Category: Teacher

09 March 4-5pm Digital Schools Award & European SELFIE Award

Participants will learn how to use the European SELFIE self-evaluation tool and Digital Schools Awards to develop a clear digital strategy that increases best practice and provides a road map for school improvement. The workshop will bring in experiences, ideas and inspiration from schools in Scotland. The session will also introduce how the Digital Schools Awards can support schools to shape whole-school policies that build positive and sustainable approaches to digital wellbeing.


02 March 4pm, Send Your Code into SPACE! (Educator exploratory workshop before Code Along)

Join @DigiLearnScot and @CodingLorna for this “out of this world” educator exploratory session to help ensure you have everything you need to feel comfortable and prepared for the live Code-along, 9th March, 11 – 12.

Astro Pi: Mission Zero is an amazing opportunity to bring coding and space together. It allows your learners to write code which is sent up to space and run on the International Space Station (ISS) later in the year. This code-along does NOT use Scratch, instead it uses the emulator so please check that you can access this website in your school. We will also share a briefing sheet once you have signed up. We understand that this might feel like a big leap in coding, but we will take you and your class through this step by step. Lorna has supported Mission Zero many times over the years and is ready to support your class too. This session is suitable for second level and above (P6 and above).


02 February 1600 – 1700, iDEA -Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award

The Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award, known as iDEA is helping people of all ages develop digital and enterprise skills, discover new talents and gain digital confidence, for free.

There are over 80 bite-sized modules available to try on iDEA which have been created with industry experts and innovative employers. iDEA enables learners to showcase their skills as they earn digital badges, certificates and Awards which can be added to LinkedIn profiles, CVs and applications to help them stand out from the crowd.

This is your opportunity to find out more about how iDEA works straight from the iDEA team and Mr Pyott, Principal Teacher of Computing Science at Grove Academy, Dundee.


08 February 1600 – 1700, How can Computing At School (CAS) Network Support Scotland?

Are you an Early Years, Primary or Secondary practitioner in Scotland and looking for a UK wide network to support and inspire you with innovative digital and computing science ideas?  Education Scotland has collaborated with Computing at School (CAS) to bring you this information session on how the CAS network can support you.  During the session you will hear about growing your personal learning network, working groups, resources, events and lots more to develop your practice.  There will also be Q&A during the session.

There will also be two prize draws of books.

How to Teach Computer Science – Parable, Practice and Pedagogy by Alan Harrison.  Alan will also pop in to the session to talk more about his book

The Digital Adventures of Ava and Chip – Smart City by Beverly Clarke.


Book your place here after you have registered with CAS

23rd Nov 4pm, Digital resources for learning and teaching – Copyright Licence Agency

All Scottish schools already hold a CLA Education Licence.  The licence saves teachers from the worry and expense that can be involved in using copyrighted works, by giving them permission to copy up to 5% from books and magazines.  

 What’s more the Licence now comes with the Education Platform as standard, at no extra cost, so copying is even quicker, simpler and greener.

The Education Platform helps teachers:

-unlock digital versions of books their school owns, and to access the books remotely

-make copies for lessons in just a couple of clicks

-generate links to copies, that can be saved on the intranet, emailed or shared via Google Classroom and Microsoft Teams

-store copies digitally, ready for re-activation next year.

All teachers in Scottish schools are eligible to register for the Platform for free, and can start benefiting from time and cost savings.

Register for the –CLA Education Platform webinar

For more information about CLA and what the licence means for teachers, head to

How the CLA Education Licence supports educators: 

The Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) isn’t, believe it or not, the copyright police.

We can see people’s eyes widen we mention who we are, and a vague panic cross over their faces.

They think it’s a bust.

The truth is very different.

CLA was developed to give people access to copyright publications.  Copyright law means that unless an exceptional circumstance applies, you need to seek permission from the rightsholder in order to re-use or copy that material.

That can be a daunting task, especially as an educator, to take the time and possibly money that might be involved in getting that permission.

By contrast, the Education Licence from CLA gives you blanket permission to copy extracts from works opted in.  So, you have peace of mind that you won’t infringe copyright, and you can get quick and easy access to the materials you want to share in your teaching.

