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November 18th, 2012

ADES day at Glasgow Science Centre – TES Scotland article

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Extract from TES article on 17th November

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The mood was upbeat, at times defiantly so. It was an event to talk up the latest re-imagining of Glow, the national intranet for schools. Behind the scenes people spoke about the unfair press they felt Glow had received. Onstage they were frank about past failings, but insistent that times had changed.

The organisers had an impressive-looking graph to show that Glow usage was rising fast, and were keen to show how the clunkiness of old Glow was being ditched for a shiny new app-driven incarnation – which a pilot in October had declared a hit.

“It’s a very positive day,” said Bruce Robertson of education directors’ body ADES, which organised the learning and technology conference with help from the Virtual Staff College, RM Education, Education Scotland and Microsoft. “We’re in a better place than we were a few months ago.”

The mood had been similar at another computing conference 11 days earlier. Attendees at the volunteer-driven event described it as the best CPD they had had in years, and how their passion for the subject had been revived by the burgeoning opportunities now available.

Scotland, it appears, is getting its ICT act together, if the enthusiasm demonstrated at these two events is anything to go by. But scratch the surface and tensions become apparent.

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