Author: Digital Learning Team

#STEMmeetup with Robotical

Robotical and Marty the Robot joined us for a fantastic CLPL session!

Discussions started with ‘what is a robot?’ before turning to developing our understanding of the importance of STEM skills for our learners.  Followed up by teachers getting hands on with their robots and coding short routines using Scratch.

Thanks also to one of our own CEC teachers who contributed to the session by outlining the work of Victoria Primary and their Building Body Parts STEM project.

Can’t wait to see our teachers put their learning into practice!

Marty the Robot for Educators


Safer Internet Day

Safer Internet Day

Safer Internet Day will be on Tuesday 5th February 2019 with the theme “Together for a better internet” coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre.

For more information please visit where you will find Campaign Toolkits, Educational Packs, films and newsletters to help support the day.

National Digital Learning Week 2018


It is National Digital Learning Week in Scotland, a great opportunity to celebrate the great learning going on in Edinburgh schools and Early Years’ settings. To showcase this learning why not share on Twitter @DigitalCEC #NDLW2018 and send us some examples we can share on the blog to And don’t miss the TeachMeet hosted by Tynecastle High School on Thursday 17th May 5-6.30pm. See below for more details and book your place here.


Using Digital Tech to Celebrate World Book Day

World Book Day is this Thursday and has become a firm fixture of the school calendar, so why not celebrate the love of reading with digital technology? Here are a few ideas and resources to get your creative juices flowing…

Get started by visiting the World Book Day website which includes learning experiences for all stages, inspiration and ideas for whole school events.

Using iPad for World Book Day

  • Create book reviews in Book Creator or trailers in iMovie. Then use the front covers of the books as triggers in HP Reveal (formerly Aurasma) so that when you scan the cover the book pops up! Find out how here
  • Retell or create alternative endings for well known stories in Adobe Spark Video.
  • Create a book quiz in Kahoot , Plickers or Socrative.
  • Use ChatterPix Kids to bring your favourite book characters to life.
  • Create a presentation about your favourite author in Sway or Keynote.

Finally…a freebie!

To celebrate, the award winning Teach Your Monster to Read app is free to download all this week. Plus they have excellent printable resources, table top games and the desktop version of their app is always free!

Safer Internet Day Education Packs

About Safer Internet Day

SID is celebrated globally in February each year to empower children and young people to use technology responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively.  Co-ordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre, SID achieves a huge impact because of the collective activities of people right across the UK.  For more information about Safer Internet Day in Scotland, contact Jess McBeath:

SIDTo help schools, charities, youth groups, police services, libraries and wider run activities for Safer Internet Day (SID) on the 6 Feb 2018,  UK Safer Internet Centre have created Education Packs and complementary SID TV films.  These free packs include lesson plans, posters, presentations, activities and more!

Last year’s campaign reached 42% of children (aged 8-17) and 23% of parents in the UK.  There were over 500,000 downloads of the education packs and other resources.  Crucially, 48% of teachers who participated in SID said it led to disclosures of potential safeguarding issues online.

Get your pack

There are tailored education packs for:

  • 3 – 7s
  • 7 – 11s
  • 11 – 14s
  • 14 – 18s
  • Parents and carers
  • Guidance pack for educators

You can download the packs at