Learning zone helps support a more successful Scotland
Schools across Scotland can now access a wealth of new learning materials thanks to an exciting initiative pioneered by the National Library of Scotland.
The Learning Zone has been specially developed to support school students and adult learners in making the most of the Library’s huge bank of knowledge.
It is hoped it will prove a big hit with Scottish teachers and help towards creating a better educated, more skilled and more successful Scotland.
The Learning Zone is accessible online from anywhere in Scotland and has a number of innovative features. These include:
- An analysis of the creative process used by the author, poet and artist Alasdair Gray
- An exploration of the ideas that led to the Scottish Enlightenment
- An interactive online workshop to support creative writing.
Although the Learning Zone has something for everyone, there has been a clear focus on making it relevant and useful for schools through links to the Scottish curriculum.
Martyn Wade, National Librarian and Chief Executive, said: 'Our aim is to make the knowledge held within the Library as widely available as possible. The Learning Zone has been developed over the past year and is an ideal way to support learning in our schools, as well as for adult learners. It is can be accessed easily from anywhere at the click of a computer mouse.'
The Learning Zone is divided into six main topics — literature and language; creativity; science and technology; history; politics and society; and geography and exploration. They are all based on material from the Library’s vast collection of more than 14 million items.
Short films offer an introduction to the collections and the overall aim is to encourage learners not just to digest the information offered but to develop critical skills in evaluating and analysing the content.
'We believe this is an exciting addition to the resources available to teachers and learners of all ages,' added Martyn Wade. 'It is also just the start. Material is being added to the Learning Zone all the time and the Library is happy to respond to what users of the Learning Zone tell us they want. We want to make it as useful as possible to as many people as possible.'
29 September 2011