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CA North America Magazine Launched

This new monthly digital magazine is dedicated to the news and views of our members; a sizeable portion of our US and Canada members work in business and financial services, with many at management level, and we are focusing our

Posted in Education Studies

Technology Education: Do we have a PR crisis?

It has been a long-standing commentary that resides with teachers around the country, that technology education suffers at the hands of science and mathematics. I have heard many jokes since I began my teaching career in 1997, as a student

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Posted in Curriculum Design, Design & Technology, Reflecting, STEM Education

Next speaking event: Learning Through Technology

Learning Through Technology (6th June 2017) Technology Innovation Centre (University of Strathclyde) The Digital Learning and Teaching Strategy for Scotland was published in September 2016. The report outlines how important young people consider the use of digital technologies as a

Posted in Conferences

#EduTechScot Conference 2017

The Scottish Government’s STEM Education and Training strategy points to the important role STEM Education & Training has to play if we are to fully realise aspirations for all children and young people to have the skills and confidence needed

Posted in Conferences

Annual Survey Of The Use Of Digital Technology / Glow

Education Scotland carries out an annual survey of school staff and pupils to find out more about their use of digital technology in general and Glow in particular. This has been run most years in the last decade and it

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Posted in Reflecting

Education needs to move beyond tablet devices – a perspective on mixed reality #NDLW17

The education technology landscape has changed considerably over the last few years. Emerging devices and new approaches to learning are at the fore of new teaching pedagogy, with an increased focus on the use of digital technology in the classroom.

Posted in Education Studies

Social Media in Education #NDLW17 #DigitalDifference

Originally published via Efficiency Exchange. Re-written for National Digital Learning Week 2017. As a lecturer, I have the opportunity to explore many new technologies and new pedagogies. Through my work, I’m able to visit primary and secondary schools throughout the

Posted in Education Studies

The Digital Everyday: Exploration or Alienation?

I’m writing to you on behalf of the Centre for Digital Culture at King’s College London to invite you to attend an international event on Saturday, May 6 called “The Digital Everyday: Exploration or Alienation?” I’ve reached out to you

Posted in Education Studies

Speaking at #EduTech17 #EduTechScot @futurescot_news

I will be presenting at EduTech 2017 this coming May, discussing the role of digital technologies in learning, with a specific focus on the Digital Schools Awards, accredited by Education Scotland and supported by HP, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Microsoft and

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Posted in Conferences, Learning & Teaching, STEM Education, Technology Enhanced Learning

BBC Radio Scotland

On Tuesday 21st March, 2017, I was invited to participate on The Kaye Adams Programme (BBC Radio Scotland) for an open discussion on online learning within our classrooms. The discussion was based around an innovative approach to distance learning from the

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Upcoming Speaking Events / Conferences

2017 kicked off to an intensive start with #BETT2017, arguably the largest #EdTech conference in the world, and then into the #DigitalSchoolsAwards ceremony at Wormit Primary School last month. It continues to be busy as my diary fills up for

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Optimism, Pessimism, Education and the Human Future

The Storify narrative was generated from an interdisciplinary symposium at The University of Glasgow. This event was designed to: develop critical thinking on the human future through pitches from a range of academic voices; make connections between different disciplines and areas of

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Government and industry recognise and celebrate #DigitalSchools

Today (22nd February), 21 primary schools in Scotland have gained national ‘Digital School’ status for excellence in digital technology in teaching and learning. I had the pleasure of attending this event as a Programme Validator for the Digital Schools Awards.

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Posted in Reflecting, Technology Enhanced Learning

Teach Technology – Applications are invited via UCAS

Scotland has a long established tradition in engineering and technology which is reflected in the history of the curriculum within the national education system. Technical subjects and the development of a technologies curriculum are recognised as a strong aspect of

Posted in Design & Technology, Education Studies

Speaking at #BETT2017 (and first impressions!)

