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LTS Research Round-Up – March 2010

March 2010

The latest version of the LTS Research Round-Up has been published and there are some interesting sections from the point of view of CfE, such as…

  • When exploring the reasons for high performance in science in Finland and Korea as demonstrated by the PISA 2003 international assessment of scientific literacy, they said that the reasons for Finland’s success included a culture of trust towards teachers. Kim M, Lavonen J and Ogawa M (2009)
  • In a study of a shift from ‘Professional Development’ to ‘Professional Learning’ in Tasmania the researchers concluded that “it was the teachers themselves, working within the department and the science education community, who were making the shift from professional development to professional learning“. Melville W and Yaxley B (2009)
  • An Ofsted report on using creative approaches to raise standards concludes “pupils who were supported by good teaching, which encouraged questioning, debate, experimentation and critical reflection, enjoyed the challenge and indicated a sense of personal achievement. They became more confident and their increased confidence encouraged them to be imaginative, to develop and confidently present their own ideas.” Ofsted (2010)
  • In a review of curriclum implementation in New Zealand school leaders agreed “that the implementation of the new curriculum should be carried out as an urgent, but gradual, process that avoided doing too much at one time. In addition, it was important for staff to develop a shared understanding of the curriculum and how to implement it“. Cowie B, Hipkins R et al (2009)
  • In a literature review of ICT CPD for teachers the report concludes that “in order for ICT CPD to be effective…skills training was not enough, teachers need to appreciate how technology could enhance learning“. Daly C, Pachler N and Pelletier C (2009)

These and more in the LTS Research Round-Up.

Horses for Courses: Choosing on-line learning tools in East Lothian schools

Do you sometimes wonder what the difference is between Glow & EduBuzz? Find out more from this informative post by the East Lothian Education ICT Team:

First East Lothian had the Edubuzz.org blog publishing system. Then along came Glow, Scotland’s schools network. And now – as if that wasn’t enough -we’ve now added an Edubuzz “Google Applications for Education” system. How do this lot fit together? Will they all continue? If you’re struggling to make sense of it all, read on: this note is for you.

Before looking at the tools, let’s look at the way the world is changing. ICT in schools used to centre on the computers, and the programs we installed. That’s all changed; access to network resources like search engines, web sites and communication and collaboration tools is now more important. The web is no longer just a place we go to read things; we also now expect to contribute.

Glow

Enabling schools to prepare students for this world was the reason for Glow. By providing a national system, free to councils, it aimed for learner equity. Glow provides a toolset for learning, communication and collaboration. But it had to be acceptable to all, so is conservative in its design. It doesn’t yet, for example, include easy web publishing. Popular features include web conferencing, free access to high-quality subscription sites and national staff networking via Glow Groups. Almost all schools have now had introductory training, and we’ll support you if you want to explore Glow and use it with your classes. Accounts are available for all staff and students, and it’s being used in most schools.

Edubuzz blogs

Our Edubuzz blog system started with an attempt to improve sharing between schools and learners in East Lothian, and has grown to become a leading education web publishing system. It’s easy to use, yet powerful, and has been adopted by almost all schools. Where Glow is currently almost completely private, Edubuzz blogs are on the public Internet. That world audience can be important in engaging students with authentic tasks. They’re also interactive so allow schools to open up new dialogues with parents, students and others worldwide. Glow is being refreshed to include blogs, and these are expected to become available during 2010. Meantime, Edubuzz blogs fill the gap.

Google Applications

Glow’s email system wasn’t ready in time for cessation of the earlier commercial service, and didn’t meet some secondary needs. The contingency plan, an Edubuzz “Google Applications for Education” Mail system, successfully met school email needs at no cost. It soon became clear that its other components, Sites, Calendar and Documents, enabled introduction of new, highly engaging, forms of collaborative learning activities.

  • Documents: enable students to collaborate simultaneously on word-processing documents, presentations or spreadsheets in or out of school
  • Calendars: create and share multiple calendars and track tasks
  • Sites: create attractive private or public web sites in minutes, and easily embed documents, interactive forms, videos etc.

Experience has shown these tools to be very popular, not least because ease of use is excellent. Staff and student logins are available on request.

Keep up to date with latest from the East Lothian Education ICT Team on their own blog.

David Gilmour the innovator

If you don’t know who David Gilmour is, he’s a key member of East Lothian’s Education ICT team and has played an integral role in EduBuzz, and now Glow in the authority. His thoughts have recently been featured in the innovator series on Merlin John Onlineclick here to view the article.

East Lothian teachers might be particularly interested in reading this as it provides an interesting insight into the ideas underpinning EduBuzz & Glow in East Lothian.

ICT Education Newsletter

The latest edition of the East Lothian ICT Education Newsletter has been released. You can download it by clicking on the image above.

I’d like to draw your attention in particular to David Gilmour’s article ‘Horses for Courses: Choosing on-line learning tools in East Lothian schools’. Lots of teachers in East Lothian want to know how EduBuzz and Glow fit together and where we’re going in East Lothian. David has done a great job of explaning this here.