Tag Archives: Glow

Glowing into the Future


I wrote a short piece on Glow Futures a couple of weeks ago and it was published today in TESS under the headline  'Glowing into the future may be easier said than done'.  I tried to be constructively critical and hope it is read in this spirit. Original text of article submitted to  The Times Educational Supplement Scotland (TESS) and published on 14 October 2011: Glowing into the Future I was not completely surprised to read last month that the Cabinet Secretary had decided to cancel.

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:
Learning and Teaching Scotland is a NDPB.

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.

Book: Education Nation

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="Milton Chen, Education Nation"]Milton Chen, Education Nation[/caption] This lovely book has just arrived through the post. The author is my good friend Milton Chen, former executive director and now senior fellow at the George Lucas Educational Foundation (GLEF). Those with a long memory may recall that George Lucas, the Star wars director, spoke about Glow at the US House of Representatives in 2008 suggesting that there might be some lessons to be learned from the vision of the Scottish Government and the strategic.

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.

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.

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.

Glow wins Platinum Award at IMS Global Learning Impact Summit 2009

Glow has picked up another prestigious award. This time taking the top award at the IMS Global Learning Impact Summit in Barcelona. Great news for the Scottish Government, LTS and RM. Brilliant to get international recognition for the ambition, complexity and scale that characterises Glow. PS Should also have given due credit to all the teachers, local authority officers, librarians, technicians and others who have worked hard to make Glow the success it is today..