Teacher recognized for his “transformational” work

Digital learning is no longer a thing of the future, and Beth Fuller of Muirtown Primary is doing her part to ensure her school gives students the best chance of success.

The Muirtown P6 head teacher was recently named Digital Innovator of the Year.

The honour, organized by the Scottish Education Awards, recognized his “transformational” contributions to digital learning across the school community.

Continuing school traditions like assemblies, Christmas plays and awards ceremonies during lockdown and connecting staff and students to accessible resources, Miss Fuller aimed to integrate technology into the children’s learning fairly and effectively.

And by winning the Glasgow National Award, she is now up for UK-wide recognition.

She has already won a Silver Award from the Pearson National Teaching Awards and will represent Scotland in the hunt for a gold medal this autumn in London.

How Muirtown is leveling the playing field with digital learning

When closures hit schools in 2020, education changed. Beth said digital learning, which was once an ambition, has become a necessity.

“Everyone has become a learner again. This evened the playing field even between staff and students.

“As much as it was difficult and unforeseen, necessity has done amazing things for our school in terms of advancing the way we teach.

“The pandemic has been a humble reminder of what it feels like to start from scratch.”

Beth Fuller has won Digital Innovator of the Year at the Scottish Teaching Awards. Provided by Muirtown Primary

In addition to educating students and staff on what they need to stay connected and succeed digitally, she created Muirtown’s Digital Leaders.

This team of students helps drive the school’s innovative and inclusive digital curriculum.

They’ve helped by teaching online safety classes, curating testimonials and materials for school award submissions, and recently helped Beth create a school digital skills rewards program.

“Hopefully it’ll be successful enough, in that it’ll be motivating enough for the kids,” Beth said. “They don’t often realize how good they are at things.”

Muirtown Digital Learning: Panel and Student Praise

In February, Muirtown received the Digital Schools Scotland Award and received rave reviews from the awards committee. They received top marks for digital wellbeing, cybersecurity, and the school’s comprehensive approach to digital learning.

Head teacher Janice MacRae said Miss Fuller’s leadership was crucial to the school’s digital success.

“Beth modeled the highest level of digital learning in her class and always helped others develop their own skills.

She added: “She constantly strives to improve students’ digital skills at every opportunity and always encourages students to be leaders in their own learning.”

But it’s one thing that your boss and a national panel of expert judges say you’re doing a great job. First, a teacher must pass the scrutiny of his students.

They made their appreciation clear in a video in support of Miss Fuller’s nomination.

Recognizing their skills gives students a head start

Beth tells her students that digital skills are important resources that can be used throughout their lives. Being able to demonstrate the skills they possess will give them a head start in the future.

Knowing how to sell yourself does not come naturally to all children. But it’s an important skill that can make a difference in job interviews and school applications, she said.

“One of the reasons we started the digital skills challenge is because we think it’s really important that they can showcase the digital skills they have.

“They don’t actually realize what they can already do, or don’t value it as a skill.”

Digital skills are life skills

Muirtown Parent Council President Neil Young said he has already seen students’ new digital confidence spill over into other aspects of school and life.

“It totally changed the way children worked. It prepared them not only for school, but also later in life,” he said.

“These are lifelong skills that they acquire at a very young age. They can take them in further education, but also in the workplace.

Mr Young added that the digital transition has been a bit of a shock for parents. He learned from his own child along the way. But he knows that this chain of learning began with Miss Fuller’s dedication to her class.

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