we have been exploring Spheros and Microbits hardware for coding and also Virtual Reality headsets and technology.
With regard to the curricular experiences and outcomes, concepts within Technologies are grouped within six key contexts:
- Technological development in society
- ICT to enhance learning
- Business Contexts
- Computing Science
- Food and Textiles
- Craft, design, engineering and graphics
We aim to be at the forefront of using technologies to enhance learning, including through developing the ways in which our parents, carers and families can engage with this learning. Our Digital Learning Parental Engagement Evening in November 2017, alongside our plans for Parent and Child ‘Tech-along’ opportunities are important parts of this.
We hope that the links below will be useful in this regard: