Category: Design & Technology

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 […]

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 […]

#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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

#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 […]

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 […]

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) […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 – […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 – […]

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 […]

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 […]

United Nations – IBE Community of Practice on Curriculum Development

The Community of Practice (COP) in Curriculum Development is a platform where the issues of curriculum change can be jointly discussed and implemented within the framework of a holistic approach for determining and implementing the […]