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Tuesday, January 31, 2006

When consultation actually does work

Day 2 of Masterclass Coordinators Summit in Stirling

Today there were further discussions on the role of the SSDN. The group were addressed in the morning by Rosetta McLeod who was quizzed on various issues. I suspect all of our questioning over the next 2-3 months will ease, as a great deal of questions will have to be answered if timescales are to be adhered to.

I find it hard to believe that we are still discussing the name of the SSDN! I obviously looked blank at one stage, as I was asked what I thought. I hope my reply that I’m not remotely interested in what it’s called was taken in the correct light. I couldn’t care less – it’s the functionality and it’s publicity that I’m far more concerned with! Ask any teacher about ACE and they will tell you broadly what it is. Ask them about SSDN and they have no idea. The ‘Scottish Schools Digital Network’ will be the delivery mechanism for ‘A Curriculum for Excellence’. The scope of this change for schools has hardly been touched upon. And I think some people should be very, very concerned. We are now approximately 10 months away from rolling out training, and I suspect that between 60-70% of our machines will not be able to cope with the requirements. That’s not to say anything about the network, which I’m not even going to start here.

We had proof today that consultation does work. The VLE (Virtual Learning Environment) of the SSDN will have huge power. Hopefully after the discussion today, CPD training materials will be designed with this in mind.

3 Comments:

Blogger Marlyn Moffat said...

Any teacher replies...what is ACE?
Call it Scottish Schools Digital Network...not SSDN and then they might have a clue. The machines might well not be up to scratch but the infrastructure is probably further behind that, as is the current development therein, locally. It's out there and we want it in our classrooms...but as mere class teachers how can we do it when all else lets us down? CPD till the cows come home but the backup has to be there!
I've put in place a complaints format to encourage staff to say what they want to do and where the technology/hardware/backup/technical help, has let them down. We need to get a grip of the bigger picture of the problems, in order to have access to the even bigger one of educating our children in the global scene.

12:23 am  
Blogger MaggieIrving said...

I am fed up with abbreviations. They never save me time because I always have to ask what they stand for. When are we going to use the abreviation for: Education In Every Individual's Organisation?
..............and who was old macdonald anyway?

9:40 pm  
Blogger MaggieIrving said...

I am fed up with abbreviations. They never save me time because I always have to ask what they stand for. When are we going to use the abreviation for: Education In Every Individual's Organisation?
..............and who was old macdonald anyway?

9:41 pm  

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