EduTech Weekly Briefing

We are trialling a new weekly briefing on EduTech, with a focus on Scotland but also covering important developments both in the rest of the UK and globally. Below you can see the stories we featured in our newsletter that went out on Friday the 9th of June and you can sign up to receive future newsletters here.

 

space illustration with satellite

‘Equip young people with a problem solving mind set’ – Amanda Regan, space engineer

Amanda Regan is a trailblazer in the technology of space craft design and an engineer at the European Space Agency, Earth Observation Future Missions.
Amanda was speaking at FutureScot’s EduTech conference in Glasgow. In the run-up to the event, she took part in this Q&A.

EIS President Says Tackling Poverty Key To Raising Attainment

The outgoing President of the EIS, Margaret Smith, has used her final speech as EIS President to call for action to reduce the impact of poverty on young people across Scotland.

http://www.eis.org.uk/public.asp?id=3700&dbase=2

Digital Dinner offers industry networking opportunity

Industry professionals, academics, lecturers and students were among the guests at a ‘Making Digital Work’ dinner and networking event held at Forth Valley College’s Stirling Campus on Wednesday 7 June.

FVC Principal Dr Ken Thomson welcomed around 100 invited guests to the Campus for a four course meal prepared and served by the college’s Hospitality students and staff.

https://www.forthvalley.ac.uk/news-events/digital-dinner-offers-industry-networking-opportunity/

 

Empowering education

Reforms to put children at heart of system.

Deputy First Minister John Swinney has set out his vision of empowerment and devolution for Scottish education.

At the School Leaders Scotland summer conference, the DFM reiterated his pledge to make teachers and parents the key decision makers in schools.

https://news.gov.scot/news/empowering-education

 

Coding resources for early years and primary

There has been a flurry of interest in coding and computational thinking at Early, First and Second level since the publication of the new Technologies Experiences and Outcomes. This post is an attempt to signpost some of the great resources that I have found out about recently.

https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/st/stirlingdigitallearning/2017/06/07/coding-resources-for-early-years-and-primary/

 

‘In the UK, we need to learn from our neighbouring countries, not dismiss them’

Responding to a controversial article suggesting teachers should vote Conservative, one educationist suggests that the piece fundamentally misunderstands schools policy in Scotland and Wales…

https://www.tes.com/news/school-news/breaking-views/uk-we-need-learn-our-neighbouring-countries-not-dismiss-them

young women using a laptop

Getting creative with STEM careers

Around 180 pupils from schools across Highland will visit My World of Work Live! in Inverness this week as part of XpoNorth.

The S3 and S4 students will take part in two workshops in the Careers Lab and Digital Studio over 7 and 8 June.

Activities will include a 45-minute workshop where pupils learn computer programming and coding by making music, as well as using the Lab’s computer stations to explore Virtual Reality and digital photography.

https://www.skillsdevelopmentscotland.co.uk/news-events/2017/june-2017/getting-creative-with-stem-careers/

 

Video games could boost university skills, study finds

Playing video games could help young people be more successful at university, according to a new study.

University of Glasgow trial found gaming improved communication skills, resourcefulness and adaptability…

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-40160100

 

Pay It Forward – Because #EducationMatters!

“We can pay our debt to the past by putting the future in debt to ourselves” 

John Buchan, Scottish Writer, 1940.

As we travel the world, evangelising our message #EducationMatters – the idea that everyone has the right to access opportunities to learn, spark their thinking, and grow their potential, people often comment on our deeply engrained values.  We are a small company, and so it’s no surprise that we work very closely with our colleagues and clients, but it had never really occurred to us that our values shine through quite so much.  We suspect that is very much down to the passion of our Director Stephen Reid, who infuses every meeting, workshop and presentation with his energy and his genuine belief that we can make a difference in the classroom.

https://www.immersiveminds.com/single-post/2017/06/02/Pay-It-Forward-%E2%80%93-Because-EducationMatters

 

EVENTS:

World Congress on Computers in Education (July 3-6, Dublin)

Tomorrow’s learning: Involve Everyone

The World Conference on Computers in Education (WCCE 2017), organised by the International Federation for Information Processing and hosted by the Irish Computer Society, will take place in Dublin on 3rd-6th July 2017, with a doctoral consortium on 2nd July…

http://wcce2017.com/

 


To provide feedback, submit features or details of any forthcoming events, please contact:

Andrew Ritchie

0131 561 7349

andrew@canongate.org

 

Harry Dickinson

0131 561 7364

harry@canongate.org