Scotland’s Digital Future: A Strategy for Scotland was launched on March 3rd by Fiona Hyslop, MSP, Minister for Culture and External Affairs.
It is good to see that the Scottish Government Technologies for Learning Strategy (one of my current streams of work) getting a mention on page 25 and also a commitment from the Government in one of the action points that the future Technologies for Learning Strategy will align with the aspirations of Scotland’s Digital Future.
Also good to see a commitment that the delivery of schools broadband infrastructure will be considered at the same time as the wider public sector. Schools often are treated as ‘stand alone’ and separate and it is so important that if we really want to drive financial efficiencies with broadband infrastructure that they are considered an important part of the wider public sector.
Overall I think this is a fairly pleasing document although it’s disappointing to see that schools and education are not mentioned in the ‘digital economy’ section of the report? If Scotland is serious about a future digital economy then we need to home grow our future digital talent and this needs to start with early education.
You can download Scotland’s Digital Future: A Strategy for Scotland from the Scottish Government website.