It’s Pam here. I finished up a contract (supporting the new Glow services) with Scottish Government recently and am now devoting all my energies to Tablet Academy Scotland. I thought I’d post a little bit of an update on what we are doing as I share the ’12 tech tips of Christmas’ feature.

What’s been happening at TAS?

It’s been a smashing few weeks working full time on Tablet Academy in Scotland. We had an amazing time at the Scottish Learning Festival where we supported by Intel and we kind of saw that as a proper launch for the business. We have been in and supporting a number of schools across Scotland and are delighted to say we will be supporting many more in 2016.

We have signed up Borders College and High School of Glasgow as official partners and Tablet Academy Training Centres and have a whole lot of our £99 day courses scheduled to launch in these centres from January.

We have brought a few new people on board and it’s beginning to feel like a real team now in Scotland. There’s a shared excitement amongst all of us as we finish the year working on some amazing developments for 2016. We can’t announce them just yet but will bring you that news just as soon as we can.

pamipadA personal thanks from me

I’d like personally to thank all of the schools, colleges, local authorities and businesses who have partnered with us as we developed the business over the past 18 months. It’s been a slow and steady start as I waited for the right time to make the full leap into enterprise but we are raring to go now.

On self employment…

It’s been a great transition really and my days haven’t changed all that much: I still find myself spending a lot of my time in front of my Mac developing stuff and generating ideas for digital learning and teaching in Scotland. If I’m not doing that, I’m out working in schools and meeting like-minded people. Pretty much what I’ve been doing all these years at Scot Gov/ Education Scotland but with the benefit of just having one focus. I do miss Glow though:(

The great part of all of this for me is that I get to do anything that excites me now. I don’t have to deal with the bureaucracies I might just have encountered in my recent past. I’m not bashing them: it’s necessary and right that they are there. There’s just more creative freedom here, I guess.

To the creative freedom of 2016

There’s so much going on with our plans for 2016 that it’s difficult to know where to begin. More Training Centre announcements will be coming very soon and we have an online store in the offing too. We have a huge Digital Ninjas programme launching in January with a learning community of three primary schools and an app/game development project almost planned with another school. As well as that, our support packages are proving popular and our STEM learning festivals are going to be amazing. And that’s without mentioning the secret stuff that I’m not allowed to!

We are looking for more brilliant people to work with us.

We’d love to hear from you if you think you could be part of our team. We would hope you could offer enthusiasm for digital skills development and/or innovative learning with digital technology. We offer you the chance to be part of something pretty cool.

Thanks again for all your support, follows, friendship and partnerships. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all and we do hope you like our ’12 Tech Tips of Christmas’ We certainly had a lot of fun putting it together!