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Everyone Can Code – Inclusive App Design Activity

Great apps start with great ideas.

Inspire your students’ great ideas with an hour‑long Inclusive App Design Activity. Learners will identify problems they care about, then plan, prototype and share app ideas that everyone can access and understand.

Each step features additional resources and tips to simplify the lesson for early learners or extend the activity using the Everyone Can Code App Design Journal for years 5–9 or the Develop in Swift App Design Workbook for year 10 and up. Learners also have the option to experiment with code for their app ideas in the Swift Playgrounds app.

Educators Steve Bunce, Matt Hanlon, and Lyndsey Balfe are hosting a special #CodeWeek webinar on 21st August 6pm CEST to go into these resources in detail. You can register for the event here

See the activity on Apple Teacher Learning Centre

Download the App Design Journal

Download the App Design Workbook

Ada Scotland Festival 2021

Now in its second year, we are delighted to announce Ada Scotland Festival 2021 launches at 3pm on 11 October cramming into one hour:

– a welcome address from Jamie Hepburn, MSP and Minister for HE and FE
– a panel of school, college and university female Computing students
– an insightful presentation from CS Teacher, Liz Dighton
– festival highlights
– launch of the competitions and activities.

Everyone is welcome. Please join us to get a heads up on the full programme.

Everyone is welcome (teachers/lecturers, parent/carers, students, employers, job changers), and everything is free.

You can view and sign up to events, competitions and resources from the full programme here

You can receive updates via the following social channels:

09 November 1100 – 1200, Confident Coders: Save the Oceans

Join DigiLearnScot & Code Club for this massive Scotland wide ‘Code-Along’ session.

Plastic pollution in the ocean is having a significant impact on the natural ocean habit.  To support young learners to share the impact of plastic pollution, we will create a game to save the shark.

To join, learners will need a laptop or computer with access to Scratch online.  The session will be based on the Save the Shark project and is suitable for P4 upwards.  Join us for the live coding session on Tuesday 9th November, 11-11:45/12:00   Sign up here – Digital learning from Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar | e-Sgoil

04 November 1100 – 1200, Beginners Coding Project: Save the Bees and Butterflies

Join DigiLearnScot & Code Club for this massive Scotland wide ‘Code-Along’ session.

1/3 of the food people eat depends on pollinators such as bees and butterflies. To celebrate the impact they make on the environment and the world we live in, we will create our own landscape filled with pollinators.  Not only will this help us think about their impact on our world but it is also very mindful to sit and watch them at work too.

To join, learners will need a laptop or computer with access to Scratch online.  The session will be based on the Butterfly Garden project and is suitable for P4 upwards. Join us for the live coding session, 4th November, 11 – 11:45/12:00 Sign up here – Digital learning from Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar | e-Sgoil

Computer Science For Fun (CS4FN) – Women in Computing Resources

CS4FN is a fantastic site full of free resources for teaching computing science, including some great lists of articles and resources highlighting the important role women have in computing.

Computer Science for Fun – cs4fn: Computer Science and Electronic Engineering: The Women are here!

Computer Science for Fun – cs4fn: cs4fn Magazine+: Issue 23: Women in Computing

Computer Science for Fun – cs4fn: Ada Lovelace: Computer Scientist without a Computer

Computer Science for Fun – cs4fn: Ada Lovelace: Visionary: Computational Creativity

Computer Science for Fun – cs4fn: Sorry to bug you: Grace Hopper

Computer Science for Fun – cs4fn: A gendered timeline of technology

The Big Book of Computing Pedagogy from Hello World

Hello World’s first-ever special edition focuses on approaches to teaching computing in the classroom, and includes some of our favourite pedagogically themed articles from previous Hello World issues, as well as a couple of never-seen-before features. This special issue aims to be your companion to learning about tried-and-tested approaches to teaching computing. It bridges the gap between research and practice, giving you accessible chunks of research, followed by stories from trusty educators who have tried out various approaches in their classroom or educational space.

In this issue, you’ll find:

  • Techniques for fostering program comprehension
  • Advice for bringing physical computing into your classroom
  • Introductions to frameworks for structuring your lessons

And much, much more!


Get your copy

Running an Esports Club – British Esports Association

Esports (or electronic sports) is a term used to describe competitive video gaming. With 81% of children playing video games online nowadays, games are arguably a larger part of their lives than ever before.

The British Esports Association (BEA) is a not-for-profit national body established in 2016 to promote esports in the UK, increase its level of awareness, improve standards and inspire future talent. As a national body, their aims are to support esports and provide expertise and advice.

They help to educate parents, teachers, media, policy makers and government around what esports is and what its benefits are. BEA aim to:


  • Promote esports in the UK and increase its level of awareness
  • Improve the standard of UK esports
  • Inspire future talent

There has been lots of work with colleges in Scotland so far but the BEA are keen to support more schools setup, deliver and develop esports clubs for children and young people. Running an esports club is about more than playing games, there is the setup of equipment, recruitment of friends and peers, and all the digital literacy required to produce videos of their games. In fact, capturing gameplay can become a whole production with sounds, graphics and video editing going on to showcase their gaming skills.


Find out more about esports and the British Esports Association with these links:
British Esports Student Champs
Student Champs Resources
Esports in Education Conference
Glasgow Clyde Case Study
British Esports Champs 2021 Aftermovie
Forth Valley College Division 2 Rocket League Interview
Scottish College Cup
Diversity and Inclusion of Esports

micro:bit Educational Research

The Micro:bit Educational Foundation are looking for primary school (second level) teachers from Scotland to take part in a piece of research about their experiences in primary education and the teaching of digital skills.

Teachers who take part will be entered in to a prize draw with multiple prizes of £50 and £100 and a top prize of £500 to be won!


The research will help inform a programme of activity, delivered by the Micro:bit Educational Foundation, to support UK primary school teachers teaching digital skills, including free CLPL and classroom resources. Your input in to the research is crucial to ensure the programme gives teachers across Scotland the support they really need.

We are looking to recruit teachers who are willing to take part in a short (10 min) online survey in late September/early Oct 2021 and then again in December 2022 (estimated date) and June 2023 (estimated date).


It’s important that we hear from teachers across the UK and so your contribution to the research will be extremely valued.  We want the views of teachers across UK, so make sure Scotland is represented.

Sign up here:

Computing Science and Digital Learning and Teaching Calendar 2021

We’ve created this calendar of events to support termly planning for learning and training. We’ll update it as required and we’ll also add extra events to this page too.

  • Back to School CRIS insets – wb 09 August
  • Scottish Learning Festival – 21-23 September
  • Maths Week Scotland – wb 27 September
  • EU Code Week – 09-24 October
  • European Cybersecurity Month – October 
  • Ada Lovelace Day – 12 October
  • Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge – 08-19 November
  • Book Week Scotland – wb 15 November
  • Computing Science Education Week – wb 06 December