Well! What can I say? BETT 2017 has turned out to be a wonderful experience, but then I expected nothing less. Rarely do I have the opportunity to see such an amazing assortment of technological wonders and rarely do I

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Posted in Conferences, Education Studies, Learning & Teaching, Technology Enhanced Learning

Connect with me at #BETT2017 (Digital Schools Awards) @HP Stand (D200)

SPEAKING AT BETT, LONDON 25 AND 26 JANUARY 2017 (11AM) STAND D200 On 25th and 26th January, I will be speaking at BETT in London, about the Digital Schools Awards. BETT is the world’s leading education technology event celebrated in

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National Digital Learning Week #NDLW17 #DigitalDifference

Education Scotland has announced that National Digital Learning Week 2017 (#NDLW 17) will take place from 15-19 May 2017. This year the theme of the week will be ‘Digital Difference’ and throughout the week they’ll be asking us to share and celebrate

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Embrace The Technology: My article on Digital Culture in GTCS Teaching Scotland Magazine Issue 67

Digital Learning and Teaching is The Responsibility For All My article on digital technology as a responsibility for all teachers, has now been published in Teaching Scotland magazine. The article explores the culture of learning and teaching through the use

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Design and (or) Technlogy 2.0

Originally posted on Dr David Spendlove's Blog:
In a blog post just before Christmas (December 2016) David Barlex (along with Torben Steeg and Nick Givens) argued for the rebuilding of Design and Technology based upon the current situation where…

Posted in Education Studies

Speaking at BETT, London, January 2017 #digitalschools

I am delighted to speak at BETT, London on 25th and 26th January, 2017. I’ll be talking about the Digital Schools Awards, in partnership with HP, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Microsoft and Intel. You’ll find me on location for a few

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  • CA North America Magazine Launched
    This new monthly digital magazine is dedicated to the news and views of our members; a sizeable portion of our US and Canada members work in business and financial services, with many at management level, and we are focusing our…Read more ›
  • Technology Education: Do we have a PR crisis?
    It has been a long-standing commentary that resides with teachers around the country, that technology education suffers at the hands of science and mathematics. I have heard many jokes since I began my teaching career in 1997, as a student…Read more ›
  • Next speaking event: Learning Through Technology
    Learning Through Technology (6th June 2017) Technology Innovation Centre (University of Strathclyde) The Digital Learning and Teaching Strategy for Scotland was published in September 2016. The report outlines how important young people consider the use of digital technologies as a…Read more ›
  • #EduTechScot Conference 2017
    The Scottish Government’s STEM Education and Training strategy points to the important role STEM Education & Training has to play if we are to fully realise aspirations for all children and young people to have the skills and confidence needed…Read more ›
  • Annual Survey Of The Use Of Digital Technology / Glow
    Education Scotland carries out an annual survey of school staff and pupils to find out more about their use of digital technology in general and Glow in particular. This has been run most years in the last decade and it…Read more ›
  • Education needs to move beyond tablet devices – a perspective on mixed reality #NDLW17
    The education technology landscape has changed considerably over the last few years. Emerging devices and new approaches to learning are at the fore of new teaching pedagogy, with an increased focus on the use of digital technology in the classroom.…Read more ›
  • Social Media in Education #NDLW17 #DigitalDifference
    Originally published via Efficiency Exchange. Re-written for National Digital Learning Week 2017. As a lecturer, I have the opportunity to explore many new technologies and new pedagogies. Through my work, I’m able to visit primary and secondary schools throughout the…Read more ›
  • The Digital Everyday: Exploration or Alienation?
    I’m writing to you on behalf of the Centre for Digital Culture at King’s College London to invite you to attend an international event on Saturday, May 6 called “The Digital Everyday: Exploration or Alienation?” I’ve reached out to you…Read more ›
  • Speaking at #EduTech17 #EduTechScot @futurescot_news
    I will be presenting at EduTech 2017 this coming May, discussing the role of digital technologies in learning, with a specific focus on the Digital Schools Awards, accredited by Education Scotland and supported by HP, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Microsoft and…Read more ›
  • BBC Radio Scotland
    On Tuesday 21st March, 2017, I was invited to participate on The Kaye Adams Programme (BBC Radio Scotland) for an open discussion on online learning within our classrooms. The discussion was based around an innovative approach to distance learning from the…Read more ›
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