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Published on October 21, 2008

Author: HandheldLearning



Laurie O'Donnell, Director of Learning & Technology, Learning & Teaching Scotland keynote presentation at Handheld Learning 2008, London

Putting Philosophy into Practice Laurie O’Donnell Director of Learning and Technology Learning and Teaching Scotland Monday, 20 October 2008

Overview Philosophy A Philosophy B Putting Philosophy B into Practice With a little help from ... Questions Monday, 20 October 2008

Philosophy A Education Broken but can be fixed (quickly) Technology Drives change Teachers Another problem that needs to be fixed Learners The future workforce Innovation Let a thousand projects flourish Success Input targets & attainment Curriculum Don’t trust the teachers Monday, 20 October 2008

Philosophy B Education Long term investment in the future Technology Enables, supports & accelerates change Teachers Supported professionals Learners More than just the future workforce Curriculum Guidance & support for teachers Innovation Got to be scalable and sustainable Success Wider long term benefits Monday, 20 October 2008

Implications of Philosophy B Educational change is a long haul Developing teacher professional skills and judgement is crucial Technology is just part of the teacher’s repertoire Monday, 20 October 2008

Example 1: LTS Online Service Single integrated site 40,000 web pages to support Scottish teachers First port of call for 90% of teachers seeking resources, advice, exemplification & support 30,000 visits in 2003 Over 4,000,000 visits in 2007 Monday, 20 October 2008

Example 2: Glow National schools intranet 32 local authorities 3,000 schools 53,000 teachers 700,000 learners Features Web based, single sign-on National tools and environment Designed to support sharing and collaboration Monday, 20 October 2008

Example 3: The Scottish Learning Festival Festival of learning Showcase of Scottish education 170 practitioner led seminars International keynote speakers Fringe events 200 exhibitors 7,000 delegates over 2 days Focus on learning, teaching and cpd not just ICT Monday, 20 October 2008

Example 4: Connected Live Discourse shifting r&d Social media for learning Scalable Sustainable Monday, 20 October 2008

Example 5: The Consolarium Discourse shifting r&d Commercial computer games for learning Scalable Sustainable Monday, 20 October 2008

With a little help from ... Politicians (committed to long-term development) Civil servants (who see the big picture and can manage risk) Secure funding (not based on projects) Great people (competent/passionate/grounded) who are doing the right things for the right reasons Resilience Hard work and a whole lotta luck Monday, 20 October 2008

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