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The Journey to Making ‘Digital Technology’ Education a Community Learning Venture

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posted on 2023-04-24, 10:51 authored by Fiona CarrollFiona Carroll, Rumana Faruque, Chaminda HewageChaminda Hewage, Vibhushinie Bentotahewa, Sophie Meace

Technology has become an integral part of our educational systems, and its importance in our schools cannot be overstated. However, digital skills, unlike other literacy skills, such as reading, writing, and numeracy, still have many discontinuities between how children use them at home versus in school. Therefore, in Wales (UK), digital skills are being promoted as part of the Digital Competence Framework (DCF) and feature highly in the new Curriculum for Wales (2022). Moreover, the new Digital Technology General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) in Wales has been introduced to provide learners with the opportunity to gain a qualification that builds digital skills, knowledge, and understanding. However, this also brings many challenges for teachers, such as a lack of confidence, knowledge, and training, as well as a lack of resources and fear of change, to name a few. These challenges, in turn, have an impact on pupils’ motivation and performance, as well as parents’ ability to support their children. This paper presents a qualitative case study on the development of a new digital technology learning community for primary and secondary school pupils, their teachers, and parents in Blaenau Gwent, Wales (UK). Firstly, the paper will provide insight into what was required to establish an effective learning community, including ensuring engagement and buy-in from all stakeholders. Secondly, through the description, analysis, and interpretation of findings from two studies, the paper will highlight the impact of the DTLSN learning community on teachers and pupils in Blaenau Gwent, especially in terms of their learning and teaching.

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Education Sciences

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MDPI

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Carroll F, Faruque R, Hewage C, Bentotahewa V, Meace S. The Journey to Making ‘Digital Technology’ Education a Community Learning Venture. Education Sciences. 2023; 13(5):428. https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci13050428

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2227-7102

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  • Cardiff School of Technologies

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Fiona Carroll Chaminda Hewage

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  • en

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