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Gordon Brown officially opened the new media house at Inverkeithing High School on Monday, as the school celebrated new funding secured by some of its star pupils. Students Lewis Phillips and David Simpson have worked tirelessly in their management of the Inverkeithing Media Network, and their persistence in seeking new equipment has paid off with a grant that has enabled them to upgrade their facilities. To celebrate, the school opened its doors on Monday and guests were treated to a buffet lunch and entertainment from Inverkeithing High School musicians. Former Prime Minister Mr Brown spoke about his role as the United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education and how The Media Network plays a valuable role in the community, before officially opening The Media House.
Between March and May of 2012, on Friday afternoons, I have been ‘digital advisor’ to a class of Primary Twos at Balmullo Primary in Fife. We set out to install a QR Code Safari around the village, a treasure hunt kind of a trail where the treasure is knowledge and education! The theme was ‘Old Balmullo’ – what was it like to live and work in Balmullo 100 years ago and how has the past shaped what we know and love about the village..?
9 September 2012 Last updated at 19:27 ET Not enough people graduate with the skills needed to fill thousands of IT jobs in Scotland, employers' bodies have said. The IT sector has been creating 7,000 jobs a year but last year only 1,500 students graduated in computing, according to E-skills UK. ScotlandIS hopes to encourage the Scottish government to help boost the number of graduates. The industry body said the skills shortfall in technology was deepening. Polly Purvis, executive director of ScotlandIS, said: "The technology sector is growing four times faster than the Scottish average.
Education Secretary Michael Russell has appointed the Chief Scientific Adviser Professor Muffy Calder to convene an ICT Excellence Group to consider the future development of the schools’ intranet ‘Glow’. As previously indicated , the new ICT excellence group will draw on the experience and expertise of end-users, and educational technology experts to scope the long-term user-centred future of Glow. Speaking about the the establishment of the group, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, Michael Russell said, “It is crucial that the next generation of Glow allows schools to harness the power of technology for learning, to keep pace with rapidly evolving developments and speak the language that young people speak online.” “Professor Calder’s group will have the challenge of imagining a future for the service that can be customised to the individual requirements of our young people, is dynamic and can remain relevant for years to come.
The most frequent reason I get when I discuss “open access” to the Internet with those that control network access and strategy in local authorities is duty of care: “We have a duty of care to protect young people”. But what is this duty of care, what isthe legal precedence on which it is based and does this duty of care require that we provide our learners with poor connectivity and restricted access to the worlds largest source of learning material? In Scottish law, duty of care, or rather breaches of duty of care are dealt with under Delict law.
Last Updated: 31 August, 2012 Section: News Today TESS publishes a survey of all 32 local authorities’ stances on the use of YouTube, mobile devices, social media, wi-fi and file-sharing websites Pupils across Scotland are being taught in an “educational apartheid” when it comes to classroom access to the technology they have at their fingertips outside the school gates. TESS’s exclusive survey of all 32 councils’ policies on classroom access to YouTube, social media, mobile devices, wi-fi and file-sharing websites reveals a widely disparate landscape, with some authorities being driven by a fear of litigation and the spectre of cyberbullying.
Last Sunday, I taught six kids of ages 5 to 7 how to program. “In what programming language?” you may ask. Well…I didn’t use a programming language, at least none that you know of. In fact, I didn’t even use a computer.
Overview: S6 pupils and Mr Russell Sixth year pupils at John Ogilvie High School in South Lanarkshire have recently started to use a Glow Group to store their records of achievement. Senior staff are so pleased with the results that they plan to extend the process to the rest of the school. This cookbook looks at the system the school has developed. Context:
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Thinking of using Twitter for your school or class? Many schools are now using Twitter as a quick way to share information about activities of their school or classes. Twitter is a quick blogging platform – micro-blogging – letting schools very quickly share short messages online to celebrate the activities of the school (including weblinks, images or video clips as appropriate) with the wider community.