Category Archives: Websites

Inside Learning Podcast: Episode 81

masthead_image1_1285715561 I was interviewed on Wednesday evening for an Inside Learning podcast by my good friend and co-conspirator David Cameron @realdcameron My piece followed on from David's conversation with Graham Donaldson, former senior chief inspector/CEO of Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Education (HMIE). Some themes flow through both of the interviews in the podcast, areas that we agree on, but as you might expect there are some contrasting opinions on what is required to transform Scottish education. Listen to the podcast here. My interview is part 2.
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LTS Online Service Launched in iTunesU

 LTS iTunesU Well done to Patricia Kemp and the website team at LTS. Another first for Learning and Teaching Scotland  as we launch a unique resource on Apple's iTunesU to support the professional development of teachers and other practitioners across Scotland and beyond. LTS is the first schools oriented organisation in Europe to make some of its digital content available in this way as we follow in the footsteps of HE institutions such as the Open University and Oxford and Cambridge Universities. The LTS press release makes the claim.
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LTS Website: Scotland’s New Curriculum

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, launched our new curriculum today. Have a look at our shiny new home page and Scotland's new curriculum. This has been a really big task for everyone involved. From the point of view of the LTS website it is hard to believe how far we have come over the last few years under the leadership of Patricia Kemp (overall responsibility for LTS Online/editor in chief) and Emma Walsh (responsible for the technology that underpins the site)..
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Bob Stone on Leadership

 Bob Stone Bob Stone sent me an email earlier highlighting an article he has published recently on the Governing.com website. Bob worked with Al Gore on the 'reinventing government programme' (see his book  'Confessions of a Civil Servant' for this great story).  His latest article draws on his previous work and is entitled the ABC of Leadership. I like what he  is saying around Authenticity, Buoyancy and Control. We need truthful leaders who have a vision  beyond covering their own backsides. Whilst I agree with Bob that the leader's role.
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Twitter

I have been aware of Twitter for the last couple of years - really since our then New Technologies for Learning national adviser Ewan McIntosh started to play around with it. As an infrequent blogger I decided to keep an eye on it but leave it for now. Anyway signed up for an account a few weeks ago after watching Stephen Fry on the BBC website and within a couple of days was following (and being followed by) around 50 fellow twitters. There appears to be a few people.
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Robert Burns – Celebrating 250 Years

 Robert Burns Sitting at home listening to BBC Radio Scotland's celebration of the 250th anniversary of Burns' birth - Auld Lang Sang. We have just published some new Burns resources for schools (and others) to use on the LTS Online Service. The highlight for me is the Burns songs performed by “The Cast” ( one of Scotland’s finest contemporary folk bands - I am told that their version of Auld Lang Syne was featured in the recent 'Sex and the City' movie). These 6 songs are unique content, recorded especially.
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