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Digital technology at the heart of learning

Published: 21 Sep 2016 00:01
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Education

Action to raise attainment through improved use of technology.

Children and teachers will be supported to access and deliver more digital learning in the classroom, Deputy First Minister John Swinney announced today.

The Scottish Government has unveiled more than 40 actions in a new strategy to increase the use of digital technology to support learning and teaching in schools.

Measures include developing teachers' skills and confidence, continuing to provide broadband and Glow, and updating the technologies curriculum to bring it in line with digital developments and clarify expectations around digital technology.

Speaking ahead of the Scottish Learning Festival in Glasgow, where he will also launch a new Digital Schools Award Scotland programme, Mr Swinney said:

"Evidence shows technology in the classroom can enhance learning and teaching, lead to improved educational outcomes and equip our children and young people with vital digital skills.

"This strategy is a key part of the Scottish Government's mission to raise the educational attainment of our children and young people. It sets out how we and our partners will improve children's access to digital learning opportunities, develop teachers' skills and confidence and ensure the use of digital technology is central to our curriculum.

"Technology can be a powerful and engaging tool to enrich learning. We are determined to support Scotland's teachers to use technology to its best potential so children can improve their educational outcomes and develop skills that will be vital for their life, learning and work."

Notes to editors

The strategy will be made available online at: http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2016/09/9494

The Deputy First Minister will give the keynote address at the Scottish Learning Festival in Glasgow today (Wednesday September 21). While there he will meet teachers, young people, parents and a range of stakeholders. He will launch the Digital School Awards – a national programme supported by HP, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Microsoft and Intel to promote, recognise and encourage best practice use of digital technology in primary schools.