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The future is glowing

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Presentation for the Digital Citizenship Summit UK, January 2016

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The future is glowing

  1. 1. The future is ing Susan Galloway and Katie Barrowman Leaders of Learning, Glasgow City Council @digifuturescot
  2. 2. “We don’t have the luxury of things taking hundreds of years to change anymore. They change ridiculously quickly. We’re living in an age where you are experiencing the fastest change you’ve ever experienced in your life, things are changing faster than they ever have in anyone’s lifetime, and it will be the slowest pace of change you will ever experience again.” - Chris Van Der Kuyl, Scottish Learning Festival Keynote September 2015
  3. 3. Curriculum for Excellence • Entirely new Scottish curriculum introduced for 3-16 learners in 2010 (now birth - 18) • Based on sets of curricularly linked experiences and outcomes (Es and Os) • Founded on a skills based approach that put learners at the core • Not perfect - still evolving and changing to best meet learners' needs - it is a real challenge to make a curriculum fluid enough to adapt to challenges of a rapidly changing society
  4. 4. Scotland’s Digital Economy • It is estimated that 90% of jobs across the UK today already require the skills to use digital technologies confidently in a wide variety of ways, with over half requiring more advanced skills • Today, 84,400 people work in digital jobs in Scotland • The digital sector alone contributes £4.5 billion value added to Scotland’s economy • In the five years to 2013, the number of digital businesses in Scotland increased almost twice as fast as across the UK as a whole
  5. 5. Background on Glow • Launched 2007 • Government funded, SharePoint based intranet • Offered opportunities to share files, discuss, webconference, embed content etc. across Scottish Education. • Local Authorities chose whether or not to sign up – last one came on board 2010 • Use varied across country – some LAs used it for all online business, others barely used it.
  6. 6. Changes to Glow • Moved to Office 365 for main functionality in 2012 • Scotland’s largest LA (Glasgow) moving all email to Glow over 2015- 16 • More positively viewed – better functionality, more means of access (e.g. mobile). • No cost to end user.
  7. 7. How Good Is Our School 4 • New inspection framework for Scottish Schools • Digital education the explicit responsibility of all teachers (from June 2016) • "All staff take responsibility for developing literacy, numeracy, health and wellbeing and digital literacy across the curriculum. Learners demonstrate these skills at a high level
  8. 8. How Good Is Our School 4 • "Young people make informed choices about the way digital technology can and should be used. " • "The development of digital skills enables children and young people to be creative and use digital technologies to meet a personal or social need." • "Young people understand the importance of developing their own digital skills for learning, life and work."
  9. 9. Where are we now? • On the brink of the most important change to the Scottish curriculum in decades. • Universal access for learners and teachers to Glow, allowing true collaborative working. • Recognising that digital skills and competencies are key to the success of the Scottish economy.
  10. 10. What are the challenges? • Teacher confidence and skill • Change of mindset and priorities needed • Needs to be universal acceptance of the importance of digital learning • Access to hardware and connectivity in schools • Unequal playing field - impact of poverty (Scottish Attainment
  11. 11. How does Glow contribute? • Same suite of tools for all learners • Free access to MS office • Free, secure access to WordPress blogs • Collaborative working • Requires strong understanding of digital responsibility – Health and Wellbeing • Opportunities to publish and celebrate
  12. 12. What is a teacher? Changing Role of the Teacher Traditional 21st Century • Expert • Knowledg e Transmitte r • Facilitator • Coach • Contractor
  13. 13. What is a teacher? "(teachers') skills are up-to-date with technological advances informed by a range of sources including the expertise of the young people themselves." - HGIOS 4
  14. 14. Next Steps • Sharing of good practice and ideas • Schools collaborating on projects both internally and with other schools • Schools of Education and NQT Training Programmes • Risk taking • Flipped Teaching • Change of dynamic within classroom • Models of change – grassroots? Top

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