Category: Reflecting

Keynote Speech at the Scottish TTA Annual Conference

The 2017 Scottish Technology Teacher’s Association Annual Conference was held in Shawlands Academy in Glasgow on Saturday 11th November 2017. I was delighted to present the keynote to open the conference, building on a theme […]

Roundtable Discussion with the Bank of England’s Agent for Scotland

I was recently invited by eCom, to join a private event with William Dowson, the Bank of England’s Agent for Scotland, for a roundtable discussion with Scottish business leaders, on ‘Building a Workforce for the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Impact of Digital Technology on Learning and Teaching #digilearnscot

This literature review was commissioned by the Scottish Government to explore how the use of digital technology for learning and teaching can support teachers, parents, children and young people in improving outcomes and achieving these […]

#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 […]

Global Collaboration Day #VET

Please see the post below for details. This was sent via the UNESCO-UNEVOC TVET Experts Forum. I decided to share as it may be of interest to some of you. Dear Colleagues, It is my […]

My brief reflections on the OECD Report: Students, Computers and Learning

So we have just seen the publication of a new report from the OECD Directorate for Education and Skills – Students, Computers and Learning: Making the connection (OECD, 2015). First, let’s mention that this is probably […]

#ResearchEd Scotland: my reflection on #rEDScot @GlasgowUni

On Saturday 29th August, I had the pleasure of attending my first ResearchEd event. It was held on my home turf at the University of Glasgow, hosted by the School of Education in the Sir […]

Some random thoughts on #edtech beyond 2020 – and why we need to think beyond ‘just’ tablets

Technological change continues unabated, and with it societal and behavioural change. These factors directly impact how people and systems interact, how spaces are used, and how learning, research and support are delivered. Today, I attended […]

Education secretary makes major speech at the University of Glasgow

Poverty cannot be an excuse for failure in Scottish education. That was the key theme of a major speech delivered by the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning Angela Constance at the University of […]

Horizon 2020 Conference in Budapest is underway #INNOVEIT15

The ‘INNOVEIT 2015’ conference is currently underway in Budapest and combines the previously separate events of the EIT Stakeholder Forum, the EIT Awards, the EIT Roundtables and the EIT Alumni Connect events. The three-day event will discuss […]

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 […]

Using Technology to Engage Learning, Communication & Relationships and 2015 Student Technology Conference

Free Webinar – Using Technology to Engage Learning, Communication & Relationships Thursday, January 29, 2015 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM (Dublin, Edinburgh, Lisbon, London) How can educators, practitioners and parents best use technology in natural […]

Glasgow University Student Education & Technology Conference 2014/15 #ETC1415

The Education & Technology Conference is your chance as a student to show the world the technological tools you are using to help enhance your life and your studies, get some experience presenting at a […]

#digiscots14 Digital & ICT Skills in Scottish Education: The Skills Investment Plan & Tackling the Digital & ICT Skills Gap

This conference aimed to bring together professionals and key stakeholders from education, industry and Government to discuss how Scotland creates the right foundations on which to develop ICT and digital skills. The growth of the […]

My time with Google Glass – educational potential or epic failure?

I have been given Google Glass by The college of Social Sciences (CoSS) to trial as a tool for teaching and learning. Of course, given all the media hype around the device, I snapped up the […]

Staff and Student Partnership is highly commended by the HEA

University of Glasgow – Enhancing the student experience through career-long professional learning (the Glasgow University Student Teacher Network) This year’s Higher Education Academy (HEA) annual conference, Powerful partnerships: defining the learning experience, explored how partnerships […]

Educating Teachers to be Advocates for Widening Participation – My Thoughts

I recently attended a HEA event at Edge Hill University entitled: Educating Teachers to be Advocates for Widening Participation. The event provided an excellent opportunity to explore the barriers which prevent learners (particularly school leavers) […]

Behaviour in Scottish Schools & Education Technology and Society

Behaviour in Scottish Schools 2012 research was commissioned by the Scottish Government and carried out by Ipsos MORI, the third in a series of reports into behaviour in Scottish schools since 2006. The aim was to […]

How The World Uses Social Media

Most infographics touch on the rough edges of data. They dabble in studies and research. Not this one. It dives in and relishes the massive amount of information on how the world uses social networks. […]

Digital Participation – A National Inquiry by The Royal Society of Edinburgh

I recently attended the Royal Society launch of an inquiry into digital participation across Scotland. The inquiry is independent and is focussed on “Spreading the Benefits of Digital Participation”. The inquiry is being chaired by […]

International Conference on #Education and New Developments – Call for Papers #END13

I am pleased to announce that I have been invited onto the Scientific Committee for the #END13 International Conference on Education and New Developments. For more information about the conference, please visit the official website […]

Common Education Standards – my thoughts within context

I have written this post as a request from a friend and colleague who lives and works in Mexico, but is currently studying in Boston. The context – personal thoughts on common standards in relation […]

The International Association of Technology, Education and Development invites conference abstracts

The International Association of Technology, Education and Development (IATED) invites you to attend the 7th International Technology, Education and Development Conference that will be held in Valencia, Spain from March 4 to 6, 2013. Over […]

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 […]

Massive Open Online Courses: The next big thing in Education?

