If I asked a friend (I do have some!) who doesn’t work in Scottish Education what the chances would be of getting a group of teachers together on a Saturday to discuss Scottish Education, teaching and learning. They would probably say, ‘not very likely!’
Of course nothing could be further from the truth. Scottish Educators are continuously giving up their own time to swap ideas, discuss strategies, share interesting practice and form professional learning & support networks.
Last Saturday over 250 practitioners from across Scotland (Early Years, Primary, Secondary, Further and Higher Education) gave up their time and came together for the Game to Learn Conference in Dundee. The conference was jointly organized by the Learning and Teaching Scotland Consolarium and JISC.
As you can imagine from the conference title the main purpose of the day was to share practice in games based learning technologies. Scotland remains a strong world leader in this important field with a published research record.
It is important to remember that the Game to Learn Conference is not an isolated event last Tuesday over 70 teachers gave up their evening to attend TeachMeet Fife. Again an event designed to allow classroom practitioners swap ideas and share interesting practice. Another teacher-organized TeachMeet event was happening at the Naace Conference in Reading on the same evening. 15 people from Scotland beamed into this event over videoconference to gather some tips, advice and free CPD from colleagues in parts of the UK.
Over 75 teachers from Renfrewshire attended a workshop event last night on Taking Risks with Learning, Leadership and Management. This Saturday another committed bunch of 60+ teachers from Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire will attend a day long conference Technology and CfE.
There are two things that are special about all the events I have described above. Firstly, they are all free to attend and secondly they are attended by some of the most professional, enthusiastic and committed Scottish educators you will ever meet. We are lucky to have these professionals working to improve the lives of children and families in Scotland.
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