June 6th 2018 | Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh


Tracy Atkinson

Teaching Fellow in Digital Education, University of Strathclyde

Tracy Atkinson is a Teaching Fellow in Digital Education at The University of Strathclyde. Her interests lie in technology-enhanced learning, and span both theory and practice: researching the development and implementation of effective digital pedagogies, the use of digital tools to enhance teaching and learning and the impact of research and innovation on present and future practice. She is currently involved in a research project exploring ways in which student teachers can develop confidence and competence in applying digital pedagogy to select and use a range of digital tools to enhance learning and teaching. Before joining the University, she spent twelve years working in primary education, ten of those as an ICT Coordinator and Glow Mentor.  As well as project managing the integration of digital education across the BA Primary Education, she also teaches on PGDE (Primary) courses and runs a Primary/Secondary Professional Specialisation Module on Digital Pedagogy & Tools. Tracy is a member The Scottish Council of Deans of Education: Digital Teaching and Learning Group. She is also part of a faculty-wide group exploring the use of social media and technology to enhance teaching and learning. She is currently working towards Certified Membership of The Association for Learning Technology.

Brian Clark

Education Officer, Education Scotland

Brian is an Education Officer for Digital Skills with Education Scotland.  Previous to his appointment at Education Scotland, Brian was a Depute Head Teacher, Curriculum Leader of Technologies and Teacher of Computing in secondary schools in Edinburgh and the Scottish Borders.

He is experienced and passionate about Computing Science learning and teaching and developing the use, and integration of digital technologies in education that lead to better outcomes for learners.

His current work is focussed on developing Digital Skills, Digital Literacy and Computing Science across Scotland, working in partnership with local authorities and partner organisations.

Donald Feist

Principal Teacher & ICT Coordinaor, Mosspark Primary School

Donald Feist is currently a Principal Teacher and Digital Leader at Mosspark Primary School, Glasgow. In this role, Donald has responsibility for raising attainment in Digital Literacy and STEM subjects across the school; including staff development and training. Donald is also one of the STEMGlasgow primary leaders, and works with numerous teachers across Glasgow to develop the recognition of STEM subjects and tackle gender bias within these subjects in schools.

Prior to Mosspark, Donald was ICT coordinator and Digital Leader in Elmvale Primary School.

This year has seen Donald becoming more widely recognised in taking forward digital learning in Glasgow. In addition to presenting at numerous teach meets and other events, and has delivered CPD events in school and across Glasgow, Donald has presented a Live Stream on ‘The Digital Revolution’ for Twinkl Scotland, and has also presented to student teachers at Strathclyde University.

You can connect with Donald via twitter @mrfeistsclass for more information.


Louise Foreman

Education Officer, Education Scotland

Louise Foreman has 20 years of experience across the education sector.  She graduated as a Primary Teacher from Glasgow University and now works at Education Scotland as an Education Officer for Digital Skills, advising on and building a world class curriculum for all learners across Scotland. 

Her diverse and successful career has equipped her with a wealth of knowledge and skills in supporting quality and improvement in education.  Louise has planned for learning at all levels of the primary curriculum where she quickly identified the significant positive impact digital technologies had on the attainment and achievement of the learners she taught.  Her career progressed to mentoring teachers and managing and coordinating digital skills professional learning across local authority to over 1000 educators where she also built strong networks and partnerships between schools and digital industry.

In her current role at Education Scotland she works collaboratively with Scotland’s local authorities, national and regional partners and industry partners to design and promote high-quality digital skills professional learning and leadership.

Andrew Gallacher

Mathematics Education Co-ordinator, Course Leader PGDE Learning & Teaching in the Secondary Curriculum, University of Glasgow

Andrew Gallacher is an experienced maths educator having work for 12 years at the University of Glasgow and prior to that being Principal Teacher of a very successful Secondary Maths department. I have also been seconded to Education Scotland and undertaken a number of roles for Scottish Qualifications Agency.

My present work involves coordinating all maths education courses, as well as technical education, so that ensures wide-ranging experience on curricular issues from ages 3-18. I also work and lead on a number of other education courses as well as providing CPD and undertaking a number of consultancy roles.

My research interests include mathematical pedagogy, classroom technologies and STEM education.

At present I am developing a New Routes into Teaching for Scottish Government that involves upskilling existing PGDE Primary students to enable them to also teach Broad General Education maths in Secondary Schools.

Helen Gorman

Team Leader, Skills and Youth Employment, Schools, Learning and Education, Stirling Council

Helen’s background is in biological science and she completed a PhD at the University of Glasgow and worked in research for a while before finding her calling as a secondary science teacher. During her career as a teacher, Faculty Head and Depute, she was always an early adopter of new technologies and has a longstanding interest in how technology can transform learning and teaching.

Since taking on her role with Stirling Council in 2016, Helen has led the development of their Digital Learning Strategy, including building networks of enthusiastic leaders and coordinating professional learning opportunities for teachers. She also has responsibility for STEM and Learning for Sustainability.

David Goutcher

Owner and Founder, Polybius Games

David, is a former law enforcement officer who spent most of his career working under cover and incovert surveillance. He trained fellow officers in trade craft and survival skills and went on to work alongside UK Security Services. He also travelled abroad, liaising and collaborating with International Intelligence Agencies on covert operations.

Drawing from his experiences, he has created Spy Quest, an award winning, online interactive game and book series, that replicates the excitement and exhilaration, that he found from real life experiences.

The innovative concept has won many major awards including a ‘John Logie Baird’ innovation award and the Barclays ‘Take One Small Step’ UK competition to find the next big business idea. Just recently Spy Quest was named within in the UK EdTech 50, which was a competition to find the best 50 people, projects and products shaping the future of technology in UK education and beyond. The Spy Quest book series has broken sales records in Waterstones stores across the country and the second book ‘The Cursed Diamond’ is the first book in the world to incorporate augmented reality features that allow children to read the book and watch the movie at the same time.

Andrew Jewell

Lead Learning Consultant, XMA Ltd

A teacher of almost 20 years classroom experience, Andrew taught for 15 years in Cedars School of Excellence, Greenock - the worlds first 1:1 iPad school - from its beginnings in 1999.
A passionate and innovative educator, Andrew is an Apple Distinguished Educator since 2011 and a qualified Apple Education Trainer.
After heading Education and Development in Scotland for iTeach-UK Andrew worked as an education contractor for Apple - content coaching education Events across EMEIA. 
Andrew is currently Lead Learning Consultant at XMA, one of the UK’s largest education resellers.

Professor Philip John

Executive Chair, SCHOLAR, Heriot-Watt Unviersity

Phillip John BSc, PhD, DSc is Professor of Chemistry and former Senior Dean at Heriot-Watt University.  He has over 180 publications, managed over fifty research grants, supervised over thirty PhD students and given numerous invited lectures at international conferences.

Apart from his teaching, research and administrative duties he has, since the inception of SCHOLAR in 1999 headed the academic development team and, since 2003, been Executive Chair of SCHOLAR (www.scholar.hw.ac.uk) which currently provides innovative online courses to all 32 Education Authorities, 5 Regional FE colleges and 33 independent schools in Scotland.

Recently SCHOLAR has completed a major multi-million pound enhancement to 33 courses at National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher level in Maths, Sciences, Languages and Business subjects. A complete suite of National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher English courses was published in August 2016 to complement the Maths offering at all three levels. SCHOLAR is attracting international attention as one of the world’s largest e-learning programmes for schools.

Led by the Australian Council of Educational Research, SCHOLAR is contributing to the Scottish National Standardised Assessment Programme through our responsibility for providing training and professional development to teachers and other stakeholders across Scotland.  Twig World Ltd is the third partner commissioned by the Scottish Government to provide this major new programme.

Professor Phillip John BSc PhD DSc
Professor of Chemistry
SCHOLAR Executive Chair

Lord Balerno Building, room 1.24                       Tel: +44 (0) 131 451 3247
Heriot Watt University                                       Email: p.john@hw.ac.uk
Edinburgh EH14 4AS, UK                                   Web:  www.hw.ac.uk

Dr Natalia Kucirkova

Senior Research Fellow, UCL Institute of Education

Natalia’s research concerns innovative ways of supporting children’s book reading, digital literacy and exploring the role of personalisation in early years. Her research takes place collaboratively across academia, commercial and third sectors. She co-edits the Bloomsbury Academic Book Series ‘Children’s Reading and Writing on Screen’ and chairs the UKLA Children's Digital Book Awards. She currently works as a Senior Research Fellow at the University College London, Institute of Education.

Larbert High School

Larbert High School is a six year non-denominational school providing secondary education for around 1,750 pupils.  The school is currently one of the largest in Scotland and the roll is projected to increase significantly over the coming years, making Larbert High the largest secondary in the country. The school has a complement of around 130 FTE teaching staff and a highly dedicated team of over 30 support staff. 

We were inspected by HMIe in January 2017 and we were evaluated as ‘excellent’ for Leadership of change and ‘very good’ for Learning, teaching and assessment; Raising attainment and achievement and for Ensuring wellbeing, equality and inclusion.  Our report was the first Secondary report to be published with an ‘excellent’ under the increased expectations and framework of HGIOS4.

