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Microsoft have created the Digital Future Programme to help young people explore the digital future aims to prepare young people for the technology-driven world of tomorrow, demonstrate how diversity helps build better technology, and how it can be used as a force for positive change. The programme brings together the best resources from Microsoft and our industry-leading partners, and covers these exciting topics:

  • Discover the tech industry
  • Coding
  • AI
  • IoT
  • Big Data


Digital Future takes a creative approach to digital skills education with classroom activities, challenges and more. Once completed, students get a certificate to celebrate their success!


Digital Future Programme – Microsoft UK

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Data, Technology and Digitalisation Series: Digital Skills for Youth – Microsoft

The Commonwealth Secretariat is hosting a webinar in partnership with Microsoft about the skills young people need to be competitive employees, entrepreneurs and digital citizens.

Over 60 percent of the Commonwealth’s 2.4 billion citizens are aged 29 or under. This webinar is an opportunity for young people from across the Commonwealth to talk to industry experts about their digital skills needs and challenges.

Discussions will kick off with opening remarks from The Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, and Senior Leaders at Microsoft.

The webinar will then offer two panel sessions, the first of which will look at country and organisational initiatives in building digital skills for young people. The second session will be led by the Commonwealth Young Professionals and will discuss youth experiences and ideas on digital skills gaps and opportunities. A demonstration of digital skills capacity-building tools will also be demonstrated by Microsoft, followed by a Q&A session.



The webinar will take place on 10 June 2021 from 11 am (BST/GMT+1)

For more information please contact: Margaret Dalziel, ICT Digital Platforms Coordinator, Commonwealth Secretariat

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CyberSprinters – Cyber Security Game, Launched by the NCSC

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) is the UK agency responsible for identifying cyber risks and attacks, combatting cyber crime and providing guidance and information to the public. They recently launched a brand new game to teach children aged 7 to 11 how to stay secure online.

read more here

play the game


Let us know how you have used it, or any of our CRIS resources, by sharing your story here Please fill out this form

01 June, 16:00 – 17:00, National Digital Approach Strategy Discovery Project workshop

Education Scotland, with its partners in the National e-Learning Offer, is carrying out discovery work to understand how the recent experiences of remote teaching and learning during the last year, along with pre-pandemic delivery, might influence the future delivery of education in Scotland. This includes exploring the potential of future blended learning in the classroom or alternative learning models for interrupted learners and those with additional support needs.


This early stage discovery is led by research & design practitioners within the Digital Transformation Division of the Scottish Government. We believe that involving the experience of the learners, the educators and those that support both, is paramount for the success of this project.


At this stage, we would like to facilitate a workshop in the week commencing 31st May with between 15 – 30 teachers from all across Scotland. We would like to hear from teachers who were digital adopters pre-pandemic and those who benefitted from additional training during the pandemic.


We will be seeking full informed consent and all contributions will be anonymised – both in the final report and in our communications with Education Scotland. Safeguarding of participants and their rights to privacy is our main concern.


If you are interested in taking part, please email the project contact, Leanne Roarty (, by Friday, 21st May 2021 and Leanne will be in touch to make arrangements.


25 May, 16:00 – 17:00, SSERC CRIS mentor programme workshops

SSERC and Education Scotland have teamed up to bring you the CRIS mentor programme. It is designed to build confidence and to develop understanding of a number of issues related to cyber resilience and internet safety in the teacher community across Scotland. The knowledge and experience gained by delegates through the programme can then be used, along with the provided resources, to mentor other staff and pupils within their school communities.

The programme focusses on 4 key areas of CRIS:

  • Digital Footprint
  • Passwords and Encryption
  • Dealing with Online Issues
  • Securing your devices


The Digilearn team will be available for drop-in workshops, where you can ask questions, discuss ideas and share resources. These sessions will be:

  • 18 May, 1600 – 1700
  • 25 May, 1600 – 1700
  • 01 June, 1600 – 1700
  • 08 June, 1600 – 1700

Join the meetings here – GLOW LOGIN REQUIRED


Further info and sign up details are available here

24 May, 16:00 – 17:00, Get into Code with iPad – Webinar Series

When you teach code, you’re not only teaching the language of technology. You’re teaching new ways to think and bring ideas to life. And Apple has all the resources to help you bring code into your classroom.

