The Digital Learning and Teaching Strategy for Scotland was published today.
The strategy aims to create the condition to allow digital technology to enhance learning and teaching across all curriculum areas. In doing so it will enable educators, learners and parents to take full advantage of the opportunities offered by digital technology.
Aim of the Strategy
“In order to realise our vision, partners at both a national and local level must work together to achieve all four of the following essential and interrelated objectives that are central to successful digital learning, teaching and assessment:
• Develop the skills and confidence of educators in the appropriate and effective use of digital technology to support learning and teaching
• Improve access to digital technology for all learners
• Ensure that digital technology is a central consideration in all areas of curriculum and assessment delivery
• Empower leaders of change to drive innovation and investment in digital technology for learning and teaching”
Click here for the full document.
Education Scotland have published the Significant Aspects of Learning for Technologies today.
This is a significant (!) release for all Stirling & Clacks establishments, because the content and structure has been so heavily revised and remodelled. This was a consequence of the Building Society Technologies impact report, which requires that technology be placed “at the heart of learning“.
“In scrutinising the role technologies have played in recent history Education Scotland believes a change is needed in the emphasis around the role of ICT, seen previously as ‘enhancing learning’. The review confirms beyond doubt that our children and young people need digital skills and technologies to be given an absolutely central role in the learning process, no longer an enhancement or bolt-on but a foundation of learning.”
The Technologies SALS document has been carefully mapped to the updated expectations of HGIOS 4. Consequently, there is a clear need for all schools to carefully consider the central postion of their technology strategy within their School Improvement Planning processes.
It is particularly interesting to note the following on P4 of the SALS:
“Digital Literacy As with literacy, numeracy and health and wellbeing, digital literacy should be placed at the heart of all learning, not only the technologies area of the curriculum.
- Using digital products and services in a variety of contexts to achieve a purposeful outcome
- Searching, processing and managing information responsibly
- Cyber resilience and internet safety”