Digital technology to support learning

Children and teachers will be supported to work more with digital tools in the classroom, Deputy First Minister John Swinney announced today.

The Scottish Government has unveiled more than 40 actions in a new strategy to increase the use of digital technology to support teaching in schools.

Developing confidence

Measures include developing teachers’ skills and confidence, continuing to provide broadband and Glow, and updating the technologies curriculum to bring it in line with digital developments and clarify expectations around digital technology.

Speaking ahead of the Scottish Learning Festival in Glasgow, where he will also launch a new Digital Schools Award Scotland programme, Mr Swinney said:

“Evidence shows technology in the classroom can enhance learning and teaching, lead to improved educational outcomes and equip our children and young people with vital digital skills.

A tool to enrich learning

“This strategy is a key part of the Scottish Government’s mission to raise the educational attainment of our children and young people. It sets out how we and our partners will improve children’s access to digital learning opportunities, develop teachers’ skills and confidence and ensure the use of digital technology is central to our curriculum.”

“Technology can be a powerful and engaging tool to enrich learning. We are determined to support Scotland’s teachers to use technology to its best potential so children can improve their educational outcomes and develop skills that will be vital for their life, learning and work.”

The strategy is available online on the Scottish Government website: http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2016/09/9494