National Library of Scotland: new events programme out now!

The National Library of Scotland has a new events programme out now for April – June 2017.

These include:

Exhibition — You are Here: A journey through maps.
From Edinburgh to the edges of the Earth, we explore the fascinating craft of mapmaking using a range of beautiful examples from past and present.
(Open until Monday 3 April)

Edinburgh event  From commonplace books to Facebook
Long before Facebook, people used commonplace books to collect passages of poetry, drawings, or anecdotes from friends, and to record observations about the world around them. Learn about ‘commonplacing’ and what it reveals about social media today.
(Tuesday 11 April, 2 pm)

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Nominations now open: AbilityNet Tech4Good Awards 2017

Nominations are now open for the AbilityNet Tech4Good Awards 2017.

The theme of the awards is: “Celebrating the people using tech to make the world a better place”.

There are eight Awards to enter this year, including the new Comic Relief Tech4Good for Africa Award:

• AbilityNet Accessibility Award
• BT Young Pioneer Award
• BT Connected Society Award
• Comic Relief Tech4Good for Africa Award
• Community Impact Award
• Digital Health Award
• Digital Skills Award
• Tech Volunteer of the Year Award
You can find out more about each Award and enter now on the Tech4Good Awards website, and follow them on Twitter at

Communic18 the Year of Young People

Young Scot, the Scottish Youth Parliament and Children in Scotland are looking for young people across Scotland to be part of a group who will be making key decisions about Scotland’s Year of Young People (YoYP) 2018.

The group, called Communic18, will be co-design champions for the whole of the Year of Young People and be involved in making key decisions about the celebratory year.

The Year of Young People 2018 aims to celebrate Scotland’s young people, creating new opportunities for them to shine locally, nationally and globally. It will feature a programme of high-profile events and projects taking place across the country.

The Communic18 role will include taking part in funding panels, supporting activity in local authority areas, supervising the year’s six themes and helping to spread the word about the Year of Young People and how to support it, amongst local communities.

The role will last until March 2019, and it is open to applicants aged 8-26. They don’t need to have any formal qualifications or experience and full training will be provided by Young Scot.

More details here:

Applications close on the 3rd March 2017. Young people are being directed apply via


Learning Through Technology Award

Learning Through Technology Award

The Scottish Education Awards recognise schools and centres that have developed a vibrant and progressive culture and climate of continuous innovation.

The culture and ethos should promote respect, ambition and achievement while improving outcomes for all learners in ways which eliminate inequity.

Do you know a school or centre that can respond to the statement above and in detail to the questions below? Then why not nominate them for the Learning Through Technology Award?

Nominations should include practical activities and projects that the school or centre has undertaken, detailing the impact these strategies have had on pupils, staff, parents and the community. Continue reading Learning Through Technology Award

Newhailes National Trust – Storyline for P4 to P7 learners, 14th Dec

scotlandlogowww2Newhailes NTS near Musselburgh is currently working with learning professional Carol Omand to develop a new Storyline offering for P4-P7 pupils which will help to bring our fascinating property alive to children, and to link it closely to the requirements of the Curriculum for Excellence. 

We would like to invite up to two members of teaching staff from your school to attend a free CPD session led by Carol at Newhailes on Wednesday 14 December at 4pm to explore what Newhailes and Storyline can offer your classes and how we can help make visits here relevant, engaging and fun.  Continue reading Newhailes National Trust – Storyline for P4 to P7 learners, 14th Dec

Pandemic: Can you save the world? – Free Science show for P6/P7 pupils

Pandemic: Can you save the world?

FREE science show for P6/7 pupils

Monday 10th-Tuesday 11th October, 10.30 or 11.30, National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh

Your P6/7 pupils are visiting the museum, they enter our Auditorium, and…a pandemic breaks out in the world outside! Can they save us all?

Experience this new immersive science show as we take an action-packed journey through a world-threatening pandemic.  Find out about the scientific heroes whose inventions have revolutionized how we fight disease, have the chance to help us identify the source of the outbreak and see if you can make the right choices to save humanity – the future safety of the  world is in your hands!

Each show is determined by the pupils taking part and has its own unique outcome.  What will yours be?  After the show you can also visit our new Science and Technology galleries to continue your science adventure.

Book immediately online!


Creative Conversation Invitation – Friday 17th June, 1pm for 2pm, Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Creative Conversation Invitation – Friday 17th June, 1pm for 2pm, Royal Mile, Edinburgh

These events, to encourage creativity in schools, are free to all East Lothian Council schools staff, but pre-booking is required.

Creative Conversations are events to encourage creativity in learning. They are funded by Creative Scotland, Education Scotland and the National Lottery as part of Creative Learning Networks, and are available to Edinburgh, East Lothian and Midlothian schools. Where possible, the “stimulus” presentations by external speakers are recorded to support access by staff who can’t make the events themselves. The recordings can be viewed here:

Creative Conversations

Creative Conversation prog and info – I Did it My Way