National Digital Learning Week is back! This year the event will take place Monday 13 until Friday 17 May.
For this year’s even all Early Learning and Childcare Centres and Schools across Scotland are invited to take part in 5 Curriculum focused challenges in: STEM, Social Studies, Expressive Arts, Numeracy and Literacy.
Here’ a 2 minute video that tells you everything you need to know about the event.
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Do your plans for the curriculum include developing children and young people’s knowledge, skills and understanding of the First World War? Do you intend to do some intergenerational work to promote children and young people’s Gaelic language skills? Has your tracking of children and young people’s skills in technology shown a gap for which an opportunity to create a film would be useful?
A grant of £250 is available, as part of the Scottish Government’s five-year World War 1 Commemorative Programme, to mark the centenary of the First World War. It aims to help children and young people develop their understanding of the causes of the First World War and impact on people’s lives.
More information is available at:
The Digital team will be at this year’s SLF with an exciting offering of activities available to all delegates across both days.
Visit the Education Scotland Stand
The Education Scotland stand will host a schedule of Digital Literacy and Glow focused drop in sessions available on both days. Digital is about supporting learning and teaching so we have arranged a timetable of inspirational and practical sessions for you to join in, learn something new and take your experiences back to the classroom.
To allow you to plan ahead we have put together a timetable of activity which will take place on both days. You can find this below.
On day 2 of SLF visit the STEM expo in the Lomond Auditorium. The team will be leading the Tinker Table to help you build, create, design and inspire ideas to embed digital in every day learning and teaching.
Sessions run from 10.45 – 11.30 and again 13.15 – 14.00
We look forward to welcoming you to the Scottish Learning Festival.
The Digital Literacy and Glow drop in sessions will take place on the ES stand on both days of SLF:
(10:30 start on day 2)
|Improve workload and workflow
Come along and find out about the benefits of using Glow tools to save you valuable time and move towards a better work/life balance.
|Capturing Pupil Voice
Learn about formative assessment tools to capture the learning of young people to inform next steps and give them feedback.
|Internet Safety and Cyber Resilience
Understand the latest risks and threats and gain access to a wide range of resources, support and guidance through Glow.
Create and share interactive stories, animations, personal accounts, presentations and more through the use of Glow tools.
Use Glow tools to share and celebrate pupil learning and build digital learning portfolios.
As one of the key priorities in education, Developing the Young Workforce related contributions will feature prominently again at the SLF 2018 (19 – 10 September, SCCC, Glasgow). This year’s main focus will be on School-Employer Partnerships and STEM related learning around DYW.
Here is a list of key seminars:
Wednesday, 19 September
|School-employer and Local Authority partnerships: A partnership approach to delivering DYW
||Donald MacLeod, Western Isles, + Laxdale Primary School
|Apprenticeships: Early learning, … reducing the attainment gap in Gaelic Medium Education
||Joan Esson, Education Scotland, DFM John Swinney,
|STEM/Numeracy: Linking the maths curriculum to the world of work
||Alessio Gusmeroli, Skills Development Scotland
Collaborative multi-agency approach to DYW
|Gill Geddes, Peebles High School, Scottish Borders
||Carron 1, 14.00
|Profiling in the context of DYW: New guidance and My World of Work toolkit
||Klaus Mayer, Education Scotland and Derek Hawthorne, SDS
Thursday, 20 September
|DYW Regional Group: Labour market information for teachers
||Abigail Kinsella, Glasgow City Council
|DYW whole school approach/ partnerships: Developing Employability and Creativity Skills across learning
||Castlebrae Community High School, Edinburgh; St Albert’s Primary School, Glasgow
|School-employer partnerships/STEM: The impact of STEM insight teacher placements
||Helen Winton, SSERC
|ICT: Stirling digital skills forum: building partnerships and developing skills for the future
||Helen Gorman, Stirling Council
|ICT/Skills: Embed computational thinking across the BGE curriculum
||Lorna Kerr, Education Scotland
|Gender/partnerships: RISE: inspiring the future!
||Audrey McDermott, Uddingston Grammar School, South Lanarkshire
|| Boisdale 1
Download our DYW Flyer with all related seminars here: SLF 18 DYW seminar flyer
Access the full SLF programme here: https://education.gov.scot/Documents/SLF2018conferenceprogramme.pdf
Register for the SLF and book your seminars here.
