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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

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

#UofG Students to facilitate workshop at the 2015 STTA Conference

The 2015 Scottish Technology Teacher’s Association Annual Conference will be held in Glasgow on Saturday 7th November 2015. The workshop programme will consist of activities based on the new Design & Technology curriculum and N4/5 courses. I am delighted to

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BTechEd STEM event at The University of Glasgow

On Friday 20th March, students studying secondary ITE (Initial Teacher Education) Design and Technology participated in a mixed year group STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Maths) challenge which was facilitated by STEMNet and the Smallpeice Trust (yes, it is spelled

Posted in Conferences, Design & Technology, Employability, STEM Education

Making tomorrow happen: technology education in Scotland #TechEdScot

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

Posted in Conferences, Design & Technology, Learning & Teaching, Reflecting

Supporting #STEM events in secondary schools – Career Information, Advice and Guidance

I was recently invited to discuss aspects of my career and job within the university, at a local STEM event at St Joseph’s College in Dumfries. The event was organised by S4 pupils and was attended by a number of

Posted in Conferences, Design & Technology, STEM Education

#EdTech Cheat Sheet: Understanding New Trends in Educational Technology via @goboundless

I came across this neat infographic earlier today and I knew straight away that I had to share it via my blog. It’s not an exhaustive list, of course – but it does make a fine start.  Thanks to the

Posted in Design & Technology, Technology Enhanced Learning

Are you participating in #GlobalEd12

Can I take this opportunity to remind you that today saw the launch of this year’s Global Education Conference. The conference will run for one week and is held online in multiple time zones. Future sessions and further details can be found

Posted in Curriculum Design, Design & Technology, Education Studies, Employability, Learning & Teaching, Reflecting, Technology Enhanced Learning, Transforming

The Future of Technological Education in Scotland Part 2

I recently conducted a small scale study based on the Future of Technological Education in Scotland. The study was specific to the opinions of teachers in secondary education (or anyone else involved in Technological Education) e.g. what they thought about

Posted in Curriculum Design, Design & Technology, Reflecting

Technological Education in Scotland – Beyond 2012 – Part 1

I recently carried out a small scale study based on The Future of Technological Education in Scotland.  I conducted a survey over a period of two weeks and collated the results. It is intended that the study be a pre-amble

Posted in Curriculum Design, Design & Technology, Education Studies

CAD Modelling with Creo – Dalek, Scooter and Caster

Now that I’m an accredited teacher-trainer in the use of Creo, I thought that I’d write something about it! Creo is the latest version of the 3D CAD software which is developed by PTC. Many years ago, my school used

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Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development – Revolutionising the Way We Teach and Learn

Education stands at a historic point in time where the best of what we know about effective teaching is merging with exciting potentials offered by new technologies, tools, and learning designs. The result is a revolutionary new direction for educational

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Tackling Youth Unemployment – identifying young people at risk

First things first this is the last time that Ill use the word NEET (Not in Education, Training or Employment). Imagine being a 17 year old, leaving school and being labelled in the negative. It doesnt really say much for

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Posted in Design & Technology, Reflecting

The Teacher, The Social Media Site and The Public

Here we are, advancing steadily into 2012. I find it slightly amusing if not frustrating that my first post this year is based on the use of scoial media by teachers. Forgive the title – The Teacher, The Social Media

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Scottish Government Consultation – review of post-16 education

We all recognise that education is key to improving the life chances of our young people.  At the end of the last parliamentary session, in the Green Paper Building a Smarter Future, The Scottish Government set out a range of options

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The Scottish Learning Festival – Dead or Alive?

This year’s Scottish Learning Festival (Twitter #SLF11) is likely to be one to remember – either for better or worse. To be held on 21st and 22nd September, the theme is Curriculum for Excellence: Learning, Teaching and Assessment, Making the

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Posted in Design & Technology, Learning & Teaching, Reflecting

My World of Work – Online Career Toolkit

Skills Development Scotland, the national skills body, has designed and developed an online toolkit to aide those in search of careers information, advice and guidance. My World of Work (or My Wow) will help you find all the advice and

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Setting up my learning and teaching space

With two weeks to go before the start of the new school year, I spent a few days preparing teaching materials and setting up my learning amd teaching space. I teach Design and Technology – Product Design, Engineering Science, Graphic

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International Bureau of Education Update

Following the success of its inaugural year, the 2nd Regional Diploma in Curriculum Design and Development will begin on August 15, 2011 in Montevideo, Uruguay. It promotes training and capacity development on curricular issues to contribute to the achievement of

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The 16+ Learning Choices Data Hub

Through policy, I have given a clear commitment to young people about the routes on offer to education, employment and training – and the support that they can expect, when they reach the end of their statutory education. 16+ Learning

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  • Webinar: Artificial Intelligence: How ‘new thinking’ is changing the world
    Artificial Intelligence (AI) will have a profound impact on our society over the next 20 years. It’s important to ask how we are going to use it. It’s arrival will bring many positives, and possibly many negatives, such as: military…Read more ›
  • 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 ›
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