It has been described as the most advanced and comprehensive schools' IT project in the world and it is now beginning to make an impact, providing high-bandwidth desktop videoconferencing, a VLE for every school, personal pages for staff and students, vast collections of copyright cleared digital materials, online Continuing Professional Development, assessment systems, homework submission, attendance records, lesson plans, individualised timetables, coverage for absent colleagues, etc. What is it? It is 'Glow,' Scotland's Schools' Digital Network, linking all schools, teachers and pupils in all of the county's 32 local authorities and regions (ie 800,000 users). For more information have a look at the materials and video clips on the project website. The project will also be running training workshops and promotional events at the national conference that's held in Scotland every year for teachers, the Scottish Learning Festival. Unsurprisingly, perhaps, Stephen Heppell is one of the keynote speakers.
Sadly, Ireland still has a some ground to make up before it gets infrastructure and resources on this scale.