Back a work and fighting jet-lag so straight into a regional meeting about Learning & Skills in the digital age. Jointly organised by NIACE and Learning South West at their offices in Bishop Hull.

A surprisingly open and concordant day about the need for some new thinking around learning and skills and their development in the region. It was also a formal introduction to Scenario Planning from Alister Wilson from Waverley Management Consultants. The take away was a +100 report on an EU project on developing Regional Key Compentencies where these scenarios were used to good effect. Though I would question their statement on the landing page that scenarios are a “magic box” of tools, it was a fairly intense day and we only touched on the full depth of the process.

Even in the dramatically reduced time and scope afforded by such an introduction, we identified several areas where sufficient agreement existed for an argument that would be likely to result in actions and strategic plans. The final note reflected one of Alister’s opening bullet points that Scenario Planning was not about forecasting the future, but proposing plans to cope with the uncertainties inherent in the future.


Chat from Singapore

31 August 2006

Very cool chat by Steven Tong from Singapore Infocom Development Authority single agency for ICT in Singapore government and regulation tasked with promotion and development of ICT adoption & usage.

Population of 4m with 75% Chinese – large population in flux.

Singapore did BSF in 2002 – now on Masterplan II on how to use resulting infrastructure. Moving towards multiple education pathways including vocational skills; integrated program from 15yrs, skip O levels and go straight to A levels and degrees. New uses for social software – maintaining entries on wikipedeia. They are also using grid technologies.

iN2015 is their vision of an intelligent nation by 2015 – lots of quantitative targets (currently at 60% broadband usage in home). Not satisfied with ‘piddling’ 2-4Mb, they are aiming for 100Mb fibre to the home and ubiquitous wi-fi. Very clear focus on international exploitation.

EdVantage is their transformation program for education. 365 schools (50/50 – primary / secondary) with lots of reference to learner centric, personalised learning. Its a change program so some are still using technology in ‘traditional’ teaching, others being more adventurous.

Experiment with 20% of schools (65) and industry mentorship for 5% of schools. Explicitly refers to games for learning, including simulation, digital learning exchange as a market place for content – teachers, companies and other content holders can share or sell? Also building portfolio, assessment (starting with formative but already exploring summative) and collaborative applications on a national level.

ITV Local

17 July 2006

ITV local digital delivery – collapse of business models. Still scheduled?

Video on demand – google , yahoo & ebay as shock to system – public interaction and uploading? Editorial and fair use? Teachers TV streamed.

12 towns around the region – user tagged (not yet)?
Community & What’s on?

Compliance with ITV guidance – editorial vetting. Friends reunited dating?

Live broadcast from events.

Search & reuse – ITV Local keywords – don’t know about rights & CC. Discussion forum but not running so couldn’t demo (server crash). Download for a fee?

Not quite a killer, but quality by association could be a clincher for educational use.

Pocket SharpMT

11 July 2006

Mobile blogging via Pocket SharptMT

Seems like most of Bristol is a building site at the moment. Apart from a couple of sites, only I only found one but I wasn’t looking too hard, there doesn’t appear to be much online presence, debate, comment, modelling, visualisation, education, etc?

Perhaps I just need to look harder.


1 June 2006

Well posted from my phone but not quite as mobile as hoped, still need to access via IE.

Edith Akerman Visiting Professor at MIT Media delivered a tour du force on Nomadic learning , physical and mental locations & use of space. What technology supports this? Especially supporting inherent skills & desire of younger people for learning. example strategies include • Project • Re-purpose • Disguise • Reconfigure
Play – to take risky situations onto secure ground Networked society as a "space of flows" blurring real & virtual realities. Reinventing relationship & boundaries between spaces. Senses of belonging. Navigating, traveling without leaving?

Allow for smooth transition between place for the person. Dislocation disrupts psych.

Stake your territory & share (digital abundance). High touch as much as high technology.

Martin Chilcott (Place Group) presented a very impressive Co-negotiated control & multi-testing prcoess for surfacing requirements to deliver 21C learner as grounded neo-nomad?