EDUTECH HORIZONS

Primary school children entering the Scottish education system today will depart it, at the earliest, in 2030.

By that time, according to the Institute for the Future, an estimated 85% of jobs will not have been invented – and many will be based on new technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and Quantum computing.

 

If Scotland’s young people are to fill the roles which will help grow a tech workforce which already stands at over 82,000 - and worth £4.5bn to the economy - the time to invest in their futures is now.

 

Published in 2016, the Scottish Government’s Digital Learning & Teaching Strategy was a policy response to that economic driver. Based on four key pillars: empowering leaders; improving access; enhancing curriculum and assessment delivery; and developing the skills of educators, the strategy is now three years on its journey. Key questions will therefore arise. What has been achieved? Is the strategy still relevant in context of a fast-moving tech world? Is it serving young people well?

 

Join us for a full-day conference as we celebrate digital champions in many of our most advanced schools, but also highlight the crucial next steps for local and national education leads and policymakers.

 

EduTech 2019 will bring national exemplars of digital best practice to light – from innovative teaching methods to state-of-the-art ‘digital centres of excellence’ - but it will also be a forum in which to provide the necessary feedback to the national vision, both good and bad. It will also showcase new research which will shed light on how teachers strike the right balance between digital learning and the health and wellbeing of young people.

THEMES

FutureScot’s latest EduTech conference will cover:

  • Designing technology with and for children
  • Closing the gender gap in computer science
  • Learning without lessons
  • ‘Coach-led’ methods
  • Making the most of GLOW
  • Digital detox and tech harm