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 Intel. This is a full-day conference on STEM learning through digital technology and how it can be harnessed by educators to equip themselves and children with the tools to succeed.
Aimed at teachers and education professionals, the delegate-focused event features 9 interactive workshops and keynotes from some of the foremost international digital learning experts. The intensive sessions will help teachers address key gaps in their knowledge, and provide useful advice on how to get the most out of digital for their own development and of learners. The conference will be an opportunity for leaders to reflect on what can be done to help Scotland address its attainment gap and how digital can be used as part of a STEM learning toolkit. You will also be able to network with fellow educators, exhibitors and sponsors during breaks between the packed agenda of seminars and plenary sessions. A bit like teachers, EduTech 2017 is focused on results so the conference will be given national visibility through a full report featured in The Times Scotland.
Join in the discussion online: #EduTechScot
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 to work, contribute and live in a technologically-advanced and digitally-inclusive society.
With the continued integration of technology into the school curriculum, EduTech 2017 will, through a range of plenary sessions and workshops, explore and debate the developments surrounding the use of technology in the classroom, including:
- how to improve the skills and confidence of teachers using digital tools;
- latest developments in classroom resources and assessment tools;
- how we widen access to technology, address the attainment gap and more effectively position digital tools at the centre of the STEM curriculum, empowering learners and creating tomorrow’s leaders of change.
Who should attend:
- Head Teachers and Deputy Head Teachers
- Teachers and Curriculum Managers
- School Business Managers
- Heads of eLearning
- School Heads of IT
- Local Authority Education Managers
- Further and Higher Education Representatives
- Union representatives
As a speaker, I am able to offer you a 20% discount on attendance. Please email me or DM me via Twitter @leeandrewdunn for details.
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 like that!).
The day included several variations within the agenda, from a design and build project based on a wind turbine to the integration of STEM Ambassadors who spent some time discussing the nature of their jobs with students.
The wind turbine challenge was designed to bring about interdisciplinary connections which students could take forward within their own classroom. The objective was to design and build a wind turbine that costs as little as possible, must be structurally sound and must be free standing. The models were then placed on a table and tested with a fan. The winning team was assessed on:
- Design and stability
- Total cost of the end product
- Voltage generated
Images from the day can be found here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/9v94nw3tgqpti2i/AABU3PzWpUQ7Aoq6Zf5iyVTUa?dl=0
In addition, reference was made to the Wood Report which can be accessed here: http://www.agcc.co.uk/find-information/doc_view/2097-wood-commission-report-2014/
The Wood Report (Education Working For All! Commission for Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce) took to illustrate how Scotland could produce better qualified, work ready and motivated young people with skills relevant to modern employment opportunities, both as employees and entrepreneurs of the future.
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 professionals working in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. Pupils at St Joseph’s College were involved in the unique science themed day entitled STEM Speed-Dating Careers Event. Organised jointly by the Science and Technology Faculty and also the Mathematics department, this event created an opportunity for fourth year students to meet, talk and engage with representatives from professions relating to STEM.
“Fourth year students are at a crucial point in their academic life as they are about to make extremely important decisions regarding their choice of subjects for Higher courses in fifth year.”
(Mrs MacGregor, Principal Teacher).
The aim of the afternoon was to enthuse pupils about STEM subjects and to open their minds to the vast array of career opportunities in this field. A total of twenty-nine professionals attended, from various careers including architecture, engineering, ICT, physiotherapy, medical physics and environmental health. The event ran in the style of “speed dating”. A group of five students had five minutes to question the guests regarding their careers. Before the event, fourth years studied the CVs of the visitors and prepared questions with the help of the sixth year prefects who also contributed to a great day.
“Fourth year will get to see a variety of jobs on offer in the area. They can gain an idea of what jobs they could do and see a pathway to that destination.”
(Suzanne Paterson, a Senior Support Officer for Dumfries and Galloway Council)
In addition, pupils were required to develop their social skills by interviewing the visitors. Work experience was also praised highly as something students should invest time in. It is my hope that more schools will seek to pursue such events and that STEM will be promoted throughout the country. In particular, I would like to see emphasis on Technology as more young people seek to make the transition from the senior phase curriculum into a positive and sustained destination.
Text adapted from http://www.stjosephscollege.co.uk
Photograph: Me discussing Teacher Education with a group of pupils.
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 at: http://www.end-educationconference.org/
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 700 delegates from 70 different countries are expected to attend the conference which aims to promote international collaboration in education and research across a variety of fields and disciplines. The deadline for submitting abstracts is November 29th, 2012. Click here for more info…
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 to join up (it’s free!) and participate as you can. It is an ideal opportunity to share experiences and ideas with colleagues from around the world. I believe that teachers and education professionals are pretty fierce when it comes to networking. The conference is all done online so there are really no excuses to join in!
Social Network Week also kicks off soon, with a variety of events and seminars being delivered around the world. Some are based on marketing principles, other on education and everything else in between. Have alook at the website and see if there is something that takes your fancy! http://socialmediaweek.org/ for more info!
And finally, the 2012 Scottish Learning Festival takes place later this month. With keynotes from The Cabinet Secretary and seminars delivered by frontline practitioners, it is another ideal opportunity to network and pick up new ideas and approaches to learning and teaching practices and to curriculum design. www.educationscotland.gov.uk for more info!