Historic Scotland

UK, 2011-12

NoTosh Team

Peter Ford, Ewan McIntosh

History + Technology = Immersive Learning

Stirling Castle Active Learning Pilot

Historic Scotland wanted to embed new technologies in their educational outreach programme to create an interactive, fully immersive and (importantly!) fun experience for young visitors. They appointed NoTosh to carry out a feasibility study at Stirling Castle.

Robust research was critical and we embarked upon a series of fact-finding site visits to assess learning spaces, site accessibility, and materials and technologies available. Understanding the physical journey around the site was key, so we worked directly with local primary and secondary school groups, observing the way they interacted with the site, testing out different technologies,  and asking for feedback - we also overhauled the existing learning space and introduced a cool new LearningLAB with green screen and interactive resources, allowing pupils to record their experiences around the Castle.

All the evidence gathered pointed to clear benefits of introducing an interactive educational programme to increase student engagement through active learning; our recommendation was to roll this approach out across all Historic Scotland sites which could support physical accessibility and internet connectivity.

“The kids are really inspired as am I… you guys are really leading the way with your thinking and creativity. It is wonderful, of great interest to me and sits well with my philosophy of teaching and how it should be.”

Michelle MacPhee, Principal Teacher, Braehead Primary School
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