Category Archives: Digital literacy

‘Discovering Digital World’ Roadshow for s1-s3 pupils

Students in your region are invited to join us this spring for the “Discovering Digital World” roadshow series. An innovative event, FREE to attend for students in S1 – S3, produced by Young Scot in association with My World of Work.

The roadshows will showcase the exciting possibilities of a career in digital technology through hands on workshops and more. We will be welcoming groups of 15 or 30 students for registration and a travel contribution/ discount will be made available.

*Full programme details to be announced soon.*

This won’t be a regular run-of-the-mill careers fair, it will be an opportunity for students to get hands on with workshops, masterclasses and engaging demonstrations testing out products and dabbling in coding, designing and developing. Students will meet a whole range of employers and find out routes in to the industry, including career choices and opportunities. Students will find out just how rewarding a career in digital and tech is, with job earnings regularly above the national average.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/discovering-digital-world-tickets-20140391453

The invitation to attend is open to all students S1 – S3 and we would like to reach out to teachers to register, the event may be most suitable for students studying:

• Computing
• Computer Science
• Art & Design
• Media Studies
• Business Education
• Any STEM subject

Morning and afternoon sessions are open on the following dates:

• Aberdeen: 29/02
• Dundee: 03/03
• Oban: 11/03
• Inverness: 14/03
• Dumfries: 22/03
Edinburgh: 19/04
• Galashiels: 22/04
• Glasgow: 26/04

If you know of schools that aren’t able to make it along for one of the events – don’t worry, there’ll be other ways to get involved! We will be filming the events, hosting a live-streaming session and hosting Q&A sessions with employers on social media.

Full details for schools to register can be found here:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/discovering-digital-world-tickets-20140391453

Or for any questions about any aspects of the project please contact:
Sean Scott / Programme Co-ordinator at – seans@young.scot

Pupil Inclusion Network: Digital Lives

Scotland’s Pupil Inclusion Network has posted some useful links following their recent seminar on how children and young people live their digital lives.

PINS Theme: Digital Lives

This PINS theme explores where children and young people go in the virtual world for fun, social networking and learning. Whilst recognising the major concerns we have – for example bullying and sexual or violent content – we also recognise the positive environments for learning and focus on the digital skills children and young people need.

NEW – Digital citizenship in the classroom

In Alberta, Canada they are exploring a whole range of ways to explore and advance the idea of digital citizenship and using technology for learning including equipping classrooms with the technology they need and children using their own devices. More HERE

NEWEU kids online

Investigates children’s online uses, activities, risks and safety in Europe and globally. More HERE

Does ICT in education interest you?

The Scottish Government is keen to ensure that those with an interest in ICT in education feel engaged with and informed about future activity. Complete this short survey before Friday May 10th. More HERE

esafety briefings

The UK Safer Internet Centre is delivering free-of-charge esafety briefings across Scotland in May. More HERE

Research with young people using digital media

Young Digital is about using digital research with children and young people. More HERE

diy.org

It’s all about making, being creative and sharing. Every child can be a maker. More HERE

New internet safety resources from With Scotland

A new Internet Safety Resource covers topics such as Safer Social Networking, Online Gaming and Internet Use and Children’s Sexual Development and Behaviour. More HERE

Sexting Information for young people

The Corner have created a magazine targeted at young people to explain in simple terms the risks around sexting. More HERE

Digital Literacy Survey 2013

A lack of skills is damaging young people’s job and life chances. More HERE

Technologies and Curriculum for Excellence

Essential reading for those supporting learning in this key area. More HERE

Why Web Literacy Should Be Part of Every Education

Why not let your class make their own web sites? With eduBuzz Google Sites, they can get started with little more than word-processing skills.

Have a look at Neil Takes on Science http://neiltakesonscience.www.edubuzz.org, produced entirely by Preston Lodge biology students, to see the sort of engagement that can result!

This excellent post from Cathy Davidson and Mark Surnam explains why this matters.

Like reading, writing, and arithmetic, web literacy is both content and activity. You don’t just learn “about” reading: you learn to read. You don’t just learn “about” arithmetic: you learn to count and calculate. You don’t just learn “about” the web: you learn to make your own website. As with these other three literacies, web literacy begins simply, with basics you can build upon. For some it can lead to a profession (i.e. becoming a computer programmer) while for most it becomes part of the conceptual DNA that helps you to understand and negotiate the world you live in.

The full link to the article is: http://www.fastcoexist.com/1680264/why-web-literacy-should-be-part-of-every-education

 

 

 

Debate: The over use of technology causes concentration problems in the class

Interesting viewpoint from Sue Palmer, author of Toxic Childhood, at last night’s Book Festival event, Multimedia Reading Experience. In short, she believes that children under the age of 7 who use technology are more likely to be the ones in class who have poor concentration, can’t focus on a task, want immediate gratification and results because their development has been inhibited through lack of unstructured play and human interaction.

Maybe this is too much of a sweeping statement…. How many children under 7 are not exposed to any form of technology?  It’s not the case that every Primary 1 pupil is unable to concentrate for any period of time or is willing to persevere with a task that they are not immediately succeeding at.  But it is becoming more common, of that there is no doubt.

 As the eminent neuroscientist Professor Susan Greenfield has said, a screen-based lifestyle provides ‘a gratifying, easy-sensation ‘yuk and wow’ environment, which doesn’t require a young mind to work….We cannot park our children in front of the TV and expect them to develop a long attention span.   The same goes for DVD players on the back of car seats to keep children amused on a journey, playing tennis on the Wii instead of going to the local tennis court and installing apps on your phone to keep children entertained when out at the supermarket. 

 Sue Palmer advocates that parents/carers need information about child development and to be made aware of the negative impact that techno-consumerism has on their children.    Read all about it here in Screen Saturation and Child Development

 What example do we as parents / carers set?  Do we give our children the attention they need or are we distracted by, busy with, engrossed in some form of technology?  A midwife despairingly talked of how it’s increasingly common for women to be texting their friends as they are delivering the baby.  ‘They’re not even completely present at their baby’s birth.’  I was recently on a train up from London and watched a 6 month old baby in a car chair desperately trying to get the attention of her Dad through animated babble. He was sitting beside her, watching a DVD on his laptop and texting.  Once the babble escalated, a bottle of milk was put into the baby’s mouth and was supported sideways by the man’s hand….while he continued to watch the DVD and text.  This continued for over two hours – no eye contact, no physical contact, no communication.

 I digress from the debate that ensued at The Book Festival….Winged Chariot publishes digital books for young children to listen to on an iPhone or iPad; Sue Palmer wants children to be cuddled and read to.  Her message was…. Limit the use of technology for young children.  Let them develop physically and emotionally through free play, exploration, experimentation and interaction with their peers and adults.  There will be plenty time ahead to develop technological skills but for now they need to be allowed to develop at a less frenetic pace than the digital world is exploding.

 However, this must not be an excuse for teachers to ignore any forms of technology.  ICT should seamlessly be embedded in all areas of the curriculum.  Literacy, in its wider sense, now includes digital literacy and this can be introduced in the Early Years setting. Digital books are appealing to all ages and a fantastic resource for English as an Additional Language teachers as you can toggle between languages.  Technology is an invaluable addition to the toolkit to support those with additional support needs.  There is no debate about that.