All posts by David Gilmour

Learning Technologist East Lothian Council mailto://

See Hear” Sensory Impairment Strategy: East/Midlothian Event

Following the launch of the Scottish Government’s “See Hear” sensory impairment strategy, we are planning an event to look at local implementation specific to the issues for children and young people, their families and carers.

This will be a joint East and Midlothian event, held at Musselburgh Racecourse on Wednesday 9th September.

Bring your personal experience and ideas to share with us.
Help us improve services to meet the needs of children and young people in East and Midlothian who live with hearing or sight loss.
Assistance with transport can be arranged/Communication support will be provided/ Guide and Hearing dogs welcome.
There will be two sessions:- 2-4pm and 4.30-6.30pm. Refreshments will be served 4-5pm.

The NCDS Listening Bus will also be on site and group sessions can be booked in advance.

Personal invites will be sent out nearer the time with all the details and information on how to book a place, but in the meantime please keep your diary free.

Download invitation: Event Save The Date Sept 15

Scottish Youth Parliament: e-Voting for the elections has started


SYP e-Voting for the elections has started  

The link to vote is:

You can vote with a young scot card in most East Lothian schools or get a temporary number if you are not at school you can email proof of you age /address to for a temporary number (Age 12-25)

TeachMeet #DigiLearnScot: Preston Lodge, 4th March



This TeachMeet is in Preston Lodge High School, Park View, Prestonpans, EH32 9QJ and is part of the National Digital Learning Community’s Digital Learning Week. The programme looks like this:

6pm Arrival & Networking
6.20pm Welcome & Introduction
6.30pm Micro & Nano Presentations I
7.05pm Learning Conversations
7.25pm Micro & Nano Presentations II
7.55pm Closing Remarks
8pm Close

You can sign up for clicking on the link below and entering your details in the document. You have four options when signing up…although one of these options is to attend and join in, we really need some folk to sign up to be presenters or to lead learning conversations – otherwise it won’t be much of a TeachMeet! As this is part of the Digital Learning Week, we’re really wanting presentations and conversations which focus on digital learning…with a real emphasis on the *learning*. In other words, not just what digital tools are you using, but why are you using them and what impact are they having on learning in your context. PowerPoint is strongly discouraged in all types of presentations. Presenters will be chosen at random on the night.

So, your options are…

  • You can sign up to attend and be prepared to deliver a 7-minute micro presentation.
  • You can sign up to attend and be prepared to deliver a 2-minute nano presentation.
  • You can sign up to attend and lead a learning conversation…you’ll be asked to suggest a discussion question when signing up, please make this related to digital learning. You can ask a question that you’re grappling with yourself, if you are other people will be too. And yes, you can sign up to lead a learning conversation as well as signing up to present you keen bean you.
  • You can sign up to attend…but you’ll still be expected to join right in and share your thoughts and ideas.

If this sounds like this is right up your street then click the link below and get yourself signed up…


Teacher’s Ancient Egypt Consultation – Saturday 31st January

256px-Egypt.Giza.Sphinx.02National Museums Scotland are currently developing a new gallery about Ancient Egypt and we’re looking to hear from teachers about what they’d like to see in it.

Teacher’s Ancient Egypt Consultation

  • Saturday 31st January
  • 10.15am-2.30pm
  • National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh

As part of this event, teachers will meet our Curator and hear about the artefacts and stories that will be featured in the new gallery. They’ll also have a personalised tour by the Curator and have the chance to handle museum objects. Teachers will be asked to bring along some examples of how they study the topic in class and to give their opinion on current plans for the gallery. Teachers will also take part in a number of discussions and ideas sessions throughout the day.

In return for attending, we’ll provide each teacher with resources to take back to class, refreshments and lunch. There are a limited numbers of spaces available on this event. To sign up or for more information, please contact Sarah Cowie, Learning Officer (Schools) on

Image By Most likely Hamish2k, the first uploader (Most likely Hamish2k, the first uploader) [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons


Early Learning & Getting Ready for School – early years’ practitioners’ event

Boy and girl playing with puzzles at a nursery table
Photo by MKJ Photography

Early Learning & Getting Ready for School – early years’ practitioners’ event – last chance to book your place!

  • Friday 7 November 2014
  • 1pm – 3.30pm
  • Fisherrow Community Centre

This event is part of a festival of learning and sharing about how we achieve the best possible start for all children. The Early Development Instrument (EDI) results show that 40% of pre-school children in the Musselburgh cluster are vulnerable in terms to being ready to learn when they start school. We look at what’s been put in place to address this and where we go next. Join Darrin Nightingale, Eileen Scott, Kate Woodman, Rosemary Geddes and other early years’ specialists for inputs and discussions.

Book your place now! Email or phone 01620 829 947.

Booking closes on 3 November 2014

The Futures Fair: Thursday 6th November

ffThe Futures Fair:  Thursday 6th November, drop in between 2pm and 5pm, The Brunton Hall, Musselburgh

 You are invited to The Futures Fair 2014.

The Futures Fair is an information fair to help you to plan for adult life.  It’s for young people with additional support needs and their families.

We’ll have approximately 50 organisations who can tell you about what they offer and how they can help with:

  • Education
  • Work and training
  • Money advice
  • Social work and health
  • Social life and leisure    ….and much more!

The fair can help you to think about what you want to do with your future. You can meet people who can advise and support you, and your family.

Hundreds of people have come to the fair in the last few years.

We will also have young people there who can talk to you about what they did when they left school, and you can watch a film about their experiences.

The fair is free – there will be refreshments and a space to relax and chill-out.

Come along and find out what’s out there for you in East Lothian and beyond – looking forward to seeing you there!


The Futures Fair Team


Free CPD Opportunity – Wiki*edia Projects in Schools

Wikimedia-logo.svgThere’s much more to Wikimedia than just using Wikipedia for research. Find out how you can engage with the world of Wikimedia to create a whole new range of real-world learning opportunities.

This “free walk-in” workshop for teachers only is part of the all-day EduWiki Conference, details below.

EduWiki Conference 2014 Friday 31 October 2014 at Edinburgh First’s St Leonard Hall (University of Edinburgh)

The EduWiki Conference 2014 is the third annual conference organised by Wikimedia UK focusing on Education projects

The organisers are providing a ‘free walk in’ for Scottish teacher to the afternoon session:

Workshop C: Wiki*edia Projects in Schools (for students under 18)

There is also a proposed TeachMeet in the evening, where wikimedians and teachers can exchange ideas. 7pm location tbc