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Glow: Questions and Answers

I was interviewed last week by Nicola More of White Light Media - the company that does the journalism, design etc for our award winning Connected magazine. The theme was Glow and Nicola asked me some questions that had been rasied by our readers. The full text will appear within our ConnectedLive site but for the meantime here is a preview: Nicola You have been quoted as saying that Glow is the most ambitious education ICT project in the world. How are we doing so far? Laurie We are putting in place the world’s first national schools intranet, and that’s a.
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Still Blogging!

Well I have managed 61 posts over the last 15 months - getting close to one a week. Much better than I managed the first time round with my blog back in 2005. Some weeks and months have been better than others but I seem to have established the habit. Key turning points in getting my blog established were: • Developing an understanding of my audience. By and large my readers are working in Scottish Education, many are known to me personally and some are my work colleagues at LTS. I am acutely aware that my blog is out there and calls from.
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OECD Review of National Policies for Education: Quality and Equity of Schooling in Scotland – 3 Implications: Moving Towards ‘My Curriculum for Excellence’

If the findings of the OECD report are generally accepted then the main implication for LTS lies around the development of the curriculum. I remember reading a policy document many years ago (must dig it out, but I think it was from HMI) which made the claim that the main cause of indiscipline/disruption in school is the ‘design and presentation’ of the curriculum.

My reading of the OECD report is that the main reason that too many of our young people fail at school lies in the design and presentation of the curriculum.

If we want more inclusive schools and are serious.

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BETT 2008

I spend much last week at the BETT Show in London. It's hard to believe that it is more than a year since I posted prior to my visit to BETT 2007. This year I managed to have good old trawl through the exhibition. I am always on the lookout for something that I have not seen before and as usual I was completely disappointed. Not much changes in a year and most of what is presented as new often represents little more than incremental change to existing products if not old products repackaged in.
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OECD Review of National Policies for Education: Quality and Equity of Schooling in Scotland – 2 Summary of Recommendations

National priorities funding through local government compacts 1. Develop a funded national innovation plan 2. Link Schools of Ambition closely into 1. 3. Extend the Scottish Survey of Achievement to all children and make the results against targets the basis of negotiations over resources between central and local government Greater school autonomy in a local government framework 4. Local authorities to develop their own policy and priority frameworks for improvement 5. Targeting of resources for equity purposes should be done within the context of 1. 6. Local authorities cede more autonomy to schools in.
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OECD Review of National Policies for Education: Quality and Equity of Schooling in Scotland – 1 Summary

This is a really important document and an essential read for anyone interested in an external perspective on how Scotland’s schools are doing. I read it over the holidays and wanted to capture it for my learning log by doing three things: 1. Try to summarise the key points; 2. Pick out the recommendations and; 3.Try to identify what I think are the main implications for my work at LTS. Don Ledingham and John Connell both blogged on the document in December and their posts are well.
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Chris Anderson’s ‘Free’

One of the blogs I follow is that of Chris Anderson, Editor-Chief of Wired and author of 'The Long Tail'. His work on how technology is changing the economy is thought provoking and easy to understand. If you have a spare 45 minutes this lecture based on his latest work Free is well worth watching. [Bear with him at the end as his technology lets him down]. Chris explain's how Yahoo can offer unlimited storage to its customers based on an economic model where storage is virtually feee (40c per Gb) and revenues are.
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End of Term Report

Back in August I posted about what a great Summer I had and how much I was looking forward to the challenges of Autumn 2007 - mainly around Glow, the Scottish Learning Festival and managing an office move in Dundee. Glow Progress with Glow has been good, 16 of the 32 local authorities have already signed the Customer Agreement (effectively the licence to access the service) with another 5 indicating that they ready to sign early in 2008. Six local authorities have started the process of rolling out Glow to their schools. Overall the project has.
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Assessment Questions

Caught the 0636 from Broughty Ferry this morning so that I could attend a couple of meetings in Glasgow. Left our Glasgow office at 1130 to catch the 1145 to Edinburgh for an afternoon at a Scottish Government organised event, ‘Assessment is for Learning meets Curriculum for Excellence’. The event organisers seemed to me to be asking the right questions, including: • What are the principles of assessment that should apply from 3-18? • What have we learned from our experience of using ‘Assessment is for Learning’ in Scottish schools? • What.
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From Blog to Learning Log

After reading Don Ledingham’s article in TESS (version from Don's Learning Log) this morning I have decided to change ‘Laurie’s Blog’ to ‘Laurie’s Learning Log’. The alliteration makes it sound much better for a start but I also think the case that Don makes is compelling. Like Don I want to use my learning log to capture: where I have been; where I am; and where I am going. I want to use it as a tool for professional reflection; somewhere to share some of my experiences; and in my role as a public employee to.
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