Larbert is a high-achieving, ambitious school – it is important to emphasise that this is because of the role that ALL members of staff play in the school, teaching and support.  Exam results are at some of their highest ever levels and the number of pupils entering a positive destination is above both the Falkirk and Scottish averages – but we have our sights set firmly on further improvements.

Tommy Lawson

Education Officer, Midlothian Council

Tommy has experience of teaching a wide range of learners from those with the most complex and profound disability through to the most academically able. In the past 20 years, as an Education Officer, he has supported learning and teaching through digital and still has a front line responsibility for digital learning in Midlothian schools. 

As a teacher, engineer and learning technologist he has worked on the research and design of 23 new school builds and is currently deployed on the Newbattle Digital Centre of Excellence, working alongside colleagues from the University of Edinburgh and other partners.

As an ability activist and ambassador for a UK charity he raises awareness of Rett Syndrome and associated genetic conditions and helps to raise funds across Scotland. He is engaged in collaborative networks of teachers, speech and language professionals, medics and academics developing literacy and communication through technology in youngsters with Rett Syndrome and similar conditions. 

Charlie Love

Quality Improvement Officer – Digital Transformation, Aberdeen City Council

Charlie Love is strategic lead for digital strategy across Education in Aberdeen City.  A digital entrepreneur with a passion for learning, he sold his first computer programme at age 14 and can tell you many random facts about computing in the 1980s’.

With a background in Computing Science and Digital Skills, he has worked nationally and internationally to support Computing Science through his input to Heriott Watt’s SCHOLAR programme and as Principal Assessor (Computing) for the Cambridge Examination Board and Singapore Government.

He has worked closely with government, Education Scotland and SQA to develop the digital landscape for learning and teaching across Scottish Education.  Previously he has had roles in the Consolarium (the Scottish Centre for Games Based Learning), Scottish Government’s ICT Excellence Group, SQA’s National Qualifications Design Team for Computing Science and was Co-Chair of Scottish Government’s Technical and Operational Advisory Group.  He is currently a member of the SQA Sector Panel for Computing and Education Scotland’s Digital Leaders Group.

Joanna Maclean

Head of eLearning and Professional Learning, Kelvinside Academy

Joanna is a dedicated educator with over 25 years expertise in embedding technology to enhance lessons and engage students of all ages: nursery, primary, and secondary. She is a Microsoft Innovative Education Expert and Apple Teacher. 

Her Primary school was the first in Scotland to receive the Digital Schools (DS) award in 2016, and her Secondary was the first in the UK and Ireland to receive this coveted award in 2017. She is currently a DS mentor helping other schools with their digital journey and is a member of Education Scotland’s ‘National Technologies Network’.

As well as pedagogical expertise Joanna administers all of the school's management information, elearning, 1-to-1 devices, MDM & BYOD systems.

As school Regent and Head of Professional Development, she is also in charge of developing effective research-based 21st-century teaching techniques and is part of the GTCS's National Professional Learning Steering Group. 

As part of a small team, she recently developed Scotland’s first practitioner based distance learning teaching qualification (TQPR) endorsed by GTCS.

Joanna is currently working towards her PhD in Educational Technology at Lancaster University.


Patrick McGrath

EdTech Specialist, Texthelp

In his role as EdTech Specialist at Texthelp, Patrick is a passionate educator and he takes the lead on ensuring our products have a real and meaningful impact on teaching and learning for all. 
Working with partners and schools around the world, Patrick aims to ensure that Texthelp products achieve their vision of ‘reaching all learners’ by empowering teachers and pupils in personalising their learning through education technology.

Patrick has worked with over 3500 schools and colleges and over 500,000 pupils across the UK and Europe building the vision and plan for successful technology integration into the classroom. Embracing multiple platforms, Patrick has designed both practical and curriculum focused programmes from small scale pilots to many of the country's leading 1:1 programmes. By supporting the wider school vision, scaffolding teachers and empowering pupils, his particular specialism is in personalised learning for all with a belief in the real impact technology can make when its focus is on learning and teaching.

A sought after keynote speaker, an Apple Education Mentor and Google Certified Educator, Patrick received the UK Digital Leader 100 award in 2016 and is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Ulster (School of Education).

Malcolm Wilson

ICT Curriculum Development Officer, Falkirk Council 

Malcolm Wilson is ICT Curriculum Development Officer for Falkirk Council Children’s Services in which role he supports and encourages educators to make best use of digital technologies to support learning and teaching. He had 20 years of experience as a classroom teacher including in promoted roles. He leads many professional development sessions with teachers, as well as working with pupil Digital Leaders in Falkirk schools. He created and maintains several blogs including the award winning ICT for Learning and Teaching in Falkirk Schools, and the blog for Mobile Devices in Falkirk Education, as well the Central e-Safety Partnership blog. He makes extensive use of social media to support and encourage teachers in their use of digital technologies.