Digital technologies form a central part of Scotland’s heritage, identity and future They are vital to the educational experiences of our children young people so they can flourish in learning, life and work, and essential to our economic growth . Drawing upon the Scottish Government’s ‘Digital learning and teaching strategy for Scotland’ (2016) and a comprehensive review and refresh of Scotland’s Technologies curriculum in (2017), this article will illustrate and detail the innovations, partnerships and milestones that have led to implementing digital literacy and computing science across an education system.
Digital literacy is placed at the heart of the Scottish curriculum, offering real time, real world experiences full of creativity, problem solving and critical thinking. It is embedded within ‘How Good is Our School’, the national framework to support self-evaluation and reflection; Initial Teacher Education; and the Professional Standards set by the General Teaching Council for Scotland.
This article will illustrate how digital literacy has been embraced by education practitioners and learners across Early Learning and Childcare, primary and secondary schools (ages 3-18). It will detail models of professional learning nationally, regionally, locally and at school level. Adapting and diversifying modes of professional learning are critical in providing practitioners with relevant, motivating and skills-building opportunities to improve their own digital learning so they can provide better learning for young people. This has led to the development of knowledge, skills and application in the use of digital tools and on pedagogical practice.
This article will detail how partnerships with industry has enabled the creation of a self-evaluation digital accreditation programme, Digital Schools Award for Scotland, which has been adopted in increasing numbers of schools across local authorities the whole of Scotland. It promotes a culture of leadership and recognises and encourages excellence in the holistic approach to embedding digital literacy throughout the life and community of a school.
This paper will also provide a unique overview of the digital learning and leadership response to the global pandemic, building upon and leveraging a Scotland-wide secure online learning platform for practitioners and learners.
It will illustrate how Scottish educators and learners utilised technology to provide continuity of education during school closures, building bridges of communication and collaboration across practitioners and learners, and breaking down geographical boundaries across a nation.
Finally this paper will detail the advice and support provided for remote and blended learning across Scotland. It will reveal how partnerships between national agencies has resulted in the creation of a
National e-Learning offer.
FIGURE 10 OVERVIEW OF THE EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM IN SCOTLAND