Connected 20 – Glow Interview

Connected 20

I was interviewed recently on Glow by Whitelight Media for Connected 20. The questions came from our readers see below for my best attempt at answers. Viewpoint: Laurie O'Donnell

You have been quoted as saying that Glow is the most ambitious education ICT project in the world.

How are we doing so far? We are putting in place the world’s first national schools intranet, and that’s a very ambitious programme. Glow is an attempt.

East Dunbartonshire – Glow Switch On

I was invited to speak at the launch of Glow in East Dunbartonshire on Friday morning. The event took place in Douglas Academy, Milgavie, with over 200 guests including , pupils, council officials, elected members and headteachers from across the local authority. Apart from speeches the guests were entertained by some wonderful music performed by pupils from the school. We also had a demonstration of Glow Meet linking Douglas Academy with Baljaffray Primary School using desktop videoconferencing. I got the chance to visit a Standard Grade Physics class to see how the pupils were using Glow to support classroom learning. The.

Four Countries ICT Meeting, Birmingham 25 & 26 February

Well it’s Tuesday and I’m on my way home from sunny Birmingham and a four nations (Scotland, England, Northern Ireland & Wales) ICT meeting hosted by Becta.

• Scotland is represented by LTS (I’m here with our chief exec Bernard McLeary ).
• England is represented by a group directors of Becta including CEO Stephen Crowne
• Northern Ireland by Jimmy Stewart CEO of C2K
• Wales by Welsh Assembly Government official Kerry Darke

So what is happening across the UK and what are the issues?

• Lots going on here in this highly complex system …
• Becta has two Westminster Government departments to deal with.


Last Week/Next Week 24.2.08

Spending a lot of the time either travelling or in meetings at the moment and my blogging is really just a ‘where is Laurie log?’ rather than much of a ‘learning log’. Last week started with a corporate management team the highlight of this was a presentation from my colleague Ewan McIntosh on some of the work he has been doing around social media for education. I had the chance later that day to discuss with Ewan our priorities over the next six months or so. Any readers of his edu.blogs will get a sense of how much ground.

Last Week/Next Week 8.2.08

Last Friday was Tony van der Kuyl's 'funeral' - what a wonderful celebration of a life lived to the full. Over 500 people packed into the Bonar Hall in Dundee to listen to his family and friends remembering big Tony and to enjoy the music that was a great inspiration to his life. A unique event for a remarkable man. This week started for me at the weekend with our Dundee office move. We now have a functioning office again - phew! I am sitting here on the 9th floor of City House (Overgate Centre) with what should be a breathtaking.

Culture: Web, Lit & Flicks

The Water Horse LTS has added a lovely set of classroom resources to support the forthcoming movie 'The Waterhorse'. It has been placed within the context of Scotland's Culture as the myth of the Loch Ness Monster is one of the first things that people from other countries associate with Scotland. Our talented staff , in particular Patrica Kemp and Mark Oxbrow, have once again shown why the LTS Online Service continues to be the most popular website for Scottish teachers looking for resources to support learning and teaching. On. 						
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Last Week/Next Week 1.2.08

Wb 28.1 Monday of this week was back in Glasgow for a pile of internal meetings starting off with a corporate management team strategic review. My first external meeting of the week was with Jim Sweeney CEO of YouthLink Scotland. I was supposed to back in Glasgow on Tuesday to meet with local authorities to discuss the establishment of Confucius (Chinese language and culture) classrooms in Scotland. My role was going to demonstrate the online dimension but my colleague Nick Morgan stepped in to allow me to stay in Dundee and catch-up with some tasks. Wednesday was a Dundee.

Tony van der Kuyl

Tony van der Kuyl I was shocked and devastated and to hear that Tony van der Kuyl died on Thursday afternoon. Although he had been ill for a few short months he was really positive and up for a fight to win back his good health - exactly as anyone who knew him would expect. Last time I saw him was just before the Christmas holidays and he was in great form. I have lost a great friend, the world has lost a real character and education has lost a tireless campaigner. The biggest loss is to the.

Last Week/Next Week:19.1.08

This is my first attempt to pick out some of what I have done and to look ahead to next week. Let’s give it a try and see how it evolves. Some stuff from last week Straighforward week after spending so much time in London the previous week - 3 days in Glasgow and 2 in Dundee. • Had a great meeting at BBC Scotland with their Learning team. Despite the loss (for the moment) of the long promised and potentially wonderful BBC Jam offering the BBC continues to set a very high quality threshold. The Reithian aspiration of ‘Educate,.

OECD Review of National Policies for Education: Quality and Equity of Schooling in Scotland – 4 Debate in the Scottish Parliament

Yesterday afternoon the OECD Report was discussed in the Scottish Parliament. The full transcript makes interesting reading. There is the odd lapse into political point scoring (as you would expect in any democratic parliament). My reading of what was said by our MSPs is that it was generally a thoughtful and constructive debate around the main themes of the report. There seemed to me to be a good level of understanding of the strengths of our education system and more importantly a high degree of consensus around the areas we need to address if we are.