EduTech Weekly Briefing 10/7/2017

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Strathclyde Engineering Students with the prototype Roll Over Bench, designed by Grace Finlay, for the Scottish Engineering Leaders Awards and Primary Engineer

Strathclyde Engineering Students with the prototype Roll Over Bench, designed by Grace Finlay, for the Scottish Engineering Leaders Awards and Primary Engineer

Primary Engineer brings young inventor’s concept to life

Eleven-year-old Grace Finlay invented the ‘Roll Over Bench’ or ‘ROB’, as part of the 2016/17 Primary Engineer’s Scottish Engineering Leader Award competition designed to engage school children with STEM (science, technology, engineering, maths) subjects. ROB looks like a conventional bench, but can be fully rotated to present a fresh side to sit on, providing a dry seat at the park, whatever the weather.
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Results of EIS Child Poverty Survey Make Sobering Reading:
The EIS has today formally launched a summary report of a member survey on the impact of poverty in education. The survey was designed to gauge members’ perceptions of how poverty arising from cuts to social security benefits, poor wages and insecurity of employment, is impacting in the classroom. 
Coding – more Important than you think
Let’s admit, we have all been at an awkward event and just wanted to run away, so instead we vanish into the digital world in our hands. Technology is a remarkable and exceedingly beneficial thing that all of us in the UK are privileged enough to have at our disposal. However, do we really know how it got there? Do we really know what makes it so great?
Parents urged to consider online safety over summer:
Parents are being urged to make sure their children stay safe online over the summer after latest police figures for Northern Ireland show there has been a 28% increase in cyber-related sex crimes over the last year.
Primary school becomes first in West Lothian to receive digital award:
To achieve the award schools have to complete a three step programme which has been developed to assess progress and recognise excellence in the use of digital technology at primary level while providing practical support and encouragement.
Girl Geek Scotland and Digital Scotland’s ‘Tackling The Technology Gender Gap Together’ published:
This year, Girl Geek Scotland worked with Digital Scotland to produce a report to inform, encourage and support school age girls to consider a career in technology and related sectors through a role model and mentoring initiative by Skills Development Scotland.
Nominet Trust invests £600,000 to help young people acquire digital skills:
Tech for good funding firm launches programme to fund several organisations with the aim of increasing digital skills among young people in the UK.
SLIC Digital Champions
SLIC’s Digital Champions meet up throughout the year to discuss the latest digital innovations in libraries. This week Drew Bain from Forth Valley College talks about attending his first Digi Champ meeting as an observer and the discoveries he made.
Engine Shed Opens to the Public:
The Engine Shed, Scotland’s brand new national building conservation centre, invites you to come and find out what has to offer as it opens its doors to the public for the first time on Monday 3 July 2017.
Microsoft Brings the Four Nations Together with the MOS Championship:
Inaugural MOS Four Nations Championship Final saw UK & Ireland Champions demonstrate the top 10 skills demanded by employers including Microsoft Office, teamwork, and problem solving.
Scottish Learning Festival 2017 – Registration now open
The Scottish Learning Festival, 20-21 September 2017 is the annual conference & exhibition for the teaching profession in Scotland. Co-located with the conference is The Scottish Learning Festival Exhibition. Together, they are now the pivotal events in the education calendar, inspiring better teaching and learning and helping to create a confident teaching profession for the 21st century.
It takes place at the SEC in Glasgow and attracts more than 4500 delegates over 2 days.

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Andrew Ritchie
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