ICT in Education Excellence Group – The view from the Chair
On Monday 6 August, at the request of the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, I convened the first meeting of the ICT in Education Excellence Group.
The Group has been asked to think about the use of ICT in learning, and in particular, to define the requirements for a system to replace Glow as a learning environment for Scottish education.
Glow, when it was introduced, was world-leading – a bold new way of supporting teaching and learning in Scotland. Many things have changed since Glow was created – it predates the rise of Wikipedia, Facebook, YouTube and many other online tools that we now take for granted.
We need to imagine a future service – Glow Plus – that makes the most of these developments and many others, offering a wide and open range of tools and applications with a seamless user experience and connectivity.
The first meeting of the Group has made a strong start at this – I was impressed with the enthusiasm and the wealth of experience that individual Group members bring to the challenge. And a challenge it is – in the first meeting we’ve identified some key questions on user engagement, on connectivity and security, on the impact on teachers and the implications for CPD, to name but a few.
Over the next few months, our focus will be on setting out the user requirements for Glow Plus and understanding the platform requirements that will underpin it. The members of the Group bring a wealth of experience but others will have important views to share too. You can follow and contribute to the discussion on Twitter using #GlowPlus.
Glow Plus needs to be an exciting way to enhance learning and teaching in Scotland, taking advantage of the best that technology has to offer. By December, we need to be able to make recommendations to the Cabinet Secretary; I look forward to working with the Group to bring real benefits to teachers and pupils across the country.
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