What’s more, all state-funded schools in Scotland already hold the Education Licence by virtue of a central agreement with the Scottish Government and Councils.  Therefore, you’re protected and can copy within the Licence terms.

Once CLA’s operating costs are deducted, our licence fees are distributed back to the rightsholders – authors, publishers and visual artists – who created the work you’re copying from.  This means that they can carry on making the resources we rely on.  As a licensed teacher, thanks for playing your part in the copyright eco-system.

As if that wasn’t good enough, CLA has also developed a free tool for licensed institutions – the Education Platform.  It makes copying quicker, simpler and greener, by providing you the means to make digital copies from books your school owns.  It’s easy to sign up, start unlocking content, and creating links to copies for your students.

Why not join us on Tuesday 23rd at 4pm to find out more.  Register here (and if you can’t make the live session, register anyway and we’ll be sure to send you the recording).


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26 Jan 2022, 4-5pm This is Primary Computing Science – 3 part course

Education Scotland have partnered with BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT to deliver this 3 part certified course to develop your knowledge of teaching computing science across the primary curriculum using Barefoot resources. This course is suitable for those already teaching or planning to teach computing science and will help fill potential gaps in knowledge. This is a repeat of the course in term 1 and 2 which was sold out.

Book your place here!

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16/01/22 4pm Computational Thinking – Critical thinking and problem solving across the curriculum

Computational Thinking, critical thinking and problem-solving top the World Economic list of skills that employers believe will grow in prominence in the next five years. This first session will explore why it’s important for your students to learn computing science and you’ll learn about key computational thinking skills as you give some of Barefoot’s “unplugged” activities a try – proving you don’t need expensive kit to teach computing. You’ll take away a range of lesson ideas you can try immediately with your learners.

16/02/22 4pm Code along with Scratch

Take your computing science knowledge to the next level with this interactive code along session. Get to grips with Scratch programming and the concepts of sequence, repetition and selection through a series of Scratch programming challenges. This workshop will build on the previous session as we explore how computational thinking skills are applied when programming.

23/03/22 4pm Pedagogy and Computing Science

Learn more about key pedagogical approaches to programming, including PRIMM (Predict, Run, Investigate, Modify and Make), Use-Modify-Create, Semantic Waves and Parson’s Problems. We’ll explore each approach through hands-on activities and examples, illustrating how these research-backed teaching and learning methods can be applied in your curriculum.

Using QR codes and ‘Thinglink’ for homework and resources – Early Years

Williamsburgh Primary School Using QR codes and ‘ThingLink’ for homework and resources, to encourage children to lead their learning, develop digital literacy skills, and overcome written communication barriers Aileen Mackey Early Learning and Childcare Officer  Twitter @mackey_aileen


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07 September 16:00 – 17:00, Explore the Digital Futures Skills Programme in Scotland- Microsoft

Microsoft’s Explore the digital future programme aims to prepare young people with digital skills 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.

Explore the digital future provides a creative approach to digital skills education, helping educators address the skills gap. It  features easy to deliver classroom activities, as well as Microsoft facilitated content and experiences.

Sign up here

Using QR codes creatively within Williamsburgh Primary School

The following link showcases how QR codes have been creatively used within our school in order to enhance children’s engagement in learning and play, improve digital literacy across the curriculum, overcome written communication and interpretation barriers, provide opportunities for vertical learning through interactive displays, and deliver a sustainable and efficient method for staff training, to enhance our service provision. Evaluation and feedback on the success of these strategies is also included within this blog post. 

Link to presentation –


15 June 2021, 15:45-16:30: Using Video to Support Learning and Teaching in the Primary Classroom

Please be aware these sessions are for practitioners across Scotland who have a Glow account. A staff Glow account will be required to access the webinar

This session will take a look at the extensive video materials created by Scottish educators to support learning and teaching. Primary colleagues will share how they have been using video content to enhance their teaching.

We will cover:

  • a brief overview of WestOS
  • the resources available to support delivery of 1st and 2nd level Literacy and Numeracy
  • opportunities to further refine and use video to support learners

Presenters at this session include William Brown (WestOS), Kirsty McCafferty (Primary teacher), Jennifer Lilley (Primary teacher)

Register here