In my role at LTS I get the chance to meet lots of business people who are interested in finding out more about education in Scotland. These meetings are useful from my point of view as they help us to stay ahead of developments and inform our Learning and Technology strategy. Hopefully they are also useful for the business people and most importantly might lead to schools, teachers and learners getting better designed products.
I recently met with Loiuse McDonough a young entrepreneur from Fife. Louise has set up a company called do it – be it. She has developed a range of products that are designed to help people to ‘succeed in all walks of life, to motivate, inspire’ etc. The focus of her work is very much study skills, sport and fitness, health & well being and a healthier working life.
I was impressed by Louise’s enthusiasm and vision and very interested in the ‘Learn It DoBe’ product. This MP4 player sells at £50 and is effectively a 2Gb iPod Nano which comes preloaded with a range of audio files covering everything from study skills to relaxation techniquies. Well worth a look!
My colleague Derek Robertson is going to try a few out in partnership with a Dundee Council school and I am sure he will publish the results on his hotmilkydrink blog and elsewhere.