‘E-champions’ can save the day

Schools must support staff to unlock the potential of edtech, says head of e-learning Joanna Maclean, speaking to Emma Seith

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Pupils at Kelvinside Academy have learned about volcanoes from a geologist who was standing on the edge of one, which fumed and bubbled in the background, and have chatted to astronauts in space. They have also used virtual reality to take trips under the sea and to stroll the streets of Rome.

For the Glasgow independent’s head of e-learning Joanna Maclean, however, while these experiences have a place, they are not the reason why Scottish schools need to embrace the digital age. Virtual reality, in particular, has a way to go, she believes – given that it makes some pupils feel sick.

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