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Schools digital network goes live
Computer and DVD
Pupils will be able to access comprehensive online resources
A state-of-the-art digital learning network has been set up connecting every school in the country.

The 10m Scottish Executive scheme aims to put Scotland at the forefront of modern education in Europe.

Pupils will be able to access DVD-quality programmes and online resources over local area networks.

The system, built by Bull, Cisco, NTL and Serendipity Interactive, is said to be one of the largest content delivery infrastructures in the world.

It covers almost 3,000 schools over all 32 local authority areas, including those which are remote and have limited connection.

The Scottish Executive and local authorities have displayed huge foresight by interconnecting all Scottish schools
Gordon Thomson
Cisco Systems

The network was installed in just under three months, giving teachers a chance to refine and help develop the service over the summer.

Gordon Thomson, general manager for Cisco Systems Scotland, said: "The Scottish Executive and local authorities have displayed huge foresight by interconnecting all Scottish schools to the same content delivery network, rather than developing individual networks in each local authority area.

"Not only will it cost less to maintain a central system, it will also be easier for content publishers to distribute materials to a broad audience and it will deliver learning benefits to the next generation."

Mike Dunk, head of Bull UK and Ireland, added: "The decision by the Scottish Executive to implement what will be one of the largest content delivery infrastructures in the world puts Scottish schools right at the forefront of online learning - bringing benefits to teachers and pupils alike.

Customised directory

"Undertaking a project of this scale, under a deadline of three months, is a testament to the strength of the relationship between the Scottish Executive and the technology partners."

The network is based on more than 3,000 content engines, to distribute high-bandwidth web materials.

It also includes a customised Scottish curriculum content directory, allowing teachers to quickly locate relevant online resources and information.


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