At one with the kids (and the teachers): Education Leaders Summit, 24th November

Last Friday I was delighted to be one of the presenters at the Education Leaders Summit held at the Scottish Parliament.  This event was aimed at school Headteachers across Scotland to help share practice, ideas and challenges of implementing the National Digital Learning and Teaching Strategy.

There were a great range of speakers including Professor Judy Robertson, University of Edinburgh, Ian Fordham, Director of Education, Microsoft UK and me.  For me though,the most exciting speakers were not the keynotes (though they were good) but the teachers and the pupils whose work they shared.

GLOW, the Scottish Schools intranet, really seems to be coming into its own now and there was a huge amount of enthusiasm shared in particular for One Note and Sway.  The collaborative, accessible and personal aspects of both were demonstrated to great effect.  It was lovely to see pupils and teachers talking so enthusiastically and honestly about the “stuff” this, and an internet connection can provide.  There was also a powerful reminder of the struggles we still have to work on around the digital divide.

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