At the headquarters of Ofcom in London on Wednesday this week, attending a summit on digital media literacy. With representatives from the UK governments, curriculum bodies and qualifications authorities from Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland, the discussion was lively and thought-provoking, but of course just scratching the surface of a very complex issue. Reassuring that, with our re-definition of literacy in the cover paper for Literacy and English in Curriculum for Excellence, we really do seem to be ahead of the game. From there to catch day two of the Scottish Learning Festival at the SECC on the Clyde. The Festival
reminds us how significant Scotland is right now in leading learning and defining the curriculum for the 21st Century. A highlight for me was Neil Winton’s seminar on using Wikis in the classroom to improve literacy. Neil is PT English at Perth Academy and truly inspirational, but in a “feet on the ground” kind of way. If you are interested in empowering your pupils to take control of their own learning you could do a lot worse than to check out what he and his department are doing using this free technology.