March 25, 2008

LTS's Director of Learning Technologies (a.k.a. the boss) nominated in Lucas' "Global 6"

Viewpoint_laurie_tcm4470886 I'm proud to spend nearly all of my time working in public service, with Learning and Teaching Scotland, with a team that is endlessly passionate and knowledgeable about how technology and learning intertwine, and that never goes for the easy option or lowest common denominator. My boss, Laurie O'Donnell, has had his role recognised in the changing face of Scotland's learning technology, having been nominated one of the Lucas Foundation's Global Six most influential educators.

He's been suitably bashful about it all, saying it reflects as much about Scotland's teachers as anything he may or may not have done. Not to take away from his achievement, I think it's a bit of both. I've certainly been lucky in many of the bosses I've had so far, and Laurie's no exception, placing a huge amount of trust and confidence in his team finding out what works, innovating, making the occasional mistake and learning from it for the good of the larger picture. You can't ask for more than that.

I'm not sure, though, if he's more proud at having appeared in the Scotsman national paper or his local Dundee Press and Journal. For him to say and us to speculate...

You can read a Connected Live interview with Laurie regarding our most ambitious project in the long term, Glow, the national schools' intranet for 750,000 teachers and students.


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