Data Education in Schools professional learning for teachers

27 Sep 2019
Spirograph

Every learner should have the opportunity to learn about computing science, not only about how to code but also about information handling with computers, and data citizenship - how their personal data is used, their legal rights and privacy implications.  

Data Education in Schools has been devised in consultation with teachers across the region and aims to provide a balance between practical computing skills and data literacies.  The project is working towards this by developing an interdisciplinary data education curriculum and supporting teachers with professional learning to engage with the new curriculum.

The first professional learning workshops for the 2019-2020 academic year began on 21st September with 'Scratch: Coding for Art and Maths' which introduces Scratch, a block-based programming language that can be used by learners to make art and develop numeracy skills through coordinates, shapes, angles and spirograph drawings.  

The workshops are being delivered as relaxed professional learning sessions for Primary and Secondary teachers with responsibility for Computing Science and Digital Literacy.  The sessions are ideally suited to teachers who may be new to teaching computing science.  Kate Farrell, Director of Curriculum Development and Professional Learning, has lead the development of the workshops:

“In these workshops we hope to help people overcome any apprehensions they may have about Computing and computers.   Teachers who attended our sessions last year told us how enjoyable they found the sessions, and several let us know afterwards that they tried the activities with their classes the very next week to great success.”  - Kate Farrell

The Data Education in Schools workshops will run in three venues between September 2019 and June 2020 - Moray House School of Education and Sport, Wester Hailes Education Centre, and Newbattle High School.  Workshops cover a range of topics and technologies bringing together coding and robots with stories, games and art.  Details of the workshops can be found on the project webpage.

Data Education in Schools is part of a wider programme to develop data driven innovation within the region, with the ambition of making Edinburgh the data capital of Europe.