Digital Lives

Exploring concerns for children’s online safety and recognising that our children and young people go to the virtual world for fun, social networking and learning. Digital literacy is a key topic in today’s learning settings; this theme provides information that helps enable children and young people to engage with the digital realm as a positive environment for learning.

5 Rights Youth commission

Young people present evidence to the Scottish Parliament on digital rights. Download the pdf doc HERE

Annual Survey of The Use of Digital Technology Including Glow in Scotland’s Classrooms

An annual survey of practitioners and learners to find out more about their use of digital technology in general and Glow in particular – closes end of May. More HERE

Internet safety for children and young people

A national action plan to ensure appropriate training, support and information is in place. More HERE

National Digital Learning Week May 15th-19th

The theme is ‘Digital Difference’ – a place to share and celebrate the digital approaches which make a positive impact on classroom practice. More HERE

Developing the Digital Workforce 15th May Stirling

If the future is digital, what should educational institutions be doing to prepare? And if we need to develop everyone’s digital skills (including our own), who is going to be doing that? More HERE

Digital technology for teaching and learning

Head teacher Margaret MacLeay on how digital technology helps make a difference at St Oswald’s ASL Secondary School. More HERE

#TeenTechChallenge

The challenge is inviting young people from schools, colleges and youth groups to develop ideas that will help them manage their health, fitness and wellbeing, using technology. Shortlisted teams will attend masterclasses. The successful team will then see their design developed into a prototype. More HERE

The MindShift guide to digital games and learning

From the US a guide that seeks to unlock the relationship between games and learning in the classroom. More HERE

Digital learning at Stirling High

Alan Hamilton, PT for Business and Technologies believes that all learners need to be digitally literate. One way to achieve this is to use as much relevant and useful technology across learning as possible. More HERE

Good Shepherd Centre

We believe that it is crucial for our young people to learn the skills and attributes to be digitally literate in order to achieve their full potential. A new PINS profile evidences how the sector builds skills and confidence.  More HERE

Digital Schools Awards

Primary schools can register and become part of a network and enter the Awards that recognise the use of digital technology in the learning. More HERE

Digital Learning and Teaching strategy launched

The strategy is about developing the skills and confidence of teachers when using the latest technology, as well as making digital devices more accessible to learners. More HERE

College Development Networks Digital Skills Network

The Network provides staff operating in colleges across Scotland with the chance to meet on a formal and informal basis to exchange information and undertake professional debate. More HERE

The UK Safer Internet Centre

This is the place to find e-safety tips, advice and resources to help children and young people stay safe on the internet. More HERE

Scottish Computer Voices

Ceitidh, Heather and Stuart are Gaelic and Scots computer voices. Available free to download the voices can be used to read web sites, eBooks, textbooks, SQA exam papers and other curriculum resources as well as check writing, emails, and social media posts. More HERE

Literature Review on the Impact of Digital Technology on Learning and Teaching

The review focuses on how digital technologies can support and contribute to five specific educational priorities: raising attainment, tackling inequalities and promoting inclusion, improving transitions into employment, enhancing parental engagement, and improving the efficiency of the education system. More HERE

Facing the screen dilemma: Young children, technology and early education

The US based Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood argues that developing children thrive when they are talked to, read to and played and that there’s no research showing the benefits of introducing children to new technologies in the first years of life. More HERE

Young Scot’s new digital information platform

Young Scot have launched their new digital information platform. More HERE

CLD: technology and social media

The Digitally Agile National Principles are a framework for guidance on the use of digital technology and social media in CLD. More HERE  

Children’s rights in the digital context

The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child’s looked at how children’s rights can be applied to the digital context with a need to balance empowerment and protection. More HERE

Child internet safety

The 360 e-safety self-review tool will help schools across Scotland ensure that they have robust, up to date e-safety policies.  More HERE

Can Technology Change Education? Yes!

Raj Dhingra at TEDxBend says Education needs a change of thinking. More HERE

So you got naked online...’

The resource offers children, young people and parents advice and provides strategies to support the issues resulting from sexting incidents. It costs £1. More HERE

THINKUKNOW

A programme of free educational resources for professionals working with children and young people. More HERE

A different way to think about technology in education: Greg Toppo at TEDxAshburn

“Educational technology is any device available to teachers for use in instructing students in a more efficient and stimulating manner than the sole use of the teacher’s voice” Larry Cuban. More HERE

Digital parenting

Vodafone have produced a set of resources to support parents support their children live safe digital lives. More HERE

Zipit

ChildLine has launched an app to help young people respond to pressures to send sexually explicit texts or images. Available for Android, Apple phones, BlackBerry and iPod touch. It’s free to download. More HERE

Facebook advice on bullying

Some guidelines from Facebook on how to be safer online. More HERE

Life Support: Young People’s Needs in a Digital Age

The internet is increasingly where young people turn for advice and information. This report shows that young people are creative, sophisticated communicators who trail-blaze new ways to converse with others. Download PDF HERE

Research with young people using digital media

Young Digital is about using digital research with children and young people. More HERE

diy.org

It’s all about making, being creative and sharing. Every child can be a maker. More HERE

New internet safety resources from With Scotland

A new Internet Safety Resource covers topics such as Safer Social Networking, Online Gaming and Internet Use and Children's Sexual Development and Behaviour. More HERE

Sexting Information for young people

The Corner have created a magazine targeted at young people to explain in simple terms the risks around sexting. More HERE

Technologies and Curriculum for Excellence

Essential reading for those supporting learning in this key area. More HERE

If you have examples of practice, innovative approaches, learning and experience to share please get in touch by emailing info@pinscotland.org