Category Archives: Metablog

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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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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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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Too busy to blog?

I have had a pretty mad few weeks will wall-to-wall meetings and not taken the time to blog. I can't believe my last post was on the 29 November. I plan to commit some time over the next couple of weeks so look out..
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Why Blog?

Purpose of this blog? No single purpose but rather multipurpose. First and foremost I will use it as a journal and try to make a weekly entry focussing on how LTS is taking forward the learning and technology agenda in Scotland through the two main programmes we are managing – Glow and the Schools ICT Programme (formerly NGfL). I will probably make this my contribution to the LTS Corporate Management Team blog as well. I hope that over time I can start to provide some insights into how LTS works for my colleagues and for an external audience. Secondly, I hope.
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Laurie’s Got a Brand New Blog

I started a blog last year but didn’t sustain it - a combination of (in reverse order) a poor user interface for the blog software we were using, no clearly thought out purpose for keeping it, a new laptop and a failure to commit the time to maintain and develop it. Since then I have been reading and enjoying lots of blogs, and even commenting on them now and again. I have been encouraged (and given some practical help) by my colleague John Connell to start my own blog again. So here goes. When I look at the blogs that are.
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