Caol Pri­mary School’s de­light at win­ning na­tional dig­i­tal award

The Oban Times - - Districts -

CAOL Pri­mary has be­come only the third school in the High­lands to earn a na­tional award for its ex­cel­lence in dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy in teach­ing and learn­ing.

Recog­nised by Ed­u­ca­tion Scot­land, the Dig­i­tal Schools Award is de­signed to pro­mote, en­cour­age and re­ward schools that make the best use of dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy in the class­room.

Caol Pri­mary School head teacher Steven Hamil­ton said: ‘ We are all in­cred­i­bly proud to be­come High­land’s third dig­i­tal school. The new cam­pus lends it­self well to us­ing new tech­nol­ogy and ev­ery­one has worked in­cred­i­bly hard with a va­ri­ety of IT re­sources since mov­ing.

‘The pupils love in­ter­act­ing with the ro­bots, work­ing with code and col­lab­o­rat­ing on doc­u­ments with Chrome Books. I can­not praise the staff enough for the way they have taken on this as­pect of the cur­ricu­lum, which is daunt­ing for some, and learned along­side pupils.’

Caol Pri­mary School demon­strated the pre- sence of a whole school dig­i­tal strat­egy, ev­i­dence of how dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy is be­ing used to en­hance learn­ing and a com­mit­ment to on­go­ing pro­fes­sional learn­ing for teach­ers.

One in seven pri­mary schools in Scot­land, 305 schools, have signed up to be­come a Dig­i­tal School since the launch of the pro­gramme in Septem­ber 2016.

The pro­gramme aims to sign up 400 pri­mary schools in Scot­land to par­tic­i­pate in its first full year.

Caol school is only third in High­lands to earn na­tional dig­i­tal award.

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