East Lothian - setting the path for excellence
East Lothian Council's education service really is setting itself up for exciting times ahead. I was speaking at the Head Teachers' conference in Haddington yesterday on the uses of new technologies and how their use links up, glues together and makes possible the application of A Curriculum for Excellence and Assessment for Learning in a 21st century school. The reaction to my 10 point presentation was overwhelmingly positive - I was very nervous that they might feel the task was impossible. However, this Authority has nearly 50 head teachers ready for the challenge and keen to get their staff sharing their work in a wave of web 2.0 goodness, as Will would say (and probably get sued for saying now).
What has impressed me most with Scottish teachers in general is when I show them my typical day, using podcasts, blogs, wikis and even Second Life to collaborate and communicate, none of them believe that one day it won't be their kids doing the same. The possibilities of this virtual world are beginning to be seen at an increasingly rapid rate, from David Noble at Hillside to Katie who left a comment on a previous post, but who has no blog as far as I can see. I would love to see her Second Life classroom project develop alongside what David and I are thinking about. Anyone else want to help us develop a virtual classroom or two (heck, is that not a school?)