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25 May 4-5pm Digital Wellbeing Award for Scotland

The Digital Wellbeing Award, aims to provide young people with the skills and confidence required to to navigate the digital world.

Join the Digital Schools Award for Scotland team, a DSAS validator and a school to share their experiences of the framework and achieving the award.

Digital wellbeing is the impact of using digital technology on children and young people’s social and emotional wellbeing.

Sign up here

19 May 11 – 11:45 Code Along with micro:bit – Relaxation & Mindful Breathing

Join @DigiLearnScot and @CodingLorna from the Micro:bit Educational Foundation for this mindful code-along session where learners will write code for a handheld device that will support relaxation and mindful breathing. Using micro:bits and Microsoft MakeCode, we will code something that can be taken outside on a sunny day to support a quiet and calming moment in the busy school day.

Micro:bit not required as you can still take part using the MakeCode simulator.

Book your place here

Scottish schools to receive 20 micro:bits

Every primary and secondary school in Scotland will receive 20 V.2 micro:bits, in a partnership between The Micro:Bit Education Foundation, Nominet and The Scottish Government. The roll out of these devices started in May 2022.  Alongside this there is free comprehensive teaching resources and professional learning for all educators.  Primary schools will be the first to receive the devices followed by secondary schools.

The BBC micro:bit is a pocket-sized computer that introduces you to how software and hardware work together. It has an LED light display, buttons, sensors, built-in microphone and speaker, and many input/output features that, when programmed, let it interact with you and your world.

Professional Learning Offer

18th May, 4pm This is micro:bit Part 3

The micro:bit is a pocket-sized computer that introduces you to how software and hardware work together. It has an LED light display, buttons, sensors and many input/output features that, when programmed, let it interact with you and your world.

The new micro:bit with sound adds a built-in microphone and speaker, as well as an extra touch input button and a power button.

Join The micro:bit Education Foundation for this 3 part course.

27th April 4 – 5 pm Workshop 1 – Getting started with the micro:bit

11th May 4  -5pm Workshop 2 – Health and Wellbeing learning with the micro:bit

18th May 4- 5pm Workshop 3 – Embedding micro:bit across our primary and secondary curriculum

BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE 

this is digital learning and teaching professional learning course

This is Digital Learning and Teaching professional learning programme – May 22

As educators it is our responsibility to make effective use of digital technology to deliver high quality teaching, engaging learning and effective assessment.

This four-part professional learning programme is designed to enhance educators’ knowledge and skills in order to develop their learning, teaching and assessment with digital technology.

The four sessions are:

  • 10/05/22 planning
  • 17/05/22 teaching
  • 31/05/22 learning
  • 07/06/22 assessment and feedback

COURSE IS FULLY SUBSCRIBED

Scottish Government Have Released £1.3m Capital Spend for Computer Science Equipment in Scottish Schools

The Education Secretary has announced up to £1.3m for Computing Science education in Scottish schools. Schools will be able to use this money, which will go directly to them, to buy physical computing resources to support engagement with Computing Science in the BGE stages. They are able to access £2000, with additional £500 available for resources that will be incorporated into transition events with associated primary schools or pupils with additional support needs.

 

She also announced two appointments to the new teacher-led the University of Glasgow ‘STACS’ initiative, which aims to help prepare pupils for careers in tech.

Read the full announcement here

Computing Science in Local Authority Secondary Schools

This paper provides an overview of Computing Science delivery in Local Authority secondary schools.

Education Scotland carried out a survey of 356 schools between July 2021 and October 2021. The survey was promoted via local authority technologies leads, Computing Science teacher groups and Education Scotland officer contacts with local authorities and RICs. At the point of writing, the survey had 309/356 unique local authority school responses. This represents 86.8% of local authority secondary schools. While this is the majority of schools, it is acknowledged that the survey data is not complete and that this paper should be treated as provisional in this respect.

The survey collected data relating to Computing teacher numbers, delivery of Computing Science in S1/2 and opportunities for learners to study Computing Science or related courses in the senior phase.

The paper also provides an overview of Senior Phase Computing Science uptake and attainment, including summary data relating to attainment and deprivation.

View the document here

Features of Highly Effective Digital Learning, Teaching and Assessment in Schools

This document outlines the features of high-quality digital learning experiences for all children and young people. It highlights the importance of highly-skilled staff who work with children, young people and others to ensure digital learning is motivating and meaningful.

It has been designed for use primarily by L.A. staff, senior leaders, school leaders, practitioners.

 

View the document 

CIDREE Yearbook 2021 – Digital Literacy: Curriculum Development and Implementation in European Countries

The latest CIDREE Yearbook was published towards the end of last year. Titled Digital Literacy: Curriculum Development and Implementation in European Countries, we contributed the Scottish chapter on how digital literacy has been embraced by education practitioners and learners across Early Learning and Childcare, primary and secondary schools (ages 3-18). 

It details how adapting and diversifying modes of professional learning are critical in providing practitioners with relevant, motivating and skills-building opportunities to improve their own digital learning and subsequently provide better digital learning for young people. It then expands on how this has led to the development of knowledge, skills and application in the use of digital tools and on pedagogical practice.

Tech We Can: Tech for the Planet lesson resource

Tech She Can is delighted to share the brand new Tech We Can lesson, ‘Tech for the Planet’ which is out now!

“Since the COP26 climate summit earlier this month, topics such as sustainable living and protecting the future of our planet have dominated the news agenda, as well as entering our everyday conversations, including those taking place in schools and among young people.

Our latest free on-demand Tech We Can lesson, ‘Tech for the Planet’ aims to show some of the innovative ways in which technologists around the world are using technology to protect our air, reduce waste, help clean the oceans and preserve our wildlife. It also highlights role models working in these areas – Lucinda Jones from Unilever and Mikya Rozner from Tesco – which we hope will inspire young viewers to consider a future career in technology.

You can watch the lesson, aimed at 8 – 14 year olds, and taught by Becky Patel and Katie King here.

If you’d like to explore other Tech We Can educational resources, for use at school or at home, please head over to techwecan.org and complete a short registration form to gain access to a wide range of on-demand lessons and lesson packs. Each explores the use of technology in a different area – from sport, to food and outer space – and highlights the types of careers that students could go into in the future.