Category: CRIS

Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge

The 2020 Challenge is now open for registration and will run from 2nd – 13th November

The Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge is used by lots of educators to introduce their learners to the pattern spotting and problem solving skills required for cyber education. The questions are in the form of engaging puzzles that start off relatively easy so every student can have a go and should get something out of the competition.

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Try out previous year’s challenges here.


CyberFirst Competitions

CyberFirst is a programme of opportunities to help young people aged 11 – 17 years explore their passion for tech by introducing them to the fast paced world of cyber security.

Find out more about CyberFirst.


The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) provide short courses designed to introduce the younger generation to the world of cyber security. There are different challenges for different age groups, starting with Trailblazers at S2.
Find out more about the courses.


There is also a CyberFirst Girls competition for S2s.

Every Tuesday In October – CEOP Thinkuknow Introduction Course

As part of Cyber Security Awareness Month, the Digital Skills Team at Education Scotland will be hosting weekly drop in CEOP Thinkuknow webinars, for practitioners each Tuesday in October at 4-5pm. 

The webinars will take place in the Education Scotland Digital Team, within Glow.

If you would like to join the Team, please click on this join link. 

No sign up is required.

Spaces are limited to 300 but do not worry if you miss out, the webinars will be repeated. 

We hope to see you at one, two, three or all four of the webinars.

Using Easi-Speak to develop storytelling and writing by Lynn Eileen Allison, Hoddom Primary in Dumfries and Galloway

October 30, 2020

We have been using film literacy and voice-recording to develop our learners’ comprehension of a text.   We watched this video: Dragon Slayer | A Short Film by Robert Kuczera and then used stills from it after the viewing to ‘read it’. The pupils in the class were given one… Read more

Staying Connected as an ELC Team: Microsoft & Google Collaboration Tools within the Glow Environment.

October 29, 2020

These introductory webinars focused on how ELC practitioners can make the best use of digital tools that are available to use via Glow to support communication and collaborative working. All other practitioners working with learners at any level were also welcomed to join these webinars and may find the content… Read more

Bebras Computing Challenge at Portlethen Academy

October 26, 2020

post by Ian Simpson (@familysimpson), Faculty Head of ICT at Portlethen Academy (@portyacad) What is the Bebras Computing Challenge? The Bebras Computing Challenge is a long-running international competition which promotes the importance of computational thinking and problem solving skills in a wider world context. It is organised in over 50 countries… Read more

Inspiring Digital Enterprise Awards, Grove Academy

October 22, 2020

iDEA Awards, Grove Academy Gavin Pyott, PT Computing Science I became aware of the iDEA awards by chance when it was first launched 3 years ago. I can’t explain how glad I am that I did. The programme is so well written and produced that all learners are drawn into… Read more

Race for the Line Event by Liz Dighton at Boroughmuir High School

October 20, 2020

On a rather cold, but thankfully dry, Wednesday all 220 of our S1 pupils were involved in an inter-disciplinary project which was part of the National BBC micro:bit Model Rocket Car Challenge called Race for the Line.  Over 400 schools from all over the UK are participating in the competition.  The inspiration behind the national project is the Bloodhound car which is attempting to… Read more

Ada Lovelace Day – Opening Opportunities with Digital Technology by Emma Hedges

October 20, 2020

Digital technology skills are one of my favourite things to teach because of the opportunities and experiences they provide pupils with. I have taught children who struggle with putting pen to paper, however when provided with the correct technology they flourish. The technology we use in the classroom has allowed… Read more

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Try it out Tuesday is back.

Starting from today, we are releasing a #tryitouttuesday health and wellbeing, digital challenge. Each challenge will have activity options to suit beginners, through to advanced and extended challenges. The challenges can be done at home and an array of supporting resource links are included in this Sway. A short video to explain the challenges and to encourage learners to take part will be released each fortnight from Tuesday 19th May. The Sway is a planning suggestion for teachers/practitioners.


Challenge 1
Tuesday 19th May 2020

Cyber Security Researcher

Challenge 2
Tuesday 2nd June 2020

Are you puffed out? Design a physical exercise algorithm – Computing Science Challenge (Robotics Engineer).

Challenge 3
Tuesday 16th June 2020

Can you hear it? Environmental sounds story – capture and create audio challenge. (Content Designer).

This Sway is a planning suggestion for teachers/practitioners full of resource links to support each challenge.

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Webinar: Parental barriers to learning at home with digital approach

Thursday 21st May 2020 at 2pm

Glow Login Required

This session will focus how schools and teachers can support parents and cares to overcome the digital barriers to learning at home.

Young people will be using new platforms to engage with learners and will be looking to parents/carers as the first line of support. As educators me must ensure that parents/carers feel confident enough to provide initial support to their children and if they cannot resolve the issue they will contact the school.

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Cyber Resilience and Internet Safety

The Digital Skills Team and Police Scotland will be delivering a webinar on current cyber issues that teachers will be facing while engaging with learners in lock down. Areas included will be:

· Rise of cyber enabled crime and how it relates to schools

· Identifying risks and setting up your home to deliver online learning

Please be aware that this session is for practitioners across Scotland who have access to Microsoft Teams through Glow.

The webinar will take place on Wednesday 6th May 2020 at 10am.  

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Special Recognition for Cyber Resilience and Internet Safety

Special Recognition for Cyber Resilience and Internet Safety

The Special Recognition Badge for Cyber Resilience and Internet Safety is designed to provide education professionals with the resources and support required to help pupils safely navigate the digital world.

This stand-alone badge is available to all schools that demonstrate a strategic approach to cyber resilience and internet safety

Register for the award here.