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Arts and Technology Companies Co-Create New Ideas For Learning

Ten arts organisations have been offered up to £30,000 each to develop innovative approaches to learning through Glow.

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In September 2009, the Co-Create Project, a partnership between the Scottish Arts Council and Learning and Teaching Scotland (LTS), invited Scottish Arts Council-funded arts organisations to link up with new media companies and local authorities to develop inspiring new projects and resources for Glow, the Scottish schools intranet.

Piloting new ways of learning and teaching, the successful partnerships will now go on to deliver pioneering and ambitious demonstration projects implemented all over Scotland and covering a wide range of art forms.

Successful projects include ‘State of Emergency’, a project which will help pupils to create online dramas broadcast ‘live’ from a fictional country in conflict to explore dilemmas and themes associated with war. .

young people at a laptop

Another project seeks to bring together mainstream and disengaged primary pupils and their teachers, learning across the curriculum through traditional arts and new media.

Marie Dougan, Director of Learning and Technology at LTS, said: “I’m delighted that we received such a great response from the arts and technology communities for the Co-Create Project funding.

y Dance ; Photo courtesy of Ian Watson ‘Glow is proving to be an invaluable tool in the implementation of Curriculum for Excellence and I’m looking forward to seeing the fantastic ideas put into practice to illustrate the key role that the arts play in supporting this.”

Joan Parr, Head of Education, Scottish Arts Council said: “The quality and scope of projects chosen as part of this exciting new fund is testament to the passion and creativity of Scotland’s education and arts sectors.

“Each of these projects, aside from encouraging new collaborations, recognise the important role the arts can play in learning; both in supporting and enhancing the implementation of curriculum for excellence and developing new and innovative approaches to learning and teaching through Glow.

Sumer Academy 9 - 12s; Photo courtesy of Tim Morozzo

We are very excited to see how these projects and partnerships influence and shape the future of arts and education interaction.”

Co-Create projects will take place throughout 2010 with a cross section of age levels and target user groups in schools across Scotland.

The ten successful organisations are as follows:

Glow is the world's first national intranet for education. It provides a platform for online collaboration and sharing and allows Scotland’s 54,000 teachers and 750,000 pupils to work and learn in ways that have not been possible before. Glow is breaking down barriers and making learning experiences and opportunities more widely accessible to users across Scotland.

You can follow glow developments by visiting the Glow website, of following the Glow Blog.

Related internet links
* Glow Scotland
* Glow blog
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