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Scottish Learning Festival 2009

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="SLF"]SLF[/caption] Another really great SLF. It felt  really strange just walking around meeting people and enjoying the event without having any responsibilities. I ended up spending a lot of time catching-up with old friends and former colleagues and for a change was not dashing off to chair a session or attend a launch. Apart from the very important social and networking dimension of the event, it was a really good opportunity to find out what was new in the world of education and to be inspired. It is always hard to pick.
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Glow Goes Live – In My House

I've been blogging about Glow for quite a few years now and have celebrated small each step along the way as the world's first national schools intranet slowly became a reality. This evening I was delighted to see my 13 year old daughter log onto Glow to do her maths homework. Although she decided to write the answers (and show the working) in her jotter this time I'm sure it won't be long before she will  work online and email the answers back to her teacher. Maybe she will start using some of the additional functionality of GlowLearn soon.
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Do Be

Now into my second month and beginning to find my feet in this new world of self-employment. One of the roles I have added to my portfolio is that of adviser/consultant to Do Be Ltd, a small Fife based company working in the area educational resources and training/cpd. It's a new kind of experience for me moving from a national public body, funded to provide free at the point of use resources, to a  small business that has to identify a market need and then generate sales in order to survive. The work with Do Be gives me.
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Lumiar Schools

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="Ricardo Semler"]Ricardo Semler[/caption] I have been doing some work with Bristol based Futurelab and one of my roles involves exploring work undertaken by the Lumiar Institute of São Paulo in Brazil. I attended the Learning and Technology World Forum in London in January and really enjoyed listening to Ricardo Semler the Chief Executive of SEMCO talking about the the achievements of the schools he helped to establish. Ricardo Semler at Learning and Technology World Forum Also enjoyed watched this lecture on Leading by Omission which can.
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I’m Back

I'm back thanks to Neil and Andy at Glidden Design. Ready to start posting at the weekend on life and work post LTS. .
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Book: Rouge Nation

The back cover of this political thriller sets the scene for Rogue Nation by Alan Clements: 'The year is 2014. The Republicans have recaptured the White House, the Conservatives have just won a second term at Westminister and hardliners dominate Russia. In a small corner of north-western Europe, the Scots have just narrowly voted for independence, a decision they immediately regret.' Nothing in the above looks too far fetched. Add in the notion that the English are happy to see Scotland make its own way in the world - breaking the political union but retaining the social.
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Book: What Would Google Do?

I am starting to make some progress through my pile of summer reading as detailed in this week's Times Educational Supplement Scotland and  finished 'What Would Google Do? by Jeff  Jarvis over the weekend. Since visiting Google HQ in Mountain View, California last August I have been  interested in how this company, which is barely 11 years old, is contributing to the remaking of our economy, culture and society. Is Google the corporartion of the future?  I described it earlier as like a university run by the students. What.
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Life and Work Post LTS

It is now 5 days since I left the ranks of the salaried public sector to become self employed. At the moment it just feels like the school holidays in the years when I was a teacher ... and I am loving it :) My plan is to take most of July to get myself organised with email, website, bank accounts etc and also to have a proper break from work after LTS. I am in the process of setting up my own website/blog  www.laurieodonnell.co.uk (currently redirected to www.ltsblogs.org.uk/laurieodonnell). Some of my post LTS portfolio is already in place and.
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