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Mike Russell announcement on Glow

Discussion in 'Scotland - education news' started by MilkyBar Kid, Jun 8, 2012.

  1. MilkyBar Kid

    MilkyBar Kid Occasional commenter

    Announcement today on future of Glow.
    Glow
    extended till 2013 at a cost of £6 to RM. (Nice work if you can get
    it!). Microsoft offering 365 Education free until 2014, i.e. get us all
    used to a new system for free for a while then pay through the nose
    after that to keep it going! Glow Programme Board ditched in favour of a new ICT
    Education Excellence Group (will there be anyone with an Education
    background on it, here’s hoping!)
    The most revealing points Mike Russell made were:
    “As
    a Government we will also work to integrate the ICT choices made by
    local authorities for their own education communities within our
    co-ordinated national effort”
    In other words, some LAs have already made their own decisions (Google Apps) but we don’t want to lose them! and finally …
    “The
    excellence group will have the immediate task of scoping the long-term
    user-centred future of Glow. Their challenge will be to imagine a future
    for the service that provides a seamless user experience and
    connectivity on the one hand and an open pluralist range of tools and
    applications on the other. The group will draw on the contributions made to date and further explore community generated contributions like Glew.”
    An
    embarrassing acknowledgement that we could have gone with something
    like Glew and kept everyone happy, as well as saving £6m in the process.

    On
    the positive side, it seems like they’ve left the door open and if they
    genuinely adopt a user-centred approach to the long-term future of Glow
    then we may eventually end up with what we’re looking for.
     
  2. MilkyBar Kid

    MilkyBar Kid Occasional commenter

    oops, should have been £6m to RM (then again £6 would have been just about right in terms of value for money!)
     
  3. kibosh

    kibosh Star commenter

    And of course now that we are back at work, my LA has been back since Monday, GLOW is down and no one can email each other internally etc. P!sh
     
  4. Hopefully, we can come up with a system fit for purpose. I've written about the challenge facing the #ICTEx group in TESS today http://t.co/bbKTkkWo
     
  5. lunarita

    lunarita Lead commenter

    Sadly most politicians seem to equate cheapest means best value.
    And they're often conned as well - the cheapest bid wins but then runs well over budget. Somehow they never seem to learn.
     

  6. Au contraire, it's nothing to do with conning anyone but us poor moronic voters. The politicians learn quickly enough how to get the biggest kickbacks.
     
  7. Glow would be amazing... in 1997. It is just woeful as any kind of scholastic utensil.
     

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