EduTech Weekly Briefing

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Photo by Pawel Nolbert on Unsplash

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Wearable tech has the potential to ‘level the playing field’ for pupils

Wearable technology has the potential to “level the playing field” for children in schools, according to the world’s largest education company. Products like Microsoft’s HoloLens, which allows people to place 3D digital models in the room alongside them, would help all students work and learn together, regardless of their background, Pearson’s global director of immersive learning said at an event held by London Tech Week and Microsoft.


Scottish Government:

Education Technology – Step out of your comfort zone, by Natalie Burgess
Natalie Burgess, Microsoft Teacher Ambassador,  who discusses the best way to grow as a teacher by jumping in and taking the first step.“As a Primary 3 teacher for a number of years, I was excited and ready to change up my teaching and utilise Office 365 successfully in my classroom, within the Scottish GLOW platform. However, at the beginning some doubts filled my head- Are the pupils too young? Do I know enough to use this technology successfully?”

Digital tech sector set to grow twice as fast as Scottish economy overall
The digital technology sector is forecast to grow twice as fast as the Scottish economy overall in the years to 2024. The number of young people studying and passing computing science at school increased by 8% to 14,212 between 2014 and 2016 but more can be done to ensure young people of today can meet future demands.

How to overcome barriers to learning and inspire the next generation of scientists
“For me, and for my students, the biggest barrier to truly understanding science is learning by the book. It’s easy as a teacher to punish a difficult class by devoting the lesson to textbook based learning, but who’s really winning from this?”

The Public Libraries Vision Panel
Young people are helping to shape the future of Scotland’s public libraries through an innovative new project by the Scottish Library & Information Council and Young Scot. The Public Libraries Vision Panel will see up to 15 people, aged between 14 and 21, from across Scotland present their own ideas and recommendations on the future of libraries.

TES Schools Awards
The TES Schools Awards are taking place tonight at Grosvenor House Hotel in London and you can check out the shortlist here. EduTech aficionados will be especially intrigued to see who the winner in the Digital innovation/ed tech school of the year will be.

Digital revolution at school
Pupils and teachers have been taking part in national Digital Learning Week. Organised by Education Scotland, the event offers a series of challenges, ideas and initiatives, all aimed at increasing the use of digital learning to raise attainment, ambition and opportunities for all.

RM secures a healthy Glow contract
Education resources and technology supplier, RM has secured a significant contract with Education Scotland to continue providing authentication and portal services for Glow, Scotland’s national online learning environment. 

Young women from Perth’s city schools have been getting the ‘Gen Up’ on apprenticeship opportunities.
The 22 fifth year pupils from all four of the city’s schools took part in the Gen Up event from 20-22 June, which also aimed to put young women’s minds at rest about working in what some see as traditionally ‘male’ industries.

Widening access must start at school
“Scottish universities are poor at widening access. In Scotland, a school leaver from the most disadvantaged areas is half as likely to get to university as their counterpart in England.” (REGISTER TO ACCESS ARTICLE)

EduTech – Widening Participation Through Technology

We are pleased to announce the next EduTech will be held on November 23 in Glasgow. Save the date in your diaries!

To provide feedback, submit features / details of any forthcoming events, and for further information about our Autumn EduTech 2017 please contact:

Andrew Ritchie
0131 561 7349