Glow Mentors assembled for their second Strathpeffer get-together in the Spa Pavilion.
After a welcome by Bob English, Andrew Sharkey from RM gave us a recap on the Phase 2 pilot and a look at what’s coming in the next phase that is due to begin next week. View his presentation here. Watch a video with an amusing take on education.- The 5 Minute University.
Joe Walsh respresenting Heriot Watt University drew parallels between Scholar and Glow. He informed us of the road travelled over the past 7 years in getting Scholar up-and-running. The experiences of the Scholar team has much to share with the roll out of Glow in terms of how much training teachers and pupils might need to develop skills in e-learning.
Jim Henderson on Blogging & Pathfinder.
Jim explained that there has been a high level of interest in blogging around Glow community. He went on to explain what a blog is and what it usually contains – tags, links, pictures, search engines………
Many local authorities have set up blogs in relation to Glow and Glow mentors Argyll & Bute, Shetland, East Lothian and Glasgow were mentioned. Jim showed his own blog. It’s likely that a blogging server will be set up in Highland by June this year. Jim suggested that this might be very useful for Glow mentors.
Jim pointed us to the search engine Technorati to keep up with the blogging world. He also mentioned Bloglines which is a more personal way of tracking blogs of interest and ENDO – another aggregator/syndication system.
Pathfinder – 3 year old project to bring broadband to the Highlands and Islands. Partners are Highland, Orkney, Shetland, Argyll & Bute, Moray, & Western Isles.
Pathfinder is a plan to connect Scottish schools – £70m project over 5 years with the priority being for schools and council buildings. Minimum specification to be 8mb for primary schools and 12mb for secondary. The service will be managed by THUS plc.
The challenge in Highland is to connect 219 schools, 43 libraries, & 14 inhabited islands. Connections start in May 2007 nd should be completed by 2009. The roll out plan is likely to be shared with Head Teachers as early as next week.
The remainder of the afternoon was spent in discussion around 20 Questions aimed at helping mentors define their future role in relation to GLOW. Feedback from discussion groups was collated in a Softease database using wireless mice and keyboards and bluetooth wireless Airliner slates – just as a small example of interactive ICT in use!!!
Empty version of the Softease database uploaded to the Public folder on my iDisk for the two or three folks who asked for it…..!!!
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