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Wednesday, March 08, 2006

We wish you a safe onward journey...

I’m going to try and keep these posts separate, but today started a 3 day visit to Islay, which always raises so many questions, answers so many others and invariably forces me to re-evaluate the use of ICT in education. I quite often find that when I am away from home, what should be three distinct days always seems to merge together.

All of today was spent in Islay High School, which is one of the schools identified by the Scottish Executive as a school of Ambition. And oh, my goodness, what ambition! I won’t say too much here, but over the next 12 months, there will be a significant investment in infrastructure, hardware, training and support to see the development of the use of ICT as a management, teaching and learning tool for all. I am so excited by this prospect it is incredible. I was almost on the verge of asking the Head Teacher if she needed an RE teacher (or History or even ICT – I’ll try anything!) for next session, as they are about to shift the goalposts entirely in their school. My advice to anyone interested in ICT in education is quite simple – watch that space. I for one can’t wait. I look forward to providing support on a couple of fronts – in paperwork and planning over the next week and in staff support in May. Wow.

At the end of the day there was a meeting of the Islay and Jura ICT Development Group in the library of the High School. Usually I can only join these meetings remotely by VC, so it was great to be there in person for this one. Although there has been some slippage in the timescale for the ‘Newsroom’ project they have been working on, plans are well underway and a great deal has already been achieved by those involved. Can’t wait to see the news stories online in the near future!

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