UoE hosted a CPD day for all the school staff on 15th February 2018.
The partnership between Midlothian Council and the University of Edinburgh will focus initially on the development of the Newbattle Digital Centre of Excellence, which is a key part of Midlothian Council’s vision to create a world-class education system. The Centre of Excellence will offer opportunities for deeper learning through an enhanced curriculum, specialist teaching, dedicated resources and high quality vocational experiences.
Activities within the Centre of Excellence for Digital will also align closely with the University of Edinburgh-led Data-Driven Innovation programme within the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal and the aim of providing skills to support the digital and data economy of the future.
74 teachers attended the event, held at the University of Edinburgh’s John McIntyre Conference Centre, located at the Pollock Halls complex.
Feedback from one of the teachers attending:
'It was a great experience for all involved and our staff were both informed and excited by the content. The sessions were relevant and delivered with expertise by leaders in their field of work. We have identified particular areas of development that we need to work on in school and recruited many more enthusiasts on the digital journey.' - Tommy Lawson, Education Office (Learning Technology), Midlothian Council.
9.30 – 11.30 Newbattle Digital Centre of Excellence - The beginning of our journey.
The session gave teachers the opportunity to engage with the goals of the digital centre and consider what their contribution may be to a digital school.
11.30-12.00 Pupil Voice - Prof Do Coyle and Dr Holly Linklater (Moray House School of Education)
12.45 – 14.45 Workshops : Choice of: Flipped Classroom / Computational Thinking / Future Teaching with Internet of Things / Killer Powerpoint
14:45 – 15.30 Innovation at the digital centre.
This session allowed faculties to consider the pedagogical or curricular areas in which they would like to drive innovation and begin to consider how planning for this will be reflected in their improvement plan for session 2018-19.