Ewan McIntoshChannel 4's ground-breaking move to cross-platform broadcasting - or even networking - has been an engaging counterpoint to the debacle of BBC Jam, particularly as a key architect is Matt Locke who had formerly languished as the BBC's head of innovation. And the channel's credibility and kudos has risen further with its appointment of Learning and Teaching Scotland's Ewan McIntosh (pictured) as digital commissioner for Scotland and Northern Ireland.

East Lothian and Scottish education have reaped great benefits from Ewan McIntosh's creativity and innovation, and his influence has extended internationally through his canny ability to "walk the walk", and demonstrate how technology - particularly, but not only, with Web 2.0 - can enrich and extend learning. It's been a great example of leading by doing and his role with Channel4iP (4 Innovation for the Public), the fund of £50 million tasked with "rethinking public service media", can only extend that influence further and increase its effectiveness.

As Ewan McIntosh says on his blog, "...the scope for ingenuity in this participative age, in one of the world's most innovative television corporations, couldn't have come along at a more exciting time."

His blog gained recognition this week when it was took second place in the ComputerWeekly.com IT Blog Awards 08 for the public sector. But he was pipped at the post by Microsoft's UK education marketing manager Ray Fleming (see previous post "Microsoft's online boost for transforming learning"). Also on the shortlist was "Changing the game", Ian Usher's thoughtful and challenging account of Buckinghamshire schools' innovative implementation of Moodle,

More information

Ewan McIntosh
http://edu.blogs.com/edublogs/2008/08/doing-it-first.html
www.ewanmcintosh.com

Channel4iP
www.4ip.org.uk/

Computer Weekly's blog awards
http://tinyurl.com/5kvw9y

Ray Fleming
Ray Fleming's blog
http://blogs.msdn.com/ukschools/


Ian Usher's blog. Changing the game: notes from an implementation of the Moodle virtual learning environment across an English local education authority
http://moodlea.blogspot.com


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