Today’s children need to be digitally competent which includes having an awareness of digital safety, etiquette and exposure to appropriate applications. At Kirkton of Largo, our pupils engage in high quality, rich learning experiences across the curriculum and use digital tools appropriately to support their learning. The Digital Schools Award Programme enabled us to assess and evaluate our provision in depth and confirmed digital skills were firmly embedded across the school. It also gave us the opportunity to share our work with others and plan future developments in digital technology.
Digital literacy is vital in our world: Digital Schools offers our learners the opportunity to develop skills that they will use throughout their lives. As a school with a Learning Centre, we also find that these skills enable our learners with significant additional needs to access the wider curriculum.
The use of digital technology is embedded in our provision, pedagogy and practice. Staff have a very positive 'can do' attitude and utilise digital technology to support children’s learning and parental engagement at all levels. This award has given us an opportunity to evaluate our practice, identify our strengths and consider further innovations and developments with our partners.
The Award Programme continues to have an impact on our digital learning in school as we link up with other schools using the programme through digital media and can share good practise and developments.
The award recognises the hard work by staff in our school but more importantly, the opportunities for all learners to gain the digital skills needed for the 21st century.
We are exceptionally pleased and immensely proud that our strong commitment to digital technology and innovative teaching has been recognised. We do not view digital technology as a substitute for excellent classroom teaching, but we do see how it can enhance the learning environment for all our pupils. All schools should ensure their pupils have a strong grasp of the educational power of digital platforms so that they are well prepared for life after school.
The Digital Schools Programme is a fantastic example of how we, as an industry, are committed to supporting the next generation and ensuring that all young people acquire the skills they need to thrive in the modern digital workplace. We are proud to be part of this exciting initiative and look forward to seeing how it further enables students in Scotland to better prepare for the world of work and keep Scotland at the forefront of the current digital revolution.
At Hewlett Packard Enterprise, we are committed to inspiring young people to develop their digital skills. This is why we are proud to support the Digital Schools Awards scheme, which allows us to work directly with schools to help improve learning and attainment. We look forward to working with Education Scotland to support the roll-out of the programme.
HP is spearheading the Digital Schools Awards programme in Scotland as we believe that the technology industry has a clear responsibility to help the next generation with their digital learning. The STEM worker shortfall is estimated to hit 40,000 annually in the UK and with an increasing number of jobs being created to meet the shifting demands of the digital economy, this gap is only going to widen. We have a responsibility to partner with teachers, government, parents, pupils and other industry leaders to enhance digital learning and close that skills gap.
HP is delighted to support the Digital Schools Awards programme which is gaining fantastic traction in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and we look forward to working with Education Scotland on the successful roll out of the programme in Scotland.
Digital skills are an integral part of our everyday lives, and as such it is absolutely essential that we give young people the opportunities to understand and use them properly. The Digital Schools Awards Programme is a fantastic example of industry supporting education in Scotland and helping ensure our young people develop the skills and opportunities to flourish.