Just found out that Google has pulled the plug on their interest in the new Glow. http://www.tes.co.uk/article.aspx?storycode=6225749 At one point they were the preferred bidder! Would like to know the real story. Was the SG miffed with Google's "Fast Track for Scotland" programme targeting the LAs to go it alone with Google Apps for Education? Did the SG move the goal posts as a response? Whatever the reason Mike Russell and the SG have now dug themselves into a deeper hole trying to replace Glow with something kids in our classes will actually consider using. It's now a complete mess and everyone knows it. Why not put Glow to bed for good and let each LA develop their own solution. Some LAs, e.g. East Lothian, appear to be using Google Apps for Education quite successfully without any need for Glow, why not follow their lead? With Google out of the picture the contract will probably go to Microsoft's 'Live@Edu' which is clearly a poorer solution when you compare Google Apps for Education & Live@Edu. Once again we are going to be foistered with another half-baked product that nobody wants or will use.