A Digital Learning Environment for Scottish Schools
This report by the ICT in Education Excellence group proposes that children’s access to the internet at school should not be limited by local authority web-filtering policies. The report recommends a Scotland-wide policy for filtering instead where the norm should be that all websites and services are accessible unless the policy states that they should be explicitly blocked.
This new report by independent charity, Nesta, looks at how technology can be used much more effectively to support learning. The report outlines the proof, promise and potential of digital education and discusses how no technology has an impact on learning on its own, its success depends on how it is used.
Truancy – Park Lane Primary School case study
Val Cameron, head teacher at Park Lane Primary School, talks about her experience with spotting patterns of absenteeism early in school and how tracking and monitoring software has had a positive impact on attendance.
Touchscreen Tablets – how are they being used in Primary and Secondary School?
Touchscreen tablets are big business at the moment. Devices like the iPad have quickly been adopted by both Primary and Secondary schools. But how are they being used and how could they be used in primary and secondary school classrooms? What do tablets bring to the table and why are many schools investing money in them? This article by Matt Britland - Head of ICT at Kingston Grammer, Blogger and teacher advisor for the Guardian Teacher Network – should give you some ideas about how tablet computers can support teaching and learning in the classroom…
How to manage children’s reputation online
Private information on the Internet is not so private, and the way your children interact on the web today could come back and harm them later on in adult life.
Digital Creativity – From classroom to career
Part of a teacher’s role is to prepare students for their future - not only in securing a job or place at University, but in equipping them with key skills such as communication and collaboration which they will need in their day-to-day lives. Given the problems young people currently face in securing employment in what remains an extremely tough jobs market, the role of schools in helping prepare students for these challenges is more important than ever. Here, Liz Wilkins discusses how schools can better prepare students for their future careers.