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Kelvinside Academy Rector Ian Munro in the Thinking Space with Junior School pupils Harrison and Connie.

Kelvinside Academy receives Digital Schools Award

Kelvinside Academy Junior School is one of only four schools in Scotland to receive the award

Posted by Hannah Oakman | November 30, 2016 | Technology

Kelvinside Academy Junior School has been announced as one of Scotland's first ever ‘Digital Schools’. 

The Digital Schools Awards Scotland programme was launched in September this year by Deputy First Minister John Swinney. The award promotes, recognises and encourages best practice use of digital technology in primary schools and is recognised by Education Scotland. The programme is supported by HP, Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Intel in Scotland. So far, Kelvinside Academy Junior School is one of only four schools in Scotland to be recognised

Joanna Maclean, Head of eLearning at Kelvinside Academy felt it was an opportunity to demonstrate the school’s digital credentials and spearheaded the application process. Commenting on the award, Ms Maclean said: “It is a tremendous accolade for Kelvinside Academy Junior School and we are delighted that the new technology we have put in place, and the way we introduce it to our pupils from such a young age, has been recognised by Education Scotland.”

The school boasts a number of cutting-edge offerings including its recently launched innovative Thinking Space, inspired by organisations at the forefront of the tech sector such as Google, which is now in place of the school’s former library. Aside from books, the space hosts computers and iPad stations, where pupils are encouraged to make use of digital devices to access the school’s vast online subscription content platforms. 

Kelvinside Academy Nursery pupil Ungwera

In addition, an experimental teaching room with tables and walls which pupils can write on, features within the Thinking Space allowing students to get creative with their work and take pictures on their iPads or electronic devices rather than recording lessons in jotters.

Kelvinside Academy Rector Ian Munro said: “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 award recognises the school for its commitment to a digital learning environment with early introduction a key feature of its strategy. Ms Maclean added: “Our Nursery School and Junior One class use school iPads, becoming familiar with technology from a young age, whilst Junior Two upwards bring their own devices each day. All our teachers have iPads and these connect to their classroom smart boards, delivering an interactive learning experience. 

Pupils are showing more initiative in all areas of learning and are reading text on websites and reference sources far more advanced than their reading age. The way children are discussing and sharing information with each other has been remarkable - Joanna Maclean, Head of eLearning at Kelvinside Academy

“Junior School teachers report wide ranging pupil advancements through use of the digital technology. Pupils are showing more initiative in all areas of learning and are reading text on websites and reference sources far more advanced than their reading age. The way children are discussing and sharing information with each other has been remarkable.

“From a young age, pupils are encouraged to become tech-savvy. From Junior One all our students participate in coding class and by the end of the year they can build their own webpage on our FROG VLE system. These are just some of the digital platforms in place and we are constantly adding to this as technology evolves to ensure our pupils are always ahead of the curve.”

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