In November Eva Marsh and Ylva Lundin visited Scotland to learn more about Storyline. Eva works for The Swedish National Agency for School Improvement and Ylva is a Storyline tutor and designer commissioned by Gothenburg Road Traffic Department and the Municipal Consumer Guidance Office in Gothenburg to design topics for road safety and about energy and environmental issues. Both have a wide experience in organising inservice courses on Storyline. www.storyline.nu
This is their short report of that visit
“We where picked up at the airport by Sallie and Jim Harkness and enjoyed some hours together with Sallie discussing Storyline. In the evening all four of us were invited to dinner at the home of Steve and Alice Bell. There, we met two Icelandic educators who were on their way to attend a conference in Perth. Maria Steingrimsdottir, studied Storyline for one year in Glasgow in the late 80s, and she was accompanied by Anna Thora Baldursdottir acting Dean of the Faculty of Education at Akureyri University. This evening became another informal seminar.
Steve was our guide for the second day. In the morning we visited SETT (Scottish Education and Teaching with Technology) where we were welcomed and shown around by David Boag and Mark Wilson. Both of us have had experience with technology in schools through our work with The Swedish Agency for School Improvement and also from a Nationwide governmental project known as ITiS (Information Technology in Schools) and we were therefore most interested to explore the latest developments in Scotland. It proved to be a very interesting visit.
In the afternoon we visited the lively and colourful classrooms in Aberfoyle Primary School to observe their topic work which we really enjoyed. We also appreciated the discussions with the headteacher Carol Omand and thank her for her hospitality.
Sallie Harkness was our guide on the third day of our trip. By a lucky coincidence on that day Sallie was giving a Storyline workshop for the students of Barbara Frame, a senior lecturer at Edinburgh University. So, we had an opportunity to observe the course and also to meet with Barbara.
The three day study visit was so valuable and we are very grateful for the warm Scottish hospitality and the willingness of our hosts to share their ideas and thoughts about Storyline and other pedagogical issues.”