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More SLC CPD Glow

Jim Reid has been telling me more about the roll out of Glow in SLC. The advisory service manager May Boyd has been demonstrating the use of the SLC CPD Glow Group to SLC CPD Coordinators at their CPD Coordinator meetings. He also tells me Margaret Tracey and Stephanie Farquharson were also part of the team who constructed the Glow group. This is going to be a fantastic collaborative site as people begin to use it across the authority. The SLC glow roll out team are taking a very sensible, measured approach to the roll out of groups – trying out big hitters which can be seen to be useful. This steady drip is showing through as I meet HTs who are in the middle of writing their improvement plans. They too are speaking about a measured approach to rolling this out – getting it right bit by bit and building capacity amongst staff that way rather than a big bang approach.

May 8, 2008 - Posted by | glow, ICT | , , ,


  1. I’m still not too sure where I stand on this one… On the one hand, I can understand the argument for this evolutionary approach but something inside me strongly (was that a song ?) advocates an ICT revolution with GLOW as the catalyst to spark it off. For too long, I think, we have back-peddled on the whole ICT issue. The blog debates recently on ICT-illiterate teachers and revolution/evolution have been brought sharply into focus for me visiting schools and researchers here in Finland. On the one hand, its very much in vogue for Scotland to ‘benchmark’ itself against Finland, but on the other hand not to go down the same route to full ICT integration.
    I still come down on the side of revoution – evolution can be an excuse not to change unless the pressure is significant (speaking with a Biology teacher’s hat on here). I’m very much afraid that what will actually happen in SLC and Scotland is that those teachers who are enthusiastic about ICT will adopt GLOW, whilst those who can’t be bothered or can’t use ICT will have the excuse they need to justify not updating their skills and using GLOW and thus there will be no widespread transformation of teaching and learning for this 21st century digital age. This concerns me. I think we are missing a once in a lifetime chance to drive teaching forward. Of course I will work within the SLC approach to roll-out GLOW but I fear the drip-feed evolution stance will make my small part in this process much more difficult to carry out.


    Comment by mimanifesto | May 9, 2008 | Reply

  2. I believe these communication systems – Glow and Moodle – will eventually be recognised as big flops that have involved millions of man hours by guys who like developing solutions to problems.

    Unfortunately they solve the wrong problem.

    I prefer to concentrate on developing really good teaching practice in the classroom.

    If it’s good it will spread with all the Web 2.0 opportunities – person to person across boundaries of countries. Already I am in the middle of a very successful Flash animation project with a school in Bangkok.

    This started through someone seeing my Flash web site – there are so many ways of find out what others are doing. Why do we need a very restrictive environment that ties us down to a LEA or even to a country.

    I’m at present working with teachers in all parts of the world – each month there is a new development. If your doing something well and exciting, people get to hear of you and recommend you.

    The most important thing is enthusiasm in the classroom and the message will spread via other enthusiastic teachers – I’m now in touch with 80 other teachers all through personal contact – not through a forum or egroup!

    Comment by Geoff Dellow | May 23, 2008 | Reply

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