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22 September 11:00 – 11:45, Live Code Along with micro:bit

Code Along with Micro:Bit during Scottish Learning Festival 22′ to create an emotion badge that expresses how you feel in sounds as well as pictures.

To celebrate the roll out of 39,000 micro:bits in primary and secondary schools across Scotland we are running this live code along during the Scottish Learning Festival.

You will learn how to use the new micro:bit’s built-in sounds as outputs to add personality and expression to your projects.

There is no need to have a micro:bit for every learner as you can use the micro:bit simulator on the makecode website. It is also preferable to have learners working in pairs or small groups.

This code along is for First to Third level learners and will take part within the Curriculum Live Team channel in Glow. The teacher/educator will have to log into Glow to display the Code Along to the class.

Book your place here

25 August 16:00, This is micro:bit – *New 3 part course for 2022*

This course is for primary & secondary educators and aims to support the roll out of 39,000 micro:bits across primary and secondary schools.

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 Micro:bit Educational Foundation in this 3 part course.

25th August, 4 – 5pm Workshop 1 – Getting started with the micro:bit

1st September, 4 – 5pm Workshop 2 – Discovering micro:bit Classroom

15th September, 4-5pm Workshop 3 – Embedding micro:bit across our curriculum.

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07 September 16:00, This is Primary Computing Science – *New* 4 part course

Education Scotland in partnership with BCS, will deliver this new 4 part course to develop the pedagogy of computing science in primary.

Workshop 1 – 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 and how to embed it across the curriculum.

Workshop 2 & 3-  Code along using Scratch. Take your computing science knowledge to the next level with these 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.

Workshop 4- 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.

*Book your place here*

Scottish Computing Science Week 23

Scottish Computing Science Week 2023 #CSscot23

Scottish Computing Science Week 23 is happening! #CSscot23

Put a hold in your planner for the week of the 15th May 2023 and join us for exciting interactive live computing science lessons. 

We’ll have more details of what to expect in these lessons nearer the time, resources you might require and skills you’ll need. There will be teacher training sessions throughout March and April to ensure you have the skills and knowledge to support learners in these live lessons.

These lessons and follow-up activities will be based on our refreshed computing science support for 22/23.

So, keep your eyes peeled for more updates and details as we release the (everything will be added here) and share on socials #CSscot23

CPD award in computing studies

The CPD Award in Computing Studies for Teachers

The CPD award in Computing Studies for teachers was created for primary teachers and secondary teachers for 1st and 2nd year pupils to give the confidence and skills to teach computing to pupils. More than 50% of our current cohort are primary school teachers. The course is open to any teacher with the relevant entry qualifications (degree and existing teaching qualification) who have an interest in computing.


There is normally a weekly lecture and support session that lasts for approx. an hour, or more if required, with further e mail support available. The sessions are certainly beneficial as they allow you to ask questions there and then. However, the course is designed to be taught when is convenient for all the students and all lectures and tutorial session are recorded for viewing at your leisure.


There is only one module delivered each semester with no time off required during the school day. The lectures are recorded for students unable to attend in person. All activity is carried out online the majority of which happens asynchronously. The modules have a notional 200 hours per module over the semester. It would depend on your previous experience on whether you needed all that time. If you were able to set aside a day at the weekend or a couple of evenings for study, you would not be far off what is required for achieving the award.


The Coding and Web technologies module will be delivered over 14 weeks and the semester will start Week beginning 29th August 2022 with an online induction with the course commencing week beginning 5th September 2022.

You can apply to join the course HERE or searching for the Computing  Studies for Teachers CPD award at https://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/ under courses.


The price is £215 per module, and this can be paid on a module-by-module basis. As the modules are 20 credits each if you were to do two in an academic year you may be eligible for SAAS funding. It is suggested contacting SAAS directly if you are planning to start next semester and confirm whether you would be eligible for funding.


The course does not carry any GTCS accreditation.


Please get in touch if you have any further questions


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 and is still continuing.  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

  • Resources and professional learning to get you started with microbit.org/primary
  • Professional learning courses from micro:bit – Micro:bit Educational Foundation (thinkific.com)
  • New 3 part course, This is Micro:bit, which can be found on the webinars page of DigiLearnScot.  This course will be offered again in the new academic year 22′-23′.
  • DigiLearnComputingScience provides a comprehensive overview of the micro:bit V1 and V2 and you can also access our watch again webinar on Getting started with micro:bit.
  • The Micro:bit Education Foundation provides extensive access to learning resources, ideas, and support to help get practitioners and learners started using the devices or to move onto more complex projects using the micro:bit.
  • Barefoot have created lesson plans to support outdoor learning with the micro:bit for ages 7 – 11.
  • Request free micro:bit posters and stickers for your school here.
  • Join our national computing science glow teams community for ELC & primary educators here.

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