I attended a very interesting event today which saw Education Scotland launch the Technologies (3-18) Impact Review which has been called Building Society – young people’s experiences and outcomes in the technologies.

The curriculum impact report evaluates the quality of young people’s learning and achievements in the technologies. It contributes to the overall picture of what it is like to be a learner in Scotland in the second decade of the 21st century and it identifies strengths in learning across the technologies. It suggests what can be done to improve outcomes for children, young people, and communities. This includes setting an agenda to better advance learning in the technologies with a range of key partners.

The report is based on evidence and data gathered from around 40 exploratory visits to early learning and childcare settings, primary, secondary and special schools in Scotland. It also draws on evidence from research across Europe and beyond. Young people’s achievements in external examinations provide further important data, contributing to a comprehensive picture of how technologies experiences are impacting on young people and their communities. The report comes at a time when young people are entering into a world which is changing educationally, economically and socially, at an unprecedented rate. With that in mind, the report sets out an ambitious, inclusive agenda for improvement, inviting all of those with an interest in the future of Scotland’s young people to play their part.

The event saw speakers including: Alan Armstrong, Strategic Director Education Scotland – Bill Maxwell, Chief Executive Education Scotland – Gordon McGuinness, Head of Industries and Enterprise Networks – Richard Clifford, MAKLab Executive Director – Bill Geddes and Sheila Page, HMI – Angela Constance, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning and Kirsty McFaul, Senior Education Officer Education Scotland.

The report identifies three broad themes for action:

  • Creativity and problem-solving
  • Digital technologies at the heart of learning
  • Building the technologies brand

There are other emerging themes, and some areas to note interest. The technologies curriculum in Scotland can be defined as:

  • Technological developments in society
  • ICT to enhance learning
  • Business
  • Computing Science
  • Craft, Design, Engineering and Graphics
  • Food and Textiles

In addition, it is important to note that the report includes both primary and secondary sectors. The full report can be accessed here:http://www.educationscotland.gov.uk/Images/TechnologiesImpactReport__tcm4-850866.pdf

Text source: Education Scotland


Posted by Lee Dunn

Academic Staff University of Glasgow and Author of Science Fiction