Children and teachers in Scotland will be supported to access and deliver more digital learning in the classroom, Deputy First Minister John Swinney has announced.
The Scottish Government has unveiled more than 40 actions in a new strategy to increase the use of digital technology to support learning and teaching in schools.
Measures include developing teachers’ skills and confidence, continuing to provide broadband and Glow, and updating the technologies curriculum to bring it in line with digital developments and clarify expectations around digital technology.
The strategy document, Enhancing Learning and Teaching through the use of Digital Technology, points out that councils are best placed to decide how the new strategy can be best used in their areas, while the national government will take responsibility for standards and boosting digital skills among teachers.
It sets out a series of national actions and local expectations structured around four essential and interrelated objectives:
- Develop the skills and confidence of educators in the appropriate and effective use of digital technology to support learning and teaching.
- Improve access to digital technology for all learners.
- Ensure that digital technology is a central consideration in all areas of curriculum and assessment delivery.
- Empower leaders of change to drive innovation and investment in digital technology for teaching and learning.
The strategy also focuses on cyber resilience and emphasises the point that the Scottish Government and Education Scotland will work closely with local authorities and schools to ensure technical measures are in place and and training is provided so that the education sector is prepared for online threats.
Speaking ahead of the Scottish Learning Festival in Glasgow, Swinney said: “Evidence shows technology in the classroom can enhance learning and teaching, lead to improved educational outcomes and equip our children and young people with vital digital skills.
“This strategy is a key part of the Scottish Government’s mission to raise the educational attainment of our children and young people. It sets out how we and our partners will improve children’s access to digital learning opportunities, develop teachers’ skills and confidence and ensure the use of digital technology is central to our curriculum.
“Technology can be a powerful and engaging tool to enrich learning. We are determined to support Scotland’s teachers to use technology to its best potential so children can improve their educational outcomes and develop skills that will be vital for their life, learning and work.”
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