During a visit to the Glow Connect stand at the Scottish Learning Festival, Dr Allan, Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland’s Languages, launched the formal consultation of a Digital Learning and Teaching Strategy.

Dr Allan said, ‘Access to digital devices, tools and services is hugely important. Technologies like these offer excellent opportunities to enrich education across the curriculum. But the technology itself is only one piece of the puzzle. There are a range of other factors that contribute to effective digital learning and teaching in our schools.

We need our teachers to be skilled and confident in their use of digital technology, and have a keen understanding of how to get the best out of what’s available. We also need to ensure that the aspects of our curriculum that deal with digital technology are relevant, ambitious and forward looking. And we need our education leaders to see the value of digital technology and drive innovation in the system.

We need a well-defined strategy to make sure that we tackle all of these areas in a coherent way.

It is for these reasons that today, I am delighted to launch a consultation on development of a Digital Learning and Teaching Strategy for Scotland. This strategy will help us to unlock the full potential of digital technology in our classrooms to improve outcomes for our learners; and will be key to ensuring that our children and young people are equipped with the essential digital skills they will need to flourish in the 21st century.’

You can access the consultation document and find details on how to respond here.

The Digital Learning Community website will publish the most up to date news about consultation events.

You can view Dr Allan’s announcement here.

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