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May 10, 2005

Promises, promises

Catherine Howell has done a nice job here of delving into our new (old) government's manifesto promises on education.

Catherine Howell has done a nice job here of delving into our new (old) government's manifesto promises on education.

There are some interesting things here, as well as an awful lot of omissions:

  • We will deliver our cross-government strategy for closing the digital divide and using ICT to further transform public services.
  • By 2006 every school supported to offer all pupils access to computers at home.
  • A Digital Challenge for a local authority [note: UK local government body] to be a national and international pathfinder in universal digital service provision.
  • A new National Internet Safety Unit to make Britain the safest place in the world to access the Internet

There are some interesting possibilities in here for aggregation and distributed models of service provision and access, although I suspect what the authors had in mind was probably offering some sort of extranet or "portal" from each school and local authority.

There has been some interest I remember from talking with the US K-12 people in organisations such as SIF for enabling parents to get access to school systems to enable direct participation.

That sounds more interesting; opening up colleges and universities to direct participation would certainly be an interesting extension of the 'extra-mural studies' model. I guess getting all the staff to blog on the public Internet would do that.

I also doubt whether the NISU is going to advise everyone to ditch Internet Explorer; it sounds rather more sinister than that, but hopefully I'm wrong.

Well, I'd better take note of all this; eventually I may have to help implement some of it once it filters through the funding agencies...

Via Ida Takes Tea.

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