Aberdeen City Council is holding a leadership conference on November 8th at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre for our head teachers, deputy head teachers and other school leaders involved in taking forward digital learning and teaching in their schools. This conference will include aspects of the recently published Digital Learning and Teaching Strategy for Scotland.
Digital technology can make a substantial contribution to the improvement agenda by enriching education across all areas of Curriculum for Excellence. If used effectively and appropriately, digital technology can enhance learning and teaching, equip our children and young people with vital digital skills and crucially, it can lead to improved educational outcomes.
This conference is focused on understanding the digital skills our young people need for their future, the progression that teachers can use to support and develop our young people and the opportunities offered through digital at the heart of learning.
Discussions during the conference will be held live on Twitter and each attendee is expected to have a professional Twitter account created in advance of the event. All attendees should bring with them a mobile device (smartphone, tablet or Chromebook/laptop) for communication during the event.
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We hope each school will be able to send a minimum of two representatives. Places are limited so sign up now.
Leading Learning: Making Learning Digitally Rich
A Learning Technologies Conference for School Leaders
08:30 – 08:45 Registration, Refreshments on arrival
08:45 – 09:00 Digital Skills Framework Launch
The Learning Technologies Team will welcome you to the conference and share our digital skills progression: providing clear guidance on curriculum experiences (including reference to available support resources) from Early to Fourth level.
09:00 – 09:30 Digital Literacy and Innovation at the heart of learning – Ollie Bray, Head Teacher, Kingussie High School
Based in Scotland, Ollie Bray works internationally with teachers, schools and governments to improve education outcomes for learners through the appropriate use of technology and Outdoor Learning.
He has been a senior policy adviser, school leader, head of department and is an award winning teacher. His current interests include social media in schools, computer games in education, mobile technologies, school design, outdoor learning and 3rd millennium school leadership. Ollie is currently headteacher at Kingussie High School, a post that he has held since October 2013.
09:40 – 10:25 Workshop 1 Session:
Attendees select two of five 45 minute sessions to discover more about digital learning and their role in leading and developing excellent practice in this area.
- “Get your Google on” – Presented by Louise Jones, Google Educator
A core aspect of the curriculum support plans for session 16/17 is for “all secondary schools engage with Google Apps for Education (GAFE) for digital learning and teaching.”. This session provides hands on practical experience of how Google tools and services can be used to work smarter as a school leader. Topics covered will include electronic communication, parental engagement, collaboration and assessment.
- “Every child is an artist” – Ross Watson, Learning Technologies Team
Creativity is at the heart of learning and the use of digital tools. This practical session with iPad shows how, using just a few apps, digital learning can be exciting and engaging and contribute to raising attainment.
- “Code Masters: creativity and coding” – Presented by Louise Foreman, Development Officer (Digital Skills) at Education Scotland.
Computing Science is a core area for development nationally and internationally. This session provides some practical examples of how programming and creativity can work as one to engage learners as digital creators rather than consumers.
- “On target” – Presented by Anish Vadher of Education City
An in-depth session which will focus on using live learning and assessment data to improve pupil attainment in literacy, numeracy, science and French. The session has been designed for school leaders who wish to improve how Education City is used across their school – and to maximise its impact.
- “Make I.T. work for everyone” Presented by Hazel Lynch, of TASSCC, Aberdeen City Council
Assistive technologies are powerful tools which allow every learner to access the full width of the curriculum. In this session, attendees will gain practical experience of the most common technologies available to our schools and begin to develop an understanding of how these tools can profoundly impact on the learning experience.
10:25 – 10:55 Break and Digital Skills Framework Discussion Opportunity
10:55 – 11:40 Workshop 2 Session
The second of two workshops chosen
11:40 – 12:10 Google For Education: Innovation in Learning
A representative from Google discussing education approach and focus on innovative technologies such as Expeditions/Cardboard, Cast for Education, Chromebook, etc.
12:10 – 12:15 Vote of Thanks
12:15 – 13:00 Lunch and and Digital Skills Framework Discussion Opportunity