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Consultation on the development of a Digital Learning and Teaching Strategy for Scotland

Discussion in 'Scotland - education news' started by Livingstonbased, Sep 26, 2015.

  1. Livingstonbased

    Livingstonbased New commenter

    A public consultation on the development of a Digital Learning and Teaching Strategy for Scotland was announced on 24th September 2015.

    The consultation will run until 17th December 2015 and is open to all.

    You can access the consultation document and find details on how to respond here.

    To support the consultation, officials will be holding a number of face-to-face events during this period at locations around the country. These events will provide opportunities for deeper dialogue and discussion about the key themes and priorities for action outlined in the consultation document. Details of the events and how to book places can be found in the News and Events section at www.digilearn.scot.

    You can take part in a digital learning community online discussion on the strategy themes and priorities for action here.
  2. cochrane1964

    cochrane1964 New commenter

  3. Livingstonbased

    Livingstonbased New commenter

    There are a number of face-to-face conversation events, which will provide an opportunity for deeper dialogue and discussion about the strategy. The events are being hosted by the National Digital Learning Forum. To book a place please email adele.mitchinson@educationscotland.gsi.gov.uk stating the date and venue you wish to attend, along with any dietary or special requirements.

    The first planned conversation event is in Aberdeen on 14th October, followed by Inverness on the 15th.
  4. Livingstonbased

    Livingstonbased New commenter

  5. Livingstonbased

    Livingstonbased New commenter

    There will also be a series of virtual Glow Meets that are open to all participants:
    • 2nd November 14.00-15.00
    • 3rd November 11.00-12.00
    • 4th November 17.00-1800
    • 5th November 19.00-20.00
    • 6th November 13.00-14.00
    Details of all consultation events can be found at :

  6. Livingstonbased

    Livingstonbased New commenter

    Evening events are also being planned - details to follow.
  7. bigjimmy2

    bigjimmy2 Lead commenter

    You seem to be pushing this a fair bit, Livingstonbased, what's your interest in it?
  8. gnulinux

    gnulinux Occasional commenter

    Isn't this all about relaunching Glow??? I thought it was dead in the water.
  9. Livingstonbased

    Livingstonbased New commenter

    Hello there. Sorry if it comes across as pushing, I wanted to ensure that a sufficiently wide range of teachers and colleagues were aware of the Digital Learning and Teaching Strategy consultation and the development of the Digital Learning Community. Jim.
  10. Livingstonbased

    Livingstonbased New commenter

    Hello, no this is not about Glow. The strategy is about the wider use of digital technology to support learning and teaching. Thanks. Jim
  11. Livingstonbased

    Livingstonbased New commenter

  12. gnulinux

    gnulinux Occasional commenter

    "The strategy is about the wider use of digital technology to support learning and teaching."

    This is just a waste of time and money. Pupils need to be taught the substantive skills of Computing Science that underpin business and wealth creation. The use of computers etc. to support learning and teaching has been going on in one form or another since the 1980's. Net result: ZERO!!! Money wasted on this: HUGE!!!
  13. Effinbankers

    Effinbankers Lead commenter

    [QUOTE="gnulinux, post: 11468269, member: 128656]"Pupils need to be taught the substantive skills of Computing Science that underpin business and wealth creation. [/QUOTE]

    No they don't. Not everything revolves around geeks staring at screens.

    If people want to have a career and programming, there are plenty of universities that cover it well enough.
  14. gnulinux

    gnulinux Occasional commenter

    Scottish Universities have a poor record in teaching Computing Science - anecdotally it appears to be done on a DIY basis with students left to their own devices much of the time. It is far better if pupils learn the fundamentals at school because otherwise the learning curve at university is just too steep.

    As for the 'plenty of Universities' - in Scotland???
  15. morrisseyritual

    morrisseyritual Occasional commenter

    To the advocates of technology: iPads are only the answer so long as there are almost as many PCs/ laptops in a school to synch data, store work done on them.
    To the techno sceptics - I firmly believe there should be at least as many computers as there are weans in a classroom. They are a single aid to learning and are a great boon to discipline.
  16. subman68

    subman68 Occasional commenter

    Please not this again. Yes we need people that can do the "tech" bit with a PC, lets be real what we need is people that can work a PC properly, they are the Admin pupils. We all should know how to use a PC, when it does not work switch it off and back on again, or advanced skills Crrl+Alt+Delete and have a quick look around. If that does not help (on & off will sort it) call a guy to help. I think we need about 1 Computer Science guy per 10,000 PC's. The tech guy in my school swears by his HNC in Computing Science.
  17. brothermunro

    brothermunro Occasional commenter

    This is an interesting debate, technology is increasingly important in everyday life and schools would be stupid to ignore its impact. However technology to enhance learning has to be done carefully and, more importantly, well. Ideally 1:1 where each pupil has their own (provided) device that has a rich capability (i.e. beyond just being connected to the internet) and where teachers (not IT staff) have the final say over the installed software.
  18. halfajack

    halfajack Occasional commenter

    Sounds like what should be expected at university level.
  19. brothermunro

    brothermunro Occasional commenter

    Bring your own device is no doubt appealing to the council's accountants but is a disaster for the teacher (as you can't plan for pupils to have a particular app or access to certain services) a nightmare for IT staff (security mainly) and terrible for the social cohesiveness of the school, as some kids can't afford the latest and greatest (or indeed any) IT devices (which is the whole school uniform argument).
  20. gnulinux

    gnulinux Occasional commenter

    Hear hear!!! Schools should be using networks of linux-based machines - so the software costs nothing and it can be run on older machines quite successfully. The problem is that most computer technicians know nothing about it and so they are probably struggling/puddling along with way out of date XP based machines.

    There is ample free linux-based software around to support all school courses. What is lacking is the will to change away from MS based systems. Literally £millions have been wasted on MS software in Scottish Education and elsewhere. All it would take would be one Local Authority to break ranks and adopt Ubuntu based systems (say) and the rest would be history. All it takes is a little guts - it is not rocket science.

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