Our Week of Digital Learning Festivities

(l-r) Councillor Cathy Fullerton, Councillor Cammy Day, Head Teacher Hazel Kinnear, Jenni Robertson

It’s been a fun week of Digital Learning here at Tynecastle. On Tuesday morning we had a reception to celebrate the recognition of our digital learning programme as an ‘Apple Distinguished Programme‘. Attended by a number of local dignitaries, business leaders and educators, Councillor Cammy Day, Education Convenor for the City of Edinburgh Council, unveiled our new Apple Distinguished Programme plaque! The story also featured in the Evening News – read the article by following this link…

On Tuesday evening we held our first evening community event celebrating digital learning. Families from our four associated primaries and from Tynecastle attended, taking part in science experiments with wireless temperature probes, beat the goalie including video analysis of your footwork!, animation, digital drawing, robotics and more. Linking in with this year’s National Internet Safety Day, we also heard about how to develop our Digital Resilience from Sarah at Place2B, our community police officer, PC Scott, and one of our student support leaders, Louise Moultray.

Krissie Davis, our Curriculum Leader of Science, ready to test temperatures!

On Wednesday and Thursday P6 classes from our associated primaries (Balgreen, Craiglockhart, Dalry and Stenhouse Primary Schools) came along and took part in digital learning workshops with a number of our teachers and students. The students took part in workshops around art, history, modern languages, music and science. It was great to have our learning communities come together and learn from each other.

Exploring the Carbon Cycle through stop-frame animation
Some more carbon cycle animation!
Practicing our French conversations using Puppet Pals 2

Festival of Digital Learning

We’re delighted to be hosting our first Festival of Digital Learning during the week of 6-10 February 2017. Digital learning has created many new and exciting opportunities for learning and teaching and our showcase event on Tuesday the 7th of February from 6.30pm-8pm is an evening of hands-on activities to help parents and carers see how young people are using digital technology in school, along with information on how to support learning with technology at home. There will also be presentations from our head teacher Hazel Kinnear, teaching staff, Place2Be staff and students.

This event is designed for all students in P5, 6 and 7 in our associated primaries and all of our students in S1, 2 and 3 in Tynecastle. Please come along and enjoy a fun evening for all the family!

Apple Distinguished Programme News!

We are delighted to announce that our digital learning programme for students in S3-S6 has been recognised as an Apple Distinguished Programme for 2016-2018, recognising our innovative use of technology to improve, transform and enhance the learning experience of our students.

At an awards ceremony in London in November, three members of staff, our head teacher Hazel Kinnear, Sam Clarke and Jenni Robertson, were extremely happy and proud to represent the school, take part in activities with other recognised schools and collect our amazing plaque!

Apple Distinguished Programme Award
(L-R) Sam Clarke, Jenni Robertson, Hazel Kinnear

The Apple Distinguished Programme designation is reserved for programmes that meet the criteria for innovation, leadership, and educational excellence, and demonstrate a clear vision of exemplary learning environments.

Equipping all of our students in S3-S6 with an iPad enables us to achieve our vision of embedding technology across the curriculum to ensure that all students have equal access to a relevant and applied curriculum and are able to make use of world-class digital resources, wherever they are. You can read more about our journey to transform learning and teaching with technologies in our very own iBook, freely available to download in the iBookstore.

Our digital learning programme at Tynecastle High School is supported by a strong team of experienced staff led by our Director of Digital Learning, Jenni Robertson, and delivered through excellent learning and teaching. Staff and students from Tynecastle High School, including our brilliant team of student digital leaders, regularly present at local and national events, sharing the great practice that is demonstrated daily in our digital learning programme.

Our plague is on display in the school foyer, expertly mounted by our CDT technician Paul Wetherall.