Thanks again, to Peter Kim for supplying this guest article. If you haven’t already heard: MOOCs are the next big thing in education. So what are they? The acronym stands for Massive Open Online Courses. […]

Library 2.012 Worldwide Virtual Conference – The Future of Libraries

Library 2.012, the “Future of Libraries” conference, starts tomorrow, Wednesday, October 3rd, at 6:30 am US-Pacific Daylight Time and continues for 40 straight hours. The conference is free to attend, and is held virtually in […]

Guest Article – The Problem with Hovering: When Helicopter Parents invade the workplace

If you’re currently pursuing an online education, you’re probably quickly becoming more and more familiar with the pressures of student life. From late night study sessions to early morning test cramming, pursuing an education is […]

Game-based Learning at the Global Education Conference

The Global Education Conference is pleased to announce a new partnership with BrainPOP®, a leading creator of animated, curricular content, to develop a new gaming strand for the 2012 Global Education Conference. In addition to […]

My day at The Scottish Learning Festival #SLF12

The sun was shining and the sky was blue. As I travelled from my house to the local train station, I noticed the morning dew seated upon the grass and the crisp, cold air hung […]

3 great #education events coming up!

The Global Education Conference will begin in a matter of weeks and the latest update is hot off the press. You can download it here. If you have not already done so, I encourage you […]

Praxis Enquiry and School-University Partnership Seminar

I’ve just sat in a seminar delivered by Dr Neil Hooley, a lecturer in the School of Education, Victoria University Melbourne. He has interests in narrative inquiry, participatory action research and critical inquiry learning as […]

Music makes you smarter and can help you to study!

When you’re working toward a degree, chances are you’ll take all the help you can get to make your studies just a little bit easier.  If you’ve searched high and low for some assistance in […]

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) […]

United Nations Online Survey – Seeking Inputs for Secretary General’s Youth Initiative

            The United Nations is developing a System-Wide Action Plan on Youth. This Action Plan will affect the way the whole UN system will work with and for youth in […]

Guest Article – Why Standardized Tests Don’t Make Sense

Thanks to Peter Kim, Accredited Online Colleges http://www.accreditedonlinecolleges.com for writing this article and supplying the info graphic. Do you want to submit a guest article? Send it to me at yourarticle@teachers.org or use my contact […]

Excellence for All – A Strategy to Raise Attainment and Recognise Achievement

  Before accepting my new post with The University of Glasgow, I wrote a strategy to raise attainment and recognise achievement across secondary education. I can’t upload the entire document as it contains sensitive information, […]

#GlobalEd12 – GlobalEdCon: Connecting Educators and Organisations Worldwide

The Global Education Conference is a collaborative, inclusive, world-wide community initiative involving students, educators, and organisations at all levels. It is designed to significantly increase opportunities for building education-related connections around the globe while supporting […]

TVET in situations post-conflict and post-disaster

It is a great pleasure to share with you the synthesis report of the discussion on TVET in post-conflict and post-disaster situations. The report is the result of the recent UNEVOC e-Forum and was moderated by Karina […]

Millennium Development Goals – The UN’s Annual Monitoring Report

“The 21st century has thus far proven to be challenging – global changes which impact on our climate, economy, security and way of life. We need to ensure that our children and young people have […]

Presentations from The 3rd International Workshop on Curriculum Innovation and Reform

Members of the International Bureau of Education recently participated in the 3rd International Workshop on Curriculum Innovation and Reform: Changing Assessment to Improve Learning Outcomes, organised by the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop). […]

Excellence for All – raising attainment and mentoring

It’s a real pleasure to announce that I have been appointed as Coordinator – Excellence for All. Focussing on attainment and supporting children and young people, I will be working with a range of professionals […]

Effective Transition Arrangements in Scotland

As Curriculum for Excellence continues to embed itself into the culture, structure and practices of education in Scotland, there has never been a greater need for effective transition arrangements throughout the secondary phase of the […]

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 […]