Tarbolton Primary School in South Ayrshire use ‘Seesaw’, a student driven digital portfolios, for learners from to instantaneously share and record learning experiences and achievements from within and out with school.
Children and young people use mobile devices to evidence their learning, upload personal targets and reflect on their progress . This is then continuously shared with their teachers and parents in order to review their learning.
Seesaw is also used for uploading homework, sharing letters or information as well as daily communications.
Lynsey Bradford, PT at Tarbolton Primary School says:
“Seesaw has radically changed how we log our pupils learning journeys. It is instant and accessible from all devices and ticks the digital platform buttons for all children. They want to see and share their learning and achievements now and this app allows them to do that in a safe and secure way.”
Read more about how the school has implemented the tool across the school and how it plans to extend its use into early learning and childcare.: Interesting Practice in Skills DYW – Profiling_Seesaw tool Tarbolton PS
Continue reading Using digital portfolios to share learning experiences and skills progression
We are proud to share with you today the new and improved official Glow website Glow Connect
The site provides Glow customers with information on the educational benefits of Glow, easy access to the main Glow login screen, and help and guidance on the various services Glow offers. We hope you enjoy using the site and find it valuable for keeping up to date on all things Glow
Attention all Glow Blog users! We are seeking feedback on what new functionality you would like to see added to Glow Blogs. A short survey has been created to collect your feedback and is available here – https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/glowblogs/glowbloghelp/suggestions/
The next release of Glow Blogs is scheduled for summer 2018. In order for all responses to be considered in time for the release, the deadline for survey responses is the 30th November. All responses received after this date will be collected for consideration for future releases of Glow Blogs.
We are looking to gather as much feedback from our Glow users as possible so please complete the form and let us hear your ideas. Why not share this survey with your friends and colleagues to make Glow Blogs even better!
STEM Education and Training Strategy for Scotland has now been published
A STEM (Sciences Technologies, Engineering and Mathematics) Education and Training Strategy was launched in the Scottish Parliament last week by Ms Shirley-Anne Somerville, Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science. The Strategy, together with a STEM Evidence Base Report, is now available to download from: http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2017/10/1386/downloads
A central focus on the strategy is to enable everyone to develop STEM skills for learning, for life and for work. It provides a new emphasis on career pathways within STEM sectors and to grow successful partnerships between schools and employers through the Developing the Young Workforce Programme. The strategy also includes a commitment to expand Foundation, Modern and Graduate Apprenticeship Programmes to enable many to pursue jobs and careers in STEM through these pathways. This strong focus on skills and careers will further enhance national efforts to Develop the Young Workforce (DYW) and embed employment and career management skills in the curriculum through the Career Education Standard.
A wide variety and resources including exemplars around DYW and STEM can be accessed on the National Improvement Hub here.
The following four good practice exemplars have been published on the National Improvement Hub to highlight initiatives that help learners requiring additional support to develop skills and find employment.
Exemplar 1: Enable Scotland’s ‘Stepping Up’ programme
This innovative employability programme offers comprehensive support for young people aged 14 to 19 who have learning disabilities which takes participants from an initial investigation of the world of work, through a process of discovery and planning for their future, to engagement with employers in real workplace settings. Find out more here.
Exemplar 2: ‘Thinking Digitally’ – a new resource
This credit rate module by Lead Scotland allows candidates to develop relevant digital skills and build confidence operating in online environments. More on this here.
Exemplar 3: ‘TOPs’ – training opportunities for young parents
This programme run by Rathbone Training, a UK-wide voluntary youth sector organisation which supports young people aged 16 to 24 who have disengaged from society, aims to help young parents in their personal development. More here.
Exemplar 4: ‘Community Action and Leadership Award
This is a course created by the charity Lead Scotland so that more people can learn how to influence change and make a difference within their communities. More information here.