It’s Not About Classrooms Anymore…
It has been a long time in coming, but Perth & Kinross are now starting to implement Glow. From the time I first heard John Connell talk about the Scottish Schools Digital Network (SSDN), I knew it was going to be a game changer and after my Mentor Training I’m even more excited to get glowing.
Just over a week ago, I had the fun of undergoing my two days mentor training for Glow in preparation for ‘going live’ this coming week. My pupils’ names are in the system ready to be added to the school, and by Wednesday, I will be taking my first tentative steps (or more accurately, mouse-clicks) into the future of Scottish education. What struck me was the simple fact that Glow is an integral part of Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence. I’ve long thought that succesful CfE implementation means embracing technology and it was encouraging to have this confirmed at the mentor training.
For me, the real thrill lies in what Glow represents. It is an acknowledgement that where and how we learn has profoundly and irrevocably changed. For my classes, the promise of the internet that I first glimpsed when I saw Google for the first time, has finally been realised.
Glow is not perfect. It is, to be kind, clunky and more than a little unwieldy. It needs a serious going over from someone who understands GUI protocols (I wonder if they can afford Jonathan Ive, or if he does pro bono work?), and yet, for all these flaws, it is a thing of great beauty to me. Think ‘The Wright Flyer‘ or the ‘Mark I iPod’ and then think what both these went on to become. Now think Glow and marvel at what it too will become. Glow2.0 has already been hinted at by Laurie O’Donnell of LTS, and I’ve heard a few rumours of the intended capabilities, but for now I’m happy to try the tools offered by Glow1.0.
I’m also going to declare a vested interest here. My oldest boy, Andrew (a.k.a.: munkeeb) is in my English class (neither of us had any say in the matter!), and so he will be one of the first to try Glow in Perth & Kinross. From my point of view, he will give me an invaluable and honest insight into how Glow appears to the ‘average’ pupil, and I’ll also have Mrs W’s rather astute input to keep me (and hopefully Glow) in check.
Whatever happens, I intend blogging about it here. I’m not aware of any other English teachers blogging about Glow (Please correct me and provide links!), so hopefully I’ll be able to offer a few thoughts about how Glow can be implemented in an English classroom. One thing I already know is that, if I don’t change the way I teach when using it, then I might as well not bother!
I’ll be posting some lesson ideas before the end of the week, and will also be using some of the Glow groups to share what I find. Here’s hoping I’m up to the challenge of starting the changes… because if I don’t, Mrs W is going to make my life a living hell! 😉