Tag Archives: LTS

The McClelland Report: Review of ICT Infrastructure in the Public Sector in Scotland

[caption id="attachment_699" align="aligncenter" width="180" caption="John McClelland"]John McClelland[/caption] Just finished reading the Scottish Government Review of the ICT Infrastructure in Scotland. As you would expect this is a substantial piece of work covering ICT strategy, procurement and spend across the Scottish public sector. The review, led by John McClelland,  suggests that if the public sector works smarter around ICT we would benefit from improved public services and substantial cash savings (£1bn over 5 years) Our Glow national schools intranet once again gets a positive mention:
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Sir Ken Robinson on Passion

Ken Robinson on Passion from The School of Life on Vimeo.

A lot of this talk covers the same ground as the talk he gave at the RSAMD in Glasgow on the 8th March so a great opportunity to catch-up if you missed him. I am currently doing a few days work for my old employer Learning and Teaching Scotland. The task is to support a working group of the LTS Advisory Council to publish their thoughts on 'Creativity Across Learning'. There is some symmetry in this task as first job I.
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Next Glow? (#EDIFF)

I was fortunate to be invited to a Scottish Government event last Friday hosted by Graham Leicester of the International Futures Forum.  The record of the proceedings can be found in Graham's blog which also links to some of the other online contributions (the record of the  live back-channel is on the Twitter hashtag #EDIFF ) I commented on Graham's Blog as below: Just like all other human inventions Glow has a historical context. Might be difficult for some to acknowledge but the idea of a national intranet was a.
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Jimmy Reid 1932-2010

My former employer LTS, under instructions from Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond, has just published the address made by Jimmy Reid when he was elected as Rector of Glasgow University in 1972. The address on the subject of 'Alienation' is an impassioned plea for a more humane society The speech, described at the time by the New York Times as  "the greatest speech since President Lincoln's Gettysburg Address" is today an essential resource for the Scottish History.
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More On Innovation

Another interview with Merlin John on innovation at LTS. This time for Futurelab's online magazine. It sits well with the interview with Michael Hallisay in my previous post as a good description of what we were trying to do when I was at LTS. It's for others to judge the success or otherwise but few countries have an event like The Scottish Learning Festival or a national intranet like Glow. It's always a pleasure to be interviewed by Merlin. I have always admired people who are great.
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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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Leaving LTS: 11 days left and far too much still to do

It seems like only yesterday that I blogged about my decison to leave LTS to work for myself. It felt like a big step on the 25th March announcing to the world that I was moving on after 8 years. I really liked being able to blog and tweet my departure (what did we do before web 2.0?) and have been delighted with the number of friends and colleagues who have been in touch to either wish me well or check out my mental.
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Glow Approaches the End of the Beginning

More good news for Glow :) While I was in Barcelona I was delighted to hear that Falkirk Council has signed the Glow Customer Agreement (effectively the licence to make Glow available to teachers, pupils and parents in the local authority area). That takes us to 31/32 of the Scottish local authorities. My understanding is that Fife Council is in the process of signing the Customer Agreement and this will be a significant milestone for Glow as we complete the full set of local authorities. To paraphrase Winston Churchill we are approaching the end of the beginning for Glow. To.
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