Get Into Code with iPad


  • To explore Apple’s Everyone Can Code curriculum and the Swift Playgrounds app for iPad to start teaching code in your classroom in a fun and accessible way. 


  • All Primary sector educators who are curious about coding


  • An iPad with the latest version of the Swift Playgrounds app and the Everyone Can Code Puzzles Teacher Guide installed is desirable, but not essential

Swift Playgrounds for iPad
Download Swift Playgrounds for iPad


Everyone Can Code
Everyone Can Code – Teacher Guide

Get into Code with iPad – Workshop 1

In this workshop, participants will learn how to:

• think about things that use code 

• identify every day objects that use code

• try out coding with Swift Playgrounds 

• discover ways to incorporate code into the classroom in a fun and accessible way 

Workshop 1
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Get into Code with iPad – Workshop 2

In this workshop, participants will learn how to:

• build on their knowledge of code from workshop 1

• identify coding concepts through games

• continue to explore coding using Swift Playgrounds 

• discover ways to incorporate code into the classroom in a fun and accessible way

Get into Code with iPad - Workshop 2
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Get into Code with iPad – App Design

In this workshop, participants will learn how to:

• think about solving a problem in their community and design an app

• explore ideas and get started guided by the design process

• collaboratively brainstorm, plan and prototype an app using Keynote

• create a presentation to pitch their ideas as part of a showcase 

• discover ways to incorporate the customisable resources into the classroom in a fun and accessible way using the Apple Everyone Can Code resources

Get into Code with iPad - App Design
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Coding Success

Coding Success programme launched

Coding Success is a new programme designed to excite 8 –
14 year olds about STEM, providing teachers with engaging
curriculum linked lesson plans and free LEGO® Education
SPIKE™ Prime kits for your classroom.
Fully funded by BAE Systems, the Royal Navy and the Royal
Air Force, Coding Success offers 600 non-selective state
schools the opportunity to take part – fuelling the passion of
young people and encouraging the next generation of
scientists, engineers and technicians.
The programme is linked to the national curricula in England,
Wales and Scotland, delivering the requirements that all
children can program. Developed in partnership with The
Smallpeice Trust and Raising Robots, Coding Success brings
together teacher training with LEGO® Education to inspire
the next generation around STEM.

Key benefits

• Attend CPD sessions with qualified teachers who are LEGO® Education Academy
Certified Trainers
• Receive two LEGO® Education SPIKE™ Prime kits for your school to keep
• Six lessons’ worth of coding activities, with videos, resources and more
• Fully funded by BAE Systems, the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force
• Learn new coding languages in the classroom
• Optional extension activities with Python to further challenge your students

Apply now

With 300 primary and 300 secondary school places available, places will be allocated on a first
come first served basis against criteria to help ensure a good regional spread and encourage
participation from a wide range of students. Participating schools will need to attend online
training, deliver six lessons to 60 students and complete programme evaluations.
Applications open on Monday 26th April and will close on Friday 28th May 2021.

Please visit for further information.

06 May, 16.00– 17.00, Early Level Practitioner Computing Science Catch up

Thursday 6th May 2021

16.00 – 17.00

You will not require a Glow login to join this webinar

A follow-up discussion & sharing session focusing on:

Confidence, creativity, and curiosity in early level computing science.

This session aims to bring together practitioners working with early level learners from all across the Early Learning and Childcare sector in Scotland.

The session will be an informal, discussion-based ‘computing science catch up’, discussing and sharing how we are introducing and developing computing science at early level. There will be an opportunity to ask questions, talk about resources and share examples of practice and feedback if you so wish, including sharing your screen to show photos and videos if you have the permission to do so.

This session will take place within a Microsoft Teams meeting.

You will NOT require a Glow login for this webinar.

A meeting link will be emailed to you after registration.

You are welcome to join us even if you did not attend any of the previous webinars:

  • Confidence, creativity, and curiosity in early level computing science: an introduction.
  • Confidence, creativity, and curiosity in early level computing science: outdoors & unplugged.
  • Confidence, creativity, and curiosity in early level computing science: programmable devices & online resources.

The webinar recordings can be accessed via the videos in the Eventbrite sign up.


Pre catch up question submission Form.

Please use this Microsoft Form to submit any questions or discussion points you would like to add to the catch up session after attending the previous webinars or once you have watched webinar recordings.